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Casa de las Palmas
Ranked #2 of 16 Taxco B&B and Inns
Reviewed November 12, 2013

We recently spent 4 nights in Taxco and I feel lucky to have found such a beautiful palce. The porch in the front of the main house has a great view of Taxco and the roof deck has an even better view! The large living/dining room is very comfortable with a large dining table(seats 8 comfortably) and lots of nice couches. The bedroom and library/day bed room is quite large and leads into a very large bathroom. The full kitchen has it's own door and a large fridge. The walk up to the place can be a bit challenging but just take it slow and easy and you'll be rewarded with a lovely comfortable place to relax.They have a lush lawn and beautiful foliage with some tall palm trees. Beautiful!
And don't hesitate to contact the wonderful family that takes care of the place.Oscar, Sylvia, and their kids are warm wonderful people and full of information about the area. Oscar drove us to the caves (a must see) and to the bus stop the day we left. Sylvia prepared a home cooked meal that was a highlight of our stay. Oscars' english is very good and he was always around to help us any way he could. One of their sons gave us a lot of information about where we were headed next and it was very helpfull.
Taxco is a beautiful town to visit and it's so nice to have a place to stretch out and relax. we were there for day of the dead and I highly recommend it. The town does it up right with all the kids dressing up and parading around the zocalo. It was so much fun.Who needs a hotel when you can have a house for a much lesser price? I can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

I travel to Taxco once a year and this year I decided to stay in a new place for a change. I like places with a bit of history and lots of charm. I have not been disappointed! I stayed in the artists studio. I am a woman traveling on my own. Casa de las Palmas was perfect for me. Super fast internet, fantastic decor and views, great personal service from Oscar and his wife, and a beautiful and tranquil garden.
It is a steep walk up the hill (but a short fast walk down!) And a taxi up is only 1.50! The neighbour's bar is closed permanently, which I was happy about. I will be back.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

This was our second time staying at Las Palmas and we were once again enchanted. It's really the most beautiful property! This time we were two families and we rented the studio and the main house. We just love this place. It's a great location, walking distance to the center of town. The house is beautifully decorated; everywhere you look something beautiful to see. We were greeted with fresh flowers everywhere: bathroom, bedroom, mantel by fireplace - I really appreciate little details like that. We spent three nights in Taxco and after having a couple of meals in town we decided to have breakfast and dinner under the expert and delicious care of Oscar and Silvia who acted as hosts, chefs, and friends. Such amazing meals! Plus Oscar was willing to let us order items not on their menu and we could pick the meal times to suit our schedules. We were treated with such warmth and care that again I wondered why I didn't spend my entire vacation in Taxco.

Yes there is a dreadful pub with awful "music" at night. But from inside the house and on the terrace overlooking the city you can't hear the noise at all. I have no idea why the past review said they were bothered - unless we were up on the roof at night we couldn't hear the pub at all. The place to hang out was clearly on the main terrace with the most stunning impossible to imagine view of the entire city. We had our own dance party out there and it was one of the best nights of the year.

We vacation all the time in Mexico. La Casa de las Palmas is our favorite place to visit.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

Knowing that sleeping with silence in Mexico is a difficult task, we chose to book the house inside the compound because the reviews claimed it was quiet, unlike the rooms facing the street. When we returned from our visit to Taxco at around 8:30 pm, we were glad of our choice, because there was a party with loud music in the house next door. We thought that the noise could not reach the house where we would stay.

What an unhappy surprise when we got to our rooms and heard the music coming from a scandalous bar just above the hotel. I'm not kidding when I say it felt like the bar was inside our room. The loud music lasted until three in the morning and this was the first time that the ear plugs were not enough to avoid the noise (besides the constant vibration of the bed because of that noise). The thick walls that some reviewers mention did not seem to be sufficient to stop the music. They should have given us that night for free. I would not come back there even if they paid me. Who wants to pay for a room when you cannot sleep in it because of the noise?

Unless you want to party until 3 pm (the pub above offers the music for free), I strongly recommend not to book in this hotel. A pitty because it's a wonderful place but not for sleeping.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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AllenGilmer, Owner at Casa de las Palmas, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2013

The fellow that runs the internet cafe above us had assured us that he would control the noise after 10:00 pm. He has not held to that promise, and the neighbors and our staff have taken the problem to both the building owners and the authorities who assure us it is or has been dealt with. Thanks.

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Reviewed March 14, 2013

My husband and I stayed here in December 2013 for several days. Now I wish we had spent our entire vacation in Taxco! Rikki arranged transportation for us from the Mexico City Airport. We decided to do this because we arrived on Christmas Day, and have had problems with public transportation on major holidays in the past. When we arrived the caretaker's (Oscar) son was waiting with a sign. They had arranged a very comfortable suburban to transport us. Oscar's son spoke perfect English, and he and the driver were very solicitous about asking if we wanted to stop for food, drinks, bathroom, shopping, etc on the way to Taxco. Once we arrived at the house we met Oscar. The trip to Casa de las Palmas would have been worth it just to meet Oscar. A delightful person. We had rented the entire property so that we could have it to ourselves, and it was fabulous. Absolutely gorgeous grounds, furnishings, and a view that you have to see to believe. I want to live here! Oscar prepared coffee and bread/pastries for us each morning, when he heard us stirring around. Also, one day Oscar took us on a tour around town, and out to the Spratling Ranch. He was focused on making sure we had a good time. It is true that at night you can hear some music from a house /club above the house somewhere, but I did not find this overly loud or disturbing. I look forward to the day I can return to this beautiful home and Oscar's hospitality in Taxco. I do not think you could be disappointed.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Paula W
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

No tv in mbr; No king bed in mbr.
Great terrace but uncomfortable furniture resulted in not being used.
Furniture in general is uncomfortable, dated and needs to be replaced.
Grounds are immaculate.
Cleanliness and service are top notch.
Great location.
Spacious house.
Common / shared kitchen is nice.
Noisy location. Be aware that there is a bar above the property with a balcony overlooking the back courtyard into the property and during the holidays the music was loud, you could here the people, etc.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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AllenGilmer, Owner at Casa de las Palmas, responded to this reviewResponded June 9, 2013

The furniture is "period" from the golden days of Taxco, a mix of antiques and mexican mid century. We have added some interesting patio pieces since your review. The flat screen TV is in the main living area, not in the master bedroom. Oscar has informed me that the "Internet Cafe" that was causing problems has been shut down or is operating on a very restricted basis. I would like to refresh the 'equipale' furniture on that patio, which has a half life of around 2 seasons. Will work on it. Thanks for the constructive critique.

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Reviewed November 23, 2012

We spent a long weekend at the appropriately named Casa de las Palmas located near the center of historic Taxco. This was our second visit to this lovely town; the first was spent at a busy hotel next to the Zocalo that caters to tourists. This time I was very pleased to discover this tranquil B&B cared for the friendly husband and wife team of Oscar and Sylvia. We kept busy each day, making the most of our visit usually starting with a vigorous morning hike up to the Christo monument, returning to a delicious breakfast served in the quiet courtyard at Las Palmas. Afternoons were spent at a more leisurely pace strolling through town to discover the churches, shops, restaurants and bars. At the end of the day, we looked forward to returning to oasis of calm that is the Casa.

Room Tip: The main house is spacious and luxurious, and the veranda offers spectacular night time views of the...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Casa de las Palmas

Address: Calle Primera de Guadalupe # 13, Taxco 40200, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Guerrero > Taxco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Taxco
Price Range: $39 - $279 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A tranquil oasis in the heart of Taxco, Casa de las Palmas offers Colonial charm and elegance just steps away from the main Zocolo and Taxco's famous silver and crafts shopping. An early 19th Century Main House and early 20th Century art studio turned antique-filled suite surrounding gorgeous private gardens, antiques from around the world, and panoramic views from multiple terraces and roof decks of the city are yours to enjoy, and a pampered alternative to hotels. The compound has hosted a veritable who's who of the "Lost Generation", being the long time home of artist Clinton King, whose first wife, Lady Duff-Twysden, was Hemingway's model for "Lady Brett" in "The Sun Also Rises". His second wife, Narcissa Swift, was memorialized in her friend Georgia O'Keefe's famous painting "Narcissa's Last Orchid". Rivera, Siquieros, Kahlo, and Faulkner are confirmed visitors and many others rumored to have enjoyed our ambiance. Library/office off master bedroom, carved stone fireplaces in living room and bedrooms, wireless internet access, flat screen TV's, cable, and extensive DVD library are here for you to enjoy. Oscar and Silvia, Casa de Las Palmas' attentive managers, are here to make your stay a memorable one. Fresh flowers on arrival, daily continental breakfast, a welcome bottle of tequila, and bottled water are included in your price. Silvia will prepare delicious full breakfasts and private meals in the courtyard or on the veranda for an extra cost. Want beer, rum, snacks, or mixers? Let us know when you book and we will make sure your accommodations are stocked to to your liking when you arrive. Oscar is also a very knowledgeable guide to ruins, caverns, and various workshops in the area and is happy to provide this service to you at a very reasonable rate. ... more   less 

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