The interior courtyard area at Grana B&B Oaxaca in Oaxaca City, Mexico

Grana B&B Oaxaca: The Definitive Review [2024]

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Are you planning a trip and want to know if you should stay at Grana B&B 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 Grana B&B 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 Grana B&B Oaxaca in this article are credited to Expedia.com and Grana B&B Oaxaca*

Grana B&B Oaxaca: The Definitive Review

Where is Grana B&B Oaxaca?

Grana B&B Oaxaca is a highly-rated 15-room boutique hotel situated just one block south of the Templo de Santo Domingo 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 Grana B&B Oaxaca.

Grana B&B Oaxaca: The Definitive Review

How Do I Get To Grana B&B Oaxaca?

Getting to Grana B&B 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 Grana B&B Oaxaca as simply and efficiently as possible.

Flying Into Oaxaca

To reach Grana B&B 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 Grana B&B 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 Grana B&B 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 Grana B&B Oaxaca. Their contact details are below:

  • http://www.granabnb.com/
  • +52 951 166 0026
  • +52 951 490 6728
  • info@granabnb.com
  • Labastida 118, Colonia Centro Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca 68000

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.

Grana B&B Oaxaca: The Definitive Review

Review Of Grana B&B Oaxaca

Grana B&B Oaxaca is beautiful 15-room boutique hotel in central Oaxaca City set in a renovated 18th century mansion building with beautiful colonial architecture.

The hotel prides itself on being true to its Oaxacan roots and providing simple down-to-earth comfort for its guests.

As you enter the hotel building, you’ll see that it contains many original architectural 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.

Another great feature of the hotel is its large roof terrace area that looks out over Labastida Park and boasts views of the Templo de Santo Domingo and the Sierra Madre mountain range surrounding the Oaxaca valley.

The name Grana B&B Oaxaca comes from a red dye called “grana cochinilla” that is produced from the dried-out bodies of insects that feed on a particular type of Oaxacan cactus.

That red dye may not seem like a big thing now, but it was once rare and very expensive, and Oaxaca became known worldwide for its production in the 16th century after the arrival of the Spanish in Mexico.

All in all, Grana B&B Oaxaca is a beautiful, traditional and very centrally-located hotel where you can be very comfortable and have all of the attractions of Oaxaca within walking distance.

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 Grana B&B Oaxaca for your trip.

Let’s jump right in.

1. Location

Grana B&B Oaxaca has a great central location in the historic center of Oaxaca City.

You’ll find it on Calle 5 de Mayo opposite Labastida Park, just one block south of the Templo de Santo Domingo, one of Oaxaca’s most well-known buildings. It’s also just one block to the east of the pedestrian street known as the Andador Turístico, one of the main footways through the city.

If you follow the Andador south for a few blocks, you’ll reach the Zócalo, which is the heart of Oaxaca City. From there, you can easily reach all of the city’s attractions on foot.

Whatever you choose to do, Grana B&B Oaxaca is a fantastic base for you to explore the city.

2. Price

The price per room at Grana B&B Oaxaca starts at about US$150 per night for up to two. That price includes taxes and also includes breakfast in the hotel’s beautiful breakfast room.

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 15 rooms at Grana B&B Oaxaca, each of which is simply and tastefully furnished with tiled floors, potted plants and beautiful high wooden doors that provide plenty of light and fresh air.

There are several different types of rooms available. You can choose from a Standard Room, Doble Grande, Junior Suite, King Suite, Master Suite, and the Loft.

All of the beds are made with cotton sheets and breakfast is included in the room price of each of the rooms.

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

Standard Room

The Standard Room is 183 sq. ft. (17 m²) and comes with a double-bed and a private shower-only bathroom.

You’ll also have access to a 32” flatscreen TV, cable channels, free WiFi, a room safe, desk and chair, and a closet.

In the shower-only bathroom, you’ll find organic artisanal toiletries, bathrobes, slippers, towels, and a hairdryer.

You should be aware that this room has no windows, but the door to the room has wooden adjustable slats that you can open to let light into the room.

The Standard Rooms are available on the lower and upper levels and start at US$150 per night for up to two.

Doble Grande

The Doble Grande is 345 sq. ft. (32 m²) and comes with two queen-sized beds and a private shower-only bathroom.

The Doble Grande looks out onto the interior patio, and you’ll have access to the same amenities as the Standard Room. It’s made up of two separate rooms with a connecting door, each with its own separate bed and bathroom.

The Doble Grande is available on the upper and lower levels of the hotel and starts at US$205 per night for up to two. You can have up to two additional guests stay in the room with you for an additional US$35 per person.

Junior Suite

The Junior Suite is a spacious 430 sq. ft. (40 m²) and comes with a king-sized bed and a private bathroom with a shower and a bathtub.

The Junior Suite looks out onto the cobblestoned Calle 5 de Mayo and the and the ex-convent of Santa Catalina de Siena, which was built by the same engineer who built the Templo de Santo Domingo.

You’ll also have access to the same amenities that are available in the Doble Grande.

The Junior Suite is available on the upper and lower levels of the hotel and starts at US$230 per night for up to two.

King Suite

The King Suite is a spacious 258 sq. ft. (24 m²) and comes with king-sized bed and a private shower-only bathroom.

The King Suite is available on the upper and lower floors of the hotel and looks out onto Labastida Park. You’ll also be able to see the Templo de Santo Domingo and San Felipe mountain in the distance.

You’ll also have access to the same amenities as those available in the Junior Suite.

The King Suite starts at US$240 per night for up to two.

Master Suite

The Master Suite is 355 sq. ft. (33 m²) and comes with a king-sized bed and a private bathroom with a walk-in shower and a separate free-standing bathtub in a corner of the living area (pictured).

Similar to the King Suite, the Master Suite looks out onto Labastida Park, and you’ll be able to see the Templo de Santo Domingo and San Felipe mountain in the distance.

You’ll also have access to the same amenities as the King Suite.

The Master Suite starts at US$290 per night for up to two.

Loft

The Loft is 355 sq. ft. (33 m²) and comes with a queen-sized bed, a small sofa-bed and a private shower-only bathroom.

The Loft has a view of the interior courtyard and has a bedroom, living room, bathroom and a kitchen. You’ll also have access to the amenities available in the Master Suite.

The Loft starts at US$235 per night for up to two.

4. Hotel Facilities

Although Grana B&B Oaxaca doesn’t have as many facilities as some boutique hotels in Oaxaca like Hotel Parador de Alcalá Oaxaca, it does have a spacious interior courtyard, a relaxation space, and a rooftop terrace.

I’ve set out more detail on these below.

Interior Courtyard

The interior courtyard of Grana B&B Oaxaca is beautifully preserved and has the original signature supporting columns and broad open arches characteristic of Spanish colonial architecture during the 18th century.

To add to the relaxed open-air atmosphere, hammocks are strung between supporting columns and you can climb in and sway away the heat of the day.

The courtyard also features an antique stone water fountain and clusters of potted cacti provide a green touch.

Relaxation Space

In keeping with the relaxed theme of the hotel, Grana B&B Oaxaca has a multipurpose relaxation space perfect for your morning yoga or relaxing with a book in the afternoon.

The room has floor to ceiling double-doors that look out on to the leafy trees in Labastida Park and let fresh air and light into the space.

There are also lots of comfortable cushions and a beautiful woollen rug hand-woven by local artisans in Teotitlán del Valle.

Rooftop Terrace

Grana B&B Oaxaca also has a spacious and romantic roof terrace area with hammocks and other comfortable seating.

From the rooftop, you can enjoy a great 270 degree view of Oaxaca City, including the nearby Templo de Santo Domingo and the more distant Sierra Madre mountains.

It’s a great spot to enjoy a morning coffee or take a break from exploring the city to take in some fresh air.

5. Dining Options

Another great aspect of Grana B&B Oaxaca is a beautiful room just off the courtyard where you can enjoy the continental, American or Oaxacan breakfast that is included in your room price.

The room is beautifully furnished with a long wooden communal breakfast table the sits underneath an ornate arch and the exposed timber supports of the ceiling.

You’ll be asked to order your main meal when you check in and each morning for the following day, and you can help yourself to fresh fruit, coffee, grains and muesli, as well as Oaxacan hot chocolate and pan de yema bread.

Breakfast is served from 8:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m every day.

6. Reviews

Grana B&B Oaxaca has a rating of 9.5 out of 10 from over 500 reviews, which is a stellar score.

The story that the reviews tell is that people absolutely love this hotel. The reviews are glowing about the central location of the hotel, the great breakfast experience and the attentive and friendly hotel staff.

Even though the hotel doesn’t offer a wide range of amenities, what it does do, it is obviously doing very well.

7. Check-In and Check-Out

Check-in at the hotel is from 3:00pm, and check-out is before noon.

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, Grana B&B Oaxaca is pet-friendly.

You can bring one pet per group, and it will cost you US$30 per night.

9. Family-Friendly?

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

Yes, children of all ages are welcome at Grana B&B Oaxaca.

Children under 4 years of age can stay in existing beds free of charge. If you have children who are 5 years or older, you’ll need to pay an additional US$40 per night per child.

There are no rollaway beds available, so you’ll need to book one of the rooms with additional beds.

Unfortunately, no cots are available.

10. Nearby Attractions

Grana B&B 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 bottle of water from the hotel.

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 block to the north until you reach the Templo de Santo Domingo.

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.

If you prefer to head south from the hotel, the pedestrian-only Andador Turístico is just one block to the west. If you walk over to it, you can take it south a few blocks until you reach Oaxaca’s stunning cathedral, Nuestra Señora de la Asunción and the nearby Zócalo, right in the heart of Oaxaca City. The beautiful Teatro Macedonio Alcalá is also just a few blocks to the east.

From the Zócalo, you can also continue further south 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.

Mitla

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 Grana B&B 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.

Grana B&B Oaxaca: The Definitive Review

Grana B&B 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 Grana B&B Oaxaca as I see them.

Pros

Pros are easy here, because there are some genuinely top-notch aspects of Grana B&B Oaxaca.

Top Location

Grana B&B 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 one block south of the Templo de Santo Domingo and you’re just four blocks north of the Zócalo. Whatever you decide to go and see, you can quickly reach any attraction on foot.

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

If you’re looking for a centrally-located hotel, this is a great option.

Beautiful Architecture

Another major selling point of Grana B&B Oaxaca is its beautiful historic architecture that dates back to the 18th century, 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 Grana B&B Oaxaca.

Rooftop Terrace

Another big selling point of Grana B&B Oaxaca is its fantastic rooftop terrace.

To be fair, it’s not the only rooftop area in Oaxaca and it doesn’t have a pool like other hotels such as the City Centro Oaxaca or the Hotel Parador de Alcalá Oaxaca.

Still, there’s a hammock and there are plenty of chairs and cushions for you to relax and enjoy the almost panoramic view of the city and the surrounding mountains.

Definitely a big positive and one that sets it apart from the other Oaxacan hotels.

Cons

There are a few cons to Grana B&B Oaxaca, although in my mind these tend to be a result of the boutique nature of the hotel and its central location.

Limited Dining Options

The breakfast offered at the hotel is great quality and the room next to the courtyard where breakfast is served each morning is beautifully furnished and decorated in a traditional Mexican style.

However, the hotel doesn’t do lunch or dinner, so you’ll have to plan to eat out on each day and each evening during your stay.

Having said that, it’s not really a big issue, because there are lots of great restaurants nearby. You can try El Destilado, Los Danzantes and Pitiona to get you started.

Limited On-Site Amenities

Grana B&B Oaxaca doesn’t really do much in the line of amenities. The hotel itself is beautiful and it has a great interior courtyard and roof terrace, but there isn’t much else offered by the hotel directly.

There’s no spa offering, no pool, no gym, and no parking facilities. There are also no bicycle rental options available, which is something offered by similar-sized hotels like Pug Seal Oaxaca and Hotel Azul Oaxaca.

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 gym, you should be aware that Grana B&B Oaxaca doesn’t offer those amenities.

Noise From Within The Hotel

A lot of the rooms open out onto the central courtyard. The courtyard is used throughout the day, so you might hear a little noise from time to time while guests are having breakfast or relaxing.

The reviews don’t make too much of this, and the hotel staff try to make sure that there’s no noise of an evening or too early in the morning.

On that basis, this is unlikely to be a major problem, but I thought it was worth flagging.

Grana B&B Oaxaca: The Definitive Review

My Personal Views

I think Grana B&B Oaxaca is a lovely down-to-earth hotel and a great place to base yourself when you visit Oaxaca City.

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

The architecture of the hotel is beautiful. All of the Spanish colonial elements of the 18th century building have been carefully preserved and the antiquity of the building gives the hotel a classic atmosphere.

The rooftop terrace and the interior courtyard of the hotel are the biggest draws, but beyond that, there aren’t really any other amenities. Having said that, I don’t think it’s really that kind of hotel.

Grana B&B aims to give you a relaxing place to sleep, a great breakfast in the morning, and a top location from which you can explore. It does all of those things very well, and I don’t think it is trying to do any more than that.

I think that is one of the reasons that its reviews are so high. They focus only on the few things they do well, and they consistently hit the target.

So if you’re not looking for lots of amenities, but you do want to comfy room, great breakfast and a central location at a reasonable price, I think that Grana B&B Oaxaca should be on your shortlist.

Grana B&B 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 Grana B&B Oaxaca below.

When Is The Best Time To Visit Grana B&B 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 Grana B&B Oaxaca?

There is a 24-hour front-desk service at Grana B&B 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 Grana B&B 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 Grana B&B Oaxaca.

Why Is Grana B&B Oaxaca Special?

Grana B&B 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 highly-rated boutique hotel in a great spot at a good price and you aren’t looking for lots of amenities, you’ll love Grana B&B Oaxaca.

Grana B&B Oaxaca: The Definitive Review

Final Thoughts

Hopefully you now have all the information that you need to decide whether Grana B&B 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 Booking.com or Expedia.com.

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

Enjoy your stay!

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