We absolutely loved our stay at the Encanto Jalatlaco in the cobblestoned neighborhood just to the east of the Centro Historico. After the busyness of the Zocalo and the pedestrian-only Alacala, with its many, many shops, and after a full day of fascinating small museums and/or trips to outlying areas, it was a joy to retire to the calm, immaculate atmosphere that existed at the Encanto. Maria, who speaks English and is part of the extended family that runs three different inns in Oaxaca (with nearby cooking classes and cultural tours), prepares absolutely exquisite breakfasts each morning, real works of art in terms of traditional Oaxacan food (two-course meals - always fresh fruit and fruit juices, hot Oaxacan chocolate upon request, delicious coffee and a main breakfast course of such delicacies as tamales steamed in banana leaves, pozole, molletes, omelets with squash blossoms, fresh chorizo, etc.) Everyone staying at the inn took photos each morning of the breakfast table, set with beautiful Oaxacan textiles and ceramics! The inn has only three rooms along with a communal living area and dining room, and the patio/garden is just beautiful, set up with tables and chairs for restful conversations or reading. My husband and I have traveled through Europe and Mexico and we think this is one of the most beautiful places we've ever stayed. Fresh flowers everywhere you look, birds of paradise blooming alongside bright bugambilia, and a large collection of books about Oaxacan art to browse. Friendly conversation over breakfast with lots of personalized tips about what to see and do. And again, so quiet - no street noise, which is not true of places closer in to the Zocalo, where street activity (especially big buses and tour groups) stretches out into the wee hours of the night. We highly recommend the Encanto Jalatlaco - it's charming. People book far in advance (especially for special periods like Day of the Dead or Guelaguetza) so book early. The companion B&B is Casa de Mis Recuerdos, a few blocks closer in the Zocalo - larger but also very nice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Encanto Jalatlaco is a three room B&B that offers a two course full breakfast typical of Oaxaca prepared fresh every morning by either Maria or her sister Nora. Our B&B is located just 5 blocks east from the church Santo Domingo in a very old neighborhood where our streets are lined with river stones. Our ample garden and patio area invites you to sit and just unwind. Complimentary beer, wine, coffee and tea are available for all our guests. ... more less