This place has a great location. It overlooks the lovely San Agustinillo beach and is an easy stroll from the villages of San Agustinillo and Mazunte for a variety of restaurants and other facilities. There the accolades stop. Having checked the website three weeks before arrival we were looking forward to a drink in their bar and perhaps a meal in their restaurant after a day on the beach. Alas we were misled as there were no such facilities at Arigalan. In fact, apart from the rooms, there were no facilities at all. Even the most basic backpackers' hostel has a kitchen area where you can make a drink or prepare some breakfast for yourself. This had now been closed and was used as an office for the manager, the rather surley and unco-operative Enrique. We managed to persuade an abandoned coffee machine from the maid and one of our number had fortunately brought a travel kettle so by our own initiative our small group managed to set themselves up. The place seemed to be run by an iron hand from a distance as everything we asked for had to be checked out with the owner who lives in America. We had to pay the full cost of the accommodation up front after which the distinct feeling was one of 'couldn't care less' on behalf of the management.
Their new website now omits reference to a bar and restaurant but too late for us of course. If you do go there be prepared to pay the full sum up front and have nothing but the basic room in return. The views from the balconies are great but if you would like to enjoy them over your breakfast or an evening drink bring everything you would need at home: utensils, plates, cups, glasses, everything. Ishmael, the gardener, is very helpful and pleasant but if you do need anything else you are likely to have to go through the manager who will have to call the owner and you might obtain a grudging reply the following day.
It has a great location but we found that there are much better places for the money, especially in San Agustinillo
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arigalan is located in Mazunte located on the southern most tip of Oaxaca, Mexico. 3 suites and 4 mid size rooms 1 apartment 1 family room and 3 cozy cabana to pick from, Arigalan sits high between two beautiful beaches Playla Mazunte and Playa San Agustinillo with spectacular views of Playa San Agustinillo. Here you will enjoy total peace and tranquility. The local population is descended from the Zipotec Indians of ancient times. This dialect can be heard spoken by local residents. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Posada Arigalan Mazunte, Mexico - Oaxaca