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- Karen Brown's Recommendation:
The Casa de La Real Aduana, a charming boutique hotel, is the creation of two artists, Gemma Macouzet and Didier Dorval, who have exquisitely restored one of Pátzcuaro’s beautiful historic buildings into an intimate, exclusive, small hotel. Also on the premises is La Folia Arts Center where concerts, exhibits, and workshops are organized, along with a permanent international exhibition of photography, painting and sculpture. The Casa de La Real Aduana was built in the 16th century as a magnificent residence for the Spanish noblemen who were responsible for the Royal Customs during the Colonial period. The hotel has a prime location in the heart of Pátzcuaro, half a block from the stunning Plaza Vasco de Quiroga, one of the most beautiful plazas in Mexico. The individually appointed guestrooms reflect the artistic talent of the owners—each is exquisitely decorated with antiques as well as modern pieces of art. Most of the guestrooms are named after famous composers. One of them is named for the Dorvals’ good friend Hugh Pissarro, a French painter who is the grandson of the great impressionist Camille Pissarro. A royal breakfast is served each morning in the lovely dining room that displays such a rich selection of art that, like the rest of the house, you feel as if you are in a fine gallery. Dinner available with 24 hour advance notice.