The revival of a 17th-century home in the artisan town of Pátzcuaro was the longtime ambition of owner Priscilla Madsen. Aptly named for that fulfillment, Mansión de los Sueños (house of dreams), located a short walk from the main plaza, now stands as a proud reminder of the splendor of this city, deeply imprinted by indigenous and colonial cultures.
Local craftsmen have respected architectural details in the restoration of the beam and "tejamanil" ceilings, extensive masonry, adobe walls and superb iron fountain. Three neoclassic-styled stone balconies announce the hotel invitingly to arriving guests.
All 11 suites have different arrangements of elegant furnishings, paintings and murals, appropriately enriched with regional handicrafts. Each has a fireplace to soften the nip of cooler evenings in a climate considered eternal spring. Creature comforts extend to an outdoor Jacuzzi and aromatherapy massage services.
Two restaurants at La Mansión de los Sueños offer international and Mexican cuisine, respectively, with live music adding flare and festivity to the gastronomic experience over the weekends.
While exploring Pátzcuaro and surrounding villages that have changed little over the last two centuries, it´s impossible not to collect at least a few treasures, such as hand-carved ornaments and rustic furniture, copper ware or perhaps a guitar. Adding to the cultural experience are archaeological sites significant to the Tarascan and Purepecha indigenous peoples, dating back to the 12th century, and the area´s breathtaking natural beauty.