Where to Stay in Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico: La Betulia Bed and Breakfast

Staying in La Betulia, Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico.

Staying in La Betulia, Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico.

After spending a week exploring the marvel of Mexico City, it was time to venture south and we chose to get a bus down to the city of Oaxaca de Juarez first. Having spent 7 nights in the wonderful Casa San Ildefonso in Mexico’s capital, we hoped to find somewhere just as cosy and relaxing in Oaxaca. And that we did!

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Backpacking in Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico.

We ended up staying at La Betulia Bed and Breakfast in Oaxaca and this place was quite simply the coolest place we could have found for these 10 reasons:

1. New and Pristine
La Betulia Bed and Breakfast only opened in 2013 so it’s spanking new and pristine. Everything is clean, well maintained and the design is great.

Our pristine room in La Betulia.

Our pristine room in La Betulia.

2. Location
OK so Oaxaca has a grotesque “Hotel Zone” and the beauty is that La Betulia is well away from that and in a really cool location – closer to the bus terminal and just north of the city centre so everything is easily walkable.

La Betulia is close to Plaza Domingo Square in Oaxaca.

La Betulia is close to Plaza Domingo Square in Oaxaca.

3. Local Oaxacan/Mexican Breakfast

One of the biggest thrills of backpacking in Mexico is the food. La Betulia treat you to a local Oaxacan/Mexican breakfast every day and each day it is something different!

We stayed 3 nights so got 3 breakfasts:

Day 1 – Entomatadas con cecina (tortillas, tomato sauce, cheese, onion, parsley, spicy pork)

Entomatados con cecina.

Entomatados con cecina.

Day 2 – Juevos Rancheros (egg, tortillas, beans, spicy tomato sauce)

Juevos Rancheros

Juevos Rancheros

Day 3 – Memelas (cheese, beans, cactus plant)

Memelas.

Memelas.

4. Wifi

Yes, I mention Wifi as a must for me these days in hostels but as I work on the move and as we want to get our next destination booked then we rely on it. I got plenty of wifi time in La Betulia.

Enjoying the Wifi in the dining area at La Betulia.

Enjoying the Wifi in the dining area at La Betulia.

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5. Lovely Owners

The owners are a cool couple called Carlos and Pia. They came out the front of the hostel to welcome us on arrival and they asked us every time they saw us if everything was OK. Even with their busy lives running this place, you can tell that they care about their customers.

With Pia and Carlos - cool owners of La Betulia.

With Pia and Carlos – cool owners of La Betulia.

6. Local Information/Free Map
You get issued with a map on arrival that has been specially printed by Carlos and Pia about the city. This is all the local information you need to get started in Oaxaca and they can give you more information and are very helpful.

La Betulia's custom map and guide to the area.

La Betulia’s custom map and guide to the area.

7. Small
La Betulia has just 8 bedrooms and is small. Therefore it is easy to relax and feel at home here without interference. It seems so quiet and peaceful and sometimes Panny and I were the only two guests in the courtyard as others were all out. This felt like our home for a hat-trick of days.

Small and cosy courtyard in La Betulia - perfect to relax.

Small and cosy courtyard in La Betulia – perfect to relax.

8. Safety and Security
Locker/safe in each room and very secure place. With only 8 rooms it’s easily managed. Also if you check out at 11am and aren’t leaving Oaxaca until that night, you can store your bags no problem. It feels like a safe and secure place.

Safety and security in La Betulia.

Safety and security in La Betulia.

9. Escape from the Backpacker Madness

OK so I’ve been classing myself as a hardcore backpacker for at least 7 of the last 11 years, but sometimes, you need to escape that vacuum. Too many late nights, meeting more people than you ever remember the names of and drinking so much you miss your tour the next day. These are things of the past and thankfully the other travellers in La Betulia fit the “once a party animal, now happy to relax” model. Which was great!

Safe and secure rooms!

Safe and secure rooms!

10. Cosy Rooms
With a massive comfy double bed, a fan, a wardrobe, a safe, a desk (for blogging 😉 ), an ensuite and a nice green decor everything was cosy and perfect here.

The blogging desk!

The blogging desk!

Cosy rooms - watching the football!

Cosy rooms – watching the football!

Oaxaca de Juarez is a great Mexican city to explore and I totally recommend it, as well as a side trip to Monte Alban. Your stay in the city will be enhanced by booking into La Betulia – give it a try and remember to tell people you read it here on Don’t Stop Living. I have stayed in hundreds of hostels, hotels and guesthouses over the years so I hope I know what makes a decent place to stay and what doesn’t. Rates start at $75 US per night for one person, rising only $10 US per person, meaning if there are 4 of you, that’s around $26 US each – pretty damn good for a city as cool as Oaxaca!

Book La Betulia through Agoda

Here is the address:

  • Manuel Cabrera Carrasquedo 102, Colonia Jimenez Figueroa, Oaxaca, Oaxaca, 68000, Mexico. Tel. 951-514-0029

  • Reservations: hola@labetulia.com

Here is a video from La Betulia Bed and Breakfast:

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