Surrounded by mountains covered in conifer forests of oyamel, pine and juniper, Plaza Don Gabino is located in the butterfly base of Angangueo, a historic mining town roughly 20 minutes from the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve World Heritage Site. Offering simple accommodations, authentic atmosphere and abundant local hospitality, this small hotel exudes the charm Angangueo is known for—captured in its red tile roof, plaster walls, exposed brick, carved wooden furniture and vibrantly painted walls. Potted flowers line the outdoor walkways, and an enchanting courtyard garden attracts butterfly visitors. Like all the humble accommodations in this remote village, the hotel has no central heating. While nights can be cold at this altitude, your comfort is enhanced by the wood-burning stone fireplace in the lobby, and heavy blankets and hot water bottles in your room at night. Guest rooms are spacious and colorful, with plenty of natural light, brightly painted walls, and views of the mountain behind. All rooms have en suite bathrooms and Wi-Fi, although the latter can be somewhat hit or miss. The dining room serves home-cooked local fare, and you’re sure to enjoy a warm rapport with the hotel’s friendly staff.
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