Written and submitted by Michael S. Lewis
We discovered this lovely hotel (actually read about it in Lonely Planet) last March on our way to Cozumel. It was pretty rainy so we didn’t walk around the grounds. But, it’s a lovely hotel, and when our flexible schedule put us in the area, we didn’t hesitate to return.
This area is blessed with a mild climate and a fair amount of rain. The gardens at the hotel, which has been in the same family for 60 years, are loaded with orchids and bromeliads, among other flowers and plants.
The rooms are nice and comfortable, but the hotel is well know for their breakfast. With homemade marmalades and fruit juices, organic eggs, local bread and coffee, and wonderful red, green and mole sauces for eggs.
During our two mornings, the dining room (which has a view of Mexico’s highest peak, Pico de Orizaba) fills with guests and locals (businessmen and ladies who-do-breakfast) who politely nod and offer “buen provecho” (good appetite) as they pass your table.
The coffee is rich and subtle and really doesn’t need cream or sugar, the strawberry juice is delicious, the toasted bread with butter and pineapple or lemon marmalade is so good that you can’t stop eating it, and the huevos, regardless of the style are terrific. Especially good was the Salsa de Huevo, eggs scrambled in a bowl with a red chile sauce.
We were just passing through and only planned to stay one night, but Hurricane Karl and Tropical Storm Matthew had dropped a lot of rain in the area to the east and the mountains of Chiapas to the south, and the roads between us and the next days travel were flooded. So we stayed a second night to see if the waters would subside.
The owner graciously made calls, and found a route to the north of the flooding, on higher ground, closer to the Gulf, and then made a reservation for us at Laguna Catemaco, a lakeside town that is a popular spot in the state of Veracruz.
So, with full, happy tummies, we headed out for an easy 3.5 hour drive to Catemaco.