We already used the term “A beautiful colonial hotel” to describe the Gran Hotel in Mérida, Mexico, but the same term could be applied to Hotel Morales in Guadalajara. A welcoming property in a historical building, it is a good base for a visit to the city.
Built in the old style around several courtyards with old furniture in the public areas, it is a well-maintained example of a traditional style of Mexican hospitality.
The hotel has an excellent location in the old town, within easy walking distance of attractions, restaurants, shops and more. Despite that, on the inside it is quiet and the street noise does not disturb one’s sleep.
My room was comfortable and had what I needed without being lavish.
The bathroom had a bath, which I appreciated, although getting into it required a bit of effort. The room was very clean.
The room opened out onto one of the hotel’s beautiful courtyards, which made for a lovely start to the day in the early morning sunshine.
On the rooftop there is a smallish but functional swimming pool, as well as a room with some exercise equipment inside.
Breakfast was not included in my room rate, churlishly, but there are plenty of good, traditional Mexican restaurants, cafes and eateries offering breakfast within a few minutes’ walk.
The staff were all friendly and helpful without being intrusive.
The building has charm, the staff are helpful and the location is good: I would be happy to stay in Morales on future visits to Guadalajara.