The Suites Bello Xochimilco provides all of its guests with generously sized suites that come with their own fully furnished kitchens. This conveniently located hotel places guests a short walk away from Santo Domingo Cathedral, Oaxaca Cathedral, El Llano Park, the House of Juarez Museum and more. Standard Suites are able to accommodate up to four guests at a time. Family oriented amenities provided by the hotel include cribs and complimentary Wi-Fi access. The hotel does not a have a restaurant, but guests can easily walk or drive to a number of chain and local dining venues.
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- Kids under 6 stay free
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These suites are big! You get a lot for your money, huge living area, three generous bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a nearly fully equipped kitchen (more of that later). But, and it's a decent sized but... don't plan on sleeping much at weekends. The least of the problems is a bar or nightclub that produces a low thumping rumble that after a couple of decent shots of mezcal, one could probably ignore easily enough. But much much closer is an event venue, which I presume is an open air garden, as is very commonly found in Mexico. This must be more or less adjacent, and on the night we were unfortunate enough to experience it, they had a band playing into the very wee small hours. And this band sure made a racket. I could cope with the vocalist. The drums were only jarring. But the brass section. Oh my. Trumpets are just about the most penetrative sound at 3am, no amount of local firewater could drive those stabbing riffs from my brain. Fair ruined the night and left us all grumpy the next day when we should have been enjoying the sightseeing around and about.
This is a real shame, as the installations are great, off-street parking available for one car on a quiet street. It's a short walk to the centre, restaurants not far away and a convenience store at most 5 minutes away. It's also very easy to get to the main throughfare to go east-west. Wifi works fine, no major worries with anything really.
Some further tips:
1) I arrived with a booking that included breakfasts, but no mention was made of this at check-in. When I enquired, I was told that they didn't serve breakfast in high-season (???? a bit strange, normally it's in low-season when breakfast can be a bit sketchy, i.e not worth their while). Still, they honoured our booking and brought a good breakfast to our room every day - although children are not included, they only bring breakfasts for adults (why???).
2) I got robbed blind at the first Pemex gas station that you come to after joining the main road to Mitla from the hotel. I'm used to Mexican gas station litres being a touch undervolume, but on this occasion, it was brutal. I estimate here that the litre was coming out at around 600ml at most. In fact there was a guy there raising hell, pointing to a half full jerry can and refusing to pay. I imagine his 10 litre jerry can was proving the lie. I moved off just as the police arrived. I suggest you give this gas station a wide berth and try others on down the highway.
3) The kitchen is not fully stocked - our booking was for three adults and two children, but for many items there were just a set of four or three pieces available - mugs, plates etc. Strange omission, it can't be too tricky to match numbers of items to guests.
4) The boiler is a bit funky - you have to light it upon arrival (we weren't warned) and after that I wouldn't put it at full pelt as it only has a small water deposit, after which the temperature dips alarmingly. Then you have to wait 10 minutes for it to warm again, ready to finish, or the next person to have their shower. For a large group wanting to get out bright and early in the morning, you should bear this in mind.
Overall, a very pleasant experience that would have been four or five star if we hadn't lost an entire night to the trumpets from hell.
The place is not your typical hotel with small rooms. It is a set of six apartments, very spacious. The one we stayed at had 3 rooms, it was perfect for our three teen agers and us. Wifi worked super all over the room, no extra charge. If you go, do not stay in the room right by the front door, it was noisy with people coming in and out. The service was very good, predictable, everything was impeccable. The kitchen was super, the apartment had a living room and dining room. If you go in a weekend, Friday night was noisy, a party close to the place was just a bit too much - bring earplugs. This happens all around town, no matter where you stay. The rest of the days were quiet. If you like your pillow fluffy, request it at the beginning. And careful with the hot water in the shower, it is very very hot - although the pressure is so good! feels like a spa. Around the corner, there is a "fonda" (small cafeteria), don't miss "memelas" from there, they were simply yum. We bought some and brought them back home for breakfast. This place is close to the downtown area, we walked there every night, it was nice because although the first streets are a bit iffy, the rest is a gorgeous colonial walk. Oaxaca is one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico, don't miss it!