Cottage, 1 Bedroom +1 Queen and pull out couch), 1 Bath, ( 2adult 2kids).
About Cathy McNamara
Being a photographer and half Mexican I love Oaxaca and bought this property to be near my father who lives there.
Cathy McNamara purchased this Cottage in 2008
Why Cathy McNamara chose RUTA INDEPENDENCIA
To be near attractions and activities
What makes this Cottage unique
To be able to walk to the Zocalo center and be near an open air market. You will enjoy being located in the Historic District surrounded by the arts and culture of Oaxaca. Walk to the Museum and Botanical Garden, shops, or take bus and Taxi all near by.
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
OVERRATED--- the photos and prior reviews do not reflect reality
IN DIRE NEED OF PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE.
Lacking screens on bedroom and shower windows, the bedroom door screens are "tacky" and one side won't latch. ergo under attack by mosquitos.(appears both wife and I suspect we contracted Zika fever, will know for sure after we run blood tests)
Total lack of privacy, to change you have to hide in the corner of the big room or close door and drapes, bathroom is so small you would have to change in the shower. Strangers would look in the only window next to the bed to ask for info or to let them in the main gate which lacks a doorbell.
We were there for 49 days and on day 1 the hot water failed in the shower and I ended up takeing a sponge bath. We ran out of water on several occasions, one set of keys to the unit quit working, the security lock to the alley quit working, toilet paper holder missing, the doors need to be balanced (made doorstops out of cardboard). the steps into the compound and to the bedroom are adobe blocks, an accident waiting to happen.
The kitchen is excellent and roomy and I would gives it high marks.
The onsite young lady (Devi) who cleans and does laundry is a Superstar!!! definitely 5 Stars, without her the place would fall on it's ears, how she managed to fix so many thing out of her job description is amazing. Never met or saw the owner or local property manager.
The unit has zero view, out the bedroom window, a very narrow alley, where on occasions the local garbage person parks his wagon, young man parks his noisy motorbike since he lives in the compound opposite the bedroom window.The view out the kitchen looks at a cyclone fence with butane tanks(we also ran out of gas) water tanks and a washing machine. OAXACA is an amazing place, we came a year ago and were so impressed the we returned this year for a longer stay. We had zero complaints about last years VRBO accommadations. But we cannot recommend this unit to our friends nor would we return. I also feel it impacts VRBO's credibility
We had a lovely stay at this very sweet casita. It has a great location close to el Centro.
The house was relatively quiet considering the central location. The caretaker was attentive and washed our clothes on her cleaning days. It was safe and comfortable for our small children.We were very happy with our stay.
Amazing location! Devi the caretaker was very nice and met us late at night for our check-in.
The place was very clean and had a warm shower. The location is wonderful to the center, however the construction that is going on next door starts at daylight and goes until late at night. The host is easy to communicate with and very helpful with tips on getting from the airport to the house. i would recommend this place!!
Quiet, tranquilo and chill.
Had a great stay here for Guelaguetza. The place is walking distance from the events and nicely located down a safe and quiet alley.
Oaxaca Historic District Casita
We stayed here for three weeks and enjoyed each and every day. The casita is directly on a dead-end alley where, for the most part, cars are not parked. This is a studio apartment with two large rooms. When you enter there is a nice leather couch (pulls out) with an end table and lamp, a wooden cabinet and a small table and two chairs. The bed is in this first room and is very comfortable. There are two bedside tables with lamps and a large armoire for hanging clothes and empty drawers for everything else. There is a good sized kitchen with modern appliances and plenty of food prep tools, cooking pans and dishes. It has a full sized table and six chairs in the kitchen. There is plenty of natural light and a small patio next to the garden with a table and chairs. We often enjoyed coffee in that spot in the morning. Bathroom with shower is clean with plenty of towels. Our on-site person, Debbie, lives in a small casita in the same small complex. She cleaned twice a week and did our laundry. Debbie does not speak English but we did fine with Google Translate. She is a sweet girl and was available to help us in any way we needed. There is a great market about a block from the casita where you can pick up nearly every food items you need. Also, there is an awesome bakery two blocks away and several good restaurants and coffee shops very close. In short there is everything is within walking distance. A extremely important feature is that internet access is very good for Mexico. I would highly recommend this lovely little gem to anyone wanting a clean, convenient and comfortable place to stay in Oaxaca.
Casita Toronja isn’t fancy but was a great choice and pleasant base for my Oaxacan visit! The casita is a moderate sized two room house; with the bed and sitting area as you enter and the full kitchen (minus a blender) and dining table occupying the other room. You are provided clean water with a large tippable water jug/bottle for your daily use. The WiFi was secure and reliable which I greatly appreciated..(I didn’t watch TV, so I’m unable to comment.) Even though I was there in January, the days can get warm and in turn the casita heats up. Having the overhead fans made that short time period during the day more comfortable. During the evening when Oaxaca cools down, the casita is stocked with extra blankets to keep you warm at night. Debbie (the caretaker) willingly but needed to help me with laundry (the setup is different then what I was familiar with) and even hung them up on the clothesline. We managed beautifully; though she spoke no English, I spoke a LITTLE Spanish, we used hand signals and the translation on my tablet to aid in our communication. This casita is located in a more residential neighborhood, which means it is quite at night but has typical workday noises in the morning. I would recommend this casita to others that are planning on visiting Oaxaca!
Visit Archeological sight Monte Alban by Tour bus or excellent tour guide Pablo who also manages the casita his # is in the info sheet you will receive . Learn spanish or weaving at schools near by.