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“Charming hotel in a mountain village”
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Hotel La Casona
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Tapalpa
Reviewed April 24, 2012

This 24 room hotel is one of the largest in the town of Tapalpa. Although one of the trip advisor key words for this hotel is "Pacific Coast" it is at least three hours inland. it is about two and a half hours southwest of Guadalajara. The hotel is in a quiet (for Mexico!) neighborhood about 6 blocks from the main plaza. I put the term quiet in parentheses because on any residential street in these small towns you may have to deal with booming car radios and barking dogs.

The hotel was made of all natural materials - lots of wood, brick and stone. The toiletries are handmade. The rooms are cheerful and there is free internet access in each room. No TVs or phones in the rooms, nor are there hair dryers. Towels were basic white. Beds were typically Mexican, i.e. hard. Plenty of hot water.

The hotel can be virtually empty during weekdays. We stayed on a Sunday and Monday night when the room rates are 30% lower than the busy weekends. We were the only ones there on Monday night. If you are there on a weekend, they serve a full breakfast buffet (included in price). On weekdays, they have a wide selection of cook to order AND a smaller buffet with coffee cake,juice fruit, and granola included. Like most other hotels and homes in Mexico, there is no central heat. It can be quite cool in the evening and early morning (even in April when we were there). They give you plenty of blankets and there is a fireplace in each of the rooms. Plenty of street parking available. They also have bicycles to loan (rent?) on site. There is a wide variety of rooms - one of the rooms that I peeked at (the Suite) had beds for 6 people - a king, two twins and two trundle beds. It also had a round dining table for 6 in the room. Those rooms are about double of a standard room.

It is a two story hotel, with only stairs to the second floor. Lots of charming Mexican decorations. They work with a tour company, which we used, called Colores de Tapalpa. You can get special rates, private guide of the area with van transport. We live about two hours away in Chapala and there was pick up and delivery door-to-door in their van with a bilingual guide. We would definitely stay here again.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

Tapalpa is a cute little town in the mountains an we booked four rooms at this hotel. Three were in the front, with nice windows with shutters. The colors and decor were very effective, with wood trim and a fireplace with wood ready to light. The other room was on the courtyard and much less charming, but when my sister asked to change she was told that all the rooms were equal.

When we arrived there was a large group gathered in the courtyard and we were told that they were lawyers from the university. We had a nice dinner in town and then settled in. The lawyers got louder and louder and were partying directly under the courtyard room. The couple there had it the worst but the partiers were so loud they kept all of us awake. I turns out that the hotel has no staff on site at night. Finally at 3:30 am my brother in law got up and spoke to them and they finally stopped.

It was also really cold and there were no extra blankets. The breakfast was excellent (especially the apple coffeecake) and the staff were nice. They apologized and offered free rooms for the next visit but that didn't do much for my sisters who were here from the US.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 22, 2011

We were very impressed with the small, delightful, immaculate, family-run "La Casona Hotel" in the lovely mountain town of Tapalpa, Mexico where we stayed for 4 nights. Each room was individually and artfully decorated. The rooms were arranged on 2 1/2 floors around a central courtyard with lots of potted plants and comfortable sitting areas. The wife and daughter of the owner were artists who had decorated the rooms, lobby, patios and breakfast room with tasteful original Mexican crafts. Our room had a very comfortable king-size bed, a working fireplace, a small balcony, tiles and a handmade sink in the bathroom with lots of hot water. There were original paintings on the walls and flowers in pots - truly lovely.

The breakfasts which were included in the room price were gourmet and plentiful. The owner was very helpful about suggesting possible hiking trails to explore. The town of Tapalpa had lots of good restaurants within easy walking distance and lots of original colonial buildings to admire around the central square.

The owner's wife gave us a bag of delicious homemade cookies to eat on the bus when we left. We were made to feel very welcome and would recommend this hotel and this town to any outdoor enthusiast - there is lots of hiking, biking and horseback riding easily accessible in a very scenic local.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank ElderTrekkers
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Reviewed September 5, 2010

This 5-year-old family run hotel built in traditional mountain Mexican style was a real
delight! The owners/managers and their staff were friendly and helpful. The food was
delicious! The rooms -- each with fireplace and special touches, such as handmade soaps and plush linens -- were tastefully appointed. The owner's artist-daughter has
left her special touch in the decorations......and in her luscious homemade cookies.
Non-toxic products used in the construction and maintenance of this beautiful building
made it perfect for the allergy-sufferer in our group. Located in a quiet neighborhood
just a few blocks from Tapalpas charming downtown, this hotel was the perfect
place from which to explore Tapalpa -- one of Mexico's most enchanting "pueblos magicos" -- and the beautiful countryside surrounding town.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with friends
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3  Thank DocCharliAbroad
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Reviewed March 7, 2010

A truly unique and splendid place perfecty positioned for hiking, parasailing, golf and cultural sightseeing, or simply 'recharging your batteries', in an unspoiled Mexican mountain village. From the adobe huts of Atacco, with its Indio culture surviving and rediscovering itself, while incorporating the historicaly significant and now partially restored Spanish Franciscan "Mission", with its two glorious 16th Century churches and hospital, to the high luxury of the Tapalpa Golf club we were wowed and fell in love all over again with the breathtaking contrasts of Mexico.
Where else can you find a hotel like La Casona incorporating the new and the old, with
discretely hidden, fully wi-fied and wired conference rooms with attached viewing theatres yet whitewashed with natural substances and incorporating the local timber in its perfect architecture? Where else will you find a hotel in which all the corners are rounded? Apart from having a charming visual effect, this, we we were told, makes spiders and cobwebs unwelcome.
The owner, Sr. Joaquin Venegas Perez, is totally bilingual and totally charming. We watched the Mexico vs New Zealand Football match together in one of the many common rooms, at the same time discussing the problems of the world. Yes, we solved them AND Mexico won 2-0. We will be back, and not only if our made-to-measure huaraches (the inifintely comfortable, elegant and long-lasting Mexican sandals which my wife and I ordered from 4th generation master leather craftsman Don Nicolas Lizares don't fit). I know they will and many Mexican entertainers who wear them will attest to this. Steven Stanton, the delightful guide, and more, of the hotel actually offered to bring them to us on one of his runs to the not-so-nearby town in Mexico which we call home. That is just the kind of place the Hotel La Casona is and the kind of 5 star personal service they provide.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled on business
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2  Thank amaidan
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Reviewed March 6, 2007

This is a charming hotel in the mountains of Tapalpa, which is a few hours drive from Guadalajara. The owners have recently remodeled and it is gorgeous. The common areas are welcoming, with tea and hot chocolate, board games, fabulous plants and flowers. Each bedroom has a fireplace, already set with firewood. The breakfast, which was included, was made to order, or we could have fruit, cereal, juices and delicious coffee from the buffet table. There are meeting rooms for conferences. The owners, Joqquin and Isabel, live on site, and were very gracious and helpful. We highly recommend this hotel.

Stayed: January 2007
2  Thank LW14
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Reviewed August 30, 2017
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  • Stayed: August 2017, traveled with friends
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Address: Capulin 54 Barrio del Salto | Tapalpa, Jalisco, Tapalpa 49340, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Tapalpa
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Tapalpa
Price Range: $57 - $88 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel La Casona 4*
Number of rooms: 24
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