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D Cretcher

Jul 11, 2001, 9:38 PM

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What is the fastest and most comfortable route to drive from San Miguel de Allende to Patzcuaro? Also a guest of mine would appreciate info re nice but economical hotel in that area. Thanks



jennifer rose

Jul 11, 2001, 10:43 PM

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There's only one route. SMA to Comonfort to Celaya. Celaya to Morela. Getting through Celaya can be tricky, and there's either the west route (turning right at McDonald's) and following the minuscule signs to Morelia, or the east route, turning left and then just keeping south until you pass VIPs and get on the main south drag of Celaya. <p>Some people go via Salamanca, but I think that takes more time and I don't like that route. Better to head south on the only road thru Salvatierra, Yurriria, Moreleon (at least there's a bypass), Cuitzeio. Over the water. And only then does the divided highway start. Straight in to Morelia. <p>Past the fairgrounds on the left, Villa del Sol motel on the right, and then prepare for a 4-way stop with a somewhat confusing overpass. <p>Now at Morelia, avoid going thru downtown.There's a periferico which circles the city, so you can't go wrong regardless of the direction you end up taking. <p>The better way is to turn LEFT at the overpass, getting on to the periferico, heading in a southbound direction. Topes and lights, pass thru several intersections, as the road curves west. Pemex on the right. Gigante/Sanborn's Cafe/Cineapolis on the left, VIPs on the left. The skyscraper on the right. Sanborn's/Sears/Comercial Mexicana on the right. McDonald's and KFC on the left. Suburbia on the right. Office Depot on the left. IMSS on the right. Glance to your right to view the flag waving at the top of the hill. (If you can’t see the flag, you’ve done something wrong…..or it’s not flying.) Aurrera and Fiesta Camelinas on the right. Convention center on the right. Lots of jacaranda trees. Keep on driving on the same road. Charro club on the right, Hostal Camelinas on the left at stoplight. Eucalyptus trees and park on the right. Keep straight. Zoo on the left. Stop light. Governor's house on the right. Stop light. Round the curve again, still on the same road. Costco on the left. Stoplight. Domino's on the right. Motel Monte Carlo on the right. Take note of the turnoff on the right which has Walmart in the distance (don't turn). There will be a small sign reading "Patzcuaro," and at the next opportunity make a U-turn, then get immediately into the right-hand land, and following signage for a right-hand turn to Patz and Uruapan.


jennifer rose

Jul 11, 2001, 11:02 PM

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Patzcuaro Hotels

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Mansion Iturbe. Rooms start at $700 pesos and include breakfast. My favorite! http://www.mexonline.com/iturbe.htm<p>Hostal del Valle http://www.mexonline.com/hostaldelvalle.htm<p>Rincon de Josefa (No website or e-mail). Newly opened, between the Plazas Don Vasco and Bocanegra. <p>Villa Patzcuaro http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/Wetlands/3164/<p>http://www.mexconnect.com/MEX/jrose/jjrtzutumutaro.html#where_to_stay
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RB

Jul 16, 2001, 7:58 PM

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Just got back from a trip to Patzcuaro and Uruapan, and have some price & personal information on hotels (and restaurants) there in the $400 peso and under range. Give me a little time to get it together, and I'll send it to anyone who's interested.<p>: What is the fastest and most comfortable route to drive from San Miguel de Allende to Patzcuaro? Also a guest of mine would appreciate info re nice but economical hotel in that area. Thanks <p>


jennifer rose

Jul 17, 2001, 9:42 AM

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Please do post your experiences to this board!


RB

Jul 17, 2001, 2:29 PM

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Restaurants, moderate price hotels - Patzcuaro

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: Please do post your experiences to this board!<p>Okay, here goes:<p>Just Patzcuaro right now - if anyone is interested in Uruapan, let me know. When we travel, we don't spend 700+ pesos a night on hotels (Mansion Iturbe), much as we might enjoy it! So here's a list of hotels we looked at &/or stayed in. Lonely Planet is our favorite guidebook, but we found the price information not too accurate (Sept. 2000 edition).<p>Of the ones we looked at, the best moderately priced hotel was Posada de San Rafael, on the south side of the main plaza. They have some king bed rooms (you have to ask) which are good sized, with cable tv, though the bathroom was very small. Comfortable bed, windows on both sides of the room & in the bathroom, clean and pleasant. Price was 290 pesos, a bargain in comparison to others we saw. We stayed our last night here.<p>Arriving at 12:00 on Friday is not the best time since Patzcuaro is very busy on weekends. The Posada had only one room definitely available (wouldn't know if had another til after 1), and the couple traveling with us took that one. Double bed plus a twin, no tv, larger bathroom than the king room, 280 pesos. They were happy with the room. <p>Since we'd already found Los Escudos had no 2 person, 1 bed rooms left (except for one small, dark room, no exterior windows, double bed, 330 pesos), we were anxious to find a room. 4 years ago we stayed at Mision San Manuel, and so checked there. 2 person, 1 bed rooms were 400 pesos, king bed 450 pesos, 2 beds 500 pesos, which is high for what they offer. It's a beautiful old monastery building, but they don't seem to put much into the rooms. We were first shown the king room at the front of the hotel - quite dreary looking. Then, we asked to see the room we stayed in before which has a double bed, huge bathroom and two large windows opening onto an interior courtyard. With one of us being 6'2" a double bed is a tad small, but we took it and paid 2 nights. Later we discovered the sheets didn't really fit - the bottom fitted sheet wouldn't stay on the mattress because it wasn't big enough. Top sheet only reached the top edge of the mattress. Lumpy pillows, one with stuffing coming out, no mattress pad. There was a tv, but only 12 cable channels (San Rafael had 44 or so). Towels very threadbare. We asked for larger sheets, and eventually, after several attempts, did get a bottom sheet which did not pop off and a "king" top sheet, which seemed only slightly too large (we had to make the bed ourselves since the maids were gone, and the desk staff didn't do that type of work). All these details only to show that the price seemed quite high for what they offer.<p>We also looked at Mandala, near Casa de Once Patios - they have 2 upstairs rooms with private baths. We saw one, and it was quite acceptable, opening on to an upstairs terrace with chairs and a view over the rooftops. Their price of 330 pesos includes breakfast; the rooms already were reserved. Downstairs they have 3 rooms which share a bath - we didn't check these out, but they might work for people traveling together.<p>We looked at a room at Hotel de la Concordia, across from plaza Gertrudis Bocanegra. Apparently the rooms recently have been renovated. A king bed, with tv, no windows, no character, was 360 pesos.<p>Quick review of restaurant experiences: Mandala has vegetarian and chicken dishes, average prices, very tasty food, service on the slow side. We tried to eat there another time for breakfast, but they weren't open at 8:30, think they don't open til 9.<p>El Primer Piso - food and service good, more expensive than average. Salads especially good.<p>El Patio - good breakfast specials, moderate prices, dinner was fine (though nothing to get excited about), service good.<p>Posada de la Basilica restaurant - no combination specials for breakfast, so juice & coffee are extra making it more expensive than average. Food was barely average, service inadequate. Fabulous views through lots of windows.<p>Dona Paca in Hotel Mansion Iturbe - had Sunday lunch here around 2:00, and though Patzcu
 
 
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