We arrived here following a recommendation and I must say it was just a place to spend the night before going to see the butterflies, nothing fancy or spectacular, but then again Angangueo is a very small village and we couldn't expect to find a Hilton-like hotel either LOL.....
We paid more for a room here than we did at Morelia, even though the owner reduced the room price because it was only 2 of us (the room could sleep up to 4 people and had a private bathroom, like the rest of the rooms at the pension). However, the price of the room is pretty decent if there's an entire family staying there... there are rooms that can sleep up to 8 people and only cost MXP $650 (about USD $50) per night. The guest house is not close to downtown, it's small (it has 4-5 big rooms and a mid-size dining room) and the price of the room only includes the lodging -- the lady is very kind and more than willing to cook simple meals for you, mainly for supper and breakfast, but you have to pay extra for it. There are no places to eat nearby, so if you don't eat here you have to go all the way to downtown.
The lady provided towels and said we could have hot water anytime we wanted. She even asked what time we would be departing the morning after so she'd turn the heater on early and thus make sure we would have enough water to take a hot shower. However, my man said that he ran out of hot water very quickly, so I skipped the shower myself as the weather was very cold LOL. Also, the bathroom was a bit smelly even though it was clean - maybe because some of the water in this area has sulphur in it - and it was too small: the shower head was right above the WC (so the WC and the shower were within the same space) so it was rather uncomfortable and unsuitable to take a shower here. However, the bathrooms in other rooms were bigger and more comfortable.
Also, most of the rooms do not have a street view, so they aren't well illuminated. Ours only had a small window that faced the inner corridor and the curtain was really thin so anyone could easily look through it and see the inside of our room, which of course isn't nice. And yet there was little / zero natural light coming in through the window, so we had to keep the lights on at all times (even at night, because the room was totally dark and you could easily fall down or bump into something as there was no external light to guide you to the closest light switch).
In spite of the inconveniences, it was a good place to sleep and we were thankful for it especially because we were stuck in this town and the guest house was decent enough to spend the night. The lady was really nice and kind and offered all kind of information (and liked to chat a lot too, but she only speaks spanish). She sells some cute & economic souvenirs (see the picture, that's the one I liked the most so I bought it) and will give you some complimentary leaflets too which list the attractions of this area of the state and have some useful maps.
All rooms have a bathroom, hot water available, cable TV, and enough blankets and covers to sleep comfortably even in this place which is REALLY cold. Even though there were other guests at the house, the place isn't noisy and our stay was acceptable overall.
The hotel room was clean, and although there is no heat in the rooms, or hot water, it was still a comfortable place to sleep. It had a lovely courtyard garden, which had a lot of familiar plants that we grow here. We were given a pad lock for the door, and the front gate was locked at night. There was a television in the room, but reception was extremely limited.
I do not know if this hotel has any rooms with fireplaces, but GET A FIREPLACE, no matter what your husband says.
Let us leave our luggage there while visiting the Monarch's
Looks like a dump from the outside and a beautiful garden villa on the inside. No one at the desk spoke English, though it appears that Americans and Europeans were the only thing keeping these guys in business. Room was rustic but nice. GET THE ROOM WITH A FIREPLACE!!!! We didn't....it was really cold in January at 10,000 feet in the mountains. Honestly, it was a LOT overpriced (about $60 for a non-fireplace room). If I had to do it again I would stay in the Hotel Margarita across the street...it was almost as nice and half the price.
The views of Angangueo were astounding at the Hotel don Bruno...something you couldn't get at the cheaper Hotel Margarita. There is an overpriced restaurant...basically the only decent one within walking distance so they charge the begezzas out of you. $14 per person for breakfast...ouch, but then they no you can afford if you have decided to travel half way across the world to see some orange insects flying around.
We stayed at the Hotel Juarez right down from the main plaza. We got a room for three for 240pesos/night. It was small and very basic, but we just needed a place to crash before seeing the butterflies. The interior courtyard was full of rose bushes and surrounded by red brick walls...I kept expecting to see Snow White and her Seven Dwarves out there!
The owner, who also runs the papeleria in the front, hooked us up with a driver for the ride to the butterfly sanctuary in the morning and let us leave our baggage there while we were on our excursion.
Confortable cabins with up to 4 rooms and 2 floors. We were 4 people and each one had a room for their own.
Confortable chimney room with recently cut wood.
NO TV! What was amazing is that 3 blocks away at the main plaza there was a guy selling CDs and we managed to hire his big stereo and lots of CDs for US$10 a night! so we had a nice party with drinking games!
A house for your own.
The hotel Don Bruno is the best in Angangueo and the closest to the sanctuary of the Monarch butterflies.
When booking make sure you get a room with a fireplace. They cost MXN $795 per night and are less a reminder of the ice age as the regular rooms (MXN $595). Fireplace rooms come with a supply of wood to last you a few hours.
Guides to the sanctuary are usually waiting outside the hotel to offer their services - quite convenient. Try to hook up with other tourists in the hotel to share the cost of the ride.
Enjoy the fresh air of Angangueo but don't count on eating well in the village - the hotel restaurant is more or less your only option and the food can be described as "common" at best.
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