|Reprise photo, Lake Pátzcuaro, winter
Oaxaca has what I like: colorfully painted building facades, somewhat warmer temperatures than freezing centro Michoacán, easy walking, and above all, some of the most interesting and best cuisine of all México. Walking, water exercises and delicious, healthy food are my goals, with a weekly massage to enrich the visit.
We quickly formed plans to travel. We tried to rent a studio apartment here, or here, but availability is scarce in the winter. Oaxaca apartments are very popular with gringo snowbirds, and it's almost necessary to reserve a year ahead. (Who knows what we may be doing or what condition we may be in a year from now?)
So at the last minute, we booked temporarily into the Hotel Posada El Nito, at Armenta y López 416, Centro. It's a very nice hotel with a very nice staff, but there is a problem. That is the noise from not one, but two cantinas flanking the Posada El Nito. I discussed El Nito and the wonderful juice joint on the corner, La Huerta. They gave us a "special" price of $550 pesos a night, which I consider moderate.
But in the front of my mind, I was wanting to investigate and probably stay in the Hotel Rincón de Doña Bety, at Calle Morelos 1500, almost in front of the small, appealing Mercado de La Merced (AKA Mercado La Democracía). We had been pleased with our short stay the year before at the Hotel Fiesta Paraiso near the mercado municipal in Zihua. In Oaxaca, the Hotel el Rincón de Doña Bety has the price that is right; $400 pesos a night. Two beds,very clean, hot water, family atmosphere, friendly hosts, use of a small, shared kitchen, and strong and reliable wifi.
|Hotel el Rincón de Doña Bety
|Room in Hotel el Rincón de Doña Bety
The heated swimming pool, Natacíon Anacondas is less than ten minutes walk, and the Anahata Spa, where I'd gotten excellent massages, is about 2 blocks way.
Further attractions are the 12 or so fondas within the Mercado, where so so far we have had two breakfasts, ranging from pretty good to excellent, at about $40 pesos each. A branch of the Marisquerías La Red is a few doors away. So convenient, but we haven't yet eaten at that branch. Instead, we had our comida at another seafood restaurant, El Muelle, around the corner from the mercado, The food was good and the prices low.
|A few featured dishes at El Muelle, but there is much more
|Enchiladas de Coloradito con tasajo Fonda Teresita
But let's back up a couple of days to our one night stay at the Hotel Embassy ($380 pesos for a spacious 2 bed room, overlooking the internal parking garage) in Colonia Roma, Mexico City. We like to stay over to break up long trips and to enjoy one of the many good restaurants in Colonia Roma and, to a lesser degree, nearby Colonia La Condesa.
I hope to discuss some of the aforementioned hotels and restaurants in future posts. Stay tuned.