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Parador San Miguel — Oaxaca City, Oaxaca

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Hotel     $$$$-$$$$$     (E)
Set in a lovingly restored colonial mansion, the hotel Parador San Miguel retains many of the excesses of that era — stain glass windows, wrought iron gates, green granite columns, and, and ... the list goes on and on. Inside, the wide corridors lead to twenty-three hand-carved cedar doors, each opening to a spacious room or suite with a high ceiling, the decor exclusively handcrafted Oaxacan or Méxican. (Check availability or reserve online at booking.com.)

The hotel's upscale restaurant, El Andariego, every bit as refined as the restored colonial mansion it resides in, features fine renditions of Oaxacan classics — the moles here are as good as any in the city. For comida, bargain hunters will be pleased with the always tasty menú del dia, served after 1 p.m., costing a mere 80 pesos. The only downside to this place is the disappointing wine list, which is limited to a few South American and Spanish vintages.

  • Independencia 503, one block west of the Zócalo;  North of Independencia, Centro Histórico;  Most major credit cards;  phone 951-514-9331;  www.paradorsanmigueloaxaca.com;  sanmigueloaxaca@hotmail.com.  
  • Restaurant (breakfast & lunch),  two courtyards,  telephone & fax,  wifi and free use of computer,  laundry sent out at cost,  free parking,  money exchange (USD & Euros),  individual safe deposit box at front desk,  free filtered water,  baby crib.  
  • Room: Fan,  cable TV & telephone in rooms with private bath.  

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