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diannec

Nov 10, 2001, 6:56 PM

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We will be driving and spending time in several cities in Mexico and have never been to Morelia. Since we have a car, parking is important. We usualy stay in moderate places, but want to stay in central Morelia. Where you recommend? La Soledad, Casino, The Florida, Hotel Alameda, or Hotel D'Artilons. All the books I read highly highly recommend the Virrey de Mendoza, and we may be willing to pay the price. It appears to be under a $100, but is that correct? Secondly, where would recommend that we eat. Since I believe this may be the mole area, I would defintely like the mole as well as trying the pescado blanco. Thank you. More questions may come later, I am finalizing my plans. Since I am not quite sure how long we will be there or what exact date, do you think going without reservations would be a problem. This would be sometime between Christmas and New Years. Thanks, the board has always helped me in the past.



jennifer rose

Nov 13, 2001, 5:56 PM

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My favorite downtown hotel is the Virrey de Mendoza, which indeed starts at less than $100. It’s the best value for your money. (Who can go wrong with one of jenniferrose’s favorites?) In the category of especial downtown is the Hotel Los Juaninos. The best budget hotel downtown is the Hotel Casino. http:www.hotelcasino.com.mx The Alameda is an eyesore, and I just don’t like the Soledad. <p>All have valet parking available. <p>Whatever you do, make reservations at once for Christmas. Given today’s situation in tourism, no one can predict, but historically the best hotels have been full at Christmas. And without a reservation, you might have to stay at the Holiday Inn!<p>Morelia has no shortage of good restaurants, but we’re not exactly mole central. You can find good mole in many places just the same. There is a dish at Casa de la Calzada http://www.hotelcasino.com.mx/calzada.htm, in which chicken breast is stuffed with rajas and covered with mole, quite tasty. My picks (and favorite dishes):<p>Villa Montana – everything on the menu’s excellent!
Las Mercedes – Pollo Azteca (a variation of chicken Kiev, substituting huitlacoche for butter). The chicken Kiev there is excellent, too.
San Miguelito – huachinango or the arrachera
The evening (except Sunday) antojito buffet at Poste de Gallo
La Azotea (above Hotel Los Juaninos). Great view, nouvelle Mexican. At least go there for a drink.
Bizancio - for Italian in a courtyard setting
Casa del Portal – for coffee and great antiques in a 1920s setting
Virrey de Mendoza
Solar de Villagran<p>Sadly, it’s hard to find the famed pescado blanco, and even harder yet to find it prepared well. The best places for that are:<p>Camino Real (next to the Pemex station) on the way to Patzcuaro
Troje de Ala in Zirahuen


Hank Duckman

Nov 14, 2001, 5:04 PM

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My favorite restaurant in Morelia is Las Trojes. It is mainly a "carne" restaurant but they also serve fish and chicken. The decor is lovely, the service is excellent and they have a large salad bar.<p>For seafood, there is La Jaiba near the university and the cemetary. They have a "sopa de mariscos" which is delicious and offer fresh grilled or baked snapper "huachinango". On Avenida Solidaridad, there is another seafood place which is outstanding, called the Langostico. From the outside, it looks like a tumble-down shack. Inside, it is clean, has table cloths, good service, and excellent food.<p>There are quite a few more. Morelia's not short on good eating spots.<p>Saludos;<p>Hank



John Phillips

Nov 14, 2001, 8:05 PM

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: We will be driving and spending time in several cities in Mexico and have never been to Morelia. Since we have a car, parking is important. We usualy stay in moderate places, but want to stay in central Morelia. Where you recommend? La Soledad, Casino, The Florida, Hotel Alameda, or Hotel D'Artilons. All the books I read highly highly recommend the Virrey de Mendoza, and we may be willing to pay the price. It appears to be under a $100, but is that correct? Secondly, where would recommend that we eat. Since I believe this may be the mole area, I would defintely like the mole as well as trying the pescado blanco. Thank you. More questions may come later, I am finalizing my plans. Since I am not quite sure how long we will be there or what exact date, do you think going without reservations would be a problem. This would be sometime between Christmas and New Years. Thanks, the board has always helped me in the past.<p>The Cathedral
Conservatory de las Rosas
Casa del Portal
Virrey de Mendoza
Freshly-made potato chips sold on the street
An evening repast at La Inmaculada
Borrego at Jose Luis' atras Costco
Hornos Ortiz
Villa Montana
Mercado Independencia
Orquidarium
Coffee at Lilly Ann's
Ex-convento de San Francisco
Zalce murals, just about anywhere
Museo del Estado
Casa de la Cultura's mask museum
Casa de Artesanias
Picolo Roma
Pine nut ice cream at Santa Clara
Meeting Hank Duckman at the Wednesday group of English-speaking people at
the Holiday Inn
A bullfight at the Palacio del Arte
The Zalce Museum of Contemporary Art
Las Mercedes
Morelos' birthplace
Mercado de Dulces
Trico
Panteon Municipal
The evening antojito buffet at Poste del Gallo<p>
The above is a definitive list from J Ro, but Duckman's is not to be ignored. I stayed at Casino in June, with intentions of moving on after a few days, but for 50.00 per day on th main drag I couldn't leave. The view from my room window was amazing. Extend your vacation plans is my advice. John P


Dianne

Nov 16, 2001, 11:07 AM

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Thank you for all your responses. I am sure I will have more within the next few weeks. We have several optional days built into our trip, just in case we like a certain place and may use those in Morelia. It sounds like a wonderful city, and will let you know upon our return in mid January, how things went. I find personal recommendations from people who are living in the area, or have visited often to be the most reliable. Muchas gracias para informacion. Dianne


Sabra Ewing

Jan 21, 2002, 10:55 PM

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Hi we are at last planning a visit to Morelia. What is it that you didn't like about la Soledad. Should we book the Virrey instead?


jennifer rose

Jan 23, 2002, 2:00 PM

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The Virrey de Mendoza, in my opinion, simply delivers the most value for your money among the downtown hotels. Less costly than the Virrey and downtown, still representing good value is the Hotel Casino.
 
 
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