Located in San Pedro Tlaquepaque, Jalisco
Mexico, Casa de las Flores is the creation of a bilingual
American and Mexican partnership-Stan Singleton, an artist and
chef who moved to Mexico in 1978, and José Gutierrez, a
native Guadalajaran, accountant and avid gardener. After
travels in Africa, the Middle East, North America and Europe,
they imagined a traveler's oasis, a hospitable place to relax
and absorb the art and culture of Mexico. Starting with a 19th
century adobe home and expanding into a neighboring property,
the resident partners set out to create a bed & breakfast
hotel that combined the best of both - the security, comfort
and privacy of a hotel and the charm, exceptional food and
personal service of a B&B.
Named one of the world's ten best places to
stay in a San Francisco Chronicle readers' poll and praised in
the Washington Post, Casa de las Flores is also a guidebook
favorite for Guadalajara. Such public recognition is welcome,
but a better measure of guest satisfaction is that people who
stay once often return-typically half the guests at Casa de
las Flores have come back to experience a bit of the magic of
living in Mexico.
From the street, in typical Mexican
fashion, Casa de las Flores reveals little of what's beyond
the front door. Inside are seven spacious guest rooms designed
by an award-winning architect, each with private bath. Rooms
feature handcrafted furniture and regional folk art by local
artisans. Windows overlook the sun-splashed central garden of
vivid flowers, where guests relax by the fountain or under a
palm by the outdoor fireplace.
Stan and José, along with their
staff of eight, welcome guests each morning with a gourmet
breakfast and willingly share local information necessary for
a successful business or vacation day.
Travel to and from the airport and within
the city is convenient, yet the short walk from Casa de las
Flores to the center of Tlaquepaque is a destination unto
itself. Tlaquepaque retains its original character as a
colonial-era village famous for ceramics, mariachi music, fine
food and folk art-an island of centuries-old charm amidst the
modern city. Lake Chapala, the Tonala market and the
distilleries at Tequila are nearby, but many travelers prefer
the shopping, people- watching and music in Tlaquepaque as
much as more ambitious journeys.
After enjoying the attractions of
Tlaquepaque or beyond, guests of Casa de las Flores return to
a peaceful residential neighborhood, where visitors gain
insights into daily life. Children in their school uniforms
along the morning sidewalks, evening bells from the chapel on
the corner, neighbors buying supper at Doña Victoria's
nightly stand-small moments that make memorable visits.
To make your Mexico vacation memorable,
contact Casa de las Flores today.