From outside the compound-like walls of Hacienda Los Laureles, it's hard to imagine what a beautiful, peaceful experience awaits inside. When the doors open, guests step onto a large, lush lawn that’s kept green by a sophisticated graywater recycling system. The oversized rooms of the hacienda are dotted around the lawn's periphery, and visitors are greeted with special touches, including decorations that use the property's natural assets, like colorful bougainvillea flowers. Even when the hotel is at high occupancy, Hacienda Los Laureles feels private and relaxed.
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Hacienda Los Laureles sits in a quiet and peaceful residential neighborhood. Guests will either need their own car or want to request a taxi or car service to get to and from the city center (about a 15-minute ride) and surrounding attractions. The hotel's location does not mean that it's without services, though; a couple of restaurants lie within easy walking distance, including Estrella de Mar, which specializes in seafood. (Chef Natalia Delgado is a local celebrity, having won a reality show called En Busca de la Nueva Diva México, "In Search of the New Mexican Diva.")
Need to Know
Rooms: 23 rooms. From $177. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The on-site restaurant, Los Cipréses, specializes in regional Mexican fare but also offers international dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can eat inside or on a lovely outdoor patio. Cooking classes are also available on-site and are a popular activity among guests. Spa and gym details: The hotel has a well-regarded spa with a full menu of treatments and services including temazcal, a traditional steam-based ceremony that is facilitated by a shaman. There is no gym on-site; however, the hotel does have a solar-heated pool.
Who it's for: Travelers who want to be outside the hustle and bustle of Oaxaca's Centro neighborhood. Our favorite room: The Honeymoon Suite is especially large and luxurious, with a beautiful bedspread that reflects the traditions of craftsmanship for which Oaxaca is world-renowned. Parking made easy: The hotel has free, on-site parking monitored 24 hours a day by security for guests who arrive with their own vehicles.