Cynthia's casa is spacious and well-appointed, with lovely outdoor spaces. Her taste is impeccable. The kitchen is huge and laid out such that all 3 of us could work at once. I loved the two bathrooms in a separate building; although completely indoors I liked opening the doors and windows and feeling as if I was showering en pleine! There are so many gathering areas: 3 indoors (not counting the kitchen) and 2 outdoors! This place was a bit too big for our party of 3, but would be perfect for a family gathering or several couples!
The 2nd floor bedrooms were lovely, spacious, and private. They are described as each having their own spiral staircases and this is true - however they do adjoin via wood doors which we kept closed for privacy.
It is possible to open all of the downstairs doors and upstairs windows and enjoy the cooler air in the evenings! NO bugs at this time of the year. You will get some street noise and occasional yapping dogs.
Cynthia's house manager Arturo (filling in for Soledad) was helpful, cheerful, and available. We did not ask for housekeeping services while we were there but did get occasional help from Arturo regarding minor household issues, and he came once to water the extensive gardens.
The location was ideal:
**2 blocks to the Escaleras de Fortin where we accomplished our morning exercise (218 steps, plenty of runners/stair-walkers even early in the morning).
**3 blocks to Santo Domingo and the northern end of M Alcala, the pedestrian walk among charming shops, cafes, and vendors.
**8 blocks to the Zocalo.
Be aware there is currently no wifi at the casa, but wifi access (usually no earlier than 8 am) is available at cafes within 2-3 blocks. While having instant internet access may have been helpful regarding logistics ("who was that driver recommended on trip advisor?", etc) I think I benefited from being unplugged for over a week!
Tiernes Calabasitas at 802 M Alcala for delicious vegetarian food
Boulenc on Porfirio Diaz for the broccoli sandwich and charming young owners in the kitchen!
The Oaxacan Coffee Company (aka La Mano Magica) on M Alcala for coffee, chocolate, wifi, and wonderful art in the back room. (Say Hi to Remedios!)
En Via tour
Thanks Cynthia for helping us have a lovely first visit to Oaxaca!