More about Casa Colonial
A hostelry in the best sense
Location. setting, hosts, amenities, services, food and fellow guests.....all of the highest order providing for one of the best holidays we've ever had. Oaxaca is heaven on earth and, if there can be a bit of heaven in heaven, this is it.
A beautiful place that made our vacation so much more pleasant
We went to Oaxaca with our teenage daughters escaping from the cold, dreary New York winter. We wanted some family time and really got it, thanks to our stay in Casa Colonial. The decor is tasteful and homey; everybody is so nice and warm, always willing to help, give advice and directions, and provide very knowledgeable tips about where to find the best pottery; the dining room is lovely, a great place to meet all the guests and engage in interesting conversations around a good home made breakfast, lunch or supper; the patio is refreshing; the common room is pleasant, well stocked with books (our daughter could stay there a whole day watching videos when she had to stay in sick -and she was so well tended by Teresa and Ramona- Amador was very helpful calling a doctor, who came promptly on a Sunday, and took care of her for a really modest fee!). They even have an enclosed area to park the rental car.
We felt at home, it's well located within walking distance of the Zocalo so we could go back for lunch after our outings, have a nice siesta in the peak hours of heat, and recover on time to enjoy the beautiful oaxacan evenings.
We would love to go back. Even our hard-to-please teenagers are dreaming of it.
Life in the slooow lane
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our relaxing stay with Thorny and Jane and all the helpful staff there. We also enjoyed the company of many visitors that by the nature of the Inn, you meet and greet daily, making friends out of strangers. The court yard full of flowers and birds was a treat in a city of that size. Jane has an incredible library of reference books, novels and travel guides - one of the bets you will ever find, and she kindly shares them with guests. The food was delicious too - the cook (Piedad) has been there for 25 years, so she is an expert at what she does. We found it a bit noisy with the traffic just outside on the street, but with a fan on in the room at night, we slept well. It is about a 15 minute walk to the Zocalo, and while not located in the best of neighbourhoods, it seemed safe enough. I look forward to another opportunity to return.
Beautiful, delicious and helpful.
Walking through the doors of the casa I was overtaken by the peace, beauty and art displayed everywhere. Jane. the owner helped my sister and I plan our week providing a fabulous driver, Victor who knew the pueblos and where some of the great artists lived. After a day exploring we were so happy to return to the casa, speak English, rest in the garden and look forward to a fabulous evening meal and chatting with the emensly interesting guests. This was the perfect vacation and the casa was the perfect place to stay.
A very comfortable place to stay
My family and I spent a week at Casa Colonial in August. Our rooms were spacious, attractive, and very comfortable (with excellent beds). The central garden is large and beautiful. Breakfast was homey and delicious each morning. Dinners there (available upon request) were simple, convenient, and very good. The center of town is a 10-15 minute walk from Casa Colonia. We felt safe, comfortable, and very well-cared for by all the staff.
A Great Base for a Oaxaca Sojourn
This was our second time at Casa Colonial. The first was three years ago. We have found it a perfact base for our visit to Oaxaca. The hosts, Jane and Thorny, are extremely well informed and generous in sharing what they know. The staff is uniformly competent and friendly. The place itself is beautiful, adorned tastefully with Mexican crafts. There is a library with lots of books, anthropological and relevant to the arts, some of them rare. And there is a large, beaufiul garden plus a parrott. The food is excellent and well prepared. And the rooms and large and pleasant. There is also free internet access. What more can one possibly say?
Christmas of 2006 was spent in comfort in the completely charming Casa Colonial in Oaxaca, Mexico. As we explored this gem of a colonial city we were struck by the contrast between the reality in the city and the warnings posted by the State Department and sensational reporting in the US media. Certainly, there have been demonstrations and another very orderly protest took place while we were there. The Fiesta of the Night of the Radishes and other Christmas parades and celebrations continued as they always have and people who avoided traveling to Oaxaca missed out on a wonderful and joyous cultural experience. We are not reckless adventurers and have no hesitation in recommending Oaxaca as a terrific destination.
Casa Colonial, a delight in charming Oxaca
For eight days in January 07 we stayed at Casa Colonial with the owners Jane and Thorny. The occasion was a gathering of Stanford Phi Kappa Sigma fraturnity brothers (class 52-56) and their wives. The trip was arranged by a wife of one of the brothers who had visited Casa Colonial on previous Stanford trips. Jane and Thorney first showed us arround their exqusite facility - bedrooms arranged around a wonderfully landscaped inner court yard- a library well stocked with local history, guide books, arts and crafts books. The library was large enough to accomodate all of us to watch the super bowl. (Ugh) The kitchen staffed with excellent cooks and servers provided us with meals that we could not match at downtown restaurants ( We tried) .The downtown is an easy and SAFE walk from the Casa.
Thorny and Jane took us on day trips to local weavers, clay figure makers, wood carvers, mescal brewers, and natural dye makers. In addition we visited local outdoor animal and community markets. Thorny exhibited his vast historical knowledge guiding us around early Zapotec sites including Mount Alban. Our stay exceeded our expectations and we look forward to returning to Casa Colonial with their warm and interesting people who willingly share their love of Oaxaca with all comers.
A Lovely Stay in Serene Oaxaca
My husband and I recently spent a week as part of a group of 14 friends in the lovely city of Oaxaca, staying for seven nights at Casa Colonial, an easy walk of about fifteen minutes to the Zocalo, or main square. The Casa has about 15 clean, attractively furnished rooms and a lovely courtyard and garden. The dining room is bright, cheerful and spacious. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all available. The midday meal, comida, is substantial, and cena, the evening meal, is a light one. All the food is safe, delicious and well-prepared with purified water, which is available for drinking at all times..
Our charming and enthusiastic hosts, Jane and Thorny Robison, took care of all the arrangements for daily trips and accompanied us to outlying towns well-known for rug weaving, pottery, animal carving, livestock markets, the ruins at Monte Alban and Mitla, etc. We left the Casa each morning at 9 am and returned for the 2 pm comida. Our afternoons were free to go to nearby museums, shop at one of the large markets, or simply walk around town.
In spite of warnings in the media about disturbances, protest marches, etc, we never saw or felt the least bit threatened in any way by any form of civil unrest. The local people were unfailingly gracious and grateful for our visit..The local economy is very dependant on tourism, its main source of revenue, and has been hit hard by overblown news accounts of local unrest.
I heartily recommend Casa Colonial as a very comfortable, safe and clean base for visiting this fascinating city and its environs. Their e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.