The building in which Los Juaninos currently inhabits has a long and proud history – as is to be expected for it’s privileged position right on Morelia’s main square. It was ordered to be constructed – then as a opulent Bishop’s Palace – by the Captain General of New Spain in the late 17th century. In 1700 was then turned over to the Los Juaninos religious order who converted it into the Royal Hospital of San Juan de Dios. For over a century it maintained this purpose and even today is still marked as such on many maps of interesting historical buildings in Morelia. In 1857 however the building would find a new use as it was sold into private hands and transformed into the Hotel Oseuera, even then one of the most luxurious hotels of it’s time. Heavily influenced by the romantic architectural style trend of the time, it largely catered to the elites and nobles who travelled on the newly opened Mexico City to Morelia railway line. Over the next hundred-odd years the buildings fortunes waxed and waned, as did those of Morelia and Mexico in general, but finally in 1998 the entire building was restored with no expense spared to it’s original splendor as the Hotel Los Juaninos. Once again the Bishop’s Palace opened it’s doors as one of the most luxurious and coveted hotels in Morelia with a location that simply cannot be beat!
My favourite part about this unique hotel in Mexico is that each of it’s rooms are completely different, meaning you could return time-and-time again and have 30 distinct experiences to enjoy! Each room has it’s own individual design and feel, and each preserve historical elements of the 19th century hotel including original wooden doors, arched ceilings, European bathtubs and more. Complete with beautiful and historically representative pieces of art it is truly possible to feel immersed in the past. There are however, three basic guest-room types on offer: suites, balcony rooms, and internal rooms.
All are simply stunning, but for the full experience I do think it’s extremely worth it to spring for the balcony rooms at a minimum. These rooms offer simply breath-taking views of Morelia’s cathedral that change through the day from the soft tones of the pink quarry stone during the day to it’s magical glow at dusk and it’s perfect illumination at night. Better yet – if your stay includes a Saturday there is a fireworks display in Morelia in front of the Cathedral at 8.45 for which you will have prime view. If not – the balcony still offers immersive views and the cities main square just across the street provides hours of entertainment in the form of people watching. Much like the rooms, the view is never dull.
Of course as the top luxury hotel in Morelia you can find all the expected amenities befitting of its status. Wifi through-out, room device, an onsite restaurant and bar and daily house-keeping are only just the beginning. You can also find at Hotel Los Juaninos:
When considering where to eat in Morelia Mexico you need look no further than La Azotea – the onsite restaurant and bar taking up the top-floor / rooftop of Hotel Los Juaninos with the best views of the Morelia Cathedral by day or night. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday La Azotea Morelia Restaurant offers a relaxed, fine-dining feel with a very chic white fit out and views from every table. Perfect for an early morning breakfast, sunset drinks or a romantic dinner. On Friday nights there is live music from 10 pm and Saturday’s there is a DJ playing alternative pop and retro music into the night. The food is focused on contemporary Mexican gastronomy which is heavily influenced by Morelia’s own regional tastes – and thankfully, this is one restaurant that doesn’t coast on it’s fabulous views and the food is just as incredible.
Being one of the most beautiful towns in Mexico, Morelia is practically just one big destination and simply meandering around you can explore more of its interesting colonial buildings – many of which are open to the public at some point during the day. However, there are a few principal stand out attractions that any self-respecting tour of Morelia city could not miss:
Ok – so by now you must be sold on the beautiful yet unassuming Morelia City and are probably wondering how far is Morelia from Mexico City as you try to fit it into your itinerary! No worries – It is very easy to get to Morelia by bus, car or plane – and actually it is located almost half-way between Mexico City (303 km) and Guadalajara (250km), the two biggest cities in Mexico, making it a great stopping point!
By bus you can arrive to Morelia at it’s new bus station in the cities north (60 pesos taxi to downtown) with direct connections to Guadalajara (3.5 hours), Mexico City (5 hours) and beyond. There is even a new Greyhound service to Morelia direct from the United States. By car the journey is fast on a modern toll road with plenty of rest stops along the way and incredible desert scenery and lakes that reflect the sky. Of course – for many the plane maybe easier which is great as Morelia International Airport offers daily international flights to Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and Chicago as well as many domestic flights including to Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey, and Tijuana. And don’t forget the guys at Hotel Juaninos (as if you could even forget the best view in Morelia!).
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