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“Beautiful hotel, a little expensive for what you get”
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Los Juaninos
Ranked #14 of 65 Hotels in Morelia
Certificate of Excellence
michigan
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396 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 280 helpful votes
“Beautiful hotel, a little expensive for what you get”
Reviewed 12 March 2007

This is a beautifully restored hotel. It is so tastefully done, inside and out. The hallways inside the hotel are spacious and beautifully decorated. There's no clutter in this building, just lovely furnishings. It's gorgeous, just like the rest of the old city.

The hotel is built around two interior courtyards, both of which are used for other commercial purposes (banks). Thus the courtyards are glassed off on the inside and remain quiet for the guests. Its an interesting arrangement that illustrates how historic buildings are used for multiple functions in this city.

We stayed in a "superior" room, a euphemism to indicate the smallest and cheapest rooms in the hotel. Lodging in this hotel, however, is not cheap. In my view it's quite expensive --- we paid 2083 pesos per night. Our room (108) was very pretty, nicely decorated, uncluttered, but certainly one of the smallest. It had a windowed-double door that opened onto a micro-balcony with a view of the cathedral. A very pretty view at night, although very noisy. The window in this room was not centered so it didn't have the spacious feel of the rooms that are shown on the website.

We had dinner once in the rooftop restaurant. It is very modern and chi-chi in its decor and atmosphere. Food was good, but there are many good restaurants in this city. It's also on the expensive side.

The downsides to this hotel? The location. It is on a busy street and the street noise is extremely loud all night long. It's mostly traffic noise--noisy cars, exhaust, sirens, etc. In addition, the bells to the cathedral are loud and they seem to ring every 15 minutes, even at night. I woke up one time and counted the bell ringing about 16 times. I never figured out the system, but they ring a lot and are loud. So beware.

The other downside is communication with the managment. I made a reservation over the web, confirmed over phone, and then got an email confirmation. The email confirmation included one day too many and I tried emailing and phoning to correct it--I was worried that I would be charged for an extra night. I called the hotel 4 times and emailed twice. I never got a response from the reservation manager. In the end, it did not end up being a problem, but I would have appreciated knowing that.

The upsides? Lovely place, although I thought it was expensive for what we got. For that reason alone I probably would not stay there again.

Stayed March 2007
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South Florida, Florida
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Reviewed 30 August 2006

The Hotel Los Juaninos, originally a bishop's palace dating back to the 18th century, was restored to a modern hotel in 1998. We discovered the hotel on [--] and were attracted by the location in the center of Morelia , directly across from the main cathedral.

At check-in, we were fortunate to secure suite#106, an expansive second floor corner location offering two small balconies. one of which faced the cathedral (this was great, since each Saturday night the square around the cathedral is blocked from motorized traffic and crowds gather to observe a light and fireworks show choregraphed to music).....we stood on a balcony and had a superior view!

The suite was lavishly furnished with period reproductions and spacious. The ceilings were at least 25 feet high. Being a corner location in the center of a busy town, there is a bit of traffic noise (we've learned years ago the value of traveling with ear plugs).

The staff were great, always attentive and made our stay even more enjoyable.

The restaurant and bar are located on the roof and offer a nice selection of food and drinks (and the view of the city is delightful at night).

There are less expensive hotel alternatives in Morelia, but why not live it up for a couple of nights and feel special!!

  • Liked — character and location
  • Disliked — a little traffic noise
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled as a couple
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Austin.Tx
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Reviewed 6 April 2006

It was May when I stayed there. It was a very warm night without A/C and I really couldn't open the window because it was too noisy outsid (saturday night). So avoid it during the warm season.

  • Stayed May 2005
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Tulsa
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Reviewed 25 June 2005

We were promised the Master Suite at a reduced rate, but when we arrived, we were taken to a regular room with no explanation. We noticed that the beautiful open areas in the hotel were inexplicably hermetically sealed from floor to ceiling with decorative glass. This negated the old building's original design and totally eliminated any movement of air. The entire hotel was very hot and stuffy.

When we arrived in our room, we noticed that it was at least 85 degrees...and no air conditioning. The only attempt at comfort was a small ceiling fan over one of the twin beds about 18 feet up...way too high to be effective.

The room fronted the main street and plaza, so the noise was unbelievable until about midnight. We were forced into a terribleCatch 22...if we shut the doors to the balcony open, we had incredible noise. If we shut it, the temperature quickly rose to about 85-90. We choose the noise over the heat, but THEN, about 12:30am, the noise from a wedding party in the hotel started up. This went on until 4am, with no effort on the part of Los Juaninos to quiet their guests.

The room was large, but had burned out bulbs and a small bathroom. The TV was about 20 feet away and was an old 20 incher.

The rooftop restaurant could have been great, but when we arrived for breakfast, ALL the sliding doors were closed, and this on a beautiful morning.These people seem to enjoy that closed in feeling. The service in the restaurant was slow...it took 15 minutes to get coffee.

We complained about the wrong room, the noise and the heat when checking out and only received a mild "sorry". No offer of any adjustment at all. I paid cash, but at check-in, they wanted a credit card for guarantee. That was no problem, but when I got home, I found out that they had put a hold on my card for $550.00 for a week!

Oh yeah, the final insult: we found out that the wedding party that kept us up all night... were the people who the hotel gave our promised suite to!!!

DON"t believe the positive reviews! This place is a nightmare!

  • Stayed May 2005
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Reviewed 22 March 2005

Stayed for 2 Nights... Service is Excellent, People are very friendly, we loved this hotel... The house is fabuolous.. The Location is perfect in fact, you can have dinner on the terrace and you have a wonderful view of Morelia's centro. The service on the restaurant is excellent.. Hotel is worth is, if you go to Morelia stay in Juaninos...

  • Stayed March 2005
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washington, dc
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115 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2005

We spent 4 nights at Los Juaninos last week. I chose it solely on the strength of the single rave review on this site. Was set to stay at the Virrey Mendoza till I read the review from Texas poster. Thought the Virrey looked quite pretty though too.

We loved Los Juaninos and aren't sure why it hasn't had press anywhere in travel books or on line review sites. Our rooms had very high ceilings, lots of charm, and nice baths. The rooftop restaurant, La Azotea, had the best food we found in Morelia. We ate two dinners and two terrific breakfasts there. And its outside bar, with dead on view of Morelia's fabulous cathedral, was terrific. Every Saturday night there's a fireworks display, with music, over the cathedral -- and the building is lit incrementally over a half hour. People line the street in front to see it. We had the best view in town from the hotel bar!! Service was great in both the hotel and restaurant. We had them call cabs, arrange drivers, and help us make phone calls. Thanks to the previous poster for turning us on to Los Juaninos. We also recommend it highly. And Morelia is gorgeous!

  • Stayed February 2005
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Reviewed 1 December 2004

My husband and I were travelling to Morelia with two friends and wanted a nice hotel in the center of town. Fortunately my father-in-law was living in Morelia for six months and we enlisted him in some on-the-ground investigation. While the Villa Virrey de Mendoza got the rave reviews on this site, my father-in-law visited both it and the Hotel Los Juaninos and reported that the Los Juaninos was his pick. While the Virrey de Mendoza has the more impressive lobby (it's an enclosed courtyard), the Los Juaninos is a 1700s palace that was restored in 1998 and is absolutely beautiful.

The service is excellent, and the hotel and its rooms are grand. You can see photos of it at the Hotel Los Juaninos English website (just Google on "hotel los juaninos"). We had the Los Arcos suite with two beds, albeit no view of the Cathedral.

The restaurant on the top floor of the hotel has great views of the Cathedral and features outdoor seating for cocktails (and great margaritas -- and that's a substantive compliment coming from a Texan). It also had a nice restaurant -- the service was professional but relaxed, the atmosphere was very modern and tasteful, and the food was good (we didn't have any dinners in Morelia that we considered excellent by metropolitan U.S. standards including the Virrey de Mendoza, whose restaurant was not as good as Los Juaninos).

I highly recommend the Hotel Los Juaninos. We were very happy that we chose it over the other hotels in Morelia we had considered, and I'm surprised I'm the first person to have reviewed it. I hope to spread the word about this great hotel by the Cathedral.

  • Stayed November 2004
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Property: Los Juaninos
Address: Avenida Morelos sur 39, Morelia 58000, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Central Mexico and Gulf Coast > Michoacan > Morelia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Morelia
#9 Business Hotel in Morelia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Los Juaninos 4*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riginally a 17th-century noble palace, Los Juaninos was converted into a superb 30-room hotel in 1998 when it was renovated with all modern facilities and comforts. Yet this landmark building faithfully retains its architectural grandeur, harmonizing with surrounding Spanish colonial buildings of Morelia's Historic Center which, in its entirety, is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to UNESCO, these aristocratic buildings "reflect the town's architectural history, revealing a masterly and eclectic blend of the medieval spirit with Renaissance, Baroque and neoclassical elements." The hotel's impressive facade and lobby, thick stone walls, graceful stairways and arched hallways combine with guestrooms and suites, each one distinct, forming an ambience reminiscent of Morelia's glorious past. Balconied windows have breathtaking close-up views of Morelia's cathedral: the varying shades of its pink quarry stone facade by day; glowing magnificently at dusk; and dramatically illuminated at night. The city's tree-lined main square is just across the street, a vibrant setting in the heart of Morelia, capital of the State of Michoacan. History At the end of the seventeenth century, the Captain General of New Spain and Bishop Juan Ortega y Montanez ordered the construction of the opulent Bishop's Palace in this privileged location of Morelia. Then, in 1700, the Bishop granted the building to the religious order of Los Juaninos who converted it into the Royal Hospital of San Juan de Dios which they maintained for over a century. In 1857 the building was sold to private individuals, and in 1886 it was transformed by architect Guillermo Wotton de Corinne, influenced by fashionable romantic architectural style, into the most luxurious hotel of the period, the Hotel Oseguera. It catered to first-class passengers traveling on the new railway from Mexico City to Morelia. Finally, in 1998 the building was restored to its original splendor and reopened as the Hotel Los Juaninos, with its antique French furnishings, rich fabrics, and art-nouveau stained-glass windows, as well as modern facilities including an elevator. Hotel Los Juaninos has continually undergone renovations and enhancements during the past decade. Morelia has played an important role in the history of Mexico. It was the birthplace of several heroes of the Mexican Independence, September 16, 1810, a date that is celebrated spectacularly here. ... more   less 
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