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Mansion Iturbe

Patzcuaro

Mansion Iturbe, PatzcuaroSlide thumbnail

Mansion Iturbe

Patzcuaro

Mansion Iturbe, PatzcuaroSlide thumbnail

Mansion Iturbe

Patzcuaro

Mansion Iturbe, PatzcuaroSlide thumbnail

Mansion Iturbe

Patzcuaro

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Tags:  Historic, sightseeing, town, gourmet

In a nutshell:
Charming and historic inn with an excellent restaurant serving local specialties. Perfect location on one of Patzcuaro’s attractive plazas, comfortable and spacious guest rooms including some with views of the plaza.  This colonial era mansion has lots of history and is an excellent choice for a sightseeing visit to the area.

It’s hard to beat historic Mansion Iturbe for character and value – and it is also located right on the town’s main square. We love the cozy rooms with their dark wooden furniture; to snuggle beneath layers of blankets during Patzcuaro’s chilly winter evenings and then wake to brilliant sunshine on another cloudless day.  (Heating has now been added to all rooms, making winter evenings even more cozy and cheerful).

 

The mansion was the dowry given to Doña Francisca de Iturbe y Ancióla (Doña Paca) on her marriage in 1830. Descendents of this noble family manage the hotel today and have created one of the most charming small hotels we’ve found in Mexico, with a warm welcome and attentive service.

 

You’ll find many extras included in the room rates at Mansion Iturbe – such as full breakfast, morning newspaper, and a coffee station during the night.  This is also an excellent place to gather knowledge about the surrounding areas.  Tours to the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary,  Janitzio Island and local artisan towns such as Santa Clara del Cobre are highly recommended.

 

Be sure to spend some time in the hotel’s two restaurants. The Doña Paca Cafeoffers some of the best regional cuisine in the area, and El Viejo Gaucho is a great place to while away the evening in this quiet town – live music, a wide choice of beers, wines and spirits, plus an unusual South American themed menu.

 

A visit to Patzcuaro is even more appealing now that the fast highway to the coast has opened. Traveling time to Zihuatanejo from Patzcuaro is now around three hours, so you can easily combine the cultural attractions of this region with a few days by the beach. Or include the hotel in a tour of colonial cities – Patzcuaro is also only three hours drive from San Miguel de Allende.

Rooms

There’s so much to see in and around Patzcuaro that you will need to stay at least three or four nights in order to get a good appreciation of the area. These comfortable rooms, oozing with history and charm, are the perfect base for your explorations.

 

There are just fourteen guest quarters in the hotel, all on the second floor and overlooking either Don Vasco square, a side street or a pretty courtyard. Each room is traditionally decorated and features heavy dark-wooden Spanish style furniture.

 

Many of the rooms have tall patio doors with a small balcony. Days in Patzcuaro are almost always sunny and warm, but evenings can be cool – a generous supply of blankets is just one of the thoughtful small touches in these well cared for accommodations. Heating has now been installed to make winter nights cozy.

Summary of room facilities

All rooms

Individually controlled heating, wi-fi, cable TV, hair dryer, room safe

All the rooms at the Mansion Iturbe offer an abundance of historical charm.  They have either one king or two double beds, and some also have a sofa that converts to a further bed.  Bathrooms are generally small but pretty, often with heavy wooden doors and traditional tiles.

 

The mansion was once the main residence of one of the leading families in Pátzcuaro, and the guest rooms include Doña Paca’s original bedroom.   Another room had a secret entrance and could be used for hiding people during the revolution.   Details such as stone window seats and step-out balconies make these quarters very appealing.

 

Many of the rooms have views over Don Vasco square or the quiet side streets, showing the quaint character of Pátzcuaro.  One internal room has a private terrace overlooking the courtyard.  Despite being in the heart of town, these rooms aren’t generally noisy.

 

restaurant

A visit to Patzcuaro isn’t complete unless you try some of the wonderful regional specialties at a good restaurant, and the Mansion Iturbe has to be one of the best places in town to choose.

 

There are two places to dine at the hotel – the Cafe Dona Paca and El Viejo Gaucho.

 

At Dona Paca’s you can enjoy traditional Michoacan specialites and Purepecha dishes, such as Churipo– a rich beef stew served with corundas – and fish served in Dona Paca’s traditional white sauce.

 

El Viejo Gaucho is only open in the evening and offers an unusual mix of Argentinian steaks, pizzas and lighter dishes that you can feast on whilst listening to live music.

 

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How to get here

How to get here

 

By air

The closest airport is in Morelia, about 50 miles away, and the journey by car takes about 80 minutes.

 

Mansion Iturbe

Portal Morelos 59, Plaza Don Vasco

Patzcuaro

Michoacan

Mexico

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