Home To The Worlds Thinnest House

Trip Start Feb 09, 2008
Trip End Dec 26, 2008

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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Thursday, November 6, 2008

A luxuriant town park that's like being in the Amazon

Just accommodation for now.........


Uruapan offers its fair share of good places to stay around the centre of the town. But if you're travelling on the tightest of budgets you may need to get a room at one of the few small motel style hotels that are dotted along Calzada Juarez. This is the main road that runs through town and is located seven blocks north of Plaza Morelos.

Whilst here I stayed at the Casa Chikita B&B, Emilio Carranza No. 32, Tel: 01 (452) 5244174, Web: www.casachikita.com . This small B&B is housed in a fine nineteenth century colonial house with only five rooms set around a small garden, and is located two blocks from Plaza Morelos, towards the Parque. It's owned by the hospitable Aline and Oscar, a stylish young couple, with Aline originating from France and Oscar from Uruapan. Oscar is an artist and has his studio here, which is evident with all the pieces of art work on display throughout the house. The spacious rooms all have original features, your hosts speak fluent English and if you're a cat lover then they have two lovely cats which have the bluest eye's that you could ever imagine. Their current advertised rates are between 350 + 700 Peso which includes breakfast, but you shouldn't have any problems getting a room for less. I got a room for 250 Peso with no breakfast. Casa Chikita has an extremely laid back approach, there is no real check out time and I was able to leave valuable's around the guest house without any fear of them getting stolen.

The best of the other midrange hotels are Hotel Victoria, Hotel Regis and Hotel el Tarasco.

Hotel Victoria
, Cupatitzio No. 11, Tel: 01 (452) 5236700, Web: www.hotelvictoriaupn.com.mx . This well run hotel had a nice set up, spacious rooms and most other things that you would expect for this standard of hotel. Their current rates were 450, 600, 650 + 700 Peso for 1, 2, 3 or 4 persons.                                        

Hotel Regis
, Portal Carrillo No. 12, Tel: 01 (452) 5235844, Web: www.hotelregis.com.mx . This hotel benefits from a good location, overlooking the plaza and has cheerful looking rooms.

Hotel el Tarasco
, Independencia No. 2, Tel: 01 (452) 5241500. This was a much older hotel, located on the plaza and has nice features throughout. Their current rates were 516, 600, 800 + 900 for 1, 2, 3 or 4 persons.

At the top end there is only one contender, Hotel Mansion del Cupatitzio. Just take a look at their website.   
Hotel Mansion del Cupatitzio, Calzada de la Rodilla del Diablo No. 20, Tel: 01 (452) 5232060, Web: www.mansiondelcupatitzio.com . This is by far Uruapan's finest hotel, with absolutely stunning gardens full of all kinds of colourful flora. You could easily spend a couple of days here just relaxing beside the pool. The hotel is housed in a large hacienda style property that is located beside the Parque Nacional Barranca del Cupatitzio, the town's main attraction. It's around a ten minute walk to the main plaza. Check their website for current rates.

Hotel Plaza Uruapan
, Ocampo No. 64, Tel: 01 (452) 5233599, web: www.hotelplazauruapan.com.mx . As the name suggests is also on the plaza and has everything that you would expect from a four star hotel. It looked to have excellent service and the rooms were nicer than those at Hotel el Tarasco. The rates were 700, 800, 900 + 1000 Peso for 1, 2, 3 or 4 persons.

Hotel Palacio
, Calzada Benito Juarez No. 121, (at the end of Ramon Farias), Tel: 01 (452) 5243792. This small budget friendly hotel sits back from the main road that runs through town. The modern en-suite rooms are spotless but a tad on the small side. They are nicely tiled and have cable TV and wifi. The majority of people that stay here are Mexican businessmen passing through. You shall have no problems with the noise from passing traffic if you ask for a room towards the back. They offered excellent rates of 180 + 220 Peso for 1 or 2 persons. It's a ten minute walk to the main plaza.          
There were two or three other budget hotels / posadas within a couple of blocks of the plaza but the rooms were shocking. And because of their location the rates were ridiculous, somewhere between 170 + 320 Peso a night.
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