Huge loft with 2 private roof gardens in refurbished factory called La Calera/ in Oaxaca City in old neighborhood of Ex-Marquezado. 5 mins from old railway station/ 15 minutes from the Zocalo. Great for artists and nature lovers away from home.
La Calera is a refurbished factory, the only of its kind in Oaxaca. The architecture and design is fabulous and of the highest quality down to the bathroom and kitchen tiles from Maestro Francisco Toledo himself. There are working artists on site along with a beautiful library with over two thousand editions.
The house is equipped with all amenities including wireless internet, washer and dryer and a full working kitchen. A full bar is also available where guests are asked to leave a contribution for what they consume.
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La Calera is situated in Oaxaca´s oldest neighborhoods: Ex-Marquezado which offers a real, authentic vista of Oaxaca City. Given that it is Oaxaca the colonial city center is just a few minutes up the road.
Public transport in the form of urban buses and taxis run along the main avenue into the city center every few minutes just one/ two blocks away. We do offer a taxi service with a reliable and economical person for guests arriving to the airport.
Other Things to Note
La Calera is an ex-factory. Therefore, it doesnt have the usual street address and getting in for the first time is not as easy per say as a street level house. It is therefore important to be patient, follow the instructions/ maps, and to try to time your arrival in daylight and as best as possible so as to avoid complications. In addition, ceilings in the house are very high and the staircases are open. Therefore, it is not advisable to bring very small children unless under constant supervision.
Oaxaca is a very "natural place" and you are never far away from the elements. The Calera is also a safe haven for nature with lots of birds, animals, and insects to enjoy. As a result, it is important to be clean and tidy in the kitchen and not to leave crumbs or food out. Moreover, during the rainy season (may to august) the rain can be very strong and wild and therefore it is important to close windows and patio doors. The library is a great place for kids to explore but please make sure to put back games and books in the places they were found. The library does have "community hours" and there may at times be community activities taking place. As a result, please limit consumption of alcohol during these times to the house and its terrace spaces.
Lo recomiendo completamente, la casa está muy bonita y cómoda. Tiene asador, tele con netflix e internet. Está muy acogedora, la decoración está muy padre y sin duda regresaría.
La Calera, a lime factory that closed its doors three decades ago, is developing to be an art and learning space for the benefit of the community. Both the apartment and the whole factory is full of details. La Calera has recycled many items from other factories and integrated them into their design. My children complained "why are we staying in such a beautiful place if we are spending the whole day outside".
Calera is a completely unique home, a huge loft-like apartment within an old industrial complex. The premises and site have been renovated with imagination and style, retaining elements of the industrial past, while still making a comfortable, liveable environment. The grounds were impeccably maintained, and the planting ensured a level of privacy on the terraces, while still being able to interact with others within the complex.
The one downside for us is that we enjoy going to produce markets when on holiday, to see the local produce and colour, and sometimes preparing our own meals - that is the main reason we choose bnb accommodation rather than hotels when travelling. The cooking facilities here were not great, the hob took forever to heat anything, there was no hot water in the kitchen, and the crockery and glassware were erratic - while there were about 30 shot glasses, we could only find three dinner plates!
We had a wonderful stay in La Calera. The directions before arrival were very clear and the apartment was lovely. We enjoyed the local neighborhood for breakfast and fresh juice and the bus ride or taxi into the center was very quick. We did not enjoy walking to the center as the streets were filled with noisy buses and what not, typical for urban Mexico but not for relaxing strolls into town. We even rented a car and parked it safely in the compound. Overall, the whole stay was great and we would recommend La Calera to anyone staying in Oaxaca for more than a couple days.
Michael ´ s house is great . Oaxaca too , but too polluted with cars and traffic to spend more than 5 or 6 days when you are just un vacation . Michaeĺ ´ s house is a little far from the centre but it also mean that it is less polluted . Curtains in the second bedroom would be welcome, but it is a great place with really Nice welcome .
La Calera (the location of the bnb) is totally unique. You are within the walled compound that was formerly a limestone factory. Aesthetically it is absolutely stunning. The apartment is large and well-equipped (including washing machine). It is quiet at night, very secure (the metal gates are closed and locked at night). The apartment opens onto the common area, which is very big. There is parking inside the compound (as well as outside). We absolutely loved it. Michael, accessible by email, was VERY responsive. The two people on site were very lovely to work with and very helpful. We walked to and from town every day for Spanish classes. It was about 1 3/4 miles, about 35-40 minutes to Santo Domingo. That is a bit more than it states on the bnb website. It is a very short walk to Chedraui, a large supermarket, which is quite handy. The internet access is excellent.
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I was born in London UK. I have lived abroad all my adult life. I attended UCL for undergraduate and then Columbia Uni in NYC for my Masters. I am the Exec Director of a small organization that provides services and consulting in international education and development in Mexico. My passions include - interior design, architecture, gardening, food and beverage, and botany amongst others.
I like to travel to unknown places and to go off the path to touch the local and authentic. I like to explore and I like to get to the unique and the true knowledge. As a host, I try to provide interesting and unique experiences which are not found on the map and which offer cnnections to quality art, crafts and tastes. I am constantly learning and looking to incorporate best practices and feedback. We like it when people turn up to the airport and ask for a taxi and no-one has any idea where our factory is (we provide a driver - don´t worry).