This is a beautifully restored hotel. It is so tastefully done, inside and out. The hallways inside the hotel are spacious and beautifully decorated. There's no clutter in this building, just lovely furnishings. It's gorgeous, just like the rest of the old city.
The hotel is built around two interior courtyards, both of which are used for other commercial purposes (banks). Thus the courtyards are glassed off on the inside and remain quiet for the guests. Its an interesting arrangement that illustrates how historic buildings are used for multiple functions in this city.
We stayed in a "superior" room, a euphemism to indicate the smallest and cheapest rooms in the hotel. Lodging in this hotel, however, is not cheap. In my view it's quite expensive --- we paid 2083 pesos per night. Our room (108) was very pretty, nicely decorated, uncluttered, but certainly one of the smallest. It had a windowed-double door that opened onto a micro-balcony with a view of the cathedral. A very pretty view at night, although very noisy. The window in this room was not centered so it didn't have the spacious feel of the rooms that are shown on the website.
We had dinner once in the rooftop restaurant. It is very modern and chi-chi in its decor and atmosphere. Food was good, but there are many good restaurants in this city. It's also on the expensive side.
The downsides to this hotel? The location. It is on a busy street and the street noise is extremely loud all night long. It's mostly traffic noise--noisy cars, exhaust, sirens, etc. In addition, the bells to the cathedral are loud and they seem to ring every 15 minutes, even at night. I woke up one time and counted the bell ringing about 16 times. I never figured out the system, but they ring a lot and are loud. So beware.
The other downside is communication with the managment. I made a reservation over the web, confirmed over phone, and then got an email confirmation. The email confirmation included one day too many and I tried emailing and phoning to correct it--I was worried that I would be charged for an extra night. I called the hotel 4 times and emailed twice. I never got a response from the reservation manager. In the end, it did not end up being a problem, but I would have appreciated knowing that.
The upsides? Lovely place, although I thought it was expensive for what we got. For that reason alone I probably would not stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riginally a 17th-century noble palace, Los Juaninos was converted into a superb 30-room hotel in 1998 when it was renovated with all modern facilities and comforts. Yet this landmark building faithfully retains its architectural grandeur, harmonizing with surrounding Spanish colonial buildings of Morelia's Historic Center which, in its entirety, is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to UNESCO, these aristocratic buildings "reflect the town's architectural history, revealing a masterly and eclectic blend of the medieval spirit with Renaissance, Baroque and neoclassical elements." The hotel's impressive facade and lobby, thick stone walls, graceful stairways and arched hallways combine with guestrooms and suites, each one distinct, forming an ambience reminiscent of Morelia's glorious past. Balconied windows have breathtaking close-up views of Morelia's cathedral: the varying shades of its pink quarry stone facade by day; glowing magnificently at dusk; and dramatically illuminated at night. The city's tree-lined main square is just across the street, a vibrant setting in the heart of Morelia, capital of the State of Michoacan. History At the end of the seventeenth century, the Captain General of New Spain and Bishop Juan Ortega y Montanez ordered the construction of the opulent Bishop's Palace in this privileged location of Morelia. Then, in 1700, the Bishop granted the building to the religious order of Los Juaninos who converted it into the Royal Hospital of San Juan de Dios which they maintained for over a century. In 1857 the building was sold to private individuals, and in 1886 it was transformed by architect Guillermo Wotton de Corinne, influenced by fashionable romantic architectural style, into the most luxurious hotel of the period, the Hotel Oseguera. It catered to first-class passengers traveling on the new railway from Mexico City to Morelia. Finally, in 1998 the building was restored to its original splendor and reopened as the Hotel Los Juaninos, with its antique French furnishings, rich fabrics, and art-nouveau stained-glass windows, as well as modern facilities including an elevator. Hotel Los Juaninos has continually undergone renovations and enhancements during the past decade. Morelia has played an important role in the history of Mexico. It was the birthplace of several heroes of the Mexican Independence, September 16, 1810, a date that is celebrated spectacularly here. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Los Juaninos Morelia
- Los Juaninos Hotel Morelia