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“A gem of a hotel!”
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Los Pilares Hotel
Ranked #11 of 113 Hotels in Oaxaca
Certificate of Excellence
Ottawa, Canada
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91 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“A gem of a hotel!”
Reviewed 29 February 2012

What a gem of a hotel! This lovely lodging is located several blocks from the Zocalo. We enjoyed our daily walks (great for burning off all that Oaxacan cheese, tequila and chocolate), and really appreciated the peace and quiet of our surroundings at Los Pilares.

Our room was beautiful and immaculate, with a lovely bathroom, king bed, TV, mini-fridge, A/C, and just off our bedroom, a jetted tub complete with candles and bubble bath! (Not all rooms have the tub, but it was worth the little bit extra we paid for it.) Fresh bottled water appeared in our room daily.

The atmosphere was exquisite. The hotel is always filled with gorgeous, sweet-scented lilies, with candles burning in the entry way. There is a pretty bar set up inside the hotel on the main level (not noisy at all!) and we enjoyed a nightcap there,

The breakfast on the upstairs terrace was always delicious, with friendly service. We were surrounded by pretty plants and flowers. One of my morning favourites was the squash-blossom stuffed crepes with poblano sauce and Oaxacan cheese, and I drank delicious chocolate caliente every morning. The papaya was also excellent.

There is also a small pool and hot tub on the roof terrace. We didn't get to try them but they looked inviting.

I can't say enough good things about the staff. They are highly professional, attentive and welcoming, always with smiles on their faces. When we returned at night, the fellow at the front desk would often be waiting right at the entrance with our room keys. He must have heard us coming up the street! Such attention to detail. They really aim to please here.

I brought along teabags on this trip, as I find it difficult to get a decent cup of tea in Mexico. My hubby would go off with teabag, and the front desk staff would obligingly boil some water and get milk for my tea. I was spoiled by both spouse and staff.

It's a small thing, but I also really appreciated the good lighting in our room. I have never seen so many light switches in a hotel room! There were great reading lamps on either side of the bed, and a multitude of other lights to set the mood. No fluorescent glare in there!

We stayed at the hotel with two other friends and they were equally effusive about Los Pilares. If I return to Oaxaca, I will definitely stay here again. I can't say enough good things about the place. It's a gorgeous oasis in the hubbub of Oaxaca.

Room Tip: The big jetted bathtub is worth the extra pesos!
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 December 2011

Very good value for the price, simple, clean and well located

  • Stayed December 2011
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Reviewed 12 December 2011

Charming, old-fashioned and friendly little hotel with lovely staff and great service, a few minutes walk into the fascinating town of Oaxaca, crammed full of restaurants, bars, art galleries and craft shops. Five minutes walk the other way from the hotel is the town's cemetery - not usually something in favour of a hotel, but it was during the Day of the Dead celebrations at the beginning of November.

There was a beautiful altar of flowers, fruit and imitation skulls built in the hotel foyer when I arrived and as I relaxed by the little swimming pool on the first floor, sipping a cool Modelo Negro beer, I could already hear the bands warming up outside.

Soon traffic had ground to a horn-honking standstill as colourful parades, led by thumping brass bands, with dancing revellers dressed as skeletons, ghosts, monsters and all sorts of frightening devils and demons, began winding through the narrow streets.

Meanwhile down at the cemetery, they were having one helluva party to welcome back their deceased ancestors! There were certainly plenty of spirits there. Don't know about the Day of the Dead, but after being invited to drink several glasses of strong mescal, I felt half dead the following morning.

If you are in Mexico, I'd recommend a visit to Oaxaca - and stay at Los Pilares.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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3 Thank Mal-the-Hat
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oaxaca, oaxaca
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Reviewed 7 November 2009

Recently had a small tour group stay here of Day of the Dead. I expected the hotel to be great but it went way beyond. The hotel was full of fresh flowers, they had a beautiful altar, and the service was superb - they seemed to anticipate our needs, they did many extra things for the group and were always - I mean ALWAY - a pleasure to deal with.
The desk would call taxis ( 30 pesos) so no one felt that they we "out" of the center of things.

  • Stayed October 2009
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Mexico
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Reviewed 6 May 2009

The hotel is very well located...not in the downtown, but is 10 blocks from downton and 3 blocks from Santo Domingo where all the main activities occurs in Oaxaca. The hotel is kind of boutique with 15 rooms, amenities, tv with cable, air conditioned, and many beauty details. Hugliy recommended for price, location and good appareince

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Hawaii
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5 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 17 April 2009

The hotel and the folks running this place are fantastic. It's an elegant Colonial hotel located in the quiet part of town - a six minute walk to the city center - which means alot in this city. There´s a pool and jacuzzi, and a business center. All of the rooms have Sky television and wi-fi connection. The restaurant is upstairs on the roof terrace with great views of the city and there´s a cozy bar downstairs. The chef prepares traditional Oaxacan dishes and international food. I've stayed in Oaxaca five times and nothing compares. The place really is the best kept secret in Oaxaca.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled solo
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4 Thank nap1hawaii
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Dublin
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2009

We stayed in Hostal de los Pilares after the hotel we had booked failed to keep a room for us (!) They were able to accommodate us after 11pm on the night before Good Friday and the staff were some of the nicest we have dealt with in all of our travels. They made us feel very welcome, and were always on hand if there was anything we needed. Given that they were a last minute substitution, we were extremely pleased to find that they were so helpful, and that the location was so good - not in the thick of the action at the Zocalo (so very quiet) and not too far away to stroll into town. We were surprised to discover that they had not yet been reviewed here, and we would certainly recommend this to anyone looking for a comfortable base in Oaxaca. Oh, and they had free (& fast!) Wifi too!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank scousedrake
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Property: Los Pilares Hotel
Address: Curtidurias 721-A | Col. Jalatlaco, Oaxaca, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Oaxaca > Oaxaca
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #11 of 113 Hotels in Oaxaca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Los Pilares Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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