Quinta Real Hotel, Oaxaca

Oaxaca is such a special part of Mexico, steeped in history and tradition. Quinta Real Hotel is found in the centre of the Unesco World Heritage historic town. The atmospheric building has a long and intriguing history, built in 1576 as the Convent of Santa Catalina de Siena, the building was also once a jail before being transformed into a luxury hotel.

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It is the building and the grounds that make this hotel worth visiting. The stunning site has kept many of the original features and frescoes, and old tile floors have been carefully restored. The lush green gardens are landscaped with terraces, picturesque fountains, and dramatic arches… needless to say it is a popular venue for weddings and events.

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The bedrooms are a little bland in comparison to the common areas. The rooms are spacious but dark, with little natural light. Our windows looked out to the charming streets of Oaxaca town. A grand (and very comfortable) bed takes centre stage, and other facilities such as a writing desk and wardrobe are there should you need them. The rooms were blissfully cool (this part of Mexico can get very hot!) with a modern and quiet air conditioning unit.

Despite the generous size of the bedroom, the bathroom was tiny, with a shower, toilet and sink squeezed in. Everything was in good working order, with toiletries provided by Salvatore Ferragamo from Italy.

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When the sun is shining the Quinta Real pool is a glorious place to spend time. After a hot morning of sightseeing we escaped the busy town and took some time to relax by the pool with a book. There are plenty of sun-loungers for those needing a little Vitamin-D top-up, or shaded tables for a snack and drink near the bar.

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Quinta Real is a convenient and comfortable hotel to have as your home during a stay in Oaxaca. The historic building is enchanting, and if the bedrooms were updated it would be, without a double, the most special place to stay in town.

Quinta Real Oaxaca is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts LVX Collection. Rates start from £111 ($149) per room per night. For further information or to book please visit www.preferredhotels.com

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