Was it my biggest mistake or crazy luck that brought us to Jalatlaco?
We were extremely disappointed with our room we checked in at The Posada San Rafael. How did I manage to fail so badly while choosing accommodations?
We were determined to give it a chance. “Let’s go get some dinner. Maybe things will look better in the morning.”
After dinner, we walked some more and noticed cute coffee shops, restaurants and colorful murals. We realized that we had stumbled upon Oaxaca’s best kept secret!
We were told Jalatlaco is the oldest barrio of Oaxaca.
Our spirits were high until we returned to our second floor room and opened the door. It was hot and stuffy; there was a ceiling fan but no air conditioning! We opened the screen-less western-facing windows to let in some air. From the ceiling dangled two bare light bulbs. What we hoped might look better in the morning was a disaster!
The room was invaded by large ants: marching up the walls, across the ceiling and all over the floor, crawling on top of the bedside table, and at least one (that we are aware of) made it onto the bed!
We passed the most horrible restless night in the room; visions of swarming ants. No way could we continue with the plan of 8 more nights there.
In any case, we had stumbled into the cutest neighborhood, so the following morning we searched for a hotel vacancy nearby and found one!
We returned to Posada San Rafael, quickly packed up and moved out. We had paid for two nights, so I asked if they would refund the one night and was pleasantly surprised that they did.
Our new room at Hotel Magda is on the ground floor and does not have ants, but the bed is hard. (The mattresses have been hard at several places lately.) They only had availability for 3 nights so we had to go in search of a third hotel with availability over the Dia de los Muertos holiday.
We have moved a to Boutique Hotel Casa los Cántaros and have a comfortable bed but it comes at a much higher price point.
Not sure how much longer we’ll stay in Oaxaca. There’s more we want to see.
Our next move is to Puebla, but I’m agonizing over hotels and Airbnbs and afraid to trust myself and pull the trigger on a decision.
It’s just the luck of the draw whether one gets a comfortable bed or not.
It turns out that Jatlatlaco isn’t such a secret. We’re seeing lots of tourists here. We were really lucky to stumble upon it!
Everything is so colorful and fun in Oaxaca with the Día de Muertos celebrations. I will Meet You in the Morning with more photos.