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“A Quiet Retreat in a Busy City”
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Encanto Jalatlaco
Ranked #23 of 130 Oaxaca B&B and Inns
Reviewed November 7, 2013

We absolutely loved our stay at the Encanto Jalatlaco in the cobblestoned neighborhood just to the east of the Centro Historico. After the busyness of the Zocalo and the pedestrian-only Alacala, with its many, many shops, and after a full day of fascinating small museums and/or trips to outlying areas, it was a joy to retire to the calm, immaculate atmosphere that existed at the Encanto. Maria, who speaks English and is part of the extended family that runs three different inns in Oaxaca (with nearby cooking classes and cultural tours), prepares absolutely exquisite breakfasts each morning, real works of art in terms of traditional Oaxacan food (two-course meals - always fresh fruit and fruit juices, hot Oaxacan chocolate upon request, delicious coffee and a main breakfast course of such delicacies as tamales steamed in banana leaves, pozole, molletes, omelets with squash blossoms, fresh chorizo, etc.) Everyone staying at the inn took photos each morning of the breakfast table, set with beautiful Oaxacan textiles and ceramics! The inn has only three rooms along with a communal living area and dining room, and the patio/garden is just beautiful, set up with tables and chairs for restful conversations or reading. My husband and I have traveled through Europe and Mexico and we think this is one of the most beautiful places we've ever stayed. Fresh flowers everywhere you look, birds of paradise blooming alongside bright bugambilia, and a large collection of books about Oaxacan art to browse. Friendly conversation over breakfast with lots of personalized tips about what to see and do. And again, so quiet - no street noise, which is not true of places closer in to the Zocalo, where street activity (especially big buses and tour groups) stretches out into the wee hours of the night. We highly recommend the Encanto Jalatlaco - it's charming. People book far in advance (especially for special periods like Day of the Dead or Guelaguetza) so book early. The companion B&B is Casa de Mis Recuerdos, a few blocks closer in the Zocalo - larger but also very nice.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Felipe room which is separate from the house - quite lovely and large. It would be...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

We have traveled throughout Mexico for forty plus years and we agree with all of the six previous reviews except that Encanto is "quiet".
As we lay here trying to sleep in the Carolina room at 10:00pm before awakening at five am for a flight home we are being "serenaded" by a neighbor's dog. This happened our first night
until a little after midnight. This B&B is a beautiful walled colonial style building that unfortunately amplifies and echoes the barking to where it is very difficult to sleep. On the other five nights that the barking ended earlier, between 9:00pm and 10:00pm or so, you can't help but anticipate more noise thus still experience poor sleep.
We asked the proprietors if they would address the problem, but they had limited success.
Not sure if this noisy animal is a new addition to the neighborhood but even though all else about
this B&B is great we would not stay here again until the dog is gone!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

This three-room B&B was wonderful. We had the "Carolina" room, which is large, comfortable, and quiet. For seven days we had a different Mexican breakfast every morning, with a beautifully set (also different daily) table. The Chela (spelling?), the owner, is extremely helpful with everything.
The B&B is about a 15 minute walk from the Zocolo and in a very quiet cobblestone street. Just across the street is a family that serves simple Mexican food in the evening, perfect after a big mid-day meal in one of Oaxaca's outstanding restaurants.
The B&B is part of a family group of three. I'd recommend taking the address of the "mother" B&B just in case you're not met by the owner -- because of a misunderstanding or a delayed flight. It's Casa de mis Recuerdos, only a few blocks away. The owner there runs very small group tours and cooking classes. We enjoyed such a class with her.
We will certainly recommend this B&B to friends we encourage to go to Oaxaca. And would return ourselves.

Room Tip: We stayed in "Carolina," on the second floor (as North Americans count), large and quiet.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

I wrote a lot about this spot in my review for La Casa de mis Recuerdos, the "parent" property for the several owned by this family. My husband and I stayed here while my mother stayed at Mis Recuerdos - it's just around the corner - and hope to stay again and again and again. You CANNOT go wrong staying here. See all the other reviews for notes. Basically, it's like staying at a beautiful home of wonderful friends who treat you like royalty and cook amazing food.

Aside from all the other comments, it should be noted that aside being an internationally-known cooking teacher, Nora is a licensed guide for Mexican sites - an intense, many-month-long state-controlled extended training program that is very exclusive - almost no women are allowed into the program, and many people do not complete it. Her tours are fabulous.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 20, 2012

This charming B&B is small, cozy, and refreshing, compared to bigger places you can stay in the city center. It's a bit further away (by a few blocks) but is very quiet and once you close the wooden street door, you feel miles away. Food and hospitality arre excellent, too. Pretty patio and comfortable sitting room near the dining room, where you can check your email in the morning with the free wi-fi while waiting for the strong, local Oaxacan coffee to brew.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 16, 2011

We have stayed at Encanto Jalatlaco many times with family and friends and will continue to do so. This is a wonderful way to experience life in Oaxaca in comfortable and beautiful surroundings. Authentic Oaxacan breakfasts are served in a beautiful setting each day. William and Nora are very welcoming and are ready to help with any information about the city's culture, sites, restaurants and shops.
Susan & Gordon

Room Tip: Our favorite room is the Carolina suite.
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  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 8, 2011

My husband and I stayed here for 5 nights in Feb and enjoyed every minute. The house is very tastefully decorated and the room we stayed in the Carolina, was beautiful, bright and very quiet. And the bed was so comfortable!

Nora our hostess/landlady was a fantastic hostess. Her traditional oaxacan breakfasts were works of art with different dishes each morning starting with fresh fruit and sweet pastries and breads, then treats such as squash blossom omlettes or sweet tamales, fresh juice and coffee and tea. I had a really bad chest infection and cold and Nora would make me special concoctions of bouganvillia teas or honey and ginger drinks to help me feel better - and they worked!!!

Nora was very helpful with us planning the best use of our time in Oaxaca and we even utilized her as a tour guide for a couple of our trips.

William, Nora's husband was also very helpful and friendly.

The b&b was about a 10-15 min walk from Santo Domingo church and another few mins to the zocalo and we walked around at all times of the day and night without ever feeling unsafe.

  • Stayed: February 2011
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Additional Information about Encanto Jalatlaco

Address: Calle Ninos Heroes 115 | Jalatlaco, Oaxaca, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Oaxaca > Oaxaca
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 130 B&Bs / Inns in Oaxaca
Price Range: $90 - $120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Encanto Jalatlaco is a three room B&B that offers a two course full breakfast typical of Oaxaca prepared fresh every morning by either Maria or her sister Nora. Our B&B is located just 5 blocks east from the church Santo Domingo in a very old neighborhood where our streets are lined with river stones. Our ample garden and patio area invites you to sit and just unwind. Complimentary beer, wine, coffee and tea are available for all our guests. ... more   less 

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