My wife and I (in our late 30's) visited Oaxaca in October of 2012. I learned of Case de Las Bugambilias from Trip Advisor and spent a lot of time on the Bugambilias' website, along with many other places in Oaxaca, before deciding on our room and length of stay. I am glad I picked this place! Our experience was great and I would definitely recommend this B&B to other travelers visiting Oaxaca.
First of all, Bugambilias is located north of the Zocalo and I found this to be the most interesting, beautiful part of the city center. It is close to many great cafes, restaurants and galleries. It is also very close to Santo Domingo cathedral (about a block or two) and the accompanying museum and botanical gardens.
Second, the B&B staff is very helpful with planning excursions, getting directions and general "assistance" in the city. There were two instances, one critical, where the thick language barrier in Oaxaca (visitors should know that very little English is spoken in this city) put us in a bind and we needed help navigating the situation through an interpreter. The critical story: my wife came down with flu-like symptoms one evening and when this became known through conversation, one of the staff members kindly offered to walk her to a nearby doctor for an exam. She declined and tried to tough it out but eventually felt pretty bad, so the Bugambilias employee (I am pretty sure his name is Renalto but I probably spelled it wrong) walked several blocks with her to a nearby doctor/pharmacy combo and served as translator while she was analyzed by the physician. We would never have been able to handle this on our own but, thanks to the genuine care shown by this person, she was prescribed some antibiotics and felt better soon after. Not knowing how else to truly show our gratitude, I tried to offer Renalto some money for his time and trouble but he refused, leaving me feeling a tad embarrassed. You do not find that kind of service and care at every hotel in the world and this really stood out to us. The word "guest" is obviously overused in the hotel industry, but we truly felt taken care of and like welcome guests by the staff at Bugambilias.
Thirdly, the hotel itself is gorgeous, clean and comfortable. Our room was awesome, but the courtyard is the crown jewel of the property. It provides peaceful respite in the middle of Oaxaca (more on that later) with a lot of natural greenery, interesting sculptures and a few bird cages for natural sound effects. If you stay here, be sure to take advantage of the nightly wine pouring from 5-7pm in the courtyard. That is when we really got to know our fellow guests and made some new travel buddies. The dining room is well adorned but not pretentious. There is a lot of great artwork throughout the hotel, but especially in the dining room. The table was decorated differently each morning with pretty place settings and top notch food presentation. The breakfast was hearty, unique and delicious every day. I will not bore you with daily menus but one morning, we had "green pancakes" made from spinach, flax seed and oatmeal. They were incredibly tasty and just an example of the creativity coming from the kitchen at Bugambilias! Oaxacan coffee from nearby Nuevo Mundo is served daily and is wonderful.
All in all, this is a great place to stay and I recommend it highly!
In order to offer a fair review, I must point out two minor drawbacks to this hotel since no place is perfect and many drawbacks are out of a hotel's control. This first comment is more of a review of Oaxaca, but Oaxaca is a true city and with cities, come lots of noises....sometimes very loud noises. Bugambilias is in the heart of the city center and right outside its door, is a busy, bustling street. There will be times when the city's "audible energy" will creep into your room, disrupt your tranquil morning, etc. Keep this in mind. You will not be staying at a quiet country inn. Second is water pressure in the showers. I would call our shower one notch better than a "trickle" but we try not to be that high maintenance, especially in a city and country with a dire water shortage. It's just something to point out, objectively. If you're the kind of person who thinks their bathing experience can make or break their day, maybe Oaxaca is not for you or do a little more homework on the city's showers. It was obviously not a deal breaker for us.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy your time in Oaxaca!
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Del Las Bugambilias Hotel Oaxaca
- Casa Del Las Bugambilias Bed And Breakfast
- Casa Del Las Bugambilias Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa de las Bugambilias is a striking modern house decorated with contemporary art, local folk art and antiques in a minimalist aesthetic way. Located just one block from Santo Domingo Cathedral and Cultural Museum. Your host, Artist Aurora Cabrera, and staff will provide personal attention to your needs. We offer eight rooms with private baths and a two-bedroom suite. Las Bugambilias is also home to the popular "La Olla" Restaurant and Art Gallery. ... more less