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“A real 'meson', a piece of history”
Review of Meson del Refugio

Meson del Refugio
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Meson del Refugio
Ranked #298 of 462 Pacific Coast B&B and Inns
Reviewed 13 March 2009

To me, the feeling of staying in a centuries old building is unique. It has been remodeled for modern comfort - unfortunately they missed a few beats during the remodeling so the bathrooms are totally out of style.

Built around a courtyard in colonial style, with a lovely garden in the back, it lets the traveler literally step back in time.

Some rooms (ground floor) have a lot of original details, including the original tile floor and have the highest ceilings I have seen in my life (30 feet, I guess?). The reason for that is that horsemen actually entered the room on their horses (and slept with their horses, apparently), at the time. Some original rooms do not have windows, the more modern ones do.

You can even eat at the 200 year big table (the 'meson' which gives the name to this kind of inn).

Steps from the main square, and at a good price, definitely the best place to stay if you like the 'vintage' feeling.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 February 2009

I spent 2 nights at this hotel and loved it but you need to check out the rooms before you decide to stay. The rooms surround a lovely courtyard and all rooms of this 2 story hotel face the court yard. Some rooms do not have windows and others are right above the street and are noisey. The street side rooms are quaint as they have a small balcony where you can watch the people but we needed earplugs, especially on Friday night. The hotel is very close to the central plaza where all the action is so noise can be a problem but the location was great. We were traveling with another couple who had a room at the back of the hotel and they didn't have all the traffic noise but they were awakened each morning by a rooster. Hotel is also next to the church which does ring chimes on the 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and hour. Starts early in the morning too.

The room and bath were clean, good water pressure and was hot. Bed typical of Mexico, on the hard side. Securing your room can be a problem as the lock and key are antique in keeping with the historic nature of the hotel. We had problems getting the door locked and had to get help. The other couple didn't seem to experience all the problems we did. We ended up not locking our room when we left but that didn't bother us as the owner was usually at the front desk monitoring who was coming and going and there were very few other guests. We also don't travel in Mexico with anything we aren't willing to either loose or have stolen.

There is a bar at the hotel and the owner make a darn good marg. We were treated with a plate of veggies and fruit with our drinks. Also 2 for 1 beers so the bar is definately worth checking out. Lots of small tables and chairs surround the courtyard so second night we hosted our own happy hour. On site parking at the back of the hotel and it's off the street in a fairly secure area, another plus as most people visiting Mascota arrive by car.

Over all, a nice place to stay. We paid about $39 per night. I would definately stay there again but in a room at the back.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Meson del Refugio

Address: Calle Independencia, 187 | Colonia Centro, 46900, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Pacific Coast
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access
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Ranked #298 of 462 B&Bs / Inns in Pacific Coast
Price Range: £21 - £27 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13

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