We stayed in this hotel both before and after our great trip to Copper Canyon on the Chepe train. We had three rooms for six of us. It's a unique property, filled with folk art and artifacts. Each room is unique, hand-painted, spacious and cute. Nearly all of them have a river view. This place would be particularly attractive to artistic types who would enjoy the hand painting. The owner, Chal, told me this was his father's farm, and he and his brothers started with one room 28 years ago, gradually adding onto the place until the current funky charm. It is not without problems--the tiny swimmng pool is murky and unappealing. And there are piles of unfinished projects lying around. It's not the Radisson. If that sort of thing bothers you, then don't stay here. The beds ARE hard, as are many in Mexico, but personally it doesn't bother me. I slept great. Chal's brother Felipe took us on an amazing bird watching trip on the river where we saw literally dozens of different species of birds. Very cool. Also petroglyphs. Bring BUG SPRAY. Preferably Deep Woods Off. Its location over the river means lots of bugs. There are also stairs, since your rooms are hanging over the river. The best thing about this place is Chal, aka Eleazar Gamez, who's the nicest guy ever and who would do anything for you. He even took us to the train station and, without asking, ordered a taxi for us to pick us up from the train so we didn't have to scramble. They also have a little restaurant there, we onlly ate breakfast, but it was good and only 80 pesos, around $6 for a full breakfast. We paid $45 U.S. a night for a spacious, clean room decorated really cute. No wi-fi though, had to go out to the lobby area for that. There was a TV with one English channel. I wouldn't think of staying anywhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the highest hill with a view of the Fuerte River, this lodge is a reconstruction of the original stables to the fort. Verdant gardens are abuzz with hummingbirds and many endemic birds may be viewed from the balconies. The owner, Chal, is an avid birder and his river float offers true birding with a spotting scope. The open trailer offers birding to other areas. ... more less
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