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Best for Families: Quinta Real Oaxaca – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The grounds contain a swimming pool, fountain, sun terrace and a garden bar, which keeps all of the family sated with refreshments."
Best for Foodies: Hotel Casa Oaxaca – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Chef Alejandro Ruiz takes them on a culinary journey, visiting local markets to select ingredients before creating custom dishes."
"The Nasah Spa offers traditional temazcal steam baths alongside massages, body wraps and hydrotherapy."
Best for Romance: Hacienda Los Laureles – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The aged hotel buildings are set amid beautifully landscaped grounds filled with lawns, flowerbeds and fountains."
Best View: Hotel Azul – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The best part of the hotel is the rooftop terrace, where guests can enjoy sundowner drinks at the bar while taking in the city skyline."
"In each of the six bedrooms, rugs and bed scarfs in Mexican textile patterns complement the traditional floor tiles and decorations on the walls."
Most Ethical Choice: Hotel con Corazon – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The hotel runs programs to encourage young children to complete school and trains them for careers in the hospitality industry."
Best Boutique: Hotel Palacio Borghese – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The hotel does its best to cultivate a quiet and refined air, with no children or pets allowed in order to not disturb the tranquillity."
"Guests are welcomed to their room with fresh fruit and flowers and a nightly chocolate gift comes with the nightly turn-down service."
Best for Families: Quinta Real Oaxaca
Set in the heart of the historic city center and housed within a former convent complex recognized as a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site, the Quinto Real Oaxaca is filled with impressive architecture, antique artworks, and immaculate courtyard gardens.
Despite the stately setting, the hotel has a number of family-friendly features: Spacious guest rooms come with a flat-screen TV, a children’s room service menu, connecting rooms, rollaway beds, and cots if needed.
The grounds feature a swimming pool, fountain, and sun terrace, while a garden bar keeps all of the family refreshed with casual snacks and drinks throughout the day.
The hotel often provides family-friendly entertainment, including live music in the evenings. The on-site El Refectorio Restaurant serves a continental and American breakfast and a á la carte lunch, a dinner menu with child-friendly options and authentic Mexican cuisine, with casual seating on the terrace overlooking the lush gardens below.
Best for Foodies: Hotel Casa Oaxaca
A small colonial building built of wood, clay tile floors and whitewashed walls, Hotel Casa Oaxaca feels like a tranquil private residence rather than a boutique hotel. Rooms overlook patios and a small courtyard decorated with bougainvillea flowers, which is also where you can find a pool lined by sun loungers.
The centerpiece of the property is the kitchen, known for its high-end dining experiences that showcase the finest local grains, vegetables and homemade cheeses in creative, small bites celebrating the traditional culture. While the menu changes seasonally, plates include agua chiles stuffed with ceviche, or beef tostadas with tomato, lime, and avocado.
For guests interested in exploring the cuisine further, head chef Alejandro Ruiz takes them on a culinary journey of Oaxaca – a city that plays host to world-famous mole and tamales – by visiting local markets to select ingredients before creating a variety of unique meals. And for those looking to unwind after a long day of adventuring, the hotel spa also offers massages, herb and steam baths, and private yoga sessions.
Best Luxury: Casa Bonita Hotel Boutique & Spa
Immaculate attention to detail and service defines the Casa Bonita Hotel Boutique & Spa, known for its relaxing atmosphere that serves guests with everything they might need.
Guest rooms are spacious and sophisticated, with pastel linens, leather bed trimmings, and dark-wood furniture. The on-site Nasáh Spa offers traditional, low-heat temazcal steam baths alongside massages, body wraps, and hydrotherapy. Other facilities include saunas, Vichy showers, vacuum therapy, and a beauty salon.
The hotel has two exceptional fine-dining restaurants, both of which offer a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. One, Estrella de Mar specializes in gourmet seafood and top-quality meat cuts fusing Asian influences with Oaxacan cuisine, providing plates such as tempura shrimp and Tomahawk steak, while another, El Cielo, offers a more traditional menu of plates like tamales and octopus ceviche. And at Bar de la Musique, guests can drink specialty cocktails like Palomas and margaritas at one of the liveliest music and karaoke bars in town.
Best for Romance: Hacienda Los Laureles
A restored 18th-century hacienda located on the outskirts of the city in the quiet, upscale residential area of San Felipe del Agua, Hacienda Los Laureles offers a relaxed and private atmosphere, while still allowing for easy access to the city center. The aged hotel buildings are set amidst beautifully landscaped grounds dotted with lawns, flowerbeds, and fountains.
The grounds are home to a heated pool with an adjacent Jacuzzi, all set in a small patio with sunbeds and shade umbrellas. Couples should choose the deluxe Junior Suite, which comes with its own private patio and Jacuzzi tub. Guests can relax under the care of the hotel masseur or in a temazcal steam room, should they need even more time to unwind.
The restaurant and bar have intimate indoor spaces and outdoor areas for al fresco dining. In the nearby area, visitors can golf, play tennis, and explore the Sierra Madre mountains like a caballero on horseback, should they want to live out their Oaxacan fantasies.
Best View: Hotel Azul
Guests of the Hotel Azul first enter the hotel through the luscious patio courtyard of flagstone floors, wooden fixtures, and sky-blue walls. The patio is set with tables for the morning-til-late dining offered by the Cocina Azul restaurant, which serves both inventive and traditional meals from all over Oaxaca state.
In the lobby and the Gallery Azul, local artworks, jewelry, and antiques are on display, where guests can purchase authentic crafts from local artisans. In the rear courtyard, soaring cactus towers build green, living walkways, while a striking, hand-carved wooden relief adorns the rear wall, calling to mind the traditional artworks of the region.
The rooms have a stylish modern vibe, including plasma TVs, a full minibar, and complimentary services that include laundry, dry cleaning, and reservations assistance.
The best part of the hotel by far is the rooftop terrace, where guests can enjoy sundowner drinks at the bar while taking in panoramic city skyline views, looking over the Zocalo and Santo Domingo Church.
Best B&B: El Diablo y La Sandia
Cozy, eclectic and homey all come together in the intimate space of El Diablo y La Sandia. The soft pastel walls and earthy tiles are used to contrast the colors from the brightly-painted wooden furniture, vases, mirrors, and vibrant blooms of flowers.
The friendly and efficient team of staff welcomes guests with genuine warmth, making travelers feel immediately at home. In each of the six bedrooms, rugs and bed scarfs in Mexican textile patterns complement the traditional floor tiles and decorations on the walls.
A light breakfast of fruit, bread, jam, and local Oaxacan breakfast like stuffed tortillas is served in the central courtyard, and there are several sunny terraces lined with garden beds and potted plants. The property has plenty of dining options within a couple of blocks, like Casa Taviche for Oaxacan seafood, and Cafe Bistrot Epicuro for gourmet food with vegetarian options, and the main city plaza is only a few minutes away.
Most Ethical Choice: Hotel con Corazon
Literally ‘Hotel with Heart’, the Hotel con Corazon is noteworthy for the social development programs that encourage young children to complete school and train them for careers in the hospitality industry through internships at the hotel. This program has helped hundreds of children complete school and invested hundreds of thousands of pesos in education for underprivileged youths.
Apart from its social programs, it is also an excellent place to stay, set in a quiet corner of the city just a short walk from the center. The hotel is a new building that manages to tastefully reflect the local character and history, despite its updated design, while the courtyard patios are filled with graceful leafy trees, hammocks, and chairs, creating a peaceful, natural setting.
A traditional Oaxacan breakfast is complimentary and a selection of snacks and drinks including coffee, fresh juice, and alcoholic beverages are available throughout the day from the bar. Guest rooms all have views onto the courtyard, providing easy access to greenery.
Best Boutique: Hotel Palacio Borghese
The award-winning Hotel Palacio Borghese provides an opulent and classical atmosphere for guests looking for an upscale Oaxacan experience. The hotel, built in a Baroque style around a central courtyard, has eight intimate guest rooms and suites, all featuring unique décor in a rich European theme, with silk bedcovers, marble busts and columns, antique furnishings, and French windows.
The hotel does its best to cultivate a quiet and refined air, with no children or pets allowed. The courtyard is a particularly peaceful spot, with an ornamental pool and statuary. On the rooftop terrace, there is a Jacuzzi, sun loungers and a massage table. Conveniently, the hotel is located just one block from the Santo Domingo Plaza and is surrounded by top-quality restaurants and bars, so if guests need a little excitement, they need only walk around the corner to find the lively city.
Best Rooms: Casa de Sierra Azul Hotel
Housed in a renovated 19th-century building and built around a historic courtyard dominated by a large ornamental fountain, the Casa de Sierra Azul is centered around style and comfort. Guests are welcomed to hotel's 21 individually decorated rooms with fresh fruit and flowers, while a gift of local chocolates comes with the nightly turn-down service.
All accommodations provide ultimate relaxation and have chic decor. The large beds are softly lit from below to create the illusion that they are floating above the wood floors. And the bathrooms are large, with double vanities and walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads.
Upstairs, a rooftop terrace has views of the surrounding landscape with rows of cacti to decorate the space. The Corazon Oaxaqueño restaurant runs a breakfast, lunch and dinner service that features local ingredients and recipes, such as omelets with traditional salsas, or ceviches with fresh, local veggies.
The hotel can arrange services such as massages, a temazcal steam room, hair appointments, pedicures, and dry cleaning, and tours throughout the area to give guests a glimpse of the vibrant local cuisine and art.