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Casa Catrina

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We were walking past by, went in for breakfast and it was great! Oaxacan cuisine, everything was really fresh, we loved it! Their hot chocolate with water was my favorite! We didn’t stay in the hotel, we just came in for the restaurant, but it was really worth our while ;)

I just got back from a weeklong stay at Casa Catrina, and I would highly recommend it. We stayed in the "Verde" (green) room, which was huge, beautifully decorated and had access to an attached terrace overlooking the street. We thought the location was perfect -- just a couple of blocks to Santa Domingo, but on the side that is much quieter than the southern side, and we felt completely safe walking around there. Although we're both pretty sensitive to noise, we had no trouble with street noise (except the church bell at 6:30 every morning!), even without earplugs. Both the room and the bathroom were newly renovated and very large and we appreciated having air conditioning during the heat of the afternoon. Best of all, the staff (Ino, Elisabet and Victor) were incredibly nice, friendly and helpful. We'll definitely try to stay there again when we return. As for the comment on the strange electrical system....either our room was different or the reviewer didn't understand how it works. It functioned like a card does in European hotels - when the main switch located by the door is on you can turn individual lights on or off at will, or you can turn everything off with the single switch by the door. It's definitely not an issue.

Casa Catrina is a small 6 room hotel located just a few minutes walk away from the main centre of the town and it’s attractions. The rooms are located around a central courtyard where breakfast is served. We had the White room which as a previous reviewer pointed out has no external windows. We didn’t find this a particular concern. It was a reasonable size room with a large comfortable bed. We did have a problem with the eccentric lighting though and although we mentioned we had an issue it was not sorted. I get the impression that maintenance issues are a problem. Breakfast was fine, with a plate of fresh fruit and lovely freshly made sweet rolls. There is a terrace overlooking the street which was ok but a bit lacking in style but we sat up there for a while drinking a nice cup of apple tea which we bought locally and which we made using the kettle in our room. I have to say that for a 5 star hotel (Mexican rating) I felt we were in more of a 4 star rated hotel and that the maintenance issues need to be sorted promptly.

Four of us spent six nights in Oaxaca, two of us at Casa Catrina and two of us elsewhere at a more expensive venue. Casa Catrina is well-located on the outer limits of the historic area where, fortunately, it pretty much quiets down at night. The room was large and comfortable and clean as was the bathroom. Wooden shutters blocked out daytime noise. Continental breakfast was included. The staff was excellent, friendly and helpful. All of this makes Casa Catrina a good "deal." So what's the problem? All of the electricity in our room was controlled by a single switch. Want to watch television in a darkened room? No way. Want to have a light on in the bathroom for midnight visits? Better bring a flashlight. Want any light on without the constantly glaring overhead light—impossible. We know that in these historic buildings modern wiring is difficult and costly, but this was untenable. We assume this may also be the same reason that the center courtyard is dim and gloomy. So unless you're one of those people who likes to sleep with all the lights on—or a creature of the darkest nights, Casa Catrina is probably not for you.

The property is about 10 minutes walk from the centre of town and very close to the Cathedral. The rooms are located around a central courtyard and our room (White) had a large bed and separate large bathroom with a walk in shower. There is a settee in the courtyard on both floors and access to an outside verandah accessed from the first floor. Breakfast is taken in the covered courtyard. The standard breakfast fare is some sliced fruit such as water melon, melon, pineapple and papaya and a sweet roll. For those who want something different there is an a la carte menu at extra charge. Our room kept quite cool, which we like, so no need to use the air conditioning. WiFi was good and tested at 26Mbps. Staff were very friendly.

Due to unforeseen circumstances we were running around with taxi to find place to stay for two weeks in Oaxaca. Last two weeks in December are not a very good time to find decent accommodation here. The gentleman, Manager or Owner, upon hearing our predicament took the phone and called quite a few places, eventually found the two week room for us. It was an unbelievable courtesy shown at the time when we were getting desperate. Unfortunately, we did not get his name.

The hotel was clean, beautiful, homely and the staff was absolutely amazing, they made my stay. Hotel is small and private and the rooms are big and comfortable. El hotel estaba limpio, hermoso, hogareño y el personal fue maravilloso, alegraron mi estancia. El hotel es pequeño y privado, y las habitaciones son grandes y cómodas.

Casa Catrina is a small boutique hotel situated in an interesting part of Oaxaca. It within easy walking distance to wonderful shops, the top rated restaurants, open markets and nightlife. It has 6 or 7 rooms and ours was large, clean and comfortable. All the normal creature comforts are there (except a small refrig) and in our room we had a Jacuzzi tub which was a nice touch. All the staff was extremely friendly and very helpful. We had a late afternoon "picnic" up on the roof terrace and the staff opened the kitchen and brought us all the plates, utensils, and glasses to make this a wonderful experience. Most staff spoke a little English...enough so with our limited Spanish we could pretty much communicate effectively. A continental breakfast is included in your room price and if you want an American or Mexican breakfast instead, their cook will prepare it for you. This is a nice and affordable place to stay in Oaxaca.

Dirk and I visited Oaxaca for Dia de Los Muertos in October/November 2015. We were with a small tour group and didn't have any idea what to expect. We arrived late on a Sunday evening. This is a small boutique hotel with only 6 rooms arranged around an atrium where breakfast is served in the morning. The staff was waiting for us to arrive and we checked in without delay. Our room was clean and comfortable and we got a good night's sleep. In fact, it wasn't until the next morning that I realized we were in a room with no windows. Well, at least no external windows. So if natural light is important to you, the "white room" isn't a good choice. I got a sense from my tourmates that the other rooms were much nicer, with patios and terraces, so it looks like we kind of got the short end of the stick on that one. So.... Breakfast was lovely and the staff really went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable.

I was not expecting Casa Catrina to be as well put together as it seems from its website and travelers' photos, but it was. The bedrooms are spacious, clean and well designed (gone are the faux leather sofas). Each one matched to the color (there are no room numbers but colors). I would highly recommend the ones upstairs (red, green and one other), as the windows open into a lovely balcony where we had breakfast every morning. Ours was decorated by two paintings from one of Oaxaca's most famous artists. The high beamed ceilings were very nice, the bed comfortable, wifi fast and powerful, TV had an extensive list of channels. The bathrooms were even better, with a vaunted ceiling and painted walls. The amenities very high quality as well. The location of the hotel is perfect. A block from the hustle and bustle but far enough not to be in the middle of it (as is the other Catrina hotel). The staff was both super efficient and friendly. I would recommend Casa Catrina highly.

Garcia Virgil 703 Centro Oaxaca OAX

Hotel highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Onsite dining
  • 24-hour front desk

Casa Catrina places you next to House of Juarez Museum and Graphic Arts Institute of Oaxaca. This 6-room, 3.5-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Museum of Oaxacan Culture and Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman are a short walk away.


Free breakfast is included with your stay. Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or have a drink at the bar/lounge. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room.


All 6 air-conditioned rooms feature phones.

Property features

The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day to help with dry cleaning/laundry and securing valuables.

Room options

Yellow room standard

King 1 | Sleeps 2

White room standard

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Pink superior room

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Green superior room

King 1 | Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

82.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 73 reviews