As the birthplace of some of Mexico’s most famed exports—mezcal, mole, and exuberant textiles are among the most cherished—Oaxaca has long been a bastion of culture, crafts, and multisensory artistic expression. But not all notes of this southern state’s dazzling rhapsody can be experienced outside its borders. Thankfully, with a booming hospitality scene supercharged by Mexican entrepreneurs, architects, and designers, the diverse region offers a much-needed variety of culture-focused hotels. From a crop of urbanite sanctuaries in and around UNESCO-designated Oaxaca City to a fresh smattering of eco-minded beachfront retreats, discerning travelers looking to experience Oaxaca’s many splendors finally have a litany of new design hotels to sift through.
Casa Silencio rises from Oaxaca’s only solar-powered mezcal brand, El Silencio, in the remote Xaaga Valley. More than a paean to the smoky agave spirit, this self-sustaining, six-key retreat operates with a zero-waste ethos inside and out of a striking façade composed of tapia (rammed earth), stone, glass, and reclaimed wood accents. A father-daughter duo, architect Alejandro D’Acosta and interior designer Martina D’Acosta, further grounded the property in local heritage with eccentric furnishings, ornamental textiles, and folkloric decor sourced almost exclusively from multigenerational artisans around the Oaxaca state. The culinary and mezcal tastings are exceptional, taking place on a 53-foot communal table carved from a single 17-ton slab of hand-cut basalt.