Miniview: Casa Alondra introduces notes of laid-back elegance to Morelia Mexico

Casa Alondra stands as a welcoming boutique hotel enclosed by the splendour of a 17thcentury colonial mansion, with its peaceful central courtyard –dotted with olive trees and an ancient fountain – surrounded by stone arches…

soft lighting in hotel courtyard with couches, columns and olive trees at Casa Alondra

Casa Alondra is an intimate boutique hotel — with just six rooms — is located at Galeana 271, in the heart of Morelia’s historic downtown, an area with some 249 listed monuments, including 21 churches and other buildings that together have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The property joins the portfolio of Mclean Meyer, a group specialising in internationally recognized destinations, unique domains and luxury experiences both in France—Bordeaux and Provence—and in Mexico—Zihuatanejo, Puerto Escondido, and San Miguel de Allende.

hotel guestroom with plaster walls, high ceilings and wooden beams

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The ambience emphasises comfort and serene sophistication, creating a haven that harmonises the carefully restored original structure with a palette of pale hues, reminiscent of the emblematic French Provençal style, while accentuating the character of the architectural elements with their more than 400 years of history. The rooms are notable for their high ceilings with timber beams and original tile floors, enhanced by the luminous interior design and the use of wood in warm tones together with luxury materials such as marble.

The artisan legacy of this region of Mexico receives a homage in the furniture made by master cabinetmakers from Morelia as well as specific details, such as the ceramic vases from Dolores Hidalgo that adorn the walls and the handmade bathtubs made by the smiths of Santa Clara del Cobre. Designed by the Mclean Meyer team, this new boutique hotel, located in Morelia’s historic downtown area, is distinguished by its sophisticated, unfussy style, against a backdrop of colonial architecture

bar and restaurant at casa Alondra with plaster and gold surfaces

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The roof terrace gives guests to enjoy panoramic views of the city that lies at the foot of the Sierra Madre Oriental and whose horizon is crowned by the towers of its imposing cathedral, a jewel of the vice-regal era in pink cantera stone. A stay at Casa Alondra is complemented by the menu at Restaurante Diego, where the culinary narrative is an expression of chef Dan Corona’s life, inspired by his nomadic adventures and reflecting Latin American nuances with a distinctly Mexican essence. After honing his craft at Roberto Solis’ Huniik restaurant in Merida and having been head chef at Casa Sandra boutique hotel in Holbox, Corona is revitalising Morelia’s vibrant dining scene, with a menu emphasising traceability and reflecting its proximity to the region’s bountiful produce.


Main image credit: Francisco Álvarez