We have stayed at many B&B's and boutique hotels, and I have to say that Casa Ollin is one of the best. It is very clean and comfortable and has a great staff. We found our king size bed very comfortable. For guests use, there are 2 sitting areas and a pool as well as a roof deck area. Casa Ollin has a good supply of books which can be used to get oriented on Oaxaca or to get in-depth information on special interests you may have. Although we did not use the pool, after comida I did spend several late afternoons lounging in the hammock, reading the Casa's books and sipping mezcal. Guests are invited to try the casa mezcal for a nominal cost.
Moreover, the staff is great. They are very personable, knowledgeable, and made us feel like we were at home. Sophie prepares an excellent breakfast and in the 10 days that we were there in November/December 2012, she never repeated a dish. Clara served breakfast and explained the meal – all original Oaxaqueno. Ernesto was a wealth of information on things going on in Oaxaca and in explaining the history of the area. He also provided good advice on tour agencies. In addition, Ernesto is a very good tour guide himself. Although you can purchase black pottery and woodcarvings throughout the city, Ernesto took us to see the better artists in the surrounding villages. Many of the pieces we saw were amazing. We attended the cooking school operated by Ernesto's wife, Karla, at their home. We prepared a 5-course meal, including squash blossom soup, chile relleno with grasshoppers, squash blossom soup, and chicken with red mole. This was one of the best comida meals we had during our stay. We hope to duplicate the meal at home.
Oh, did I mention Edmundo, one of the security staff? In addition to his security duties, he's the cook for Sunday breakfast. He says that he makes one thing – tamales. I've never been a big fan of tamales, but 'Mundo's tamales wrapped in banana leafs are delicious. I also cannot forget Lucas and Cecilia -- Lucas was the first person to greet us upon our stay and was a breath of fresh air after two plane delays and Cecilia kept our room meticulous throughout our stay.
When we return to Oaxaca, which we hope is soon, we will stay at Casa Ollin again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ollin Features Mexican gourmet breakfast, Multilingual Staff, Upgraded beds and linen, Library. New -- computer with high speed connection available for guest use -- also available WiFi connection. Swimming Pool, Three outdoor patios to choose from. All rooms non-smoking. Assistance with all of your sightseeing needs. Free local calls, Free long distance calls to the United States. Laundry service available. Medical services on call. Roof Top Terrace. ... more less