Casa de la Real Aduana
At a Glance
An exquisitely restored listed house filled with beautiful art and antiques
The warmth and hospitality of Didier and Emma, and the thoughtful little touches
A real feeling of calm and serenity, especially in the courtyard gardens
The hotel only accepts adults due to the value of many of the art pieces
Explore the rich cultural traditions of Patzcuaro and the surrounding lakeside villages
Best time to Visit
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The Colonial Highlands are blessed with a spring-like climate year-round. The average day is brisk in the morning, warm and sunny in the afternoon and cool at night. Winter days are warm (in the 20s C), although you may require a sweater after the sun goes down. April and May tend to be hot and dry. Expect brief afternoon showers 3 or 4 times a week from June to mid-October. Rains are typically heaviest in July and August.
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One of Mexico's undiscovered gems, the Casa de la Real Aduana is a place you might dream about, a lovingly cared for and serenely beautiful retreat filled with art and antiques, which provides a charming base for exploring amazing Patzcuaro.
The Casa de la Real Aduana is one of Mexico’s oldest buildings, formerly a 16th-century customs house, but magically transformed into a gorgeous five-room boutique hotel that makes a captivating base for exploring the dynamic cultural traditions and architecture of Patzcuaro and its nearby lakeside villages.
Owners Didier and Gemma, a French-Mexican couple, are both artists with a passion for the cultural heritage of Patzcuaro and Michoacan, and they will welcome you warmly into their exquisitely tasteful house packed full of gorgeous artifacts and antiques. You will instantly feel at home.
The location could hardly be bettered, on a quiet street just two minutes’ walk from one of Mexico’s most attractive plazas, and there are plenty of charming restaurants, tiendas and boutiques to visit. The hotel’s five rooms are all individually styled and reflect the artistic talent of the owners - each is stunningly decorated with antiques and modern pieces of art. Carefully revealed original ceiling decorations, original wooden doors and beams, terracotta or wooden floors and beautiful antiques and modern art combine with plasma TVs and gorgeous bathrooms to offer the very best kind of synthesis between old and new.
The living room-cum-library is filled with rare books, a grand piano and countless objets d’art and artifacts, and Didier will happily discuss these, and engage you in the rich local heritage, of which he is inordinately knowledgeable. Breakfasts are served in a dining room with a phenomenal art collection, and dinners can also be arranged with 24 hours’ notice.
Outside, a number of courtyards, patios and terraces are planted with exotic flowers and shrubs, and the small pools and Japanese-inspired found rocks and stones breathe out an atmosphere of utter serenity and pleasure.
Casa de la Real Aduana works closely with an excellent guiding company, who can take you deeper into the cultural traditions of the region. Patzcuaro is famed throughout Mexico as the home of the most authentic Day of the Dead celebrations, so book well in advance if you would like to witness this very special occasion. But virtually any time of year holds some kind of fiesta. The local Purhepecha Indians produce some of the most varied arts and crafts in Mexico, working in fabrics, copper, wood, stone, and clay, all of which make fabulous purchases. Further afield, there are pre-Hispanic and colonial towns to explore, visits to the Monarch Butterfly sanctuaries, and you can also visit the extraordinary town of Parangaricutiro, buried in the lava of Paricutin volcano.
Casa de la Real Aduana has four rooms and one suite. They are all exquisitely decorated and named after a different composer or artist. One of the rooms has twin beds, whilst the others all have king size beds. The rooms feature superb art collection and antique furniture which gives them a personality. Rooms have a flat screen TV, DVD and CD collection, hairdryer and WiFi.
Children are not permitted to come and stay at Casa de la Real Aduana, this is due to the high number of valuable art work and antiques present at the hotel. It has been designed with adults in mind.
The Casa de la Real Aduana has a restaurant (24-hour advanced reservation needed), concierge, Wi-Fi, private transportation, and therapeutic massages can be arranged in room.
A delicious and fulfilling breakfast is served in the charming dining room. Dinner can be arranged and tailored to your preferences. Locally sourced ingredients are used to create tasty dishes, cheese and wine can be eaten in comfort by the fireplace at the end of the evening.
During your stay at Casa de la Real Aduana, explore the rich cultural traditions of Patzcuaro, visit the lakeside villages to source authentic Indian artifacts, or see the ancient pyramids of Tzintzuntzan. Head out to the high sierras to see orchids, or marvel at the monarch butterfly sanctuaries.
Day of the Dead
Patzcuaro has arguably the best Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico. From cultural festivals to offerings of food and flowers to dead relatives, the Day of the Dead is an eye-opening entry into ancient beliefs. Book very early if you would like to go.
Exclusive Morelia city tour with family cookery class
This fun, interactive cookery class will get kids stuck in to create delicious local delicacies. Begin with a tour of historic Morelia, visiting key highlights with a private guide before creating your own mouthwatering tamales. Exclusive to Scott Dunn.
Scott Dunn Exclusive: Mexican pottery family experience
A perfect introduction to Mexican culture, this family excursion will take you to explore some of the most charming colonial islands and villages, offering the chance to create your own artesanias. A fun and hands-on experience, exclusive to Scott Dunn.
Location & directions
Casa de la Real Aduana is a boutique hotel located in the heart of Colonial Patzcuaro. The hotel is surrounded by Purhepecha Indian villages, pre-Hispanic pyramids and Colonial convents. Patzcuro's celebrated lake is also nearby.
How to get there
11-hour 15-minute flight to Mexico followed by a 5-hour transfer. Alternatively fly into Morelia, and Patzcuaro is 80 minutes away by road.