“Modernised 19th-century hacienda in a garden setting on the fringes of Oaxaca’s historic centre”
Hacienda Los Laureles has been restored by its gentlemanly German owner to house 25 rooms, which open onto a long shady porch and overlook a lush, flower-filled garden. This traditional colonial style has been maintained in the rooms' dark wooden furniture and richly coloured, hand-woven Oaxacan bedcovers.
The Deluxe Rooms are on the upper floors and have balconies; the newer Superior Rooms, where we stayed, share an outdoor terrace and are set in a separate building by the pool. There are also several more expensive Master and Junior Suites, which have a sitting area, a Jacuzzi bathtub and a private patio.
Inside, the old-world ambiance created by the chintz cushions and white net curtains is paired with modern technology such as satellite TV, CD players and dedicated outlets for laptops and mobiles. We had a large bathroom with a bathtub and a shower; Deluxe Rooms have showers only. But all rooms have stacks of fluffy white towels, hairdryers, bathrobes and complimentary French toiletries. Nice touches like bowls of fresh fruit and welcome messages written in flower petals on the bed complete the picture of a hotel unafraid of maintaining an aristocratic air.
The hacienda's restaurant, Los Cypress, is next to the garden and serves food in an informal atmosphere, with tables on the terrace and in a glass-fronted area with ceiling fans. There’s also an impressive wood-beamed dining room with an antique cedar table - some scenes in the Selma Hayek movie Frida were filmed here.
The dinner menu has a good range of Oaxacan dishes - we liked the 'mix n' match mole' and experimented by pairing pork chops with a yellow mole and chicken breast with a creamy almondero. Breakfast is varied too, with Mexican-inspired dishes like omelette with a spicy tomato salsa, international favourites such as eggs benedict, and a selection of freshly squeezed juices.
If you fancy a meal away from the hacienda, the Bismillah restaurant is just across the road - the Colombian chef makes a great ceviche. And of course there are plenty of restaurants, cafés and market stands in Oaxaca's historic centre, a 10-minute drive away.
Under 8s stay free, though Los Laureles isn't ideal for children - the focus is more on adult pampering. Cots and babysitting are available on request. Over Christmas and New year no children under the age of 14 are allowed.
Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking