Ama Terraza at Casa Antonieta Oaxaca in Mexico

Casa Antonieta Oaxaca: The Definitive Review [2024]

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Are you planning a trip and want to know if you should stay at Casa Antonieta Oaxaca?

Finding a hotel in Oaxaca is very difficult because there are literally hundreds to choose from.

While there are some great options out there, it’s important to choose the perfect hotel to ensure that your trip is everything that you want it to be.

The last thing that you want to do is choose a bad hotel and return home disappointed and frustrated.

To make sure that doesn’t happen, I’ve set out a comprehensive guide to the beautiful Casa Antonieta Oaxaca so that you can find out everything that you need to know before making your decision.

Let’s dive right in.

*All images of Casa Antonieta Oaxaca in this article are credited to and Casa Antonieta Oaxaca*

Casa Antonieta Oaxaca: The Definitive Review

Where is Casa Antonieta Oaxaca?

Casa Antonieta Oaxaca is a highly-rated 9-room boutique hotel situated just two blocks east of the Zócalo in the historic center of Oaxaca City, Mexico.

If you aren’t familiar with Oaxaca, it’s a vibrant city in southern Mexico that is known for its rich cultural heritage and colorful traditions.

Probably the most famous of these is the Day of the Dead festival, which is held in Oaxaca each year from 31 October to 2 November.

Other attractions of the city include its countless beautiful colonial-era buildings that date back to the time of Spanish rule in Mexico during the 16th century.

And if that isn’t impressive enough, just a short drive outside the city you’ll find Zapotec ruins that are literally thousands of years old.

Let’s take a look now at how to get you to Casa Antonieta Oaxaca.

Casa Antonieta Oaxaca: The Definitive Review

How Do I Get To Casa Antonieta Oaxaca?

Getting to Casa Antonieta Oaxaca is a simple two step process.

The first step is to fly into Oaxaca International Airport (OAX). The second step is to book a private transfer, get a taxi or rent a car to drive to the hotel.

I’ve set out the steps you’ll need to take to get to Casa Antonieta Oaxaca as simply and efficiently as possible.

Flying Into Oaxaca

To reach Casa Antonieta Oaxaca, you’ll need to first fly into Oaxaca International Airport (OAX), which is around 5 miles from the hotel.

In North America, you can get a direct international flight from Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston or Los Angeles.

From elsewhere in the world, you’ll need to fly into Mexico and take a connecting flight. There are regular flights to Oaxaca from Mexico City, Tijuana, Cancún, Guadalajara, Monterrey, and Mexicali.

Flights from Mexico City are by far the most frequent. Unless you’re planning on stopping over in one of the other cities listed above for a few days, I recommend you fly via Mexico City.

Oaxaca Airport to the Hotel

Once you arrive in Oaxaca airport, you’ve got a few options to get to Casa Antonieta Oaxaca. You can book a private transfer, take a taxi or rent a car.

I’ve gone through each of these below.

Rent a Car

If you’re staying in Oaxaca for more than a day or two, I recommend that you rent a car at the airport.

Even though Casa Antonieta Oaxaca is very centrally located in the historic center of Oaxaca, many of the best attractions in Oaxaca are outside of the city, so having a rental car is the ideal way to get around.

Getting a car at the airport is very easy. You can book ahead and pick up your car in the arrivals hall of the terminal when you get off the plane.

I recommend using DiscoverCars to book the best deal available ahead of your arrival. You can expect to pay around US$30 per day plus gas for a basic rental car.

Book a Private Transfer

The simplest way to get to the hotel is by booking a private transfer on a platform like Viator. There are plenty of different providers for you to choose from, and prices start at around US$25 for a couple.

If you prefer to get a local recommendation, you can reach out to the staff at Casa Antonieta Oaxaca. Their contact details are below:

  • +52 951 688 8517
  • Miguel Hidalgo 911, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico

Take A Taxi

If you haven’t booked a car with the hotel, the simplest way to get from the airport to the hotel that requires absolutely no planning whatsoever is taking a taxi.

You’ll need to be able to tell the driver your destination and agree a price for the trip. The journey should cost you around US$15 – US$20 and you may need to haggle to get the driver down into that range.

You’ll also need to make sure that you have Mexican pesos with you, as the driver may not accept US dollars and won’t take credit cards.

Now that you know where it is that you’re going and all of the options that you have for getting there, let’s get into the review itself.

Casa Antonieta Oaxaca: The Definitive Review

Review Of Casa Antonieta Oaxaca

The Casa Antonieta Oaxaca is beautiful 9-room boutique hotel in central Oaxaca City set in a remarkable 16th century colonial building that dates back to 1529.

As you enter the hotel building, you’ll see that it contains many original features. The most obvious of these is the gorgeous Spanish-style open-air interior courtyard area surrounded by the iconic white stone pillars and arched supports typical of the architecture of the period.

The crown jewel of the hotel, though, it its large roof terrace area that boasts panoramic views of the city and the Sierra Madre mountain range surrounding the Oaxaca valley.

Each of the nine rooms of the hotel are furnished in a tasteful, minimalist manner that incorporates Oaxacan artwork and artisanal crafts into the furnishing and decoration.

It’s a beautiful and very centrally-located hotel where you can be very comfortable and have all of the attractions of Oaxaca right outside the door.

I’ve set out below a summary of the hotel, the rooms, hotel facilities, dining options and nearby attractions.

After that, I’ve given you a list of pros and cons of the hotel and given my personal view on whether you should book Casa Antonieta Oaxaca for your trip.

Let’s jump right in.

1. Location

The architectural beauty that is Casa Antonieta Oaxaca has a great central location in Oaxaca City.

You’ll find it on Miguel Hidalgo just two blocks east of the Zócalo between Calle de Manuel Fernández Fiallo and Calle de Armenta y López. Look out for the dark-brown rusty looking sign on a light-blue stone wall between to tall doorways.

Honestly, it’s difficult to imagine a better location if you’re looking to stay in the center of the city. From the hotel, you’re just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Zócalo, which is the heart of Oaxaca City.

From there, you can walk along the pedestrian street known as the Andador Turístico north toward the Templo de Santo Domingo or head south towards Mercado de 20 Noviembre.

Whatever you choose to do, it’s the perfect base for you to explore the city.

2. Price

The price per room at Casa Antonieta Oaxaca starts at about US$385 per night for up to two. If you’re traveling as a family or a group, the price is better, and you can book a room that sleeps up to four for a nightly rate starting at US$485.

Those prices don’t include breakfast, which can be added to the package for an additional US$15 per person.

Discounted offers may be available from time to time, so it is worth checking prices in advance of your travel dates to see if you can get yourself a deal.

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3. Rooms

There are 9 rooms at Casa Antonieta Oaxaca.

Six are located on the ground floor surrounding the central courtyard and three are on the first floor. Each of the rooms is simply but tastefully decorated in a modern minimalist style.

There are four categories of room available. There are three standard rooms, two junior suites, three double suites, and one deluxe suite.

I’ve set out more detail on each of these below.

Standard Room

There are three Standard Rooms available at Casa Antonieta Oaxaca, two on the ground floor and one on the upper floor.

The two on the ground floor are a comfortable 452 sq. ft. and 485 sq. ft. and the room on the upper floor is a more cosy 398 sq. ft.

Each Standard Room is air-conditioned and comes with a king-sized bed and a private shower-only bathroom. Oaxacan art adorns the walls and handmade Oaxacan woollen rugs from Teotitlán del Valle cover the floors.

You’ll have access to a flatscreen TV, cable channels, free WiFi, a room safe, desk, fan, and an iron and ironing facilities. In the shower-only bathroom, you’ll find free toiletries, bathrobes, slippers, towels, and a hairdryer.

The Standard Rooms start at US$385 per night for up to two.

Junior Suite

The two Junior Suites are both located on the ground floor of the hotel next to the interior courtyard and are each a comfortable 485 sq. ft.

Each Junior Suite is air-conditioned and comes with a king-sized bed and a private shower-only bathroom. In addition, you’ll have access to an interior patio area that provides daylight and fresh air.

You’ll also have access to all of the room amenities available in the Standard Room.

The Junior Suites start at US$425 per night for up to two.

Double Suite

There are three Double Suites available at Casa Antonieta Oaxaca, two on the ground floor and one on the upper floor.

The two on the ground floor are a spacious 592 sq. ft., while the room on the upper floor is a comfortable 473 sq. ft.

Each Double Suite is air-conditioned and comes with two queen-sized beds and a private shower-only bathroom. In addition, you’ll have access to an interior patio area that provides daylight and fresh air and in the lower-level rooms you’ll also have an additional living area.

You’ll also have all of the amenities available in the Junior Suites.

The Double Suites start at US$485 per night for up to four.

Deluxe Suite

The Deluxe Suite is on the upper floor of the hotel and is a very spacious 613 sq. ft.

The Deluxe Suite is air-conditioned and comes with a king-sized bed, a private shower-only bathroom, and a separate studio area with a sofa-bed and a kitchenette.

You’ll also have access to all of the room amenities available in the Double Suite.

The Deluxe Suite starts at US$485 per night for up to three.

4. Hotel Facilities

Casa Antonieta Oaxaca doesn’t have a great deal of on-site amenities and, in particular, there’s no pool, gym, or spa offering.

There is also no on-site parking, so if you are driving or have rented a car, you won’t be able to park it at the hotel.

What it does have, though, is a wonderful well-known roof terrace area called Amá Terraza.

Amá Terraza

Amá Terraza is very spacious and is decorated with different varieties of Oaxacan plant life as well as beautiful terracotta statues. You access the terrace by way of a set of stairs from the lower level of the hotel, bursting out into a little natural oasis of fresh air above the city.

Amá Terraza offers a range of eating and drinking options. The range of beverages includes coffee, herbal teas, beer, wine, mezcal and cocktails. There’s also a great variety of breakfast options, ranging from Mexican classics like chilaquiles to more traditional options like bacon and eggs or BLTs.

If you’re looking for something a little lighter, you can choose from a variety of bakery products including croissants, banana bread and brownies. There is also a range of freshly made juices that you can try.

When you’re visiting after breakfast, you can choose from a variety of light snacks including ceviche and tacos. If you’re looking for something a little sweeter, Amá Terraza also offers a range of vegan and gluten-free desserts.

Amá Terraza is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 7:30 am to 9:30 pm.

5. Dining Options

Casa Antonieta Oaxaca has an onsite café, Muss Café, that serves tea, coffee, light breakfast options, and a range of cocktails, mezcal and other spirits in the afternoons and evenings.

Muss Café

Muss Café is a cute little leafy café located next to the beautiful open-air courtyard in the center of the hotel.

Tables and chairs are set out alongside the majestic white supporting pylons creating a lovely place for you to enjoy a light meal or even just a morning coffee or a Oaxacan hot chocolate.

Of an afternoon or evening, you can also stop by to try some of the café’s mezcal or large range of cocktails.

Muss Café is open Monday to Saturday from 7:30 a.m – 9:30 p.m and on Sunday from 8:00am to 3:00pm.

6. Reviews

Casa Antonieta Oaxaca has a rating of 9.4 out of 10 from over 200 reviews, which is a fantastic score.

The story that the reviews tell is that people absolutely love this hotel. Even though it is light on amenities, what the hotel does do, it definitely does right.

7. Check-In and Check-Out

Check-in at the hotel is from 3:30pm until 10:00pm, and check-out is before 11:00am.

Late check-in and check-out can be provided subject to room availability.

8. Pet-Friendly?

Dog with its head poking out from underneath bedding next to a pair of human feet

Yes, Casa Antonieta Oaxaca is pet-friendly.

Pets are allowed for an extra charge of 400 Mexican pesos (about US$25) per pet, per night, plus a deposit of 2000 Mexican pesos (around US$120) per stay.

Only one pet per guest is permitted.

9. Family-Friendly?

A mother, father and son holding up their hands and fingers and making the shape of a heart against the sunlight.

Children who are at least 12 years old are welcome at the Casa Antonieta Oaxaca.

The hotel can supply you with rollaway beds for an additional 800 Mexican pesos per night (US$25), although if you book a double room, your children can sleep in those beds without additional charge.

The hotel doesn’t have cribs available, so you’ll need to bring your own if you’re travelling with an infant.

10. Nearby Attractions

Casa Antonieta Oaxaca is very close to all of the attractions in Oaxaca City, and you’ll be able to reach everything within the city limits on foot.

Don’t forget your sunhat, suncream, and a bottle of water.

Attractions in Oaxaca City

If you’re planning to set off exploring the city on foot from the hotel, I would recommend that you start by walking the two blocks to the west until you reach the Zócalo.

From there, you can take the Andador Turístico north towards the Templo de Santo Domingo or head south towards the Mercado 20 de Noviembre, as you fancy.

If you’re not familiar with it, the Templo de Santo Domingo is a beautiful building designed in the neo-Spanish baroque architectural style dating back to 1551. It’s one of the primary landmarks in Oaxaca City and an absolute must-see.

The Oaxaca Cultural Museum (Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca) is also next to the church and has lots of fascinating Oaxacan cultural exhibits. You can also walk over to nearby El Llano park, which is known for having a statue of one of Mexico’s most famous presidents, Benito Juárez, who was a native of Oaxaca.

Closer to the hotel, Oaxaca’s stunning cathedral, Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, is right opposite the Zócalo, and the beautiful Teatro Macedonio Alcalá is just one block to the north of the hotel.

You can also head south from the Zócalo to visit some of the city’s great markets like the Mercado 20 de Noviembre and Mercado Benito Juárez.

Attractions Outside Oaxaca City

If you have time to do a day-trip out of the city, there are also some fantastic places that I recommend you visit, and some of them are quite close by.

I’ve described a few of the best of these below.

Monte Albán

The closest attraction outside the city limits is the ruined Zapotec city of Monte Albán. It’s only three miles away from Oaxaca City, so you can reach it easily and can even fit something else in after you’re done exploring.

Monte Albán is built on the top of a hill overlooking Oaxaca. It’s quite large at about four square miles and there’s lots to see. Among other buildings, there are two pyramids, a ball court, and around 170 tombs.

The simplest way to reach Monte Albán is by taxi. It will cost around US$5 – US$10. Make sure you bring Mexican pesos and agree the price before you depart. 

There are also lots of Monte Albán tours available if you’d rather have the trip planned for you. Viator offers lots of different options, and you can often combine it with other attractions.

Hierve El Agua

Hierve El Agua is a unique geological marvel created from two petrified waterfalls about 40 miles to the south-east of Oaxaca.  

The smaller waterfall is called “la cascada chica” and the bigger one is called “la cascada grande”. The waterfalls were formed over thousands of years as mineral-rich waters ran over the edge of the cliff and down the escarpment.  

The plateau above the falls is covered in large shallow pools separated by beautiful mineral formations that look like atolls in an ocean. It makes you think that you are walking on a shallow reef in the Caribbean.

You can also hike to the bottom of the waterfalls, where there some more pools that you can sit in. There are change-rooms and toilets nearby.

The best way to visit Hierve El Agua is with a tour. There are some great tours from Oaxaca that combine Hierve El Agua with a visit to local mezcal producers or other attractions.

The hotel can recommend a tour operator, and Viator also has lots of them to choose from if you’d prefer to arrange a tour yourself.


The ancient ruins of the Zapotec city of Mitla is about 30 miles to the south-east of Oaxaca, on the way to Hierve El Agua.  The name is derived from the Nahuatl word “Mictlán”, meaning “place of the dead”.

The ruins are situated in a valley nearly a mile above sea level and the site is thought to have been inhabited as far back as about 500 BC.  The city was a center of religious power in the region and was destroyed by the Spanish shortly after their arrival in the 16th century.

Mitla is perhaps best known for its intricate stone mosaics, which are sometimes called “Zapotec Greco”. You’ll recognize the striking pattern in lots of ancient friezes adorning walls and floors at the site, and it is often used in clothing and other artwork produced in Oaxaca.

My recommendation is to combine Mitla and Hierve El Agua together as a tour. They start at about US$50 per person on Viator, and you can speak to the concierge at Casa Antonieta Oaxaca if you’d prefer to organise it through the hotel.

If you prefer to guide yourself, you can reach Mitla with a taxi or the bus, and its about a 90 minute trip each way.

Entrance to Mitla costs US$5 so bring your Mexican pesos with you.

Casa Antonieta Oaxaca: The Definitive Review

Casa Antonieta Oaxaca: Pros and Cons

To try to pull all of the information above together for you, I’ve set out below the pros and cons of Casa Antonieta Oaxaca as I see them.


Pros are easy here, because there are some genuinely top-notch aspects of Casa Antonieta Oaxaca.

Top Location

Casa Antonieta Oaxaca has an amazing location in the middle of the historic center of Oaxaca, making it an ideal base to explore the city.

From the hotel, you’re just two blocks away from the Zócalo, which is the heart of Oaxaca City. From there, you are just a few blocks south of the Templo de Santo Domingo, and can also reach any other attraction on foot.

The location is so good that reviews on give it a location-rating of 9.9 out of 10.

If you’re looking for a centrally-located hotel, this is really a tough one to beat.

Beautiful Architecture

Another major selling point of Casa Antonieta Oaxaca is its beautiful historic architecture that dates back to 1529, during the period of Spanish rule over the city.

The hotel is an absolutely beautiful example of Spanish colonial architecture. The iconic majestic stone arches and the spacious open-air interior courtyard a full of hundreds of years of character.

If you enjoy the beauty and history of old buildings, you can spend a while just walking around and taking in the Casa Antonieta Oaxaca.

Rooftop Terrace

Another great selling point of Casa Antonieta Oaxaca is its fantastic rooftop terrace.

It’s not the only rooftop area in Oaxaca, but it’s definitely one of the best. It’s so spacious that it is often used for weddings or small music shows.

While you’re staying at the hotel, you can take an open-air breakfast amongst the plants and the terracotta statues each day and enjoy the fresh morning air.

And if you’re visiting later in the day of evening, the menu at Amá Terraza has a great variety, so you can choose something that will fit whatever time you happen to be visiting.


There are a few cons to Casa Antonieta Oaxaca, although in my mind these tend to be a result of the limited offering of the hotel.


Although it is by no means the most expensive hotel in Oaxaca, prices for a couple still start at US$385 per night. That’s quite a lot to spend on a boutique hotel in Oaxaca.

The price doesn’t include breakfast, and beyond the admittedly gorgeous roof terrace, there really isn’t much in the line of amenities either. On that basis, it’s not so easy to see the value for money as it is in a hotel with lots of great facilities.

Having said that, the reviews for Casa Antonieta Oaxaca really are overwhelmingly positive. Those guests clearly found value for money, so if you love the relaxed atmosphere and historic colonial architecture of the hotel, you’ll likely see the value as well.

Limited Amenities

Casa Antonieta Oaxaca isn’t an amenity-heavy hotel and it won’t compare to the facilities offered at a hotel like the Grand Fiesta Americana Oaxaca.

I think the real selling point of the hotel is its brilliant central location, and if you choose to book your stay here, you’ll probably choose it for that reason.

Most people choosing a central hotel plan to go out and explore. If you weren’t planning on spending enough time in the hotel to use the amenities anyway, then you won’t even notice that they’re missing.

But if you were planning for a spa treatment or using the pool or the gym, you should be aware that Casa Antonieta Oaxaca isn’t that kind of hotel.


Six of the nine rooms are located around the central courtyard area of the hotel on the ground floor.

The windows in those rooms look out onto the interior courtyard. The view is lovely, but it also means that you’ll hear everyone eating and drinking in the nearby café when you open your window.

Even if you take a room on the upper floor, you might also be disturbed from time to time by guests on the busy roof terrace.

The hotel’s ratings haven’t suffered heavily from this, so I don’t think it is likely to be a major issue for you, but you should be aware that it might be noisy from time to time at busy times of the day.

Casa Antonieta Oaxaca: The Definitive Review

My Personal Views

Personally, I think Casa Antonieta Oaxaca is a lovely boutique hotel and the perfect place to base yourself when you visit Oaxaca City.

The hotel’s location is pretty close to unbeatable, which makes it great if you’re like me and tend to do a lot of your exploring on foot. The central location ends up saving you lots of money on taxis, because you can just walk everywhere.

The very limited amenities make the value for money proposition a bit harder to justify. It’s true, it does have an on-site café. The roof terrace is also absolutely top-notch.

But without having access to amenities like a pool or a spa area, I think you really need to see value in the beauty of the hotel and the comfortable rooms. In the end, that’s essentially what you’re paying for.

If the look and feel of the hotel isn’t all that important to you, there are cheaper options available to you. Hotels like the NaNa Vida Hotel Oaxaca are almost as centrally located and still of very high quality, without causing so much pain to your wallet.

But if you see value in the relaxed vibe of the hotel and its breathtaking historic setting, I think that you’ll love Casa Antonieta Oaxaca, as so many guests do.

Casa Antonieta Oaxaca: The Definitive Review

Frequently Asked Questions

Just in case you still have a few questions that I haven’t covered, I’ve set out some responses to a few frequently asked questions about Casa Antonieta Oaxaca below.

When Is The Best Time To Visit Casa Antonieta Oaxaca?

The best time to visit is during the high season (December to April) because the weather is cooler and there is little or no rain.

However, it’s also more expensive during the high season, so if you’re on a budget and can put up with a little rain, the low season is also a good option.

Is It Safe To Visit Casa Antonieta Oaxaca?

There is a 24-hour front-desk service at Casa Antonieta Oaxaca, and you’ll have access to a room safe so that you can store your belongings when you’re not in the room.

You’ll also have no troubles when you explore Oaxaca provided you take basic precautions. You can read more about safety in Oaxaca here.

What’s The Closest Airport To Casa Antonieta Oaxaca?

Oaxaca International Airport (OAX) is the closest airport, and is about 5 miles away.

You can reach the hotel by booking a private transfer, taking a taxi or renting a car. If you want to book a private transfer, I recommend using Viator or reaching out to the staff at Casa Antonieta Oaxaca.

Why Is Casa Antonieta Oaxaca Special?

Casa Antonieta Oaxaca is a beautiful boutique hotel with period architecture and a perfect location right in the center of the historic part of Oaxaca City.

If you’re looking for a high-quality boutique hotel in a great spot with an amazing relaxing roof terrace area, you’ll love Casa Antonieta Oaxaca.

Casa Antonieta Oaxaca: The Definitive Review

Final Thoughts

Hopefully you now have all the information that you need to decide whether Casa Antonieta Oaxaca is the hotel for you.

If you’re interested in booking, you can get the latest current prices and availability on your dates at or

If you want to check prices of car rentals at Oaxaca airport, you can find out at

Enjoy your stay!

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