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Hotel Flor de Maria
Ranked #12 of 48 Hotels in Puerto Escondido
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Boston, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Perfect Place, Stay & Hosts”
Reviewed 24 January 2013

We returned again to the Flor de Maria, and as before Joanne and Paul, the hotel's long time owners and their staff of helpful and accommodating folks made our three week stay feel like visiting family without those tensions. Paul's recommendation of a hotel in Mexico City made the stopover on route and returning to the States a pleasant mini-stay. We flew into Huatulco, where they'd arranged for a taxi to pick us up like visiting celebrities. There was our name on a card with a smiling driver making the drive to Puerto a smooth transition. We checked in, got our smiling hugs, and we were sitting at the roof-top bar sipping a cold drink as the sun set dropped into the Pacific. As usual, Joanne's restaurant selections were terrific, and it's easy to see why visitors from other hotels flock to Flor de Maria for their meals. That's how we found the hotel many years ago. People recommended Joanne's cuisine and we wandered around the hotel corridors, saw the lovely architectural details, the roof-top pool, bar, hammocks and decided to change accommodations. As always when one has had a delightful vacation experience at a favorite place, one may feel reluctant to post a review praising such a hideaway on TripAdvisor for fear that when its time to reserve space for the next visit, you'll find no room at the inn! But, if that's the case, we'll simply smile, plan for several dinners with Joanne and Paul and be happy for their success. You cannot go wrong staying at this hotel in Puerto.

Room Tip: We've requested the same room year after year, and they've made it available. It's doubt...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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71 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2013 via mobile

Friendly staff who are helpfully in setting up tours or answering questions. The rooms are large and clean. Centrally located. There is a small pool on the roof with a great view of the town. It has an excellent restaurant open every day with the exception of Tuesday. I received excellent help with both a birding tour and a diving tour.

Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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Thank rainbow16
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2013

This place is faultless! The location is perfect, on a quiet road just set back from Marinero beach, and very close to Playa Zicatela, but just far enough for tranquility! The rooms are spacious and cool day and night and have two beds in each room and a large shower with plenty of hot water. The rooftop terrace is perfect for relaxing in a hammock, taking a dip in the pool or enjoying a cocktail or cold beer whilst watching the sunset. The restaurant is wonderful, with a fantastic choice of fresh dishes which changes daily. However hard you try to visit some of Puerto Escondido's other great restaurant, you somehow keep ending up here! Finally, best of all is the hospitality; Jo-Anne and Paul (and their staff) are so accommodating you feel like a guest in their own home, which is no surprise they have so many return guests. Great value for money too - we hope to return soon!!

Room Tip: The rooms overlooking the entrance don't get the sun, so remain nice and cool day and night.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Evanston, Illinois
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2012

Our first night, we stayed in a beautiful hotel on the Aldoquin. We had no idea how loud and tacky this strip would be. Luckily, we found Flor de Maria for the following 3 nights. Just a stone's throw from the beach and tucked away from the nightlife noise of the Aldoquin and Playa Zicatela. But it was still so close to the day time activities of these places, it was quick and easy to hit the beach, watch the surfers, eat, drink, etc. in these spots.

Best of all, Paul (the owner) went above and beyond to make us comfortable and happy vacationers. He gave us great tips on things to do, set up tours with the best (and most affordable) local guides, directed us to great food, etc. When I got sick, he made sure to check in on me. Bottom line: the dude cares a lot about giving his customers a wonderful experience. It's a sincere personal desire, not just professional customer service.

If a friend of mine were traveling to Puerto Escondido, I'd make sure they stayed at Flor de Maria. And that they discovered the roof top pool, bar, and palapa hammocks before running off to the surf, turtles, or beach.

Also, the Flor de Maria restaurant had an awesome breakfast.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Evanston, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 July 2012

We were so lucky to stumble onto this hotel. Looking for something not on the loud beach commercial areas (where the bulk of the hotel are), I came down a little street to see this lovely hotel with a peaceful courtyard. It is half a block from the beach and between the two main beach area so you can take your pick. The owner made us feel welcome and comfortable. He offered to help with any side trips we were interested in. He recommended a tour to see the turtles and lined it up quickly when we decided to go. We loved the guide. He also helped us arrange tickets to fly back to Oaxaca City after we experienced the 8 hour van experience. The hotel is super clean, quiet and well tended. I could not believe the price compared to the other hotels I looked into. It is a great deal. the pool on the rooftop is such a nice spot when you have had enough of big waves and sand. Hammocks, shade and a little bar - super restful with great views of the ocean and waves crashing up onshore.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Tacoma, Washington
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3 reviews
Reviewed 24 May 2012

Staying at the Flor de Maria is like joining an extended family of owners, staff, and guests in a garden setting adjacent to one of the best beaches in Puerto Escondido. Starting with Paul and Joanne, the owners, I was welcomed into their community in both English and Spanish. The staff is long-serving and seemed always to be happy to be there and of great help. Many of the guests, I found out on this my first trip, often return and meet each other there annually. The rooms, restaurant, and roof-top were exceptional. This hotel made my trip to Puerto Escondido.

Room Tip: The interior rooms facing the courtyard are not as pleasant as those facing the outside. The extra c...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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Thank John_AverydeTacoma
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Perth
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2012

Having decided we would like to stay at this hotel, my partner and I arrived with our infant daughter, and were kindly advised that children are not accepted. What a shame. I am posting this to warn any parents who may be considering staying at this hotel with their children. We did find suitable accommodation closer to the beach, at Zicatela.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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vilma1917, Owner at Hotel Flor de Maria, responded to this review, 18 May 2012
First of all, we would like to apologize for any inconvenience you incurred in arriving to the hotel only to be told that we could not accomodate you and your family.We are writing to clarify that our no children policy [ of under 12yrs of age ] is stated in our websites. We do not and cannot accept chldren under that age as we do not have a safe play area for them or a kiddies pool. Our pool is all one depth and not suitable for little ones This is in agreement with our insurance policy .
We have had repeat guests who once they started a family ,knew that they could not return to us ; but totally understood why ithis policy made perfect sense . We always recommend to families with small ones, other hotels where children can also enjoy their time in Puerto Escondido.
Kind Regards and again we are sorry for any inconvenience to you.
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Additional Information about Hotel Flor de Maria

Property: Hotel Flor de Maria
Address: Playa Marinero S/N, Puerto Escondido 71980, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Oaxaca > Puerto Escondido
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Escondido
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 24
Also Known As:
Flor De Maria Hotel
Flor De Maria Puerto Escondido

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