Elegant stone courtyard gardens and guestrooms decorated with traditional textiles await you at these stylish hotels in Oaxaca.
Colourful cobblestone streets and pre-Hispanic ruins lure travelers to Oaxaca City, the capital of the southern Mexican state of the same name. Next-level gastronomy (try the seven regional mole sauces and the agave liquor known as mezcal) and plenty of artisanal shops add to the appeal. When it comes to where to stay in Oaxaca the excellent hotel scene doesn’t disappoint and encompasses an ecohotel, a former 18th-century mansion and a budget-friendly break outside the city center.
A truly family affair, Casa de las Bugambilias is run by various members of the Cabrera-Arroyo family. Just one block from the famed Templo de Santa Domingo de Guzmán, it’s one of three guesthouses the family runs in Oaxaca. Each of its 10 rooms is spacious and dotted with traditional Mexican arts and crafts. Breakfast is included here, which you can enjoy while reading any one of the 500 books it has on offer in its library.
This intimate spot shares a name with the famed Casa Oaxaca restaurant – one of the best restaurants in Latin America – but it doesn’t live in its shadow of excellence. This cute Oaxaca hotel has a quirky heart-shaped pool and simple, modern rooms with whitewashed walls, tiled floors and colorful quilts. Take advantage of the kitchen and squeeze in a cooking class with the Casa Oaxaca chef or one of his associates. If cooking doesn’t take your fancy, try a temazcal cleansing session, or read a book in the library.
Escape from the center of Oaxaca and check into the Hotel Hacienda Los Laureles. It’s only a few minutes from the city center but sits pretty on an expansive plot of land with lush gardens and views of the Sierra Madre de Oaxaca mountain range. The building itself is an 18th-century colonial-style hacienda. Each of the 23 rooms and suites is spacious and has wooden and wrought-iron elements, while the common areas feature antiques and colorful alebrijes (folk art sculptures).
In the heart of the historic center, this 18th-century mansion has 21 comfortable rooms and suites centered around an open-air patio with semicircular stone arches. It also houses an onsite gym and a restaurant, but the ultimate treasure is the rooftop swimming pool and solarium, where you can take in sweeping views of the city and surrounding Sierra Madre de Oaxaca mountains.
El Callejón has 12 apartment-like rooms spread across an avant-garde property built from natural materials such as adobe and live edge wood. Each room at this Oaxaca hotel features a modern interior with full-width glass doors that open to a private terrace; each suite also has a sleek kitchenette with wooden cabinetry and furniture. In Xochimilco, the oldest neighborhood in the city, this ecohotel includes a palm-tree-strewn central courtyard, along with a bar and a restaurant where you can taste regional mezcals each night.
Seven blocks from the main square, or Zócalo, and even closer to other city attractions, such as the Museo Textil de Oaxaca, Marialicia Suites has 10 spacious rooms designed for convenience. Many of the modern suites have kitchenettes, living rooms and private terraces, and some even have multiple bedrooms or floors. After a full day exploring the vibrant streets of Oaxaca, relax in the peaceful, open-air courtyard – designed to remind you of a Zen garden.
White walls with painted motifs and ornate, carved wooden bed frames mark the guestrooms at this colonial-style Oaxacan guesthouse in the Barrio de Jalatlaco. A greenery-filled atrium on the first floor features an old-fashioned bar that serves local mezcals and other cocktails. A sunny rooftop terrace offers a small pool and jacuzzi; head there for a delicious Oaxacan breakfast before exploring nearby attractions, including the Oaxaca Cathedral and Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán.
In San Felipe del Agua (roughly 15 minutes from the historic center), Hotel Casa Santo Origen features eight exquisite suites named after different regions within Oaxaca. The property blends Oaxacan and Tuscan architectural influences through brick-and-adobe terraces and a courtyard decorated with palm trees and cacti. You can lounge on outdoor furniture by the swimming pool, accessible through open-air corridors that connect to each guestroom. Don’t miss the Entre Sombras restaurant, which serves delectable Mediterranean-style dishes, including paella.
Sarah Buder contributed additional reporting to this article.
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