Hotel Escondido — Oaxaca, Mexico

Bedroom with wooden walls, double bed and window with view of desert
(Image credit: Undine Pröhl)

Oaxaca has long been admired for its tranquil desert colours as for its incomparable architecture.

Grupo Habita’s newly opened Escondido smartly capitalises on these assets by tapping architect Alberto Kalach to rehabilitate the adobe interiors and high ceilings of an early 19th-century family home into a calm 12-room retreat.

Specifically, interior designer Decada Muebles along with Grupo’s managing partner Carlos Couturier have dressed the almost Brutalist spaces with traditional Mexican touches and colours in which exposed brickwork, rough concrete and sabino timber create a pleasingly rugged backdrop for green glazed pottery, woven palm accessories and local textiles. The Patio Room deserves particular applause, its corner timber doors sliding open on two sides into a private leafy garden.

In the kitchen, meanwhile, head chef Mario Petterino turns against the grain with a classic Piedmontese menu that includes home-made ravioli and steak medallions braised with prosciutto and white wine.

Hotel bedroom with cream walls and double bed with white pillows and grey throw

(Image credit: Undine Pröhl)

Hotel bedroom with view of desert out the window and double bed with white pillows and grey throw

(Image credit: Undine Pröhl)

Garden with stones, trees and plants with entrance to bedroom

(Image credit: Undine Pröhl)

Bar with multiple table and chairs

(Image credit: Undine Pröhl)

Outside view of hotel

(Image credit: Undine Pröhl)


Avenida José Maria Morelos 401


Daven Wu is the Singapore Editor at Wallpaper*. A former corporate lawyer, he has been covering Singapore and the neighbouring South-East Asian region since 1999, writing extensively about architecture, design, and travel for both the magazine and website. He is also the City Editor for the Phaidon Wallpaper* City Guide to Singapore.

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