Oaxaca has no shortage of gorgeous colonial-era buildings; in fact, that's what draws many visitors to this stunningly beautiful Mexican city. But Casa de Siete Balcones, a seven-room boutique hotel, is particularly special, with unusually spacious rooms and, as its name suggests, seven balconies (yes, one for each room). The building itself dates to the 18th century. The structure, along with the rooms’ heavy wood furniture and the cobbled street just outside the door, has the effect of transporting guests to another era. Other design details that will appeal to visitors with nostalgia for an earlier century include Spanish tile floors, and a courtyard filled with plants and flowers; the Spanish-style patio also features a bubbling fountain. Rooms are filled with natural light, and service is friendly and attentive.
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Siete Balcones is located in Oaxaca's Centro neighborhood, which, as its name suggests, is the heart of this beloved city. Its prime location makes it an ideal home base for exploring Oaxaca's cultural attractions, including the nearby Museum of Contemporary Art and the Painters' Museum, as well as colonial-era architecture (don't miss the Church of Santo Domingo). The Centro is highly walkable, and visitors will find that the center of the city is lively with the comings and goings of both visitors and locals. The activity doesn't stop when the sun sets; Oaxaca's Centro is pleasant in the evenings, ideal for strolling from bar to restaurant to try some of the local spirits and culinary specialties, including the smoky liquor, mezcal, and mole, one of Oaxaca's iconic dishes.
Need to Know
Rooms: 7 rooms. From $130. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: 1 p.m. Dining options: Although there is no restaurant in the hotel, breakfast is served on-site. Lunch and dinner can be enjoyed at any of numerous restaurants in the Centro neighborhood. Spa and gym details: The hotel has neither spa nor gym on-site.
Who it's for: Architecture lovers who want to be in the center of Oaxaca. Our favorite room: The spacious “Erudito” has all the design touches that characterize each of the rooms at this hotel, plus a balcony that looks out onto Oaxaca's Central Library, a colonial-era building concealing a beautiful central patio. Good to know: Light sleepers might find some rooms noisy, especially on weekends, when neighborhood sounds drift in from the streets. Guests with sensitivities should indicate as much when booking a reservation.