The Best Hotels to Stay in Oaxaca

In my experience, what makes these hotels “the best” is their customer service, beautiful design, and walkability to the center of the city. 

I travel to Oaxaca at least two to three times a year, and every year I try to stay at a new hotel.

Though there are many beautiful hotels in Oaxaca, I can confirm that these hotels are my personal favorites.

*Please Note: This list is not by ranking and is organized in alphabetical order.

My Top 5 Favorite Hotels In Oaxaca City

Casa de Las Bugambilias B&B
Casa de Las Bugambilias B&B | Photo By Luisa Navarro
  • Cost: Starting from $115 USD
  • Location: 0.18 miles or approximately 5 minute walk to the Zocalo
  • Pet Friendly: Service animals only, must show proof
  • Great For: Families with kids, couples, friends traveling together, solo travelers
  • Instagram: @lasbugambiliasoaxaca

I love this property because it reminds me of staying with a tía! Or as we say in Mexico “me siento en casa (I feel right at home). 

Owned by one of the loveliest families in Oaxaca, each bedroom is unique and features beautiful decor from different regions in the state.

My favorite room is the Rosa Mexicano (Mexican pink) cocina , which is truly the heart of the home and also where they serve their delicious complementary breakfast.

If you want to feel at home in Oaxaca, this is definitely the place for you. The staff speak both Spanish and English and will ensure a welcoming stay.

Pro-Tip: If you're traveling with kids, Las Bugambilias can offer babysitting services upon request.

Things to consider: Make sure to call ahead to confirm your reservation. According to Google reviews, there have been issues with 3rd party booking services and this B&B requires a minimum two-night stay. 

shop mini alebrijes from oaxaca

Casa Rosamate
Casa Rosamate  | Photo By Luisa Navarro
  • Cost: Starting from $145 USD.
  • Location: .59 miles or approximately 13 minute walk to the Zocalo
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Great For: Groups, romantic getaways
  • Instagram: @casarosamate

The perfect quaint hotel that features the best aesthetic—Rosa Mexicano, cacti, and whimsical animals made from barro!

The 9 rooms can be rented together for a group, or you can reserve the rooms separately.

This property includes the following layouts:

  • 3 King Size
  • 5 Queen Size
  • 1 two Twin Size 

Besides the aesthetic, what stood out to be most about this property were the extremely comfortable beds and the rain shower. And even though I usually bring my own shampoo and conditioner, I tried theirs and I liked it! 

A huge win for me was being further away from the centro, which guaranteed an excellent night of sleep. I felt tucked in, cozy, and very happy in my bedroom, but also enjoyed the fact that I could easily walk to the centro if I needed to.

Pro-Tip: Order the chilaquiles for breakfast! They were so so good.

Things to consider: Casa Rosamate isn't located in a cute neighborhood like Barrio de Jalatlaco and it is gated off. If you're looking for a hotel that has cute cafés and shops right next door, this isn't the hotel for you.

City Centro by Marriott Oaxaca
City Centro by Marriott Oaxaca | Photo by Luisa Navarro​​
  • Cost: Starting from $137 USD
  • Location: 0.6 miles or approximately 15 minute walk to the Zocalo
  • Pet Friendly: Yes, with advance notice and a daily fee.
  • Great For: Families with kids, young couples
  • Instagram: @marriotbonvoy

Marriott properties are typically not my first choice when it comes to hotels in Mexico, since I usually prefer to stay somewhere locally owned and more boutique, but City Centro has something that's hard to overlook. 

Located in Barrio de Jalatlaco (my favorite neighborhood in Oaxaca!), this hotel proves that location is everything when it comes to choosing a place to stay.

I've stayed in hotels all over Oaxaca, but there really is something special about staying in this artsy neighborhood surrounded by gorgeous street art, cute shops, colorful papel picado, and some of my favorite breakfast spots.

Although, it's not the most luxurious or amenity friendly hotel, let's be honest, it matters less in Oaxaca because you won't be spending much time in your room.


  1. I love that this hotel is located a little bit further from the Zocalo making it easier to get a good night's rest. 
  2. There are few hotels in Oaxaca that allow kids , but this is one of them.

Things to consider: 

  1. Breakfast is not included and it is pricey.  I recommend venturing out for your cafecito, pan dulce, and chilaquiles! 
  2. It is a further walk to the centro and new travelers might feel disoriented at first. Take taxis to and from the hotel to familiarize yourself before walking.
Grana B&B
Grana B&B  | Photo By Luisa Navarro
  • Cost: Starting at $150 USD
  • Location: 0.13 miles or approximately 3 minute walk to the Zocalo
  • Pet Friendly: Yes, with advance notice and a daily fee.
  • Great For: Young couples, group of friends, and solo travelers
  • Instagram: @granabnb

Yes, the property without a doubt is enchanting, but what stood out to me most during my stay at Grana B&B was the exceptional customer service and attentiveness of the staff.

They reached out via Whatsapp (both Spanish and English) to check in regularly and stood out compared to other hotels when it came to making sure expectations were met.

The second most memorable thing was Grana's delicious Oaxacan-style breakfast (you have to try the tamales!), which is included and served in their Instagram-famous cocina. I also appreciate the fact that they offer a continental breakfast for those who want a lighter option like fruit, granola, yogurt, and juices.

Pro-Tip:  Make sure to book in advance as this hotel is very popular and fills up quickly!

Things to consider: Although this hotel is a short walk to the city center, noise is an issue. Make sure to request a room away from the park and Ruta de Independencia. The hotel is working to add extra insulation and provides ear plugs, but I did find it very hard to sleep during my stay.

shop glassware

Quinta Real Oaxaca
Quinta Real  | Photo By Luisa Navarro

Cost: Starting at $300 USD

Location: 0.31 miles or approximately 4 minute walk to the Zocalo

Pet Friendly: No

Great For: Romantic getaways, weddings, honeymoon, family reunions

Instagram: @hotelesquintareal

If you're looking for fancy, then this is it! Located in an ex-convent, this majestic hotel will take you back in time. 

Chock full of amenities and world-class service, this hotel includes a beautiful pool, gym, 24-hour room service, babysitting services, and more.

Their restaurant is one of my favorites and the staff is super friendly, speak both Spanish and English, and they are accommodating. 

While the property itself is stunning, the rooms are not as impressive, especially for the price point.

I have stayed here a few times with family who prefer this hotel, but when I visit Oaxaca on my own, I stay at other properties because I cannot justify the price point.

That being said, I do hope they'll consider updating the rooms in the future to match the rest of the hotel's incredible aesthetic.

Things to consider: Noise can be an issue here since the hotel is located right in the center. Make sure to ask for a room located further away from Ruta Independencia. 

As Oaxaca grows in popularity, the competition for hotels is increasing rapidly.

From my experience, I have found my best Oaxaca trips are not based on the hotel rooms themselves, but on the quality of service, the proximity to shops, restaurants, and the city centro.

Pro-Tip: There are a few beautiful hotels located further outside of Oaxaca City in the San Felipe area; however, in my experience I do not recommend staying that far out of the city as I do think your trip will feel more isolating and you will spend more time driving instead of taking in the cultural sites by walking.

Of course, there are other hotels that I have my eye on, but that I can't personally recommend because I haven't stayed there.

As I continue to try out new hotels, I will update this list. If you have a favorite hotel in Oaxaca, feel free to leave your recommendation in the comments below!

Follow Luisa on Instagram

About the Author


Mexican-American journalist, former national news producer, and graduate of Boston College and Columbia University School of Journalism. Her mission is to shed more light on the beauty and traditions of Mexican culture. This website is dedicated to her grandmothers, Tita Susana and Tita Lupita, who taught her to be proud of her heritage and to always remember where her ancestors came from.

other posts you may love...

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published


Interested in traveling to Mexico?

Sign up for a travel consultation and we'll help you create a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Mexico!

Book Now