Hotel Las Mariposas
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Hi again! Finally catching up a bit. This blog on Oaxaca is back to the old format of photos with captions. More pictures, less to read, just how I like my books, I hope you do to :)
Oaxaca (pronounced WA-HA-KA) is just a great place..definitely one of our top destinations thus far; beautiful colonial city full of young artists, great food such as the famous mole (sauce made from chili peppers and lots of other ingredients such as chocolate) and tons to see; from museums to hip bars to the magical Zapotec ruins of Monte Alban. …
This is the 5th out of country vacation for me this year!!! I have been wanting to see both Oaxaca and the Day of the Dead celebration for years now, and I am so glad I am not doing this alone. As you can imagine aeromexico decided that the times listed on the tickets were not good enough, so they changed them around...and it mostly worked in our …
... the festive atmosphere. In the dark, Gaby went to meet her family at her nephew’s grave; she planned to be there until 4am spending time with his spirit, his memory. We headed back to our car. Many Mexicans would be up all night. We were in bed by ten, listening to the loud booms of fireworks as we fell asleep.
Our final Dia de los Muertos stop was the San Felipe del Agua cemetery. San Felipe is the neighborhood in which we ...
... leaders do not plan to engage in the warm relations we’ve had with previous Mexican presidents. But their presidential choice will not influence me nearly as much as it will influence the Mexican people. The new leader will not take office until December 2012, so there are a few months to make the transition. It’s hard to believe that in a number of hours, we will know who that person will be.
What an exciting time to be in ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Las Mariposas Oaxaca
Nice hotel with terrific owner/hostess
while recently in oaxaca were fortunate to have stumbled on a comfortable and economic small hotel with the nicest most helpful owner one can imagine. maria terresa is the best combination of class, charm and good information we have found. for 40.00 u. s. one has a small attractive room in a convenient and safe area plus the pearl mesta of mexico. for thos too young to remember pearl she was considered the hostess with the mostest
I spent two weeks at Las Mariposas while attending language school in Oaxaca. My stay was very comfortable, thanks to the welcoming owners and efficient staff. My room was spotless and well furnished. Breakfasts were wonderful - both the food and the conversations. I hope to return to Oaxaca for more Spanish classes and will definitely stay at Las Mariposas.
Un hotel sympathique
le seul petit reproche que l'on peut faire à las Mariposas est qu'il est un tout petit peu éloigné du centre, environ 15 minutes à pieds. Pour le reste rien à dire, il est propre, confortable et sans aucun bruit. Les propriétaires parlent anglais et sont à la disposition du client.
Great Value at a Friendly Hideaway
We stayed Las Mariposas Hotel and Studio/Apts.
We highly recommend it because our double room was clean and quiet and opened up onto a patio with tables and chairs where the guests had their simple breakfast (included) every morning at 8-9.30am.They serve cold cereals, yogurt, papaya, assorted breads, butter, jam, coffee and tea.
The staff is very friendly and helpful specially Lucia Davila, the live-in manager.
The rooms do not have AC but, even though the temperature was about 80-85F during the day, it cooled down to 55-65F at night and we kept the room cool by closing our windows during the day, opening them in the evening and using a fan for circulation.
Near the entrance about 20 US University students are living for three months on a study trip. They live their own lives and do not venture to the hotel's interior where the 10 new rooms surrounding the private patio are in their own calm world.
The double room cost $US40/night which we found to be very reasonable.
Nice rooms, helpful staff
We honeymooned in Oaxaca for Todos Santos (All Saints and Day of the Dead) and the Las Mariposas was excellent. The staff was wonderful with arranging cabs for some early morning trips to go bird watching and for the airport. They always had good advice.
Having free email access was a bonus and free wireless if you had your own laptop. The hot coffee and small breakfast was nice, too. I miss the fresh papaya... We stayed there for a week, then headed to the coast, then back for another week. They even looked after our bags the week we were gone as we wanted to travel light while visiting the beach.
We had a room in the back for the first week. It was a decent sized room with a big bed and hot shower. Kind of romantic being tucked in the back courtyard.
The second week we had a much bigger room in the middle with a small kitchen, bar, tv, etc. Very nice. I'd want that one again.
We'll definitely stay there again.
Great no-frills accomodations, safe, quiet and clean
The Las Mariposas hotel/apartment is clean, friendly, and safe. I stayed here for 10 days while attending a photo workshop. I always had hot water, my room was clean and the bed comfortable. Only six or so blocks to the main part of town, the hotel was quiet (at least my room was) and accessable. The staff is helpful, though not all of them are fluent in english.
It was great to start each day with the complementary breakfast of fruit, breads, yogurt and coffee. And to share conversation with other travelers.
This is not a fancy place -- some things like laundry you have to take care of yourself (the hotel recommended a laundry 3 blocks away that delivered your clothes back to you). but this is how I perfer to travel.
If you do stay here, be sure to check out Marco Polo resturant about three block up on the same street, opposite el llano (the park). They are open for breakfast through dinner, but close at six I believe. The el llano is where locals go, so its a great place to people watch.
Charming B&B on quaint street
We found this small, charming hotel after getting weird vibes from some other places. Mme. Villareal and her office manager, Ms. Davila, were splendid to deal with, esp. considering they didn't speak English and I was armed only with phrasebook Spanish. Hotel is exactly as advertised, and more. Interior could not be more charming -- lush plantings, a beautiful fountain, many little details, nice ironwork -- I've posted pix on this site tho not with this review.
Location: a little hike from the Zocalo, but just fine for the energetic. A long walk from the big market or the public bus to Monte Alban, but close to north end restaurants and parks, convenient for going to Mitla.
Breakfast: Yogurt, cereal, fruit, some pastries (usu. went fast), hot chocolate naturally. Not luxurious, but satisfying and ample.
Rooms: Clean, sufficiently furnished, some charm. Love the iron gates, stucco, and enameled washbasins. Beds OK, not dreamy, not lumpy. The 2-bed unit for our kids was really neat. Wife was a little taken aback by non-private (no walls) bathroom area in ours.
Other guests: Diverse nationalities, nice, adventurous people in general. Be prepared for chitchat at breakfast.
Unexpected extras: the beautiful fountain; little welcome bottle of mezcal; helpful tips on transport from Mme. V and Lucia; neat reading area and collection of guidebooks; hotel will arrange transport to/from airport. Ice and limes available if you bring a bottle of mezcal back from town :)
What some might not like: Not a luxury hotel. No tubs in room, just shower. Typical Mexican no-washcloths. No pool. Street-side door is locked after dark, you have to ring bell to get in (someone is always there, but it feels awkward if stumbling in late). Distance from plaza means either a cab or a hike (we walked, no problem, but the old or overweight or just lazy might not like). Gated room doors don't provide complete sound privacy.
Value: Outstanding for the price in my opinion.
Overall: Loved it. I'd go back in a second, but I prefer the out-of-the-way and quaint to the well-trodden USA-resort-type hotel.
Las Mariposas is more a home than a hotel
Las Mariposas is more a home than a hotel. Built like a small hacienda, one can emerge from a private room in the morning and take breakfast outdoors in relaxed comfort. The owner is always helpful with local matters and Spanish. We wanted to stay longer just to be at the hotel."
Thanks again for your hospitality. We both enjoyed our stay and hope to return soon.
A memorable stay at Las Mariposas
Last May, my mother and I travelled to Oaxaca Mexico for what we hoped would be a memorable stay in a region we knew little about and were looking forward to discovering. After reading up on various options we elected to make Las Mariposas Hotel our base for exploring the surrounding areas of this enchanting Mexican city. Right from the moment we called and spoke Teresa, the guesthouse owner, to to make our reservations, we knew we had made the right decision.
The warm welcome we received was just the beginning of what would become a very memorable stay. In fact, the time we spent at Las Mariposas was just as much a part of the entire experience as the various excursions we made in the nearby valleys and towns as well as the city itself.
Teresa is a wealth of information and her generous nature makes it impossible to not feel at home in the peaceful oasis she has created. Furthermore, the rooms are kept impeccably clean by her friendly staff and the beautiful inner courtyard makes a wonderful place to plan the day ahead while enjoying a cup of their delicious coffee and a tasty light breakfast.
Enjoy your stay!
Wonderful stay at Las Mariposas!
Las Mariposas is an absolutely charming small B&B! Quaint rooms surround an intimate courtyard, lush with plants & flowers. The traditional stone fountain in the center, complete with goldfish, softly fills the courtyard with the sound of water. A lovelier place to sit and read a book, I cannot think of. Each morning in the courtyard they served an excellent breakfast of fruit, pastries, cereal, yogurt and regional coffee with an undercurrent of chocolate. If mixing your own margarita in the late afternoon, the hosts shared ice from the open-air courtyard kitchen, and a laden lime tree grew in the interior courtyard. Guests were welcome to refill their water bottles anytime from the large water jugs in the kitchen. It's a casual, laid-back place where guests chatted with each other in the courtyard and the hosts were happy to share suggestions on where to go in Oaxaca (though their English was limited). If your tastes run to inexpensive places big on ambiance and low on pretensions, you'll feel right at home here. The rooms were nice and decorated with local style. There's no AC, but evenings in Oaxaca are quite comfortable and in the day you're mostly out exploring anyway. The courtyard was always comfortable, with shade and breeze. The beds were rather hard, seemingly the norm everywhere we went in Mexico, so consider your own need for plushness. Everything worked fine, was very clean, and there was plenty of hot water, etc. The location is great, an easy and enjoyable walk from everything in old Oaxaca City. We loved the museums of culture and contemporary art and our visits to nearby Mitla and Monte Alban. Chocolate row is astounding, and if you like the local arts & crafts, or mezcal, you're in for a bonanza. Many people come to Oaxaca to study spanish at one of the language schools, or to attend cooking school. Las Mariposas seems the perfect place for an extended stay. Several of the other guests were single American women spending two weeks studying Spanish -- Las Mariposas provided a secure and charming home away from home. We were there for half a week, and thoroughly enjoyed both Oaxaca City and Las Mariposas. Highly recommended; great bargain.