In a residential district just 10 minutes from the town center of Oaxaca, lies Hacienda Los Laureles, secluded in the privacy of its gentle gardens. Surrounded by mountains and forests, this early 1800s hacienda offers guests the flavor of grand Mexican style in the unique ambiance created by its magnificent porches and columns, refined furnishings and exceptional service.Hacienda Los Laureles was constructed at the beginning of the 19th century and has been restored to perfectly blend with its extensive gardens amid flowers, mango and cypress trees, which guests can admire from the quaint solarium or from the shade of its long porches. This inspiring scenery is matched by the decor inside, where each corner has been carefully designed to ensure space and functional elegance with a streak of colorful Oaxaca in the paintings on the walls. Guest rooms at Los Laureles are decorated in fine wood furniture and light-colored fabrics that lend a serene and soothing mood to fully enjoy the peacefulness of this luxurious and comfortable hotel.This intimate Boutique hotel, boasting just 23 guestrooms, imparts the look and feel of a private hacienda. Thick stucco walls, terra cotta floors, ornate wrought iron furniture and colorful Mexican fabrics give the hotel an inviting, informal appeal. Outdoors, points of interest include colorful gardens and the fine laurel trees that were preserved during the renovation. Relax in the hotel's newly expanded Petit Spa with a traditional "temazcal," or indigenous steam bath, and enjoy fine traditional Mexican fare and international cuisine in its award-winning restaurant. A quick trip into Oaxaca, designated by UNESCO as one of Mexico's World Heritage sites, will bring you to the breathtaking archeological digs at Monte Albán, home of the ancient Zapotecs. Browse the open markets for a keepsake of Oaxacan green or black pottery; ornate colonial churches; or museums that house the treasures of Mexico's past. After a refreshing break at Los Laureles, you will be ready to explore the mythical city of Oaxaca.