An oasis of calm in the heart of Oaxaca
Casa Oaxaca is an oasis of calm in the heart of Oaxaca, Mexico. A place to escape after a day of sightseeing or, in my case, a long day of dusty car journeys and meetings with cooperatives. Located in the historical centre in an eighteenth century colonial house, it’s a charming boutique hotel with only seven bedrooms.
It’s known as the ‘art hotel’ because each of the rooms cleverly mixes Oaxacan handicrafts, from the hand-woven ‘mantas’ or blankets on the beds, to the carved headboards, with artwork from contemporary Oaxacan artists.
It’s also known for its cuisine as the restaurant is part of the famous Casa Oaxaca restaurant, which is split across two sites. I had the most delicious food I have tasted in Mexico at the hotel and at the main restaurant. For breakfast you are tempted with a long list of delicious hot dishes but I went for the yoghurt, fresh fruit and muesli option accompanied by a traditional Mexican slightly spicy hot chocolate and followed by freshly baked pan dulce, similar to banana bread but with dates and mango too.
The sopa de frijoles, black bean soup, was amazing and the ensalada de jitomate, a tomato salad with a mix of different types of tomatoes, including the tiny green tomatillos just seen in the photo below, accompanied by a special salsa and tortillas was the perfect lunch after a morning searching for naturally dyed rugs.
In the heat of the day you can relax in the cactus and Bougainvillea filled patio, take a siesta in a hammock on the roof terrace, visit the library to read up on the region, or cool off in the refreshing pool. You won’t want to leave.