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... not, it's my nerves reacting to you sticking a needle into me at 100rpm. Cracked me up which part of my leg he was working on and how that nerve innervated anywhere from my toes, whole foot, to butt. Loved it. Feel the pain. So once Catrina was complete & I was all sweaty and stinging I headed back to the hostel. I was yelling out to Paddy that I was back & next minute I meet him at the top of the stairs all wet & soaped up in his towel. I was like Geez, that excited to see ...
... in the price of the room. Combine the delicious free breakfast with the warm friendly owners who can speak a little English and we love the place and don't even care the bed is small and a bit uncomfortable. It didn't take long and I was extending our 3 nights stay to 5. During the day we did our usual things we do on the first day and that's take a big walk around the area and check out where everything is and familiarize ourselves with ...
... s main ceremonial and residential buildings are located around it or in the centre. The north and south the Main Plaza is dominated by large platforms which you can only get to from the plaza by huge, steep staircases. On the sites eastern and western sides the plaza is made up of smaller platform mounds on which stood temples and housing. There were also ballcourts here which were used to settle disputes and decide ...
... or truck with speakers mounted on top, selling or promoting or announcing something. We often hear pre-recorded jingles, but I have also seen drivers with microphones in their hands, driving slowly and projecting their voices far and wide. There seems to be no such a thing as a noise ordinance.
A few weeks ago, our landlady called to tell us that our shared neighbors were going to be celebrating their ...
... permission to take photos. A man sharpening knives with a bicycle powered sharpening stone was delighted to show me his stuff. One vendor told me I could photograph her wares, but not her face. Others just nodded their heads and kept on with their business. I pondered whether taking a long-range crowd shot required any requests for permission, and then subtly snapped some shots.
After two hours of exploring the market, I was ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hacienda Los Laureles-Spa Oaxaca
Heaven at a Hacienda
Hacienda los Laureles is just north of town. We were happy to be outside the downtown but close enough to enjoy the museums, shops and restaurants anytime we desired, This elegant environment was just the right place for the two of us seeking an interesting vacation in a restful setting not on the beach. The management made everything possible with one simple request from sightseeing to special meals. Outstanding among our experiences were our private cooking lesson with the chef (who took us to the market to shop first) and romantic meals facing a lucious garden at the hotel. I also took advantage of the services of the spa and the beautiful pool. We found the staff very friendly and accommodating and recommend this hotel highly.
I stayed at Hotel Hacienda Los Laureles last spring during the Semana Santa (Eastern) holiday. The hotel is beautifully set in the form of a small Hacienda, built around a lush central garden full of Laurels (thus the name). The hotel is located right in the center of San Felipe del Agua, a picturesque town which has become a suburb of the city of Oaxaca. Its has an ideal location: it sits right next to the quiet mountainside of San Felipe, but only a 10 minutes drive from downtown Oaxaca. I went hiking to the footsteps of San Felipe mountain twice, and found the walk invigorating. I also had the opportunity to observe the processions in San Felipe and in Oaxaca, one of the highlights of Semana Santa. The personalized service at the hotel is excellent, and all the staff are very courteous and helpful. You will likely run into Peter Kaiser, the hotel owner and manager, taking care of the gardens and supervising the rest of the staff. The hotel also has an excellent restaurant, which serves a combination of international and local dishes. Make sure to try the chapulines (grasshoppers) delicacies, a must when in Oaxaca! This is a small boutique hotel in the finest European tradition, but with the warmth of Mexican service.
We took a family vacation to Oaxaca and stayed at Las Laureles in the foothills. The gardens are gorgeous, the rooms immaculate, the service unsurpassed. We could awaken in the morning to roosters crowing, a donkey braying, and seemingly hundreds of birds singing in the trees outside our balcony. Breakfasts were especially delightful - al fresco if you choose - the waiters quickly came to anticipate our preferred table and had it ready for us each day, along with my daughter's favorite pastries.
A little hideaway in a dynamic setting
This little gem is an oasis on the outskirts of Oaxaca City, Mexico. Close enough to all the activity in this beautiful old city, yet far enough away to be a quiet refuge. The entire staff is wonderful, friendly and welcoming. They did so much to make our stay a pleasant one....even putting up with my painful Spanish with kindness and good humor.
Our room was comfortable, elegant and well maintained, with a giant, well provisioned bathroom with a jacuzzi, and robes and slippers. We were completely spoiled!
Excellent service and warm atmosphere
I stayed at Hacienda Los Laureles for a business trip
to Oaxaca during August 2005 and found the service to be excellent, a lovely, quiet, hotel just below the Oaxaca Mountains, great for a relaxing stay.
The hotel lives up to itīs five star rating, the staff were very freindly, always helpful.
I stayed in a Junior suite and was very happy with all the luxurious details in the suite. Excellent spacious bathroom, living room area.
This hotel is definitely a must for a visit to Oaxaca, they are situated not too far from the center (just 10 minutes in car or taxi) but are far enough out of the center to enjoy the fresh air of the Oaxaca countryside and mountains. Prices are very reasonable compared to other luxury hotels in Oaxaca.
My family and I stayed at the Hacienda Los Laureles from December 27, 2004 through January 3, 2005. We must have been in an alternate universe from the immediate prior review, because our stay was pleasant, and the staff extremely helpful.
Stayed at this hotel over the New Year. We made a HUGE error of judgement. Thought the hotel would be a 5 star boutique (hacienda style) hotel. THe room was average (even though we had booked a superior room) and the service was very poor. The pool is tiny and the gym has an ageing treadmill and little else. In fact, the gym had not been cleaned for a couple of weeks when we arrived. This would be a great 2 or 3 star hotel but to call it a five star hotel (at $220+ rates) is a complete joke.
Enjoyed the surroundings
We enjoyed the hotel but would not suggest staying there without a car. We ended up having dinner at the hotel on a couple of different evenings after touring during the day and not wanting to grab a taxi to get into town. It is disconcerting to be the only ones eating in the evening. The food was good, prices a little high, but again there were no other people eating in the evening. The grounds are beautiful, breakfast good and with the package it was a good deal. Prices without the package are very high.
My husband and I visited Oaxaca in May of this year, and stayed at the Hacienda Los Laureles. It was beautiful, and at first we had a good time. This trip was actually a business trip for us, and this was communicated before we came. We wanted to get pottery, metal, and rug contacts for our gift shop. We bought over a thousand dollars worth of these items, and paid $860 USD for shipping (the hotel had agreed to ship them for us). I believe we were involved in some kind of employee scandal of some sort because we never received any of our merchandise, and the hotel claims no responsibility for what their employees did.