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Favorite Hotel in All of Mexico
Going back to 2008, we had the luck that someone highly recommended Hotel Meson de San Antonio as a place to stay in Patzcuaro: www.mesondesanantonio.com We have now stayed there on three consecutive trips and wouldn't think of staying anywhere else. Wonderful management and a great place to stay!
Beautiful place. Not sure how far that is from the plazas, close I guess. We may have to stay there sometime.
Even though Tere and I live in Morelia we have spent a few nights on occasion in Pátzcuaro like a vacation just shopping and browsing, visit Janitzio island, or jus hanging out drinking coffee in the portales. It's wonderful to take a vacation just 40 minutes from home when you have such a beautiful town and countryside to enjoy.
Just a short drive over to Arócutin to one of our favorite restaurants and bask in the ambiance of Campestre Alemán. Such a decision to make for comida, trout, conejo, steak, or german sausages.
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Might as well get things started in this category!
Going back to 2008, we had the luck that someone highly recommended Hotel Meson de San Antonio as a place to stay in Patzcuaro: http://www.mesondesanantonio.com/ We have now stayed there on three consecutive trips and wouldn't think of staying anywhere else. Wonderful management and a great place to stay!
Cheenagringo; as you know, we are friends with the family that owns and operates the Mesón de San Antonio. But, ironically, we've never stayed there. We came close when we were about to move into our first rental home near Pátzcuaro, October, 2005. We were staying at the time at the modest Posada de La Salud just down the street. After 2 nights in the Salud, we had to leave as someone else had prior reservations for our room. So I went over to the Meson de San Antonio, talked with Alfredo, and he did have space for us. But meanwhile, we learned that our rental house was ready a day earlier than expected. So I had to cancel the res at MdSA. But having had a good look, and having met Alfredo, a fascinating conversationalist, we came back to visit as friends. We've watched the renovations to that hotel over the years, not only of the rooms and magnificent garden patio, but of the communal hall and especially, the gorgeous shared kitchen.
In 2008, I arranged a cooking class that took place in their kitchen, taught by Sra. Guadalupe, Alfredo's charming wife, and assisted by his daughter. Changing circumstances made that a one off class. But it was memorable. Here's a blog link to that occasion: http://tinyurl.com/PatzCookClass
Peter; the hotel is located at the end of the block of Calle Serrato, at the corner of Calle Asencíon, toward the rear of the Basilica. So it would be, realistically, 4 blocks of varying length from the Plaza Grande.
But, I haven't answered the question, "Favorite Hotel in All of Mexico". I have to think about that. I assume that means places we've actually stayed.
Near the top of our list would have to be the Hotel Rancho San Cayetano, a small, Mexican-European country inn near Zitácuaro. The host-owners, Lisette and Pablo Span and their well-trained staff ensure that every guest is comfortable and very well cared for. They are inexhaustible founts of information on the region. The rooms are not elaborately luxurious, but comfortably rustic. There are also more luxurious chalets of varying size and amenities. One has a kitchen included.
The grounds are lovely, spread over several hectares, where the staff grows fruits for the delicious conserves produced in the San Cayetano kitchens. If I recall correctly, the fruits and produce are organically grown.
The main building houses a sala and comedor adjacent to the very well equipped kitchen. For me, the meals are a major attraction. They are European influenced, especially French, with sophisticated touches of Mexican cuisine. Depending on the season, the magnificent breakfasts may or may not be included in the room price. In fact, due to the popularity of the Santuarios de Las Mariposas Monarcas not far away, the Hotel Ranch San Cayetano often is completely full. So anyone wishing to indulge themselves on a very pleasant hotel and dining experience should reserve well in advance. Yes; the rates are higher than the average. Here's a link to their website: http://www.ranchosancayetano.com/ I have numerous photos of the hotel and environs, but they need editing and updating. That's my next task. Here's some 30-odd photos, taken over a few years, of Rancho San Cayetano. http://tinyurl.com/CayetanoPix Uploaded but not sorted. I would say that the Hotel Rancho San Cayetano is our favorite country hotel in México. I'll have to think some more about our favorite city hotel.
Saludos, Don Cuevas
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I certainly didn't mean to infer that Meson de San Antonio was the best hotel in Mexico but just the fact that it was our personal favorite. Since we typically have stayed there three to five nights, it is an easy place to set up a base for our travels. The central courtyard is a wonderful place to have an evening cocktail to unwind from the day and plan just where we will walk to dinner. The short hike back up the hill after dinner is just enough to settle dinner prior to enjoying an evening fire in our room.
Alfredo and his staff have always been extremely accommodating when we inquire about reserving a room and so pleasant when we arrive!
But only the best for us! We each have our different values and expectations and that may be what makes the world go round?
Sort of. Our different values and expectations make the world go round and round. See the difference?
A thing I learned back in basic training is that the three best units are 1) the one you are in 2) the one you just came from 3) and the one you are going to. I don't think that applies to hotels though, but go back to the first statement and that is why we have armies.
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I can't really think of a city hotel in Mexico that would be my outstanding favorite. However, I did a blog post on the subject...it's around here somewhere on the Internet. http://tinyurl.com/Top5Hotels. Those are not necessarily great places, and most are in Mexico City.
For years, from 1992 to 2004, we made the creaky Hotel Montecarlo in Mexico City Centro our favorite hotel. But as we approached retirement, we found that we needed more comfort and less excitement, and we were willing to pay more. So we said adios to the Montecarlo and moved on to there lodging in quieter parts of el DF. Now, we mostly stay at the Hotel Milán, which is unexciting but reasonably priced and comfortable. We like the location, in the heart of Colonia Roma Norte. When we want a nicer, larger room, with more reliable wi-fi, the Hotel Stanza down the Av. Obregón, at the corner of Calle Morelia, is a good choice, but it costs about $200 pesos more.
When we want to explore the Mercado San Juan area (foodie heaven) in the southwest corner of Centro; or we just want a cheap, comfortable room for the night enroute to the airport, we stay at the Hotel Pal, on Arcos de Belén, near Metro Balderas. It's very good value, starting at $350 pesos a night, with King bed, wi-fi everywhere, free business center computers off the lobby, and for a little more, you can get a bathroom with a jacuzzi tub. Our first vsit, 2 years ago, we booked a Master Suite, then only $550 pesos. Huge room; bathroom almost bigger than many other hotel rooms. The fixtures are solid but not elegant. In fact, they're made of cement. And, yes, there are several porn channels on the tv. I didn't count them as I couldn't bear to look. But we did see a tour bus full of grayhaired people check in, so it's not entirely a hot sheet hotel.
I see that I mention a handful of hotels in Morelia in that blog. Nowadays, we usually stay at a friend's house, or we just make a day trip, so that lodging in Morelia is not a must for us.
Saludos, Don Cuevas
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We are presently in La Casa de Las Palomas , in Tonalá, Jalisco. While what we've seen of this town is nothing to write home about, the hotel is very nice. Attractive without pretension. Comfortable, and well laid out (except perhaps for the tiny bathroom in our room.) AC available, but we made do with the big ceiling fan.
There's wifi throughout the building, and a rooftop terrace, fortunately covered in part, as I endured a 45 minute wait there yesterday evening during an amazingly violent storm. The broad stairs and many hallways were inundated, but the staff worked until about midnight cleaning up. Our room itself was unaffected.
The rates are good: $440 for 1-2 ppl, king bed. We'll stay here again.
We are about 4 blocks from the very good, yet not pricey Restaurante El Rincón del Sol, where we had a very enjoyable meal. But that's another story.
You may wish to try El Boquinete located at the rear of the Hotel Tonala or about a block and a half from El Rincon del Sol. Oscar, the owner, was formerly the longtime manager of Rincon. It has become our favorite restaurant in Tonala and his is a great guy!
Oscar's margaritas are really good if not too potent especially if he is making them! His Molcajetes have been quite good and if you talk to Oscar, he will suggest special combinations that are not on the menu.
I am a bit confused by just where he is currently located. He started off in the alley directly behind the Hotel Tonala when he left Rincon. Then he moved to the interior rear of the Hotel. Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/47655945@N06/4483939793/in/set-72157623631105387/ Oscar is the one in the navy shirt with sleeve stripes. I had an unconfirmed rumor that he was moving back to his original location to reduce his overhead. Tonala is experiencing a real downturn in business and many businesses are either departing or reducing their operations from all reports we get.
At any rate, you should be able to enter through the main entrance to the Hotel and figure out just where he is.
You make mention of violent storms on Saturday in Tonala. I ran across the following story from [i]INFORMADOR[u] (Google Translate): "Tonala, JALISCO (11/JUL/2011) .- The tornado that hit Saturday night in the Metropolitan Zone of Guadalajara generated considerable affection in the town of Tonala. The damage is such that the municipal authorities handled a declaration of emergency, since they suspect about five thousand victims, mostly residents of settlements located north of the Cradle Potter. Mayor Antonio Mateos Nuño confirms that before 19:30 pm on Sunday gave the necessary documentation to the State Government so that it granted State Fund's resources for Natural Disasters (Foeden) to support those who lost their heritage. About 80 farms resented the ravages of the tornado have severe damage to its structure, making them uninhabitable. Nuno Mateos announced at this event at least three shelters were authorized, one in the county seat, another in the Santa Paula and the last near the Road to El Rosario. Colonies with the most problems are: Loma Dorada, 20 November, Loma Bonita, Educators, El Rosario, Basilio Vadillo and normalcy. "Fortunately, the damages suffered were only things we had no loss of human lives," said the mayor, who met with council members and authorities for the disaster declaration process."
Not sure if there was an actual tornado or it is a Google Translator problem.
It had the feel and sound of a tornado storm, although from my vantage point, 4 stories high, I saw no funnel cloud. I did see two instances of electric lines shorting out. It was pyrotechnical in apprearance, just like in the movies. I loked up "tromba" in my Spanish-English dictionary. It says "waterspout".