Oaxaca is a traveler’s paradise; famed for its stunning scenery, and its sandy beaches to the south, as well as boasting a charming capital, Oaxaca City makes the perfect base for a stay in this state, actually one of the poorest in Mexico. Check out artesanías, historical architecture, and chow down on what is often considered to be the best food in Mexico, then relax in any one of these wonderful and quirky hotels, which cover several price brackets, in the evening.
A truly family affair, Casa de las Bugambilias is run by various members of the 21-strong Cabrera-Arroyo family and has featured in numerous publications, such as Conde Nast Traveller and GQ México. Casa de las Bugambilias is just one of three guest houses that they run in Oaxaca, and is well located just one block from the famed Santa Domingo temple. Each of its eight rooms are unique, spacious and dotted with traditional Mexican arts and crafts, which add bright pops of color to draw the eye. Check out the Girasoles (Sunflower) room for a vivid yellow feature wall. Breakfast is included here at Casa de las Bugambilias, which you can enjoy while reading any one of the 500 books they have on offer in their library. Watch out for: Personal touches and traditional Mexican artesanías
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. Our Casa Oaxaca, the cute little hotel with a quirky heart-shaped pool, stands on its own two feet, with its mixture of colonial architecture with modern touches. In fact, it ranks incredibly highly among the top cultural hotels in quaint, cultural Oaxaca City. However, when staying there, why not take advantage of the connections it has with one of Latin America’s best restaurants and squeeze in a cooking class with the Casa Oaxaca chef or one of his associates” If cooking doesn’t take your fancy, instead try out a temazcal cleansing session or read a book in the library. Price: Upscale Watch out for: Quirky touches and top notch restaurant links
As one of Oaxaca City’s top hotels, Hotel Azul is a great option if you’re hunting for a place to stay that also offers up stellar views over the surrounding area. Once a crumbling, abandoned building, it is now a contemporary design hotel with artistic touches noticeable throughout. However, nothing steals the show more than the view from the rooftop bar and terrace which is decked out with sleek seating and an ample menu of mezcal cocktails to choose from.
Quirky and affordable, El Diablo y La Sandia has intriguing design touches such as glass tables made from old parillas (Mexican barbecue grills). The kitsch touches don’t end there however, as the décor is inspired by Mexican lotería cards – expect vibrant colours. However, design touches, as delightful as they are, are not the main draw here at El Diablo y La Sandia; that honor goes to the mother-daughter team that run the place, making it feel homey and welcoming. Have a leisurely morning coffee on the upstairs terrace, surrounded by vibrant potted plants, or in the central downstairs courtyard, where you can watch your breakfast being lovingly prepared. On top of the above, the location is perfect; centrally situated in Oaxaca City, you are only a stone’s throw from the main attractions of this popular tourist destination. Price: Mid-range Watch out for: Quirky interior design and welcoming hosts
Taking up residence in this architecturally stunning and historically fascinating 19th century Oaxacan mansion is Casa de Sierra Azul. For history fiends, there is no better place, as this charming and spacious residence just two blocks from the Zócalo still has the original wooden door and has beautifully maintained the internal balcony structure, which looks down onto the central courtyard. This authentic, magical hotel still manages to retain its essence, transporting you back to high class, 19th-century Mexico, while also allowing you a tranquil space in which to relax and enjoy your trip. Perfect for honeymooners and couples, Casa de Sierra Azul has 17 high-ceilinged rooms to choose from, each one decorated in a classy yet simple style, with colorful accents. Price: Mid-range Watch out for: The historical significance and beauty of the building
Escape a little from the hustle and bustle of the very center of Oaxaca and check out Hacienda Los Laureles, which is situated still only a few minutes from central Oaxaca, but also on its own expansive plot of land and gardens, which boast lovely views of the Sierra Madre mountains. The building itself is a more-than-200-year-old colonial style hacienda, typical to Mexico, and offers balconies you can relax on and take in the view, as well as 17 rooms and suites. Each room is of an excellent size and very homey, well-decorated with a large bed and a selection of dark wood furniture. The antique details of the place are best noted in the communal areas however, which are richly adorned with antiquities and artesanías of all kinds, including colourful alebrijes and black pottery crafts. Price: Upscale Watch out for: Tranquil environment and delightful views
Ranked as one of the top ten hotels in Mexico by Conde Nast Traveller, Quinta Real Oaxaca is an impressive option in this quirky, historical colonial city. This vast property occupies a prime location in the heart of Oaxaca, just one block from the Santo Domingo temple and 30 minutes from the airport. It has a selection of 91 simply decorated, but classy and elegant, rooms to choose from, some of which have views over the interior gardens and courtyards and others over the historic streets of Oaxaca. Each one is different to the last, yet they are all equally as divine. Once a 17th century convent, Quinta Real Oaxaca is now one of the best hotels in the city, which thoroughly celebrates its history while simultaneously revamping it for the modern age. Price: Upscale Watch out for: An abundance of beautifully decorated suites in a great location
A selection of six ample bedrooms all situated around a central courtyard, as per the typical style, Hotel La Casona de Tita is situated in the historic center of the city and was converted from a 19th century Oaxacan house, opening its doors to visitors in 2005. Ten years on, and it’s the winner of the Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Award 2015, and offers a unique and magical stay in this unique and magical city. Simply put, La Casona de Tita feels like home, and offers a relaxing and tranquil place of respite from the busy city center. Breakfast will cost you extra, but everything is homemade, down to the jams and breads. At this beautiful hotel, no detail goes ignored and every interaction feels personalized and attentive, which is reflected in the price. Price: Upscale Watch out for: Relaxation and personal touches
The striking architectural presence of this upscale Oaxacan hotel is impressive; think colonial style, centered on an internal courtyard, with a spectacular terrace to boot. Consisting of six beautifully decorated, elegant rooms inspired by European elegance, you might be likely to forget you’re in one of the most Mexican of Mexico’s cities. Each room is named after an Italian city, and stuffed with decadently patterned – not garish – furnishings and plump, enticing pillows. Rich colors, mood lighting and attention to detail make Hotel Palacio Borghese feel like the gorgeous boutique hotel it is. Make the most of the rooftop spa which has stunning views out over the city. Price: Mid-range to upscale Watch out for: European interior décor inspiration