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“Quiet colonial charm in a romantic mountain village”
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Hotel Los Arcos
Ranked #1 of 24 Hotels in Taxco
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“Quiet colonial charm in a romantic mountain village”
Reviewed 27 November 2013

I don't know about you, but i like old hotels with big, thick walls, clean rooms, and a bit of history behind them. Forget the "Accidental Tourist;" when I am in a place, I want to be in an environment that reflects that place. And I want that place to be right outside my door, within walking distance to everything. Forget "views," forget valet parking, forget fawning staff who try to greet you in English and mispronounce your name, but remember the Hotel Los Arcos in Taxco, Mexico, "The Silver Capitol of the World."
This hotel is a perfect base from which to wander up and down the cobblestone streets of a town devoted to art, music, food, and tequila (especially the delightfully smoky mezcal, the small batch artesanal form of tequila with such a bad rep. outside Mexico.) Here's what you do: Get up late. Have a coffee and pan dulce in the courtyard. Wait for the midday meal. "La Comida." Eat a little, drink a little Victoria beer or Don Julio tequila, have a flan for dessert. Then head over to the ATM on the zocalo (plaza), fill your wallet with pesos so you can get the cash discount, and go buy silver! Forget the little stalls or shops filled with cheap machine made crap (some even imported from Asia or India!) Go to the shops with a big name out front that still carry the prestige and quality associated the maestro who designed for them. Ask about designs based on old originals from the 30s and 40s by people like Spratling, Castillo, Brillante, Margot, Pineda, or their family members. The originals are priced accordingly and now beyond the reach of anyone but collectors, but you still see many of the same designs executed by people who worked for them. And you might even discover the work of a modern silversmith you like. Go for simple and heavy. Sure, there are price tags on most things, but make them an offer. Start by knocking them down 25%. When they get done telling you that won't even cover the price of the silver itself, add 5% and tell them you'll pay cash. Not only will you get something you love, but something made by hand and not stamped out by some machine. Overspend your budget. I guarantee when you get back home, and your friends and relatives drool over your purchases, you will wish you bought more.
And when they ask where they should stay in Taxco, tell them "Los Arcos". One street off the zocalo. A quiet retreat to which you can return with your little silver treasures and admire them one by one over a margarita, or better yet, a shot of mezcal or anejo tequila. Then head back out into the night, follow the light like a moth to flame, and buy more silver!

Room Tip: There is a wide variety available, from suites to singles. All are snug and attractively furnished...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

Loved our stay here at Hotel Los Arcos. The hostess (possibly woman who runs the hotel) was very sweet and helpful. The building is beautiful, the rooms simple but lovely. There's a great patio on the roof with hammocks and tables and chairs and a nice view over much of Taxco. Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Mexico City, Mexico
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

We've stayed at this hotel twice. It doesn't have the nicest rooms, beds or bathrooms but it makes up for it with charm. It is really close to the Zocolo and the hotel itself is very nice and relaxing with beautiful architecture. We really enjoy staying here. Very charming.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

Planned stay was for 2 nights, ended up extending for 3, as tropical storm Manual/ Hurricane Ingrid hit the state of Guerrero for 3 days. We could not leave town as the roads were not passable, no problem with the hotel. Moreover, their CSRs did what they could (offering phone support, etc.), to assist us in making bookings for travel when the storm finally subsided. After the 3rd night we were able to reserve travel to leave town. Upon checkout, we were given a 50% discount for the extra night, which was greatly appreciated.
The hotel is centrally located to most all the silver merchants and various restaurants in Taxco. The lobby is charming, rustic and comfortable. There is a restaurant in the hotel adjacent to the atrium courtyard area. The rooms are accessed via stairs that outline the atrium. There is no elevator and I did not see or was offered baggage assistance. The rooms are good sized (for 2 people), bathroom is large with a shower for 2. The bed was comfortable and the big screen TV was adequate. There is no phone in the room. The walls are dense, we could not hear our neighbors (on either side), but could hear street and nightlife activities. This was a little strange because we were located as far as you could get from the front of the hotel, which is located on a very busy and tiny cobblestone street. Overall it’s a great hotel in a unique and special city.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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California, USA
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

If you enjoy historical architecture (building origins are 1610), rooms tastefully designed, a convenient location and modern amenities like cable tv and consistent wifi, then Hotel Los Arcos is at the top of the list of Taxco hotels. After looking closely at two other hotels and initially staying at one, I only wished I had looked at Los Arcos sooner. The added value for a modest amount of more money was an obvious choice that truly improved my enjoyment of this beautiful town. In addition, Elsa at the front desk provided the type of warm hospitality and helpful insight that travelers appreciate and that made my stay truly memorable.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

We stayed here as a family of 5 traveling from Tzepotlan. Beautiful drive. Challenging to find but once here it is lovely...clean, simple decor with plenty of beautiful places to sit and read. A bit noisy but views of town and location is perfect. Courtyard, trees, terrace, plants...all relaxing and wonderful. Only unusual thing was we asked for either the Internet rate for two rooms or a discounted rate; they told us this was the last room with three beds available, yet the hotel is virtually empty! Nevertheless, the hotel is quite nice and we are very happy here.

Room Tip: Perhaps ask for an inside room to avoid some of the street noise (especially the fire works :-)
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Peachtree City
2 reviews
Reviewed 28 May 2013

I have been staying here for over 12 years and it has gotten better as the years go by. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. Having a restaurant inside is a big plus. It is wonderful. The hotel is very close to center of town. I feel very safe when staying here. The owner is a very special lady and a hard worker to make sure you have a great stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled on business
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Property: Hotel Los Arcos
Address: Calle Juan Ruiz de Alarcon No. 4, Taxco 40200, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Guerrero > Taxco
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#1 Family Hotel in Taxco
#1 Romantic Hotel in Taxco
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Los Arcos 4*
Number of rooms: 21
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