Mexico is a fascinating, welcoming country. It's indigenous cultures have woven a rich and diverse past that was then infused with Spanish culture and traditions. The result is a colourful mix that is reflected in its people, architecture and design.
I will talk more about this in the next posting. For now, I must tell you about two wonderful hotels that we stayed in:
Casa Oaxaca in Oaxaca
Hotel Antiguo Vapor in Guanajuato
Formerly a Spanish colonial house, it retains the elegance and grace of its history but with all of the conveniences of modernity. Each of the seven rooms/suites have been thoughtfully decorated in a paired down Spanish colonial style so their appearance is at once stylish and restful.
Oaxaca itself is a rich treasury of indigenous Mexican history, overlayed with the Spanish colonial era. The hotel’s brochure, not exaggeratedly, states that “Casa Oaxaca reflects that culture. It is your haven during your stay. A meeting place between past and present.
It has 14 rooms, each uniquely named and decorated. Ours, Cordonices (Quails) had several lovely features – a balcony overlooking the internal paved and plant adorned courtyard, a glass table and two chairs, an entry lounge area with armchairs, a bathroom with twin hand basins made in a local pottery (talavera), a king bed and a working fireplace (which we used one evening).
Check out the hotel’s website for more information about it’s facilities at:
Galarza # 5.
Centro Histórico. Guanajuato, Gto.
Tel. +52 (473) 732 3211
Other attractions include a museum in the house where artist Diego Rivera was born, the beautiful Teatro Juarez, the Jardin Union (Union Garden – a leafy delightful meeting spot), Basilica de Neustra Senora de Guanajuato, built between 1671 and 1696, Mercado Hidalgo, Pipila Monument, which you can reach by the funicular, from behind Teatro Juarez , and the Alhondiga de Granaditas Museum.
Sunset from the Antiguo Vapor terrace was gorgeous … don't you think?