“I along with my adult daughter, close friend and her daughter have just completed the most incredible 5 night stay at Marilee's home in Oaxaca. Marilee was a fantastic communicator right from the very beginning of organising our swap which I must add was 1 year ago. She always answered my messages immediately and was so helpful in every way. We were extremely lucky that Marilee was in Oaxaca at the time of our stay. What a wonderful person she is. So warm and welcoming. Now for the house. Wow! Its amazing. The architecture/design is very Mexican so we really felt like we were on holiday in Mexico. It is large and spacious with beautiful bedrooms and bathrooms. It is exactly as the photo gallery presents. I enjoyed wandering around the home viewing the amazing collection of artifacts. The pool was lovely and we enjoyed coming back for drinks and nibbles on the terrace after a busy day touring. The house is in a great location in an upscale suburb of Oaxaca City and only 15 to 20 minutes from the beautiful colonial downtown centre. We found it so easy catching the local bus into downtown. It was inexpensive and the locals so very friendly. If you like excising there is a great fitness park right opposite Marilee's home. If you wish to self cater there is a great little supermarket right next door to the house. If you want to eat out there is a good Indian Restaurant within walking distance. There are other restaurants close by but we mainly ate downtown as we loved the centre so much. Oaxaca City is incredible and a must see when visiting Mexico. The old town has a vibe that one can not describe. Its simply fabulous. It has gracious colonial buildings, beautiful churches and town squares and an abundance of great restaurants, markets and art galleries. Make sure you partake in the 9.00 pm bike ride with music which leaves from downtown. It was a highlight of our stay. The mountains surrounding Oaxaca City are spectacular with waterfalls/water holes and incredible archaeology sites and cute little villages. We will never forget our stay in Oaxaca City and especially Marilee's home. Thank you Marilee for agreeing to accept points and allowing us to stay in your peace of paradise. Kindest regards Andrea. ”
Mari's reviewsAs a host (4)
“Oaxaca has always been on my list of places to see... but combining this charming city with Marilee’s beautifully curated home, made my visit much more than I imagined. It’s no surprise that the house was featured in a design book. The compound with pool is a welcome oasis after a day of sightseeing. The location is just a 15 minute cab ride to the city center; private and secure. Marilee was a wonderful hostess, giving advice, and helping whenever this non-Spanish speaker needed some help. Thank you Marilee for a wonderful stay!”
“we had a wonderful fortnight in Oaxaca doing a non simultaneous swap with Marilee and Guillermo. (They will return to our house next year). their house is perched up on a hill in a lovely residential area, with views of the mountains. the children loved the pool, and we spent most of our time, on the terrace. Maria cooked for us twice a week, which was a real treat, delicious Chilaquiles for breakfast and fabulous juices and Joaquin looked after us impeccably. We couldnt fault our stay. We didnt hire a car in the end as we preferred to use local transport to get into town, but we ended up hiring a car and driver through Hugo and Ismael. (we left their details in the house book at the house). They drove us to local villages and markets and we saw the fabulous Gueleguetza in the tiny unassuming village of San Antonino, in a field up on a hill. It was incredible. we loved our stay and look forward to hasting Marillee and Guillermo next year.”
“We loved our trip to Mari's home. The house is both beautiful and comfortable. The pool was a highlight for the kids, we adults loved the tasteful decor and the comfy bed. Highly recommended!”
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