Small and intimate, Hotel Casa Oaxaca feels quintessentially Oaxacan: It’s colonial in style, with whitewashed walls contrasting with vivid pops of carnelian red and fuchsia. It’s surrounded by local vegetation. And it’s filled with Oaxacan handicrafts and art. Common areas invite visitors to settle in and relax, like the on-site library, pool, and terrace with beautifully-made cotton hammocks. The hotel's seven rooms are arranged around the central patio. Visitors consistently say the service is exceptional, with attention to detail and a “go the extra mile” attitude mentioned frequently as one of the main reasons to return. Another is the hotel's central location, as it offers an easy walk to many of Oaxaca's top sights.
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Just three blocks from Oaxaca's Zócalo, or main square, Casa Oaxaca sits in the center of the city's action and near all of its key attractions. There are museums, churches, galleries, and boutiques galore, as well as restaurants, bars, and cafés. Oaxaca's Centro neighborhood is incredibly photogenic, and for many visitors, there's no better way to spend part of a day than wandering around without a specific destination, eyes open for beauty and camera in hand. The Centro is also pedestrian-friendly, though for guests who want to explore beyond the neighborhood, public transportation and taxis or car hires can be found easily.
Need to Know
Rooms: 7 rooms. From $199. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Casa Oaxaca has a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The chef and his team garner raves for cuisine that contemporizes traditional Oaxacan flavors using fresh, local ingredients. Spa and gym details: The hotel offers massage services and features herbal and steam baths. While there is no on-site gym, guests can request private yoga classes with advance notice. The hotel also has an outdoor pool.
Who it's for: Authentic culture seekers who want to experience the best of Oaxaca's artistic, architectural, and culinary traditions, along with its renowned hospitality. Our favorite rooms: Junior Suite B is the hotel's largest. Spread out over two floors, it has two queen beds and one king-size bed, perfect for a family or group of friends traveling together, and a pool-facing garden. Food courses: The chef of the hotel restaurant offers cooking classes, with two options. One is a market tour that culminates in a hands-on cooking session back in the hotel's kitchen; the other is a food tour that incorporates special experiences for art lovers, including visits to the studios and workshops of artisans and craftspeople.