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“A truly superb example of gracious hospitality!”
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Villa Victoria
Ranked #3 of 29 Patzcuaro B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 25, 2013

Some good friends suggested we change our planned B&B in Patzcuaro to Villa Victoria and we were glad they did. The owner, Michael Cullin, has put his architectural and artistic stamp on this colonial renovation par excellence and every detail was lovely, elegant and luxurious. Our suite, the San Miguel, was spacious and stunning. It was chilly outdoors in January at night but we were able to be warm and toasty in front of our private fireplace, on the heated floors in the bath or sleeping under down comforters on electric mattress pads. Each amenity is first class from the terry cloth robes, the thick fluffy towels, the quality bedding and pillows to the most essential excellent beds. An abundance of table lamps added ambiance and reading light to the overhead iron chandelier and there was always a handy outlet for charging electronic devices.
On our arrival the lovely bilingual manager, Samantha, welcomed us with the offer of a beverage and fruit in the warm, commodious living/dining/kitchen common area where we were encouraged to gather in front of the fire, mingle, read, chat or have an end of day glass of wine surrounded by the fine Mexican art collection. Each breakfast was tastier than the last with abundant coffee, tea, fresh squeezed juice, fresh fruit, yogurt, granola and delicious hot entrees.

Gardens are another art form to owner, Michael, and offer a lush, colorful retreat behind the rustic wooden gates. The location in the historic centro could not have been better as it was a short walk to the main plaza and all the notable sites. We enjoyed our stay at Villa Victoria so much that we extended our stay for two nights and have vowed to return. We have traveled a lot in Mexico and have never been more pleased and impressed.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

Years ago, we were introduced to Villa Victoria by the then manager while it was under construction.

Have stayed twice in the Sta Clara king suite and are returning on our drive from San Miguel de Allende to Hotel las Palmas in Zihua in January.

Fabulous breakfast and charming suites. Quite warm in winter w/fireplace; heated floors, and electric heaters in the bathroom.

Sure, US$35. more than Encantada, but worth every peso.

Room Tip: The King - Sta Clara is the best!
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

This was our 2nd visit to Patzcuaro, and this time we chose Villa Victoria over one of the many local Mx hotels. We are ex-pats living in Mx 7 yrs, travel Mx extensively, and this B&B is our most favorite to date. We’ve stayed in many moderately priced Mx hotels, but based on reviews and photos chose here, wanted a truly nice vacation. Our Canadian host Michael gave us warm hospitality, help finding so many places to visit nearby, and shared contagious excitement and knowledge about the area. This place makes you feel like you've found a home in Patzcuaro. And p.s. the big breakfasts are delicious, we were full all day! Keep reading....

This B&B was gutted and redone by the owner, a well-known architect from Victoria, Canada, who was in town during our stay. Villa Victoria has been transformed into a hacienda-style home, with attention to detail. Heated mattress pads on each (super comfortable) mattress for the chilly nights, wood burning fireplaces in each room, WIFI throughout, all the hot water you want for your shower/bath, flowers in each room, robes in the closet... wow, you get the idea. Best part - the living room is open to all guests. You don't stay in your room; instead you relax after a day of exploring in front of a roaring fire, sinking into a giant easy chair, surrounded by art. Pick up a bottle of wine near the plaza and enjoy. Put restaurant leftovers in the fridge. Throughout there is a collection of artisan vases, masks, bowls, and more so you see firsthand crafts of the area. They connect you with both a trained Michoacan guide and a taxi driver (both bilingual) , so you can forget a car and visit places regular tourists don't even know about. Learn the history, meet the artists, visit the studios, pyramids, volcano ruins, you name it. We stayed 7 nights, my husband took almost 1,000 photos, and we still didn’t explore everything around the area. We will return for a month sometime and stay in 1 of the 2 apartments in the back. You will enjoy your stay here, it’s worth it! Awesome. More...

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 22, 2012

We stayed at Villa Victoria in January for 4 days. The guest rooms and common spaces are inviting and spacious. This old vintage Patzcuaro hacienda has been restored with loving care and with great attention to detail. The home feels old and modern at the same time. The gardens are beautiful and the Moorish style fountains lull you to sleep in the evening. Patzcuaro is a quiet historic Mexican town and Villa Victoria is within easy walking distance to historic sites, markets and restaurants.

Cindy the chef and housekeeper prepared a delicious regional style breakfast every morning for the guests. The owner Michael Cullin is very personable and knowledgeable about the area. He directed us to many wonderful local sites and recommended two excellent local guides.

The Patzcuaro area is a gem. The area has beautiful mountains and lakes. The indigenous towns that surround Lake Patzcuaro are unique and filled with local artisans who work with wood, stone, clay and copper like their great grandparents have done for hundreds of years. The people are hospitable and gracious.

Four days was not long enough and we plan to return

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2012

If you want to experience all that is wonderful about Patzcuaro, this is the place land. The owner has not overlooked any detail in order to provide an outstanding quality experience. From the inviting hacienda lay out to the soothing gardens to the art and special touches at every corner, you will be spoiled. For me, it was a sumptious experience and I will be back.

Room Tip: They are all outstanding rooms!
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 10, 2011

We stayed as part of a group of 10 recently for the Artisans Fair and Day of the Dead events.

Villa Victoria is in a great location only 5-10 minutes easy walk to the main plaza. The accommodation itself comprises 5 guest rooms around a gorgeous central courtyard, large sitting room area with fireplace and large comfortable dining area. There are also several rooms around a rear garden, which was tranquil and peaceful.

The breakfasts were amazing; something new everyday including loads of fresh fruit and juices. Deb was fantastic and very informative with local knowledge. We were also fortunate to meet Michael (owner) who was at Villa Victoria at the time, and he is a delight and full of knowledge as well.

This is one of the best Bed and Breakfasts we have stayed in in Mexico (& there have been several).

  • Stayed: November 2011
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Reviewed November 3, 2011

Ten of us stayed 5 nights in Villa Victoria. It is conveniently located in the heart of Patzquaro.The Owner is charming and accommodating, matched by the rooms, the gardens and the facilities. It was very clean, and the breakfasts were excellent. The B&B was one of the best I have experienced, and I look forward to visiting soon again.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Villa Victoria

Address: Calle Navarrete 45, Patzcuaro, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Central Mexico and Gulf Coast > Michoacan > Patzcuaro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
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Ranked #3 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Patzcuaro
Price Range: $90 - $135 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5

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