“Beautiful modern guesthouse decorated with arts and crafts in Oaxaca’s historic district”
The spacious rooms are named after flowers (in keeping with the guesthouse’s focus on natural health and beauty), and are all beautifully decorated with distinctive colours. We stayed in vibrant pink Bugambilias; equally striking are Violeta, with its rainbow satin curtains, and the canary-yellow Magaritas.
The rooms are filled with atmospheric paintings by local artists and lots of traditional furniture, including elegant wooden armoirs, carved writing desks and pewter-framed mirrors. The enticing beds (kingsize or twin in all rooms except Orquideas and Camelias, which have queensize beds) are adorned with Oaxaca’s famous hand-woven cushions and bedcovers. Each room has a tiled ensuite bathroom, most are air-conditioned, and all but one (Camelias) have a balcony or private courtyard.
There’s also a suite, Girasoles (‘Sunflowers’), with 2 bedrooms (1 with a kingsize bed, the other with a double or twin beds) and a sitting area. It's located above the reception, separate to the main house, and is the best option for families.
Lavish breakfasts are served between 8 and 10am at a beautifully-set communal dining table in the main house - enjoy fruit platters, freshly squeezed juices, yoghurt, homemade granola, French pastries straight from the oven, and daily egg specials like black bean omelette. This is a good chance to exchange travel tales with fellow guests and get sight-seeing tips or restaurant recommendations.
Although no other meals are served at the hotel, one supper suggestion that’s bound to come up is the family-run restaurant next door, La Olla ('The Cooking Pot'). It’s well-known locally and takes pride in its gourmet presentations of Oaxacan cuisine - dishes include a range of organic salads and soups (like squash blossom), and tasty fish (the herb-wrapped red snapper and ‘devil’ shrimps in chilli sauce are winners). We jumped in feet first and ordered the Botana La Olla, a sharing plate of Oaxacan appetisers, including chicharrón (pork scratchings) and chapulines (grasshoppers) - both very crunchy!
When milder palettes prevail at lunchtime, the restaurant also offers whole-wheat sandwiches with fresh fruit on the side. Or you can stop in for an evening cocktail on the pretty roof terrace before trying one of the many excellent restaurants, cafés and market stands in Oaxaca's historic centre, all within walking distance of Las Bugambilias.
Don’t be shy about signing up for a cooking class with La Olla’s head chef, Pilar Cabrera (held in the kitchen of sister guesthouse La Casa de los Milagros. It’s a fun half-day of shopping (she’ll take you round the local market), chopping (you’ll be hands-on assembling the food) and, of course, cooking. Afterwards participants sit down for lunch and tuck into tamales and tortillas, plus delicious dishes made from Pilar’s original recipes (copies of which are available for you to keep).
Children over 2 are welcome at Las Bugambilias - restrictions apply (enquire when booking). The best room for families is the Girasoles Suite, which has a second bedroom with the option of twin beds. It's above also reception (separate to the main hotel) meaning you don't have to worry about disturbing other guests. Extra cots and children's beds are available for a supplement.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available