Oaxaca City, with a population of nearly 500,000 people, is nestled on a high plateau (elevation 5,028 feet) in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca and is a clean, welcoming city with an abundance of stately baroque Colonial architecture. Dotted with churches, museums and government buildings from the 16th , 17th and 18th centuries, visiting Oaxaca City is a step back in time and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The city’s year-round Spring-like climate
makes strolling along the elegant, wide avenues, visiting the festive outdoor markets or enjoying a street celebration a delight any time of year.
When considering an Oaxaca City vacation, the lodging options are many, varied and generally reasonably-priced. In fact, there are approximately 150 Oaxaca City hotels, although Oaxaca City all-inclusive hotels and resorts are limited. Instead, most hotels and resorts operate under the European plan in which everything other than the room involves an extra cost.
One of the top Oaxaca City hotels is the Camino Real, an intimate spot situated in the center of the city. With beautiful Colonial architecture, regal fountains, hidden patios, fragrant gardens, tile floors, polished wood beams and arched doorways, this enchanting hotel offers 91 air-conditioned rooms with traditional Mexican furnishings.
Another one of Oxaca’s best hotels is the 5-star Hotel Victoria. This renowned property sits atop a hill overlooking the city and is surrounded by lush gardens. 150 well-appointed rooms, either in one of the villas or in the hotel, are available and are decorated in pastel colors. The hotel’s restaurant, El Tule, offers delicious Mexican cuisine and spectacular views of the city below.
When on an Oaxaca City vacation, another lodging option is the Holiday Inn Express. An award-winning property, this property is not far from the city’s Zocalo (town square) and has 85 cozy rooms with air conditioning, cable TV and data ports. A full breakfast is included in the price of a room. An art gallery featuring Oaxacan artists is an added perk when staying in this convenient Oaxaca City hotel.
Three more of the finest Oaxaca City’s resorts are the 5-star Casa Oaxaca (housed in an 18th century home), the lovely Mision de Los Angles (nestled on 8 acres of gardens) and the beautiful Hostal de La Noria (situated in a Colonial mansion).
A less expensive Oaxaca City hotel is the Fiesta Inn, a centrally-located, 143-room hotel with Mexican hacienda architecture. All rooms come with TV, a full bath and direct dial phones. This hotel also offers a free shuttle to downtown.