HOTELS  (If you are staying more than a few days, always ask for a discount.)
I have stayed at or visited these hotels while in Oaxaca.  Rates sometimes change from the time reservations are made to the time you arrive. I like to confirm reservations a week or so after they are made and re-confirm just before I leave home.
In Mexico, local holidays appear and hotels are filled at unexpected times of the year.  I prefer to have at least one reservation for each place I travel.  If you want to stay at a Bed & Breakfast, make reservations immediately because most have a very limited number of rooms.
Mexico recently changed to our system of phone numbers with 3-digit area code, followed by 3-digit city code and 4-digit home number.  The international code is 011  and the country code is 52.  Calling cards are dirt cheap for USA calls to Mexico and really inexpensive for calling from Mexico back to the States. 

Rates are usually posted in writing on the wall behind the desk.  Reservations are not always needed and rates can sometimes be negotiated, especially if paid in cash.  At least, it doesn't hurt to ask. 

Hotel Senorial was my favorite hotel in Oaxaca, but it has fallen from grace.  Rooms were never really THAT great, (Venetian blinds never worked), but the hotel has six front rooms that have balconies facing the Zocalo.  These second floor perches are above and between the famous sidewalk restaurants. Every sound in Oaxaca was heard in those rooms.  Flag ceremonies started at 7:00 am and the last mariachi band left the Zocalo around 1 am.  Who sleeps when on vacation? 
On my last visit, the front, balcony rooms were "not available" since they had no water.   I looked at the available rooms, which were dark, dingy and felt "clammy."  I ran to Hotel Trebol.

Hotel Trebol
Flores Magón No. 201
Centro Histórico
Tel: {011-52} (951) 516-1256
E-mail: hotrebol@prodigy.net.mx
This is where I stay since I prefer to stay as close to the center of town as possible.   The Hotel Trebol is one block from the city center, or Zocalo, and across the street from the market. It was an old hacienda with a large center courtyard,  remolded with Oaxacan style and colonial decor. 
Exterior rooms are huge but also have the busy street noise and views.  Inside rooms are smaller, but have more sun and views of the patio fountain with gardens.  I find the place delightful. 
Christmas/New Years was the only time I had seen the place full and several people's reservations could not be found.  I have never had a problem with reservations.


La Casa de Mis Recuerdos
Bed and Breakfast Inn
Tel: 011-52-(951)-515-5645

E-mail: misrecue@prodigy.net.mx        

La Casa de mis Recuerdos is about 7 blocks from the Zocalo, and across the street from the wonderful Lending Library.  Beautiful interior with a wonderful family as hosts. The loudest sounds in the beautiful, central, patio are from the song birds, nourished and cared for by the grandmother.   There is a fun, evening "happy hour" with delicious "fish bowl" margaritas.    Breakfast is different every morning and features many typically Oaxacan dishes. I have heard many raves about the food here and this B & B is tops in many books.  
They have 10 rooms, 2 with shared baths.

Casa Colonial
To contact Jane and Thorny directly for more information colonial@spersaoaxaca.com.mx
For reservations,  E-mail Karen Sue Smith at karensue@cdsnet.net. You can also Call or fax in USA is 1-800-758-1697
Casa Colonial is a gem in the historical district of Oaxaca and about 7 blocks from the Zocalo.  The 15 rooms are around a large, central garden with a plethora of flowers, fruit trees and succulents. Included is an overly abundant breakfast of fresh fruits, juices, yogurt, granola, endless coffee, chocolate, eggs of every flavor, sweet rolls, and plenty of  toasted buns.  A delicious lunch and a light dinner can be requested in advance and/or can be included in the  daily rate.
Jane and Thorny Robison are some of the first people I met in Oaxaca and are the real gems at Casa Colonial. They are pillars of the community, not only with the Americans and Mexicans, but with the local, indigenous Indians. 
The Robisons offer an unforgettable Mission/Church tour and have the answer to every question a traveler might have. If you are curious about the wax flowers only made in Oaxaca, they can arrange for an inexpensive driver take you to the workshop.
Rates include one of the best breakfasts in Oaxaca.


Las Bugambilias Bed and Breakfast
From the USA: Tel/fax: 0 11 52 (951) 516 1165
Four of my friends just returned from a week at Las Bugambilias, which is about 6 blocks from the Zocolo. Ideally located behind the Santo Domingo Church, just 2 blocks from the major shopping area on Alcala Street, now a pedestrian mall.  The upstairs restaurant, La Olla serves some of my favorite food. I loved their mixed greens salad. 
My friends suite, however, was  directly above the ground floor restaurant and directly next to the second level restaurant.  Two of these friends didn't like the place while the other 2 thought the location out weighed the noise-problem.

Hotel Azucenas (ah-soo-SAY-nahs)
Email admin@hotelazucenas.com
Tel-011 52 (951) 514-7918
Toll Free From Mexico (800) 717-2540
Toll Free From USA (877) 780-1156
Toll Free From Canada (877) 343-8570

Every New Years Eve, as the sun is setting, John and Donna,  the Canadian owners of Hotel Azucenas, have a birthday party for their Hotel.  The roof terrace has a 360 degree view of Oaxaca City, including Monte Alban. The party food is a sampling of the fabulous breakfast buffet served on the terrace. Located about 5 blocks from the Zocalo and just above the beautiful Basilica de la Soledad.  The market in front of the church is devoted to  "sweets" of all kinds, including homemade ice cream and candied fruit.  

441 Tinoco Y Palacios Street

This immaculate hotel is a little off the beaten trail, yet only 6 blocks from the Zocalo.  Both the restaurant and hotel are popular with travelers.  Book ahead for one of the 18 rooms.   Known for the 3 patios, with overgrown, vine-covered walls and the quiet, bungalow-style cottage rooms.  Rates start at $35, single; $40, double; $50, triple, but verify in advance.

Hostal de la Noria
Hidalgo 918
ph# 951-514-7844
Reservations: 800-446-2922

A friend wrote:  "We loved Hostal de la Noria in Oaxaca and would definitely stay there again.
It is intimate, beautifully and tastefully appointed in the Spanish-Oaxacan
colonial style.  The staff is highly professional, friendly and always helpful. 
It is located only two short blocks from the zocalo. 

They have double rooms with two double beds and may have lower rates for rooms with only one double bed. 
There is no pool, but the owners have a sister hotel on the periferico, a 15-to-20-minute
walk, where we went to swim and sun one day at no extra charge. 

Two others hotels that we looked at, and that seemed nice, were:  Casa
Vertiz, Reforma #404, Tel. 51-61700, www.hotelvertiz.com.mx; and Hostal Casa
del Sotano, Tel. 51-62494, email: hostal_casa_sotano@hotmail.com. Both are
farther away from the zocalo (but not far) and less expensive.

There are many good restaurants in Oaxaca.  Without doubt, though, the best
place we ate was Casa Oaxaca.  It is intimate, and reservations are
absolutely required.  But it is head and shoulders above any place else,
well worth the time and effort, a world-class dining experience.

The only place we had a bad meal was at Los Danzantes.  The place is
architechurally very interesting.  But the food was cold and not very good;
also expensive."

Hotel Posada del Centro
Tel/Fax: 0 11 52 (951) 516 1874


Two friends with child stayed the Posada del Centro, 2 1/2 blocks down the street from the Zocolo on Independencia Street.  They thought it was a charming hotel with comfortable rooms surrounding a charming central courtyard, but, they wrote,  "It seems like every hotel in Oaxaca has a charming, central, courtyard."
Rates are for the budget traveler.  I also noticed single rooms with shared baths for really cheap.
Suites del Centro  is located around the corner.  The hotel is really nice, but room rates are higher. 

Casa Paulina
My friend, David Scott, recently emailed me this:
To your hotel list, you must add Casa Paulina, a new and very clean hostel
on Calle Trujano, just a few blocks from the zocalo.  Its very economical and includes a simple
breakfast.  Frequented by the backpackers, it makes you feel young just to
be there.  Hostals have suddenly appeared everywhere since our last visit 8
years ago.  I highly recommend them.  Budget rates.

Gala Hotel
Gala Hotel is a new hotel facing the SE corner of the Zocalo at  Bustamante 103.  Street noise didn't seem an issue since the East side of the Zocalo is not very busy.  Rooms are immaculate and beautiful. Budget hotel.
ph# 951-514-2251

Hotel Ferri
Hotel Ferri, on Las Casas 405, is several blocks from the Zocalo but looks ideal for parking.  Entrance opens onto huge parking area infront of room and looks well kept.  Budget hotel.
Posada Margarita
ph# 951-516-2802

My friends, Billy Ray and Beverly, just returned from Oaxaca and loved their stay at the Posada Margita, on Plazuela Labastida 115, facing Plaza de las Virgenes, which borders on the fabulous Calle Alcala Street.  Great location!  Rooms were plain but it is an inexpensive retreat for traveling artists and writers, with "delicious margarits in the evening on the roof-top patio."     Bargain rates!


This is a small list of the many places to stay in Oaxaca. Lonely Planet's Mexico has a great list of hotels, from top of line to inexpensive hostels.  Many low and moderately priced hotels are within a block or two of the Zocolo.   As you walk around Oaxaca, stroll into different hotels, request a card and jot down the prices.  Change rooms the next day if you find something that suits you better.
Lastly, as you begin planning your visit to Mexico, go to the library or bookstore for Spanish language lessons, either tapes or CD.  Learn to say "Good Morning,"  and "Good Afternoon," (buenas dias, & buenas tardes).  Add a "Thank you," (Gracias!) and all of Mexico will be opened to you. 
Most US public libraries have a section of juvenal stories with English on one page and Spanish on the other.  This is a great way to practice reading Spanish.