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Bed & Breakfast at the Oaxaca Learning Center
Ranked #17 of 115 Speciality Lodging in Oaxaca
Invermere, Canada
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22 reviews
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“Great place to call home!”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

My wife and I are just finishing a month stay here at the Oaxacan Learning Center B&B and have really enjoyed ourselves. We have been staying upstairs in the apartment which is private, well stocked with everything one might need and very well managed by Gary and his team.There is of course, the huge bonus of knowing your rent is going towards helping the youth of Oaxaca continue their education. We highly recommend this B&B as well as continued support of the organization.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Utah
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

My stay at the Learning Center was simply wonderful. Gary, the owner, is informational and inspirational. The rooms are kept immaculately clean and are very comfortable. The breakfast is simple, but nutritious and delicious, and breakfast is more of a conversational experience than just a meal. The students who come to this center are a pleasure to be around--respectful, hardworking, pleasant and kind. The hotel is within walking distance to all of the main sights of the Centro, yet just far enough off the main streets to be restful. I spent a month here and loved every minute.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Davis, West Virginia
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

This was my second visit to Oaxaca, and second stay at the Oaxaca Learning Center. Oaxaca is a sublime art and cultural destination, with a sweet and hospitable population that is mostly made up of several distinct indigenous groups. As a single woman I appreciate the warmth and friendliness of the Learning Center, and support it's educational mission. But for me the best part is the good advice dispensed daily by Gary Titus, who founded the place. Having breakfast with Gary each morning is incredibly helpful and comforting. With my poor Spanish, I would never have been able to get around so well without him! Also, Gary is well-connected in the ex-pat community and has lived in the city for nearly 30 years. As a concierge, he has lots of good suggestions and is always ready to call you a cab, find you a doctor or dentist (it happens -- and the rates are affordable!), and generally shepherd you through this fascinating city and its many surrounding and sometimes remote villages. He put me in touch with an ex-pat hiking group that enabled me to visit remote areas I would never have travelled to alone. Also, I think anyone exploring the possibility of snowbirding in or retiring to Oaxaca would be well served by an extended stay in the center's lovely upstairs apartment. It provides a safe, quiet and comforting home base, and Gary's knowledge could be most helpful when deciding about making Oaxaca one's permanent long-term residence.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 February 2013

I had a lovely clean and quiet room off the garden with a private bath. The breakfast of rich dark coffee, home-made granola, and fresh fruit was anticipated each morning with a good appetite.
My cooking lessons were instructive and fun. We made delicious foods with many ingredients purchased at the local market in the am. Meeting the young people who are so intent on learning English and other subjects is inspiring. Do go to TOLC and be refreshed.

Room Tip: A studio apartment with patio is available too.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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Hillsboro, Virginia
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

This is an excellent home-base for an extended stay in Oaxaca. The two-room roof-garden apartment is particularly fine – remarkably quiet and private. The two courtyard rooms are also clean and comfortable, with the add-on pleasure of a daily breakfast of fresh fruit and granola. Gary Titus – the gentleman who founded and presides over the school—is extremely helpful in helping you organize trips outside Oaxaca, and in helping you find your way around local markets. It is also gratifying to see the good work that the school is doing, and you are more than welcome to volunteer your time as you are able

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Powell, Wy.
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Reviewed 22 October 2012

The Oaxaca Learning Center offers guests the opportunity to stay in a small,friendly, and comfortable lodging. The Center is a few blocks from the zolaco (city plaza) so it's quiet, while still an easy stroll to the center square, restaurants, and museums. The center itself is a non-profit which offers students from surrounding rural areas a place to be tutored in math, science, and English. I was impressed with the work they do, as well as being delighted to have the opportunity to meet and visit with the friendly tutors and students. I hope to return to the comfortable rooms and tasty home-made yogurt, fruit, and granola breakfasts... and the delightful people I met there.

Room Tip: There are two guest rooms on the first floor that open onto a nice courtyard. There is also a nice r...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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Kutztown, PA
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Reviewed 19 July 2012

The Oaxaca Learning Center, founded in 2005, houses a tutoring center focused on math, science, and English language classes. The OLC's after-school tutoring and summer school programs are offered free of charge to teens and college-age students. Founder Gary Titus and staff have managed to arrange scholarships to secondary school and beyond for many deserving students. If you would like to read the full mission statement, look here:http://www.tolc.org.mx/mission.php

I stayed for three weeks. I was teaching a drawing workshop at the university. My wife was able to stay for part of this time, when she left I moved to the second room. I can report both rooms are tidy, nicely decorated, fully screened with private baths and bedside telephone. Outside the rooms is a patio cactus garden, and colonial style fountain, and hammocks.

Breakfast includes a homemade, special recipe, granola that includes amarinth, the grain of the Aztecs, fresh tropical fruit, and yogurt. Coffee is made as you like it, and tea or herbal teas are on hand.

Staff is very accommodating. I am allergic to down pillows. They found some foam pillows for me. My wife has a milk allergy, so we kept a carton of soy milk in the fridge for her daily breakfasts.

Clearly, this is not a hotel. During the day the courtyard becomes a classroom. My wife spent a few mornings as a volunteer English language partner for one of the students, which she found rewarding. It cost slightly more for the two of us, but for myself it was $210, weekly rate, bed and breakfast. Actually, I know of some fine hostals here that might cost the same amount with air conditioning and flat screen TV's in the room. Truth is, one doesn't need a.c. in Oaxaca, the rooms have ceiling fans and wifi, so I don't miss the TV. At the Oaxaca Learning Center I saw my money being used to support a very worthy cause. There is a global movement toward responsible tourism, and the OLC fits nicely into this movement. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Both rooms are fine, one has a double bed, one has twins. Since there are only two rooms plus and ap...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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Property: Bed & Breakfast at the Oaxaca Learning Center
Address: Calle Murguia # 703, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Oaxaca > Oaxaca
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Ranked #17 of 115 Speciality Lodging in Oaxaca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our comfortable and friendly B&B is a socially responsible accommodation that helps local youth. We have two pleasantly-appointed bedrooms with private tiled baths and a rooftop self-sufficient, fully equipped one-bedroom apartment. All accommodation includes comfortable beds, fans, telephones, DSL connections and continental breakfast. The B&B is part of the storefront Learning Center - a life skills and tutoring program for young people from rural villages. 100% of the funds raised from the B&B support the programs and operation of The Learning Center. ... more   less 

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