Morelia's mystique is what originally attracted my partner and myself to purchase a home in Morelia three years ago. And although we've recently moved to the DF, I can still say its Morelia's mystique that I will always love. As a city, it's not too big, it's not too small. I can almost say there are two Morelias -- one is the colonial center, which looks unassuming until you actually go inside some of the stores, restaurants and hotels. The other Morelia is very modern and much like any other city in the states. It can be noisy and crowded at times, but once you know what to do and where to go, you can learn to avoid certain places at certain times. Like many other cities, really.
I don't know a thing about rentals in Morelia but I can tell you that a great place for salsa dancing and lessons is La Casa de la Salsa, facing Plaza Morelos at the end of the Calzada Fray Antonio de San Miguel. Big, lively and a helluva lot of fun.
Best place to eat? There are several places but my favorite - hands down - is the Hotel Casino
, across from the cathedral. Consistently excellent good food at great prices. Second best place to eat is at Esperanza and Judith's home but you'll need a special invitation to dine there. ;-)
Jennifer is the all-knowing sage of Morelia and she provided an excellent list of hotels. Here's a new one to add to that list: www.mlmhotel.com.mx . Located about four blocks from the cathedral in a typical colonial-era building but with a very modern interior.
Home means different things to different people and I will probably always call my house in Morelia home
. Morelia is most definitely home for me. I eat better in Morelia and I sleep better in Morelia. Some of the finest people I know live in Morelia.
No, Morelia isn't perfect. It isn't exactly quaint, cute and full of expats and it might not even be for you. I'm sure you've heard about the recent narco-related violence. The air quality isn't always clean and pristine. But it's a marvelous city that is certainly worth checking out.
Regarding Patzcuaro -- I have my own favorites places there but I'll let its residents do some bragging of their own...
(This post was edited by TigerTonio on Oct 2, 2009, 1:39 PM)