I was part of a wonderful group of artists and photographers called Destination-Arts, visiting Oaxaca to paint, sketch, learn about photography and printmaking. There were 22 of us altogether and this is the hotel our guides picked out for us. The night we arrived (on the late side) they had a wonderful welcome party for us with delightful appetizers and shots of mescal (the local fav drink!) We were led to our rooms, and at first I was a bit disappointed - no view of the town (my room faced the inside courtyard)! The bathroom was clean and nice, but very small. I found out later that all the rooms face the inner courtyard, and that this is a tradition there to help the rooms stay cool in the heat of the summer and for the quiet atmosphere found there.
The next morning I woke up and began to appreciate the magic of this place. They have a beautiful outdoor terrace where guests can choose from a huge menu of delicious breakfast items. We all tried various Mexican (Oaxacan) specialties, like enchiladas with black mole for breakfast!! I ended up settling most days for a fresh fruit plate and their rich, delicious yogurt and granola (save the heavy food for later in the day!) The view from the terrace is spectacular, looking out toward the Cathedral de Santo Domingo (which is also lit up at night for great viewing).
The inner courtyard is also very inviting and a quiet haven from the busy street just outside the doors. One of the most wonderful things about the place was the very heartfelt staff. I felt completely safe and comfortable staying here. Another real bonus is the location, which is a few blocks from the center of town, the Zocolo, and a number of great markets including the organic market which we visited on Friday and Saturday.
I would highly recommend this lovely intimate hotel if you're visiting Oaxaca.
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