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Hostal Pochon
Ranked #14 of 120 Speciality Lodging in Oaxaca
Reviewed 30 January 2016

I stayed for three nights. First, the location is good. Market is right next to the hostel and there is a mart near the hostel. It's close from downtown and is quiet at night. Second, room and bathroom are okay. Bed and sheets are clean and comfortable. Bathroom facility is old but hot shower works well. Third, common kitchen is clean and is convenient to use. Living room has wide screen TV and comfortable sofa. Last, staff are kind and friendly. They handled my check in quickly and gave information about looking around the city. It's not very fancy but good to stay.

  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 December 2015

For the budget traveller, Hostal Pochon is an absolute steal. This home-away-from-home offers a number of accommodation types, including a junior suite where I stayed for 25 nights in October 2015. Confirming my reservation with a credit card was simple and effortless.

Upon arrival, I was warmly welcomed by Miriam who fills in for Pochon’s convivial owner/operator, Erika Velásquez Durán. Each morning, Alondra (Alo) fed us an appetizing and varied breakfast menu of fresh fruit, coffee and a hot entrée—typically a Mexican plate of beans, eggs, corn tortillas and salsa. My suite was private and spacious. It included a king-sized bed, set of drawers, armoire, television and fan in the bedroom. A second room included a couple of armchairs, table and mini-fridge. The suite has its own three-piece bathroom, and a lovely terrace with patio table, chairs and sun umbrella. The unit was spotless, and Alo provided housekeeping six days a week while I was there. You would be hard pressed to find a more comfortable place to stay in Oaxaca at the rate I was charged.

I thoroughly enjoyed the company of Pochon staff who took an active interest in my daily comings and goings, and patiently helped me in my attempts to learn Spanish. During my stay, the average age of sojourners was late 20s/ early 30s. Everyone was respectful, and I appreciated getting to know folks from places far and near, including Mexico, USA, New Zealand, Spain, Argentina, Israel, UK, France, and even Kenya. The open-air common area provided a relaxing place to connect with others when I was wasn’t squirreled away in my comfy digs working and studying.

One of the best features of Hostal Pochon is its location in El Centro Historico de Oaxaca. Steps away from Santo Domingo Church and plaza, an easy 15-minute stroll down the pedestrian corridor of Calle Macedonio Alcala to the Zocalo, and a stone’s throw from a delightful fresh food market, Pochon is perfectly situated to access the city’s tourism hotspots yet located on a short, quiet “callejon” (small street or alley). Most mornings and late afternoons, I started and ended my day with an energetic walk up the stairs and road to Cerro del Fortin (the bottom of the stairs is only a block away). With its trees and lack of motorized traffic, this is probably the most healthy and peaceful place to exercise in a city that is congested with air and noise pollution.

I highly recommend taking a cooking class with Alo. This event was a tasty highlight of my stay at Pochon. (You can search my name on YouTube for a short video of this experience.) I look forward to returning to Hostal Pochon. When you go, please pass along my greetings to Erika, Alo and Miriam.

  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 November 2015

The staff are volunteers, so tend to hang out with the guests and show them around. It was very easy to meet people here as a solo traveller, but not a loud party style hostel. And oh my god the breakfast is good, usually omelettes :) spacious rooms and well priced.

  • Stayed: November 2015, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 September 2015

This small intimately quaint hostel on a quiet residential side street in a beautiful neighborhood of Oaxaca City is straight forward with no frills.

The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable at a very reasonable price. It is not a party spot and tends to attract an older more mature clientele who tend to stay to themselves not much sharing and socializing.

There is a flatscreen tv with International cable, a set of computers, free internet and wifi. Free breakfast is interesting, 1 mourning it was fried eggs and bread and the next roasted potatoes and carrots with bread. There is free bottled water and assorted toiletries and snacks available for super reasonable prices.

There is a desk clerk and housekeeper on duty always and the desk clerks (only 2 not together) are very helpful and know the city very well. One housekeeper was terse if approached, not very helpful. The younger more vibrant relief housekeeper was great, helpful and informative.

The beds are comfortable, the downside is there is limited hot water so use the restrooms as early as possible, there is no hot water by the middle of the second shower. The hostel is super quiet until the early morning when the neighborhood is going to work and about their day.

Overall this was a good choice for older, more mature travelers and guests and I highly recommend it.

Room Tip: Splurge for the master suite, ensuite restroom, TV, sitting area and terrace
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  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 August 2015

The room was excellent. The staff was friendly and extremely helpful. Especially you don't speak Spanish. They would book your tickets, tell you where to catch a bus or a collective taxi. They can suggest places to visit and eat out. Breakfast was modest but better quality than at any other hostel I've ever stayed at. I don't think you can find a better hostel in Oaxaca. Especially if you appreciate a quitter, more local neighborhood over a touristy area.

Room Tip: For a romantic stay chose the room with a private bathroom and patio.
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  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled as a couple
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Address: Callejon Del Carmen 102, Oaxaca, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Oaxaca > Oaxaca
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Ranked #14 of 120 Speciality Lodging in Oaxaca
Price Range: $20 - $40 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Hostal Pochon 1.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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