My husband and I came to Oaxaca to study - TESOL course and Spanish. We booked a room at Villa Maria in October and based on what Maria told us and the reviews, we thought we had just the place we needed for six weeks. Maria told us that the apartment fronted on Calle Arteaga and that it could be noisy during the day but that it quieted down in the evening and the bedroom was interior. As soon as we got there we were skeptical - one night decided us that we would not be able to remain. The trucks and cars rumbled by until well into the night (11:00 p.m.) and started up again around 5:00 a.m. When they went by, the vibration shook not only the big windows that fronted on the street, but the interior windows on the utility room as well. The water heater in the utility room next to the bedroom also went on and off all night. The bedroom was "interior" as we were told, but had no windows as it was on the first floor. Essentially we felt like we were in a garage except that the apartment was spotless, very well equipped and had a good shower. Maria was kind and accommodating and no doubt the other apartments, that are all on the second floor and front on the courtyard garden are as pictured on the website. We cannot comment on those since we never got to see them. The evening we arrived the garden was gated and the dog was inside and she said we couldn't go in. We lost our $100 deposit but fortunately did not pay her the rent initially. The following day we spent from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. searching for another place. Fortunately the people at Spanish Magic (my husband's language school) knew of someone with a place near the Parque Llano which we were able to rent immediately for the same price it would have cost at Villa Maria. It is quiet, large (two bedrooms and two baths), immaculate and very secure. Best of all we step out the door and can enjoy the park any time of day or evening. Oaxaca is a busy, noisy city most of the day and there is traffic on all the major thoroughfares. The location of Villa Maria and the ambiance for those who have an upstairs apartments may make it OK for many people. The street noise and the shaking of the windows however made it intolerable for us. If you want to rent there be sure to specify an upstairs place and if you consider the street-fronting place you would do well to see it before handing over your pesos.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.