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Toured Monte Alban, the White Mountain, with our hired guide Senor Coyote. Not his real name but this is the name he offered us when Steve approached him. We did a tour of the ruins, learning many interesting facts about the peaceful Zapotecs who came to this area and built up a little city after shaving the top off of the mountain. They didn't …
Arrived into Oaxaca on the first class bus from Mexico City. The road was very twisty and windy on the drive there. It took a solid 6 hours and the bus was very comfortable. Watching Spanish dubbed kids movies wasn't that much fun but it was at least a minor distraction.
We took a cab who unfortunately didn't know where our B & B was …
Being Sunday, I started the day with Church. I attended 11:00 am mass at Santa Domingo. It was beautiful. There was something very special about it all. While going up for the Eucharist, I had to hold back my tears. For some reason, I was breaking down. Something about that mass was just very special, it's hard to explain, but it brought a lot of emotion into play. After mass I stayed for a bit to pray in silence. When I left, I felt great; I felt refreshed. Today ...
... about to partake in a Catholic mass. We were so proud of Micah and Zola, who sat for an hour without complaining or getting antsy. They did better than I did, as I started looking at my watch after twenty minutes. Leah followed everything that was said, and was impressed that many of the messages were about family, community and social justice. She sensed a strong liberation theology base to the mass.
We fell ...
... get a deed purple color, but here they showed how adding lime juice would make it turn red, or adding a bit of another ingredient would make it turn into another shade of purple. Or how they used ash to make it lighter. It was pretty fascinating really. They told us that the carpets took about 2 weeks to one month to make, depending on it's size. We had the chance to buy one, but even though they were well crafted, I wouldn't know where to put it if I did. After ...
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- Swimming pool
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Historical Traveler Reviews Oaxaca Ollin
We found this B&B and chose it partially because of the pool, but were delighted with so many other aspects of the place, that the pool paled in signficance. Our hosts were warm, charming and always helpful. They guided us to preferred restauarants, best shopping tips, and places that require caution or should be avoided entirely.The food was different every day, and was uniformly excellent. Local handicrafts were available on site for sale at competetiive prices. Our room was somewhat smaller than we would have liked, but it was very clean and well-kept, and the hotel staff were always pleasant and personable. When one of the guests got ill, staff carted herbal tea and light meals to her in her room until she recovered. We plan to return to this B&B when we go back to Oaxaca, and that should be in the near future. And by the way, we never did use the pool.
A city oasis
Having the competent and friendly staff available to answer questions, serve marvelous gourmet breakfasts, and make sure needs are met is what every traveler wants. Oaxaca is wonderful and the Ollin is part of the reason why it is.
B and B Ollin Comfort
Our recent stay the the Ollin was enhanced by the owner's and staff's knowledge of the area.The breakfasts were outstanding and a great way to start the day. On Sundays you are treated to a mole' tamal wrapped in a banana leaf. YUM! The rooms are very clean with beautiful tiles and comfy beds. Our experience at the Ollin was quite memorable. We learned about the pleasures of good mezcal from the wooden barrel in the parlor. (thanks to Jon and Judith) We are anticipating a return.
Thank You Ollin
We found the Ollin while walking around the central colonial neighborhood. The location is terrific, a stone's throw to groceries, restaurants and other amenities. Our room was comfortable and clean, and the rest of the facility is beautifully decorated. The breakfasts were very nicely prepared and presented and all of the staff are attentive and courteous. Judith and Jon were very nice hosts.
We have expressed our hope that in the future the Ollin will accept charge cards to make booking and payment more convenient.
I found the Ollin B and B on the internet, and the first thing to say is that Jon and Judith respond overnight to queries via email. I asked lots of questions about distances to the conference venue and banking and Jon was so patient! It gave me confidence as I was travelling on my own. On arrival I found the room to be everything the ad had promised. It is clean, the furniture local and wonderful, the bathroom wall tiles and the balcony views all as in the photos. No funny angles on the photos! The breakfasts were great. Sophie picks herbs in the garden to make local, authentic Oaxacan dishes and each day she had us try something different. The guests sat at a communal table, there was lots of friendly chatter but no one was over the top. Our hosts provided lots of good advice and did not impose just participated to the level the group or individuals wanted. There is lots of info in the B and B about the area and Judith has inside info on lots of travel opportunities from her work. It was a wonderful experience made better by the security of being at the Ollin.
Ollin provides the best service for value we observed in Oaxaca, and we intentionally investigated as many other options as possible on our many walks through the city center.
Ollin is a terrific place considering its rates. The B&B is located on a small and quite street a couple of blocks from the busy center of the city. The rooms are lovely and quite typical of Oaxca. There are ten rooms, a swimming pool and two patios. The breaksfast is amazing. Every morning the chef prapares the most delicious and typical dishes. The rest of the staff is wonderful, always assisting with directions and tips about the city and nearby towns.
Enchanting and wonderful
From the moment we arrived the staff made us feel at home. We enjoyed our room which was quiet and well decorated--the mattresses we the best we have ever had in a hotel setting. Jon and Judith helped us with tours and went out of their way to make sure that everything was perfect. We will certainly recommend Oaxaca to all our friends. Forrest and Pearl
What a wonderful bed and breakfast. The owners, Judy and Jon, are very helpful, accommodating and generous individuals. The staff is warm and very efficient. When we arrived to Oaxaca, we arrived as strangers and when we left, we left as friends.
For $50.00, the room was clean and very spacious. It is a new bed and breakfast located north of downtown. It is a wonderful location because it is very close to the downtown, however, it is not in a high traffic area.
For about $60-80 a night, you can get a room that is tastefully decorated and furnished and a home made Mexican breakfast each morning, including fruit and yogurt, bread, fresh squeezed orange juice, coffee/tea/hot chocolate, and a main course! We had some of the best food we ate in Oaxaca right in the B&B. It's more than enough to energize you for a day of sightseeing.