My wife and I spent a week at Ex Hacienda La Petaca, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. It’s owned by an American, Andy, and managed by him and his Mexican girlfriend, Cecilia. They are both extremely accommodating and friendly, which to my thinking is important whenever traveling, especially while in a country where English is not the native tongue.
We had a car, and while not a prerequisite, makes not staying in downtown San Miguel de Allende a bit easier. It’s a ten minute drive to downtown. For those with a vehicle, the location is absolutely ideal because the Ex Hacienda is on the highway to Dolores Hidalgo, about 15 – 20 minutes away. Being out of downtown meant that we did not have to contend with downtown San Miguel de Allende traffic to get out of the city for day trips. We visited Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, and Queretaro as day trips. We didn’t have to enter San Miguel de Allende to get to highways to any of those cities, and therefore restricted our forays into San Miguel de Allende to when we wanted to sightsee and have dinner out.
Andy and Cecilia do provide morning rides into San Miguel de Allende, gratuitously. A taxi back to the hacienda is a nominal cost.
Ex Hacienda La Petaca gets highest cudos for value for your dollar. Our lodging was one of the apartment units with a full kitchen, combined living room / dining room, large bedroom with double bed, and adjoining washroom with make-up table just outside it. We had the option of a suite with a king bed, but decided upon this unit because of the spaciousness and full kitchen.
Andy is still working on his landscaping and some of the hacienda restoration, as the website suggests. He’s ecologically and environmentally friendly, and is working towards a complete sustainability model, also indicated on the website. While there is ongoing work at the hacienda, there were never any disturbances regarding noise, and the employees on site were always courteous and friendly ... but their presence went virtually un-noticed. The hotel itself is distinct from the actual hacienda, and is completely functional and complete, so there should be no concern about the condition of the available accommodations, for either units in the hotel, or the casita which is a separate building.
The accommodation environs is more in the nature of a ranch or guest house facility, than a hotel. Andy and Cecilia have chickens, horses, organic vegetables under cultivation, etc. And the vistas from the top of the hiking trail are quite lovely.
The facility should suit all types of vacationers (except those seeking five-star accommodations), but it is particularly welcoming for those with families or pets, the adventuresome, those ecologically conscious, and travelers who can appreciate being close to nature, open spaces, and of course a bit of Mexican history.
Without a doubt, we’ll be back. The hospitality was remarkable.