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“Oaxaca on our own” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Casa Machaya Oaxaca Bed & Breakfast

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Casa Machaya Oaxaca Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #25 of 126 Oaxaca B&B and Inns
Raleigh NC
2 reviews
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“Oaxaca on our own”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2013

We had a great experience after the the 4-5 inch hail storm that greeted us. Alvin & Arlene were gracious since we were late due to the storm. Over the next several days we relied on Alvin's knowledge to see some great locales. We went to the black pottery area, zocalo, saw artisans, had great food and overall great experience. The facilities were nice and cozy, we could be on our own or visit some with Alvin & Arlene.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2013

Comfortable, apartment-like setting, including separate kitchen and own entrance, in a lovely home nestled in the hills on the outskirts of the city of Oaxaca. Breakfast supplies are provided (but make your own). Very personalized service by Alvin and Arlene sets this place apart, Alvin drives you into town each morning and you take a taxi back at night (15-20 minute ride from town center that'll cost $4-5), which is perfect if you're the type who doesn't need to return frequently to your lodgings. I agree with other reviewers to carry the map Alvin gives you b/c some taxi drivers had a little trouble finding the place at night.There is a neighborhood rooster (it is Mexico!) who starts early but no problem with some ear plugs if you're a light sleeper. Take advantage of Alvin's knowledge of Oaxaca and read the articles and reviews on his Casa Machaya website, which are also available in a binder in the bedroom. Better yet, take a tour with Alvin.

Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Windsor
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

My wife and I spent a month at Casa Machaya, and couldn't have been happier with our accommodations and the considerate attention of our hosts, Alvin and Arlene Starkman. They made us feel at home from the moment we arrived, and went out of their way to provide both advice regarding restaurants, shopping and museums in Oaxaca as well as daily rides into the city. Arlene kindly translated for us when shopping for groceries and even arranged for my wife to accompany her on a visit to her local salon. Alvin's love of Oaxacan culture made his tours to local villages and market towns especially interesting. We travelled to Teotitlan del Valle, where he introduced us to Porfirio Santiago, a master craftsman whose family have been weaving Zapotec rugs for generations, and to a small paper factory in the town of San Augustin Etla. A purveyor of fine artisanal mescal, Alvin took us high into the mountains where we sampled and purchased some of the finest mescal in Oaxaca. His tours and his depth of knowledge are unique among the excusions offered by most local guides. By the end of our month, we had not only had one of our most interesting and relaxing vacations, but we had made two new friends. We are looking forward to returning to Casa Machaya next year!

Larry and Anne

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2013

My wife and I arrived at Casa Machaya by taxi from the main bus terminal in Oaxaca City on December 31/12 after an overnight bus trip from Mexico City where our flight from Vancouver BC, Canada ended. It was about 7 am when we knocked on the gate and were greeted by Alvin and Tito (the friendly house dog) with fresh coffee, cookies and a warm greeting for tired travelers. We had warned Alvin in advance of our possible early arrival which he and Arlene had no problem with. After coffee and an orientation to their neighbourhood and the larger Oaxaca City Alvin offered to drive us into town to begin exploring the old centro. Our bags were stored at the house while the self-contained suite that would be our home for the next 6 days was prepared.
It was New Year's eve and there was much activity around the zocolo, both that left over from Christmas (which actually goes on for many days after the 25th) and in prep for New Year's festivities. We followed Alvin's advice and walked the pedestrian friendly Alcala street to the magnificent Santo Domingo church and adjacent museum. Brunch and an early dinner at cafes also recommended by Alvin around Almeda Park and we were fading fast from lack of sleep. Without too much careful thought we headed out of town to find our way back to Casa Machaya on foot...not a good idea! Having minimal orientation to the streets and with most of those streets heading uphill (steeply!) it took us a tiring couple of hours to make the trip which in a taxi is about 15 minutes at most. Though Alvin or Arlene always gave us a lift into town in the morning we always took a taxi home after that first day!
Everything that we needed for breakfast was supplied by our hosts and so we could prepare our own morning fare of whatever we wished at whatever time we wanted...perfect. The suite was clean, comfortable and spacious with private entrance, bathroom and deck looking out over the surrounding hills, suburbs and Sierra Madre mountains beyond. Coffee on the deck as the town woke up and the sun rose on the mountains was wonderful!
Long before our trip to Mexico started we had been corresponding with Alvin to set up our stay. We also booked a one day tour with him through one of the surrounding valleys in order to take in some of the craft villages, artisan workshops and archeological sites. Alvin is well versed in the history and culture of the area and provides a first class experience. You don't need to be staying at the Casa to engage his services as a tour guide. If you like to try or at least witness the preparation of the local libation (in this area that would be Mezcal), we recommend a tour that includes a local mountain mezcal production operation...not one of the tour bus types along the main road but rather the "real thing"!
As we prepared to visit, Alvin was always very responsive and helpful on our email inquiries and even purchased some bus tickets for us when I had difficulty getting them online from home. Just great service before and during our stay! We learned a lot about the local native and spanish culture and history in our lengthy talks with both Alvin and Arlene, who have immersed themselves in it for many years. They give back much to the community and to individual local families.
One only has to read through other's reports from those who have stayed at Casa Machaya to get a sense of what awaits your visit here. Stay and Enjoy as we did!
Once again, Thanks a lot Alvin and Arlene. See you next time!

Room Tip: The self-contained suite is ideal!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Mexico City, Mexico
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

My husband and I travelled to Oaxaca and stayed at Casa Machaya. Alvin is an amazing and very hospitable host. He shared his experience and knowledge with us on a variety of topics with respect to Oaxacan culture. His recommendations for food and places were always great. The room was very comfortable and the house is beautiful and has a beautiful view of the city. It was a tremendously enjoyable experience from start to end!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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México, D.F.
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

My wife and I stayed at Casa Machaya and had an unforgettable visit to Oaxaca. The accommodations are beautiful and comfortable, Tito the dog befriended us and above all, Alvin so generously shared his boundless knowledge of Oaxacan culture and history with us at every step. What we learned about the indigenous communities, mezcal producers and regional foods truly enriched our stay. We can't wait for our next trip to beautiful Oaxaca and Casa Machaya.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Flat D
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Edmonton
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60 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2012

My partner and I climbed into the taxi at the airport, handed the Casa Machaya address and directions to the driver, and gazed around as we made the trip across the city and up into the hills on the outskirts of the city. This was our first trip to Oaxaca and it was much larger than we'd anticipated! We felt we'd been thrust into something much more complex than we'd bargained for.
Any anxiety we felt was quickly shed when we arrived at the front entrance to Casa Machaya, and were warmly welcomed by Alvin and Arlene Starkman, our hosts for the next 5 nights. After a leisurely visit over some delicious baked goods, Alvin showed us to our suite of rooms, explained everything we needed to know, and left us to settle in with an offer to drive us downtown whenever we were ready to go and explore.
That was the start of an amazing few days of exploration, and Alvin proved to be an outstanding guide for first timers. His knowledge of the area, its history, the many villages surrounding the city, and the people who live there, is extensive, and we drew on that knowledge over and over.
One of the best decisions we made was to book Alvin for a day of touring some of the towns, and visiting some of the craftsmen who produce beautiful and well-made goods. We explored a local weekly market, and made a side trip around the corner to have some drinking chocolate made up to order. With 2 kilos of hot, gooey, chocolate paste emitting a terrific fragrance from the back seat, my stomach announced it was ready to eat, and Alvin took us to an AMAZING restaurant that we could never have found on our own. Well fed and contented, we took off again for stops to San Bartolo Coyotepec to see how the famous black pottery is made, off again to watch a master knife maker turn an old rasp into a finely pointed weapon, to pick up some local weaving, and to see how mescal is still being made in a very traditional way. Our last stop was to the village of San Martin Tilcajete to see the process of turning wood into alebrijes at artist Jacobo Aneles' family studio - these are exquisitely beautiful carved and painted animals of all kinds.
On another evening, we returned home tired and hungry from our sightseeing - Alvin knows of THE best place for street food tlayudas, so he hopped into the car and took us over so we could pick up our dinner. Now that is providing a personal touch that we rarely find anywhere!
Alvin's knowledge and suggestions regarding what to see and do, and his connections and the excellent relationships he has with so many local people, really paved the way for us and enabled us to feel we had experienced a great deal of Oaxaca in our short time there. We left feeling that we had made new friends.
The guest suite is private, spacious and comfortable, and we loved having our own kitchen area in addition to the bedroom. Because the B7B is away from the centre of town, Alvin provides a ride into the centre every morning. Taxis back in the dark were an adventure as a couple of drivers got repeatedly lost and we weren't able to help them with directions. Keep Alvin's written directions and map with you at all times, and enjoy the adventures that may come it's all part of the fun.
We highly recommend Casa Machaya to anyone thinking of making a trip to Oaxaca city, especially for travellers who prefer to stay outside the city centre overnight.

Room Tip: Oaxaca December evenings are CHILLY so you will need warm clothes once the sun goes down, and in the...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Casa Machaya Oaxaca Bed & Breakfast
Address: Calle Sierra Nevada 164 | Colonia Loma Linda, Oaxaca 68024, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Oaxaca > Oaxaca
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #25 of 126 B&Bs / Inns in Oaxaca
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Number of rooms: 3
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