Hacienda Los Laureles – Spa
What We Love
- The spa is tiny, but offers a host of treatments and experiences, including temazcal, a traditional Mexican sweat lodge ritual
- The beautiful terrace restaurant looks onto the gardens and the mountains beyond
- The pool and jacuzzi are solar and gas heated, a bonus in the colder months
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- True to the original hacienda layout, there are no elevators
- The hotel is situated around a 10-minute drive from downtown Oaxaca
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This 23-room stay has all the romance you’d hope for in an 18th-century Spanish Colonial hacienda, complete with soaring beamed ceilings, mahogany furniture, and a manicured garden full of laurel trees and exotic birds. The inviting pool and jacuzzi are heated year-round, and the spa offers treatments from aromatherapy to temazcal, an indigenous Mexican sweat lodge ceremony presided over by a shaman. (Advance reservations are required for this experience.) Other highlights include Oaxacan cooking classes and a restaurant overlooking the Sierra Juarez mountains.
In the Area
With the colonial jewel of UNESCO-listed city Oaxaca so close, it’s worth leaving the hacienda to explore some of the city’s gems. Check out the Teatro Macedonio de Alcala on Independencia, a French Baroque-style theater, then wander around the markets to get a taste of Oaxaca’s unique and rave-worthy cuisine, including its world-famous mole sauce. Local, traditional textiles are well showcased at the Textile Museum. If modern art is more your speed, check out the excellent Oaxaca Contemporary Art Museum, also known as MACO, housed in a lovely colonial-era mansion.
How to Get There
Very nice property. Restaurant has good food and very tranquile atmosphere with the court yard garden.
Staff needs a bit more training. A bit awkward with staff dinning at restaurant and ignoring guests. Should have 24 hour front desk service. Not a 5 star could be a four if service issues are resolved. Rooms are comfortable but would consider them 3 star.
Bartender was vey nice and attentive.
The hotel staff is extremely friendly and helpful. The surrounding is OK. The inside of the hotel (rooms, restaurants, facility, etc) are excellent. It's easy to travel by the local taxi. The hotel staff is efficient in calling a taxi for us.
Hacienda Los Laureles is a beautiful property. No, it isn't right in the core of the historic centro. and No, you can't walk out its gates and walk to the Zocalo in five minutes. But, it is an absolutely beautiful property, which is a 10 minute cab ride north of the zocalo, in the area called San Felipe. The very friendly and helpful staff could always arrange a taxi to pick us up in a about ten minutes, for the ten minute drive to the Centro. We never had any problem getting a taxi to return to the hotel, from one of the "taxi stands" in town. All of the rooms look out onto a wonderful central garden. The breakfast/lunch/dining area also looks into the garden.