Lola’s Guide to Oaxaca: Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, and Apartments

As a follow-up to my blog post about 10 common questions I get when traveling to Mexico with my kids, I’m sharing some of my favorite places to stay in Oaxaca. This is one of the questions I get asked a LOT when I’m there and while I enjoy hotel amenities, I love the cozy atmosphere of a bed and breakfast. Before you book anything, be sure to do your research to see what’s a fit for your familia. I always look for places with minimal stairs to climb, completely enclosed courtyards, and a portable crib. 

Oaxaca’s bed and breakfasts offer a unique and more intimate cultural experience than you’d get at any hotel. Although if you have the cash, by all means, stay at La Quinta Real – it’s absolutely beautiful. Here are a few of my other favorite places to stay in Oaxaca:

Casa Lyobaa – $
Amado, Valentina, and I wanted to move here! After spending a few weeks in downtown Oaxaca over the summer, we decided to pack our bags and explore the small town of Mitla, which is where we discovered Casa Lyobaa. This hacienda-style retreat is walking distance from the Mercado de Artesanías and zona arqueológica. The kids and I loved our daily visits to the mercado in the mototaxi and preparing our meals in the fully-stocked kitchen. We also enjoyed touring the grounds – the flora and fauna is breathtaking, relaxing on the hammocks under the huge palapa, and taking a dip in the pool. This place is definitely kid-friendly and Sylvia and her husband went above and beyond to accommodate us. Each private guest room has two full beds, a twin bed, and if you’re traveling with an infant, there are cribs available, too.

Encanto Jalatlaco – $
I haven’t actually stayed here, but I did visit with my friend Conchita of La Casa de Mis Recuerdos. Encanto Jalatlaco is her daughter’s bed and breakfast right in the heart of the hip Jalatlaco neighborhood and is absolutely charming. It’s about a 10-minute walk from Santo Domingo and just like her mother’s bed and breakfast, you’ll be swept off your feet when you enter and take in all of the beautiful flowers, succulents, and outdoor garden space. Another perk is that the rooms are detached, so it’s great if traveling with children.

Estancia Valencia – $$
The rooms and décor at Estancia Valencia are absolutely stunning. I loved unwinding here after being out and about all day. The small patio area and fountain are so relaxing. It’s also centrally located in Oaxaca’s centro historico – only four blocks from Santo Domingo. I’m always nervous staying at bed and breakfasts with children, but it’s one of the few that are family-friendly. I stayed here for a couple of days with my mom and Amado when he was four although I’d probably stay somewhere else if traveling with an infant because the rooms are all within the home, so I wouldn’t want to take away from another guest’s experience with a crying baby.

La Betulia – $$
La Betulia is one of Oaxaca’s hot new bed and breakfasts. I stayed here with a group of food bloggers, chefs, and food aficionados during a week-long retreat. Guests at La Betulia convene daily for a delightful outdoor breakfast that features a yogurt bar with homemade yogurt, granola, jams, seasonal fruit, pan dulce, and fresh juices. Breakfast specialties include huevos rancheros, enfrijoladas, huevos en salsa, quesadillas, tamales, and other Mexican favorites. The décor at La Betulia combines Mexico’s vibrant colors with a clean, contemporary twist. Let’s just say, there are plenty of photo opps! The owners also rent apartments that are centrally located, if you prefer to cook for yourself.

La Casa de Mis Recuerdos – $$
La Casa de Mis Recuerdos is one of the oldest and most beautiful bed and breakfasts in Oaxaca and proprietors Conchita Arroyo Cabrera and Moises Valencia have been receiving guests in their colonial style home for over 35 years. From the moment you enter the courtyard it’s apparent where its name derives as you find yourself lost in a magical world of patios, terraces, and flower-covered walls. Also, you can’t beat the location. It’s a five-minute walk to Santo Domingo and a two minute walk to the famous esquites with sal de chapulín at El Llano.

Quinta Real Oaxaca – $$$
This is where I stayed on my first visit to Oaxaca in 2006. My sister enjoys the finer things in life, and picked this hotel because it is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Site and former convent (we like thinking that the nuns haunt the historic hotel). The grounds are breathtaking, guest rooms are rustic and beautiful, and architecture and gardens are perfect for impromptu photo shoots.

Tierra del Sol Apartments – $$
I stayed at Tierra del Sol while conducting my thesis research in Oaxaca. It was safe and centrally located — walking distance from all of the action, but far enough removed to avoid loud crowds during festivals and on weekends. The apartments are fully furnished and include wi-fi and weekly housekeeping. If you don’t feel like going out to eat, pick up some prime ingredients from one of the local markets and make use of the kitchen! Barbara, the landlady and owner of the apartments, is an absolute gem to work with as well. This is a great place if you’re on an extended trip (two or more months).

I do hope this guide helps narrow down your Oaxaca lodging options. If there are other places that you’ve absolutely loved, please let me know so I can check them out the next time I’m in town!

Photos were either taken by me or obtained from each place’s website or Airbnb listing.

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