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Monday, December 14, 2009

Alamos Hotel - WOW

Alamos Part 2
As we were walking around Alamos we came to a really pretty hotel As we were looking into the inner court yard a young man came up to us and asked us if we’d like a tour of it. Silly question. We almost ran him over in our eagerness.
It is the Hacienda de los Santos- a “boutique” hotel. Way back in the late 1600s early 1700s one of Spanish silver barons built a magnificent hacienda here. The family lived there for many years but when the silver played out they took their money and moved back to Spain. The hacienda was neglected. It changed hands a few times over the years but was eventually purchased by an American couple who spent 15 years restoring the original building and five adjoining Colonial mansions. It takes up six acres.
There are a total of 24 rooms, more like suites, they all have 17th century fireplaces in them. And beautiful furniture. The bathrooms are magnificent.
This is the main lobby. See why we wanted to see more? Here are some pictures of the rest of the hotel.
Just one of the courtyards - there are three pools in the hotel.

This is just one of the many, many paintings - love the colors.
This is the ceiling in the kitchen

One of the over 100 year old Banyon trees on the grounds.
Just small part of one of the bathrooms. Could get used to something like this. (Funny thing here. In one of the earlier rooms we visited were some very old 17th century paintings of saints. Our guide asked that we not use the flash if taking pictures. Well by the time we got here I wondered if I could use the flash. So I asked Bill to ask him "Could I use the flash?" I wondered what was taking so long for a yes or no answer. Then the guide pointed to the toilet area and said no not here but in the next area we got too. We got there and he pointed again to the toilet and said I could use that flush. Well - it took a little explaining and much laughter to clear that up.
This is the roof of the original building - from the late 1600s!
And one of the original doors
The area where the fountain is used to be part of the sugarmill - its where the donkeys walked in a circle to grind the cane
Another patio outside of the theater! They show movies at night. Several dining rooms in this area too. Some for big parties and others just for two. They don't allow children under the age of 12 to stay here. My kind of place. But the guide did mention that people may come without children but after a romantic time spent here some left with.
This is looking up at the top of a door. See how thick the walls are. Both orange and white parts.
The cantina was an original very old bar in Cuernavaca. They had it taken apart piece by piece and brought here and rebuilt. It is great. The pictures don't do it justice.

Really a magnificent place. Did I mention one of the rooms/suites goes for $900 US a night?!
And if you fly your own plane in they will provide a hanger for you.
A peak into how the other half lives.
The next day we went to a little fishing village - completly different life style. But lots of fun.
Until next time. Hasta la Vista!

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