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La Casa de Mis Recuerdos B&B
Ranked #5 of 134 Oaxaca B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 April 2014

Recently my adult daughter and I stayed at Mis Recuerdos in the Mamey room which is charming and restful. The room has its own terrace that looks on to the lovely courtyard with its colorful flowers, tinkling fountain, and singing birds. Every morning we were met by the warm and friendly hostess, Conchita, at whose home we were guests. She and her helper, Rosita, welcomed us with friendly smiles and the best breakfast in Oaxaca, we are convinced: the freshest fruit, full-bodied coffee, delicious local pastries, and a splendid main course, each morning different. My two favorites were the mole tamale with hot choclate along side, traditional to Sunday morning, and another morning the squash blossom omelette with the blossom laid beautifully atop the eggs. Conchita is an artist of the kitchen.

In fact, everything about Mis Recuerdos is done with the utmost love and care, and an eye for beauty, which one can experience in the care of the family. Conchita and her helpers do all they can to meet your daily needs. William her son-in-law will answer questions and set up drivers, reservations, whatever, when he is at the home office each morning. Nora, one of Conchita's daughters, offers cooking classes, also recommended, and cultural tours. She is enthusiastic and highly knowledgeable. The morning I left in the taxi for an early flight, Conchita's husband, Senior Valencia, was waiting to see me off at 6:30 am.

This is the real thing, a real home where the Valencia's raised their children and then turned their home into a charming inn. You feel like a valued guest visiting long-lost family and that feels like a family made in heaven.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

Mexico's renowned charm can usually be found in the streets but its finest hospitality is often out of sight, behind big, anonymous walls, like this wonderful oasis of calm, charm and delight, La Casa de Mis Recuerdos, in Oaxaca.

From the moment you step through its solid, colonial style wooden doors you begin to fall under its spell. The welcoming ambiance of the beautifully kept courtyard, enhanced by the soft splashing of the fountain at the far side, is almost hypnotic.

Your hostess Conchita and her assistant, Rosita, will make you feel very much at home, with warm words and simple, friendly smiles.

As you unpack you will find yourself indulging in a little self congratulation, perhaps, at managing to find such a wonderful B&B. By the time you taste the first of Conchita's carefully selected, beautifully cooked and delightfully presented breakfasts you will know that it would be hard to find anywhere better to spend time in this remarkable city.

Oaxaca's attractions warrant separate "reviews,' so suffice it to say that its a very special part of Mexico.

Is it the history, the people, the cuisine, the carpets, the artesania, the vital throb of the street life, the music, the remarkable variety of often locally distinctive produce in the markets or what?

Perhaps the best way to appreciate this place, about an hour by air south of Mexico City, is to visit the house of Benito Juarez, the Oaxacan orphan shepherd who became a lawyer and three-times President of Mexico. Its a modest little place, once owned by his lay priest patron (and bookbinder), at No 609 Calle Garcia Virgil, with stories in words and pictures that will help you appreciate why the country holds him in such high esteem. (He did overthrow - and execute - the French imposed Austrian "Emperor" Maxamillian!, to begin the long hard road towards the restoration of the country's political independence. with an emphasis on post colonial social justice and equality. For me, his story is as inspirational as Mandela's.) Bravo!

La Casa de Mis Recuerdos provides an ideal base, on Calle Pino Suarez, to explore the city and all it has to offer on foot, with everywhere you want to go - and everything you need to see - within walking distance.

For example, the remarkable Jardin Etnobotanico, is just around the corner. Its a beautifully designed garden showcasing the climates and plants of the area, with an emphasis on Cactus. Gueide Diego Sanchez, leads the mandatory tours and makes sure that you learn a lot about this wonderful project, characterised by pathways flanked by towering cactus some three and a half metres tall.

One street further towards the city centre will reveal the upmarket restaurant, La Biznaga (the name means bell cactus), whose menu offers choices ranging from the traditional to some remarkable local specialties. Further down towards the markets you can sample the earthy and welcoming atmosphere of the cantina, La Tora.

If you want to delve deeper into Oaxacan cuisine, Conchita's daughter, Nora Andrea Valencia, conducts cooking classes under the banner Alma de Mi Tierra (Soul of my land) which take you on a fascinating tour of the local markets, into her kitchen to work with the produce you have seen (including herbs called Hoja Santa and Epazote), and finally to her table to devour the results of your labours. Its an educational and satisfying learning experience if you are serious about understanding the regional food. She says that preliminary reading should include Fray Bernardino's "Las Cosas de Nueva España," if you really want to understand the origins of things like the ubiquitous moles. I guarantee that if you pay the $US75 for the course you will leave wiser, and armed with the recipes, and information about the ingredients and techniques (in English) you have been introduced to during the session. You will also most probably have tasted the potent local tipple, Mezcal.

The bottom line is that Conchita and Co go beyond the call of duty to ensure that you get the most out of your visit. This includes arranging for reliable drivers, like Manuel, to take you wherever you want to go, in air-conditioned comfort and at modest (pre-agreed) rates. In our case that meant a trip to the weaving centre of Teotitlan del Valle and, finally, our departure to the airport.

In summary, La Casa de Mis Recuerdos, is the right base from which to bring everything together, but is one of the best B&B's I have stayed in, at the very reasonable price of $US110 per night, including breakfast for my wife and myself.

Room Tip: We selected Mamey because it was air-conditioned and back from the road and its noise. On the upper...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

It was my first visit in Oaxaca and I am so glad that I found this beautiful B&B. The place is very nice, tastefully decorated, location is perfect. It's off the main path but close to everything. The breakfast is amazing. The owners will take care of you very well. I think I would not have a better place for me to stay in Oaxaca. If you are looking for a real B&B that is quite, beautiful and conveniently located this place is a good choice. I also like the name: "The Home of my Memories". I definitely have good memories staying there. V.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

This was my second visit to La Casa de Mis Recuerdos and it was like coming home. This B & B remains an exceptional example of Oaxacan hospitality and culture. Beautifully appointed rooms decorated with folk art and textiles, delicious gourmet breakfasts provided each morning, a lovely courtyard garden, and wonderful owners and staff make it an outstanding place to stay.
Information concerning tours, cooking classes, events and how to travel outside the city are available there in both English and Spanish.
La Casa de Mis Recuerdos is within walking distance of many of the city's most interesting sites and is also close to the 1st class bus station that serves surrounding cities. Highly recommended

Room Tip: Rooms on the courtyard are quieter and have screens so windows can be left open.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

This was my sixth time at Mis Recuerdos in a dozen years, love the place, the owners and their staff are the best. From the amazing Oaxacan breakfasts, different every day of the week, to the lovely patios and balconies, to the dynamite margaritas, I always feel well taken care of and "at home" here. The rooms are charmingly decorated with local art, folk art and textiles, and all the rooms facing the interior patios have screens on the windows, wonderful to be able to leave your windows open to the breezes. If you are a fan of tropical gardens, you won't be disappointed here, the patio gardens make my mouth water, and fuel my dreams of moving here!

Sr. and Sra. Valencia are a delightful couple and a font of local information if you speak any Spanish. If not, their daughter Nora and son-in-law William, both fluent English speakers, are on site every morning to help with questions and to arrange personal tours led by Nora to local sites and villages. Nora also teaches several cooking classes, all on site, and they are very popular.

I love Oaxaca, and part of the reason is knowing I have this delightful "home" to return to each time, it is truly an oasis of beauty and gentleness......and I always meet interesting travelers there, too.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the street. I met visitors from NY City who did not mind the street noise...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

We spent a week at this lovely B & B just a short walk to the beautiful sights in this fabulous city. The rooms are a delight, with attention paid to reflecting the history, art and culture of Oaxaca. Met interesting people each day at breakfast; not to mention the delicious gourmet breakfasts that never disappointed. The "innkeeper" William was helpful and efficient. Nora - his wise - is an amazing cook; take a day and have a blast at one of her cooking classes for sure. We also did a couple of tour days with her and her depth of pride in her people and knowledge of her history is only surpassed by her enthusiasm for her origins. We will hopefully stay her again. Thanks to the whole family for their gracious welcome. 10 out of 10 ... Gold medal!

  • Stayed: March 2014
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

When our "home stay" arranged by our Spanish school didn't work out we walked around and knocked on doors. We were welcomed and taken in--from the first step it felt like home. I'm willing to bet that Casa de mis Recuerdos has the best breakfast in Oaxaca AND the best margaritas, made by a charming young Zapotec man.
We stayed three weeks at this B&B and then moved for our last week to another property the family owns, Encantado Jalatlaco, which was equally charming. We felt like the Valencia family was OUR family.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: Calle Pino Suarez 508, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Oaxaca > Oaxaca
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #5 of 134 B&Bs / Inns in Oaxaca
Price Range: £32 - £69 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
La Casa De Mis Recuerdos Bed And Breakfast
La Casa De Mis Recuerdos Hotel Oaxaca

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