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Hotel Principal

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Reviewed 14 August 2012

I stayed here for almost three weeks in July, 2012. The hotel is basic, clean, and secure, with a medium comfort level. Bathroom worked well. I bought a comforter to soften the bed. The friendly room maid and front desk staff were exceptionally helpful, esp when I needed a wake-up and a cab at 4 am. The owner is frequently...

Thank MaryDeOaxaca
New York City, New York
Reviewed 25 January 2012

A no frills place that is quiet, clean and safe, albeit a bit worn around the edges. I stayed in a hostel with a shared bath on a busy street and it was not apreciable less than this hotel. There's so much to do and so many nice places to hang out in Oaxaca that a glitzy hotel with all...

4Thank GL1220
Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 14 January 2012

We stayed here several nights over the holidays. This is a no frills hotel, and it could really use at least one frill to make it worth the price. The drains in the sink and shower drained so slow I was standing in a puddle of god knows what while taking a shower. Water pressure was poor as well. Also,...

1Thank Sean G
Ajijic, Mexico
Reviewed 15 November 2011

This is a basic hotel. All you need is here. Hot water between 6:00-10:00 am&pm. No deco on any walls, no TV. Could use a coat of paint and some repairs. Clean and good value for the money. Rooms are large. Most of all, it's peaceful and quiet. Some nightclub noise can be heard, however, it's not disrupting. I would...

2Thank anitaInJocotepec
Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 September 2010

I booked two nights in the Hotel Principal through hostelbookers but, due to a change in travel plans, had to alter my reservation at the last minute to stay for only one night. The staff at the hotel were totally accommodating, and perfectly happy to amend my booking when I arrived at no extra cost. We were in Oaxaca during...

1Thank naomijosephine
Frankfurt, Germany
Reviewed 17 August 2010

I chose this hotel because the ratings on Tripadvisor sounded quite good. In fact this place is cheap for being so centrally located. The best thing to say is that it's quiet and that the receptionist was friendly. However, there are a many things to improve and I left the hotel quite angry. First of all, the white painting in...

2Thank topautorin
New York
Reviewed 29 March 2010

Hotel Principal in central Oaxaca city was a true gem for the price and location. Easy walking distance to so many attractions and sights and convenient booking of tours right at the front desk. The hotel is secure, locking their doors around midnight, although don't worry about getting back in, the buzzer at the door will alert staff to come...

3Thank tequierobaby
Santa Barbara, California
Reviewed 18 January 2010

The Hotel Principal is wonderful; very old Mexico with friendly and accommodating staff. The rooms are simple and comfortable, always immaculately clean. The staff helps out in every way -- calling to have laundry picked up and delivered, making certain a taxi is there at 4:00a.m. for an early morning departure, holding a multi-day reservation with a check for one...

4Thank Mexicoinmyblood
Holte, Denmark
Reviewed 10 November 2009

We stayed at the Hotel Principal, Oaxaca for five nights and enjoyed it's excellent location, large, high-ceilinged rooms and reasonable price.

Thank woodfirer
San Francisco
Reviewed 2 June 2009

For around $27, you get a spacious room perfectly located between the Zocalo and Plazuela Labastida. Our hosts went out of their way to accommodate us with extra pillows and an extra reading lamp. Furnishings, bed and bath are a drab and dated but clean and serviceable. Our bathroom was typical for this price: small, tiny shower, leisurely hot water,...

3Thank SanFranVoyageur

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
*An all time favorite budget hotel...*Located in the nice East side of downtown* Walking distance from most tourist attractions*Immaculately clean rooms *Super friendly and FUN staff ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hotel Principal

Address: Calle 5 de Mayo 208, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Oaxaca > Oaxaca
Price Range: $38 - $91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Principal 2*
Number of rooms: 14
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“Take a room across the patio for enhanced privacy or take one of the balcony rooms to get an early morning view of an awakening Oaxaca.”
51stephans, 23 May 2016 | Read review
“The rooms with balconies facing 5 de Mayo have beautiful views, but at times the street noise was pretty loud.”
emilyw558, 10 Jul 2015 | Read review
“A room in the front has a little balcony and nice vista of the street! But it can be a little noisy a night.”
Snr345, 21 Mar 2015 | Read review
“Get one of the upstairs rooms with balcony for light and air.”
Topo012, 6 Jan 2015 | Read review
“Like I said I recommend one of the three balcony rooms. It is where I always stay.”
Arjuna13, 28 Jun 2014 | Read review
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