The Real de Chapala Hotel in Ajijic Mexico provides a blend of old world Mexican charm and exceptional service. The hotel sits in the middle of a residential street which is lined with flowering Jacaranda trees. You wouldn’t know the hotel was located in the midst of the gorgeous houses unless you stumbled upon the hotel’s sign. With this being Mexico, it’s a blend of outdoor/indoor living space.
Since I currently live in the Phoenix area, only a few months (for me anyway) can be considered comfortable outdoor months so this was a treat. Let me give you a little background on the area. Ajijic is a mile high village so the temperature is pretty comfy. It also sits on the largest lake in Mexico…Lake Chapala…49 miles long, 12 miles wide. I was not prepared for its beauty. Seriously.
I love this street, so beautiful. I checked it out thoroughly…
All the streets in the area are cobblestone. This will get interesting when we are back during the rainy season. I feel a shift in my footwear…
The lobby has quite a few areas where you could just relax…wait for friends…people watch.
As the week progressed the hotel filled up quickly with families celebrating Samana Santa (Holy week). Those pool tables were put to good use during the week. On my way to breakfast one day there must have been a dozen people waiting to play.
The hotel has 2 pools which filled up later in the day. This was taken first thing in the morning. See the lake and mountains in the background?
The grounds are immaculate.
Lake Chapala in all its glory. I may take up kayaking…NOT. But I like the idea of it. Maybe hubby will row me round the lake in a little rowboat. That is kind of romantic. I see a rowboat in our future…
On the weekends, they have an extensive buffet with mexican and continental dishes, including an omelet bar. The food was great. I had room service a couple times and I just ordered what I wanted. I didn’t have a menu but they were able to provide what I asked for…and quickly.
The hotel has a volleyball court, soccer field, and tennis courts.
The hotel has 85 rooms and 5 suites. They are spacious and laid out nicely. Fab bathrooms. To be honest with you, somehow the room pics were deleted by accident. It may have happened somewhere near the bar when I was playing with my camera.
Not that I spent any time in the bar or bar area… Isn’t this lovely? I’ll get room pics the next time.
Can you tell I am smitten? Old world charm…the cliche fits. Now the down side, no A.C (breezes from the lake make up for that) and no hairdryers in the rooms.
If you would like a bit more info on the hotel here is the link.
This was my first time in this part of Mexico (used to visit the tourist spots on the coast a lot) and I fell in LOVE with it. If you ever have the opportunity to visit, GO FOR IT. It is like going back in time in many ways. That’s a good thing.