there is a hotel at the beginning of the main drag in zicatela if you are entering from the north. it has a big red gate, easy to find, as there are not many, and its' attached to a surf shop. it is impeccably clean on the grounds, and inside the rooms. we paid $25 for two people per night. we had a fan and our own balcony with a hammock and partial ocean view. the shower was the cleanest we had seen. there are dogs and cats everywhere, and it is right in front of the water and close to restaurants and shops. it´s just the cheapest since it´s the furthest from anything else, which is only 5 minutes away. (walking)
Las Olas is a small hotel located right on the main strip on Zicatela beach.
I stayed there two nights and had a very nice time there.
I think i was the only client and the place was very calm, so this is the place if you like it calm and do not wish to party with fellow people at the hotel.
Should i say something negative then i thought it was a bit odd that i had to leave a rather big deposit for the key and have an official inspection of the room before i left to make sure nothing was broken or stolen.
I never met the owner, but from what i heard it´s an older dutch lady who prefers animals to humans and i could kinda see this judging from all the stray cats and dogs hanging out at the place.
Not that i minded these creatures as i am a big cat lover.
All in all i have to say that i had a nice stay though and the girl in charge of the lending me the room was very polite and friendly and the location was perfect.
Hostal shalom is a hostel that has both hostel rooms aswell as private rooms.
I opted for a private room when i was there so that is all i can speak about.
The owner of the place is a mexican girl called rigel who has travelled the world as a backpacker herself and therfor knows what backpackers needs and wants and that makes the place really nice and sociable.
There is a nice common area at the place with couches and a pooltable and there is a bar at the hostel with resonably priced beer.
I rented a hut with a straw roof to myself when i was there and it was a very charming way to spend the night.
I really had a good time there and met many interesting travellers there too.
they´re more of cabanas then a hotel. from the airport, have the cab take you to hotel papaya surf (i think we paid around $5 for the ride). they will know where it is. great location, right on the beach. lots of hammocks hanging in communal areas. great for groups, tons of surfers and transient gypsy types. rooms are small for two people, but i guess all you will be doing is sleeping there. i believe we paid $40 for two people. good location, but it´s hard not to find a good location in this small part of town.
there is a hotel at the beginning of the main drag in zicatela if you are entering from the north. it has a big red gate, and is attached to a surfshop. it is impeccably clean on the grounds, and inside the rooms. we paid $25 for two people per night. we had a fan and our own balcony with a hammock and partial ocean view. the shower was the cleanest we had seen. there are dogs and cats everywhere, and it is right in front of the water and close to restaurants and shops. it´s just the cheapest since it´s the furthest from anything else, which is only 5 minutes away.
I would only recommend this place to an extremely select few: If you don't mind loud music all night long until 6am, and if you have a strong enough stomach to handle VERY dirty bathrooms and unwanted guests - lizards and cockroaches.
Don't be decieved by the website. If it weren't for the above problems, it would be a great place to stay. The location is excellent and the lay-out is also very nice. It has a decent pool area and relaxing lounge with hammoks.
This is more of a party place for youth - you can't hear the loud music as much from the camp or cabin area, but every single bathroom there made me want to barf. If you do decide to stay here, make sure its not for a very long time.
There are several different kinds of accomodation here; you can camp in a tent, stay in a cabin, small bungalow house or a dorm room. (The cabins and camp area weren't bad, but the dorms were gross.)
I stayed at the Hotel Casa Blanca in January 2008. It's located at the eastend of zona adoquinada which is a street that is closed to traffic in the evening when it becomes a walking street. If you arrive by taxi at the eastend traffic barrier, you can easily see and walk to the hotel.
When I checked in, the single room rate was MX$300. I stayed there a week (no discount offered). When I left, the posted rate for a single room had been increased to MX$380, but I was still charged MX$300. From what I saw of other similar hotels in Puerto Escondido, a single room rate of MX$350 - MX$400 is the norm for a hotel of similar amenities and located close to the beach.
My room was clean and well-maintained. It was bigger than I expected for the price. There was a full-size bed with a firm mattress, cable TV (no remote), a writing desk, two chairs, and a ceiling fan. They offer air conditioned rooms, but they cost much more. I believe they use portable air conditioners. The ceiling fan was fine and kept me comfortable (in fact, it got cold enough at night that I got chilled).
The second floor street facing rooms have small refrigerators at no extra cost to entice guests to stay in those rooms. (I believe all the double and larger rooms also have refrigerators.) The street facing rooms have their own private balcony. Although there is no traffic on the street in the evening, I still found it too noisy from all the pedestrians, dogs barking, music, etc. It also felt too much like a "fish bowl" with people on the 2nd floor restaurant across the street have a direct view of the room. People on the street can also see into the room so you always have to keep the curtains drawn if you like your privacy.
The hotel has a nice (too small for laps) swimming pool. If you get a room next to the pool, just be aware that the pool area can get noisy with kids playing late, late into the evening.
The hotel is popular with families with kids since it is across the street from the swim friendly Playa Principal (no dumping surf or riptides).
There is no restaurant in the hotel; however, this isn't a problem because there are several restaurants nearby.
As noted above, most rooms (except singles) have small refrigerators.
If you're in Puerto Escondido to surf, you're better off staying along Playa Zicatela. A quick stroll down Playa Zicatela and you'll find similar hotels like Hotel Casa Blanca. Playa Zicatela has more gringos. To reach Playa Zincatela, it's an easy 10-minute walk on the beach.
If you call to make reservation, be sure to note that the phone number is for a mobile telephone. From the USA to Mexico, you need to dial 011-52-1-954-582-0168. Within Mexico, the local dial is 045-954-582-0168 and long distance is 01-045-954-582-0168.
You will need Spanish language skills to make a telephone or e-mail reservation. In the evening, there is a desk clerk named "Franco" who speaks very good English so he's an option if you can call when he's working.
I can almost guarantee that this hotel offers the best value in the town. We checked several options before checking - in at this hotel. It became obvious that there is no other way but the Hotel Buena Vista way.
Our room was located up the stairs, it had a nice terrace with direct ocean view, and it was very clean. Right in front of the hotel is popular part of the beach with several bars, restaurants, and night clubs. Walking to downtown takes around 10 minnutes.
Price was very reasonable - US$20 for 2 bedroom.
This is a lovely little bed and breakfast. Each morning breakfast is prepared (to order) and all the guest can sit together at the same table and get acquainted. Mostly an English speaking group, your fellow guests normally have great information to share. Also a wealth of knowledge, Paul Cleaver occasionally joined us for breakfast. Paul is the owner and a very friendly and wise man.The breakfast menu is only limited by your imagination. You must try the Chili Rellenos! Everything is fresh from the market or Paul's own farm.
The rooms are very big. Most are being retiled. Ask for one that has been renovated. They are breathtaking.
You have a great view of the beach, yet just far enough away from the main road.
This is a very quiet place and not heavily populated. For dinner I recomend visiting the Santa Fe. (also has an internet room you can use). Just a short walk is Pascal-simply amazing! For a fun evening visit the Split Coconut in the Vista Hermosa. Short taxi ride to the top of the hill.
The staff is helpful, but do not speak much English. But you are in Mexico.
Rooms were very cool with A/C and four ceiling fans.
Helpful travel hints:
Taxis- From airport ONLY a airport mafia-sactioned vehicle.
In town, any green or blue taxi, clearly marked. Discuss price before riding, but normally anywhere you want to go is about 20 pesos (locally)
Busses- I never used the busses
Transport trucks- BEST VALUE! for about 10 pesos, you jump on the back and just ring the bell when you get to where you are going.
Explore this region! There are just too many little hot spots to list.
This was as close as I wanted to be to the beach. Any closer and I would fear high tide.
Hotel Nayar is just a few minutes from the beach, and has a view to the beach from some of the rooms and the restaurant.
A single room cost me $35 including air conditioning and a simple breakfast. There is also a pool and small patio with chairs.
Apparently the higher rooms are nicer than the lower ones. But even my lower room was quite large and had a lot of light (but not much of a view).
I was actually surprised to get such a nice and large room (with air conditionning) in such a pretty hotel with a great pool for less than $30 US.
Later I read in my guidebook that my room should have been at least $50 US! It looks like I got a special promotion of some sort. Mind you, while I was there, service seemed to be at a minimum. The front desk was almost always deserted, the restaurant was closed, and I saw very few guests. Low season? At the end of January? Your guess is as good as mine.
I had the pool all to myself for an entire morning. The only disturbance was a loud rooster that would come on around 5 am and go on all morning!
Beautiful pool set in the middle of a courtyard surrounded by plants, flowers and statues.
Nice views (toward Playa Principal) from the upper balconies.
A nice hotel is Buena Vista Hotel, and the name has it's rights.
The new ones will go for $20, and the old ones for about $7.50 in low seazon, double the price in high seazon
It isn't called Buena Vista for nothing, from the cheapest rooms (100 steps to get there, so you will get fit) you have the best view in Puerto over the beach.
Flor de Maria, Puerto Escondido
400-450 pesos per room
Small modern hotel (2 storeys) built along the traditional style of rooms arranged around an inner courtyard. All rooms are fairly large with 2 double beds simply decorated and functional. Some have windows looking to the outside world, others into the courtyard. Those on the upper floor are much airier and lighter (and cost 50 pesos a night more). Bathrooms can get a little dank as they have limited access to fresh air. (The corner rooms are by far the largest).
A big attraction of this hotel is the rooftop bar and small swimmimg pool with shady hammocks to while away the afternoon with a book if the heat of the beach is too much for you. It also a great view into the bay.
The hotel is popular with American and Canadian returners and relatively long stayers (3 months).
Its a very welcoming hotel and has (apparently - we didn;t try it) a pretty good restaurant
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