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Hotel Sin Nombre: A Shrine To Art, Design, And Gastronomy In Oaxaca

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Sebastián Celada
Hans Valor, Lexus Gallegos

Hotel Sin Nombre brings together history and sophistication in a bohemian and artsy setting . Located in a 17th-century mansion, the boutique hotel is a shrine to art, design and gastronomy in the heart of Oaxaca, Mexico.

A relaxing ambiance with touches of artisanal sophistication, watched over by the majestic vernacular architecture of a 17th-century colonial mansion house: this is Hotel Sin Nombre, a haven offering an authentic and comfortable experience away from the hustle and bustle of the main square of one of the best-known destinations in Mexico.

Among the columns, arches and flagstone floors that receive guests in the central courtyard, an avant-garde spirit emerges with Arabic touches that invite relaxation and sensory delight among handmade rugs, delicate cushions and details that highlight Oaxaca’s artisan traditions.

The contemporary design and genuine minimalist elegance are the work of the architect João Boto Caeiro, who is responsible for the methodical and respectful restoration of the original structure, rooted in principles of sustainability and conservation of traditional skills, including ancient processes for preparing paint from charcoal, lime and ground clay.

The vaulted ceilings, central staircase and walls were all treated as canvases for labor of the Oaxacan master craftsmen, as well as to frame works by visual artists such as the photographer Alberto “Negro” Ibáñez, present in black-and-white images of nudes in the rooms and public areas; works by painter and sculptor Carlito Dalceggio, whose talent is expressed in two interventions; the work of Dr. Lakra exhibited in the Cantinita; and three metal sculptures by Portuguese sculptor Fulvio Capurso installed on the terrace, their silhouettes outlined against the horizon.

At Hotel Sin Nombre the spaces present an ethereal sobriety emphasized by a harmonious play of light and shadow, appreciated in all 18 rooms, which have also been meticulously decorated with furniture in tropical hardwoods from certified sawmills, antiques, and snow-white bedding that contrasts with the hand-embroidered textiles.

The comfort of a home away from home is the promise for those who stay and choose to let time slip away unhurriedly surrounded by its unique features: the glass dome and the ironwork from the early 20th century, the Bibliotekita, a hideaway with an infinity mirror ceiling and a red neon light that invites you to unleash your creativity with its collection of literary works on various themes, and the terrace with swimming pool, where at sunset the sun illuminates the domes of Santo Domingo and the Cathedral, offering panoramic views that extend as far as Monte Albán and San Felipe on the horizon.

The culinary offering is spread across three distinct concepts, each with its own personality: the Restaurant Sin Nombre, the Cantinita and the Terraza Sin Nombre. The Restaurant Sin Nombre is an avant-garde fusion between the gastronomic traditions of different communities from the region, with recipes prepared using seasonal and organic vegetable ingredients. Respecting the harvest cycles, the menu is renewed each three months to offer authentic mouthfuls of tradition and flavors of the fields. In the Cantinita, the hotels’ mixology bar, the specialty is the unique elixirs prepared there together with a selection of vegetarian snacks. Finally, the Terraza Sin Nombre presents a menu of meat and fish combined with vegetable ingredients in original recipes.

Hotel Sin Nombre is a haven in the heart of the Valley of Oaxaca that presents the keys to the contemporary perspective of this internationally renowned destination.


Hotel Sin Nombre is located in the Historic Center of Oaxaca, just steps from the zocalo (central square), the cathedral and the Alameda de León. Each space of the 17th-century mansion including its 18 rooms combines colonial architecture, art and contemporary design to offer an experience of comfort and minimalist sophistication.

The lodging experience is complemented by a culinary offering laid out across three concepts: Restaurante Sin Nombre, Cantinita, and Terraza Sin Nombre. The authentic flavors of the region are expressed in menus that emphasize the freshness of seasonal, organic and local ingredients.

By Liliana Alvarez

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