I stepped into Hotel Los Arcos, and was instantly amazed with the beautiful architectural gem that would be my home for the next week! Hotel Los Arcos is not just a hotel, it is a piece of history! On all my travels, I always seek out historic places to stay, and this converted monastery dating back to 1620 certainly did not disappoint!
The public areas are intriguing. You just sense the history of this place right away. The public areas are filled with paintings, and beautiful Mexican Folk Art. The arches that run throughout the property are amazing, and transport you back to a time long ago. The grounds are lush with greenery, and fresh cut flowers. The furniture is true to the wonderful colonial Mexican style... heavy wooden pieces, white cushions, equipales, etc.
I was amazed at how well everything worked in this building, considering the age of the place. The plumbing was strong, and the water pressure was nice. The television was a relief after climbing up and down the steep hills around town. The large windows opened up to an amazing view of town, and allowed a wonderful breeze to flow into the room. As a resident of Los Angeles, there is nothing better than fresh air! I did not even turn on the fan that was in the room. I also made use of the computer in the lobby area, and was very happy with that extra luxury.
I have stayed in many five star hotels before, and while I do like the luxury on certain travels, you just have to go a bit more rustic when you are in such a historic and beautiful city as Taxco, Mexico. Although this hotel might not have the plush luxuries of other hotels, there is something definitely to be said for the simple pleasures of life. I really enjoyed this hotel, and the simple comforts it provided. If you only travel in 5 star accommodations, then this place might not be for you. But isn't one of the best and most valuable part of travel opening yourself up to new experiences, and new lifestyles? Go ahead immerse yourself in the culture, open yourself up to living a new experience, and enjoy a beautiful slice of history all at the same time!
The location is superb. It is extremely easy to navigate your way around town. All the main places in town are just a few steps from your doorway. And if you want to venture a bit further afield, the little Volkswagen Bug taxis are adorable, safe and really economical too. The hotel does not have an on site restaurant, but I personally never eat at hotels anyways. It is so much more fun to venture around town, and try out the local restaurants. Ask the staff at the front desk as I did, and I am sure they will recommend some great places around town. There are lots of restaurants within walking distance. And if like most, silver has brought you to town... well you are right in the heart of the district where the best silver shops are located. You will see them everywhere as you walk around, and it is lots of fun to just pop in and take a look. Also keep an eye out for the area below the church where many of the local Indians set up displays of their handicrafts. There are some fantastic coconut masks, and lacquerware from the city of Olinala to be found just steps from the hotel.
I also had wonderful experiences with the front desk staff. I had been traveling for weeks throughout Mexico, and made the age old mistake of bringing too much luggage - guess I will never learn! You would think that it was my first visit to the city! Well anyways, the front desk had my bags brought up the stairs to my room without any hesitation whatsoever! Every request that I made, was met by a smile and helpful answer. Maybe it helps speaking Spanish, I am not sure -- but I never had an unpleasant experience with any staff member during my entire stay. My room was cleaned daily and spotless. I even left my luggage overnight during a side trip, and never once had any issue. The staff was honest, polite and welcoming.
I for one had an outstanding experience at the historic Hotel Los Arcos. I hope you will too.
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- Also Known As:
- Los Arcos Taxco
- Los Arcos Hotel