An eco-friendly bed and breakfast in Oaxaca City, Mexico
Whenever I’m looking for a place to study Spanish for a few weeks and need a safe, quiet and reasonably-priced place to stay that’s kind to the planet, my first choice is Las Mariposas, a bed and breakfast in Oaxaca City.
This centrally-located B & B offers studio apartments and is a great spot to escape for a few weeks, take cooking lessons, study Spanish and take in some films, the art or action in the zocolo. It is very near the popular language school Academia Vinigúlaza.
The markets (held different days of the week in various towns in the valleys) offer the opportunity to explore unexcavated Zapotec pyramids or sample local specialties such as Oaxacan cheese, empanadas and BBQ goat.
Great places to eat nearby Las Mariposas include the garden patio at Marco Polo Restaurant, 806 Pino Suarez, for brunch or a seafood lunch or La Olla, for authentic Oaxacan food.
Request a room at the back of Las Mariposas expansive gardens and you’ll have a quiet patio, wireless internet and often a fridge. All for 550 pesos a night ( under $50) in the high season including a continental breakfast.
Tel. +52 (951) 515 5854
U.S.A./Canada Toll Free: 1-619-793-5121
I’ve also been very happy at the Hotel Casa de la Tia Tere, a pricier option than Las Mariposas, but it’s more luxurious, closer to the center of town, and includes a full and substantial breakfast as well as a swimming pool. The room I stayed in did not have a kitchen, which for me is important during a long stay.
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