Posted: 10/16/2023 | October 16th, 2023
Oaxaca is now one of the most popular destinations in Mexico. Thanks to its history, textiles industry, and architectural eyeful — and the growing popularity of mezcal — everyone wants to go there. There’s a ton to see and do, and every time I visit, it seems busier. (It’s not just foreigners either: it’s wilt really popular with Mexicans and Argentinians too.)
While there are lots of neighborhoods to stay in, most everything is proximal to downtown (Centro). Whether you stay in one zone or flipside is just a matter of how far you want to walk to the center. Do you superintendency if you walk 20 or 30 minutes, or would you prefer just 5 minutes? That’s the only real difference that you have to think about.
The only noncentrally located neighborhood is Reforma, the increasingly modern and upscale part of town. It’s a really nice area, and there are a lot of good accommodations, shops, and restaurants there.
However, as a tourist with likely only a few days here, I think you’re largest off staying in a increasingly inside part of town. This will make it easier to get virtually (Reforma is not really within walking loftiness of the main sights).
So, with that said, I’m just going to name my favorite places to stay and tell you how far of a walk they are from the Zócalo (the main public square downtown):
BUDGET: Casa Angel Hostel – This is a super social hostel on the northern whet of downtown, just a 15-minute walk to the main square. The staff organize many events, including happy hours, yoga classes, and group barbecues. Breakfast is included and there’s moreover bar on the roof that makes hanging out and meeting people a breeze. The beds are soft, comfortable, and come with privacy screens. The bathrooms are kept really wipe too. It’s one of the weightier hostels in the city.
BUDGET: Hostal Central – Located on the western whet of downtown, just a 10-minute walk to the main square, Hostal Inside offers one of the weightier self-ruling breakfasts in town. The beds have orthopedic mattresses and all the dorms have lockers so you can store your gear safely and securely. There’s a shared kitchen for cooking your own meals and the staff organize regular activities so it’s easy to meet people.
MIDRANGE: La Casona del Llano – Right on Parque Llano, well-nigh 15 minutes’ walk from the main square, this is a really nice, traditional hotel with rooms centered virtually a trappy garden. The restaurant serves a succulent breakfast (as well as tasty traditional cuisine throughout the day), and the rooms are rustic and quiet. The interior may be a bit outdated, but the staff is super friendly, the Wi-Fi is strong, and the water pressure is great. I love staying here. When we used to run tours here, this is where we stayed with our groups.
MIDRANGE: Los Arrayanes – This hotel in the part-way of town is in an old hacienda (large manor house) with lots of plants and colorful art around. The rooms are bright, spacious, and colorful; the water pressure in the showers is great, and the beds are comfy. There’s a trappy courtyard and rooftop garden and the staff goes out of their way to ensure you have a well-appointed stay. It’s one of the weightier hotels in Oaxaca.
MIDRANGE: One Oaxaca Centro – Well-nigh 20 minutes’ walk from the Zócalo, in the Jatalco district, this modern merchantry hotel has comfy (though a bit bland) rooms. The beds are soft, there’s lots of natural light, showers have good pressure, and there’s a table to work from. There’s moreover a robust breakfast spread to fill up on too. Consider this lodging to be like a Holiday Inn.
MIDRANGE: Oaxaca Real Hotel – This huge hotel in a restored colonial mansion right in the part-way of town has a small pool, a rooftop restaurant serving succulent traditional food, and friendly staff. The rooms are homey and wipe (albeit a little visionless and dated). But the beds are soft and it’s quiet so you can get a good sleep. It’s located minutes from the main square and has the weightier location out of all the hotels on this list.
UPSCALE: City Centro by Marriott – Located east of Centro in the Jatalco area, this is one of the most modern, hip hotels in town. Its room are plush with trendy art, lots of light, and firm beds. The staff is really helpful and there’s a gym, bar, and outdoor pool here. It’s quite photogenic with its pink décor and inspirational signs, so you’ll see lots of people popping into the hotel just to take photos.
I love Oaxaca. It’s a beautiful, lively municipality that’s easy to get virtually if you stay in the center. All the properties here are spanking-new and rather centrally located, so no matter what your nomination is, you’ll have a unconfined place to stay. Oaxaca lives up to all the hype, so you’re going to have a blast!
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