My husband and I spent February in Mexico, and enjoyed our journey immensely. We've been travelling to Mexico for 17 years, and to Patzcuaro for three years. This was our second stay at Mansion Iturbe, and it was once again a most enjoyable lodging experience, prompting me to share a review. Sound bite: we stayed in seven different hotels during this journey. By far, the Mansion Iturbe experience surpassed all others. Let me tell you why. Lodging is a synergy of many aspects: location, property ambiance (history/art), cost of lodging, property services (restaurants, bars, concierge), speed and ease of check-in and check-out, little extras, the design and furnishings and housekeeping of the room, and management and staff courtesy and helpfulness.
Patzcuaro is an "easy" city. It welcomes you. The Gran Plaza is at its center, and gloriously, Mansion Iturbe sits right on the Plaza. Anything happening in Patzcuaro is usually going to happen in the Gran Plaza, so you'll be center stage. Our precious balcony room facing the plaza let us interact with the city whenever we threw open the glass french doors and solid wood shutters, but those same doors afforded peace and quiet for sleep. We booked on Alaska Airline's WWTE site, but later emailed the hotel directly to coordinate some other bookings for friends. Margarita, the manager, was helpful, gracious, welcoming, and so dedicated in working to accomodate both other couples, miraculously working our last couple in when another guest suddenly had to cancel. Her follow-up with me was the most personal and helpful I've ever received! This history-filled 17th century mansion offers the best of the 17th and 21st centuries! Wood plank floors, stone walkways, high ceilings, wrought iron light fixtures, intriguing Dia de los Muertos and other artworks, hidden courtyards and public salons, the delicious Dona Paca restaurant, and the yummy Viejo Gaucho bar with wonderful music each evening (unheard in the rooms) served up with mango margaritas or frothy Mexican hot chocolate in a wide deep cup emitting tell-tale scents of fresh ground cinnamon. Our breakfast each morning and daily parking fee were included in our rate. Kind, smiling Rafael, who assisted us at checkin/checkout and in the restaurant, was a blessing. Happy, courteous, we never wanted for anything with Rafael. He made our stay very personal. The rooms were beautifully appointed, the bed...what can I say, the best mattress and pillows we've ever had in Mexico, maybe in all our travels! The bathroom a dream, in marble, with lots of hot water. A lovely little sundries basket with more than the usual shampoo and soap! Tea (hibiscus even) and coffee service each evening before bed and each morning before breakfast. A complimentary cocktail at happy hour, where we could watch life in the plaza, compare our daily excursions to nearby ruins, the copper town of Santa Clara, the mask town or Tocuaro, and our shopping successes, measured by the heft and weight of bags at our feet each evening! Here again, a great young Iturbe staffer was serving us in this front portal cafe-I'm so sorry I didn't get his name--smiling at our laughter, enjoying our great pleasure with his city, and doing his job so naturally, so well and with such care. It seems to me that the staff here really appreciate their guests, their jobs, and thus take great enjoyment and pride in doing them so beautifully. How else could we have felt so personally connected with them? The regional Michoacan menu in the Dona Paca restaurant lured us back time and again, without ever a disappointment. Mandarine juice for breakfast, sweet-meat-stuffed poblano peppers or the memorable churipo (a hearty Michoacan take on beef stew with the tasty little tamale-like corrundas) for dinner, I could go on! Don't miss eating here, even if you can't get lodging here! I really almost cried when it was time to leave. Rafael laughed with us as we loaded luggage for six and days of purchases into our rental car. I know in my heart he believes what we told him: we'll come back again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Former residence of one of the leading families in Patzcuaro, Mansion Iturbe is an enchanting Inn, nestled in front of Vasco de Quiroga Square with an outstanding location close to all major attractions. This XVII Century Mansion has been meticulously restored to its former splendor by the descendents of the original owners. Patzcuaro: the center of the Purepechan CultureHere at the center of the Purepechan Culture you will find history, traditions and folklore. Archeological Sites, the unique Lake Patzcuaro with its Islands and the world famous butterfly nets as well as the Indian villages that surround the Lake with high quality Handicrafts made by the Purepechas that make the region a paradise for Handcrafts lovers where you will be able to find: woven goods, ceramics, masks, copper crafts, straw handcrafts, textiles and much more!Come to Patzcuaro and enjoy this beautiful hidden treasure of the colonial Mexico from the XVI Century. Strolling the town from Mansion Iturbe is very easy due to its location close to everything, but Patzcuaro is also an excellent base to explore the tourist attractions of Michoacan.Patzcuaro and the Lake Region have a lot of festivities during the whole year to share with you, full of color and traditions. Don’t miss the traditional Market on Fridays in Patzcuaro!Don’t miss the traditional Market on Fridays in Patzcuaro! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mansion Iturbe Hotel
- Mansion Iturbe Patzcuaro