Family Hotel Review: Meson de Leyendas, Valle de Bravo, Mexico
A cheery little hotel in the centre of beautiful Valle de Bravo, ideal for a first time visit to this popular weekend getaway.
Best For: Homely family accommodation; kids of all ages.
Reviewed by: Katja Gaskell
Why You’ll Love It
El Mesón de Leyendas (The House of Legends) is a friendly little hotel in central Valle de Bravo, a pueblo magico (magical town), positioned just 145km from Mexico City. It’s a pretty colonial town that looks and feels like an Alpine village with a smorgasbord of adventure sports to boot. Centred around a lake, this is where the capital’s residents come at the weekend to go boating, kayaking, fishing, water-skiing, paragliding and more.
We visited for a weekend escape from Mexico City and the hotel was a great base from which to explore Valle de Bravo (or simply, “Valle”). The property started life as a village inn and was later a convent and then a home for local artists. These days it’s a convivial Bed and Breakfast where the creaky wooden stairs and wooden shuttered windows only add to the charm.
The rooms are extremely comfortable with plenty of mod cons and there’s a very good breakfast buffet included in the rate. In fact, the only downside to El Mesón de Leyendas, is that it is not positioned on the lake nor does it offer any particular activities. If you’re looking for an adrenalin-charged weekend, then this is not the hotel to choose. If, however, you want a friendly hotel from which to explore the town of Valle itself, then definitely come here.
Why The Kids Will Love It
El Mesón de Leyendas is one of those hotels that doesn’t really offer anything in particular for kids and yet my children loved the place. From our room, with their very own mezzanine-level bedroom, to the endless breakfast buffet with as many pan dulce (pastries) as they could manage, they could not have been happier.
It really is a fun little hotel for kids to explore and the garden and central courtyard (where breakfast can be enjoyed, weather permitting) proved a good stomping ground for our two. Our room opened onto a small terrace with a Jacuzzi, which proved another hit with the kids.
Valle itself is a fun place for families. Little kids will enjoy boat rides on the lake and older children and teens can make the most of the various adventure sports on offer from go-karts and motocross to kayaking and windsurfing. Nearby to Valle is the Santuario de la Mariposa Monarca (Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary), another great place to take the family.
The hotels has 13 rooms, each with a unique feature whether that be a fireplace, a terrace or direct access to the garden. The rooms are simple but extremely comfortable. They all come with the following amenities: flat screen television, cable access, coffee maker, microwave oven, mini-fridge, a large selection of movies (at no extra charge), security box, wireless internet, work desk, iPod dock, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. The Superior deluxe rooms boast beautiful glass fireplaces.
Additionally, some rooms include a hydro-massage tub.
The rooms are divided as follows:
Room No. 1: 2 Queen size beds (max occupancy 4)
Room No. 2: 1 Full bed (max occupancy 2)
Room No. 3: 1 Queen size bed + Full Futon (max occupancy 4)
Room No. 9: 1 Queen size bed + 2 Twin beds (max occupancy 4)
Room No. 10: 1 Queen size bed (max occupancy 2)
Superior Deluxe Rooms
Room No. 4: 2 Queen size beds + 2 Twin beds (max occupancy 6)
Room No. 5: 1 Queen size bed + 4 Twin beds (max occupancy 6)
Room No. 6: 1 Queen size bed + 2 Twin beds (max occupancy 4)
Room No. 7: 1 Queen size bed + 2 Twin beds (max occupancy 4)
Room No. 8: 3 Queen size beds (max occupancy 6)
Room No. 11: 1 Queen size bed + 1 Futon (max occupancy 3)
Room No. 12: 1 Queen size bed + 1 Twin bed (max occupancy 3)
Room No. 13: 1 Queen size bed + 1 Twin bed (max occupancy 3)
Best Rooms For Families: There is a huge selection of accommodation for families, even large families, which we love! We stayed in Room No. 7 when we visited, which features a mezzanine level with two twin beds and a small terrace with a jacuzzi.
El Mesón de Leyendas operates as a Bed and Breakfast and a generous breakfast buffet is provided every morning that includes pan dulce (pastries), fruit, fresh fruit juices and traditional hot Mexican breakfasts include chilaquiles, frijoles, and more. Coffee and tea are also provided. No other meals are served but there are plenty of very good restaurants in Valle de Bravo for lunch and dinner.
Activities for Parents The hotel offers a taxi cab tour of the town but otherwise you will need to organise your own fun (although the hotel can make recommendations and help to book activities). Fortunately, there is a lot to do in Valle.
Activities include: boat rides of the lake, water-skiing, kayaking, wind surfing, sailing, fishing, horseback riding, paragliding, jet skiing, motocross, go-karts, golf and much more.
Around town it’s worth visiting the Mercado de Artesanías (Artesanal Market), Maranatha (Spiritual Center for Barefoot Carmelites) and Iglesia de Santa María del Cristo Negro (Temple of Saint Mary of Ahuacatlan, featuring the Black Christ).
El Santuario de la Mariposa Monarca (Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary) is nearby and well worth visiting (January and February are the best months).
Activities for Kids Valle is a wonderful destination for older kids and teens who can participate in all the activities offered. Younger kids will enjoy boat rides on the lake and visiting the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, truly one of nature’s most incredible spectacles.
Common rooms, doctors & hospitals, laundry service, no spa but massages available, travel desk, WiFi.
Weekday rates for a Standard Room (double) start at US $80. Weekend rates for the same room start from US $125. Superior Room weekday rates begin at US $100 and are from US $145 at weekends. Weekend rates are also applicable throughout the month of July. On holidays, rates increase by $250.00 MXN
Complimentary breakfast buffet.
Welcome Cocktail in Superior Deluxe rooms on weekends.
Rates do not include local taxes.
Children under 5 years of age stay for free.
Please contact the hotel directly for an exact quote based on your family’s requirements.
When to go:
Valle de Bravo enjoys year-round good weather although it can get chilly in winter months. Average temperatures hover around 17.5 °C (63.50 °F). The coldest it can get is 1.3°C (34.34°F) and the hottest is 32°C (89.60°F). June to September sees the most rain, but these months are also the warmest resulting in occasionally humid weather.
January and February are the best months for witnessing the Monarch butterflies.
Valle de Bravo is an extremely popular weekend retreat for the capital’s residents. Make sure to time your journey right so that you are not stuck in horrendous traffic jams! The town is particularly busy over long weekends and holidays.
Location & Travel:
Valle de Bravo is a town in the State of Mexico, located 145km southwest of Mexico City. Drive time from the capital should be approximately 2 hours.
The Licenciado Adolfo López Mateos International Airport in Toluca is 103 km from Valle. Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport is 167 km.
Contact The Hotel
For more information or to make a booking enquiry, visit the hotel’s own website by following the link below:
Reviewer’s Top Tips!
1) Valle de Bravo gets very busy at weekends, time your trip accordingly and don’t expect to drive your car once you’re in town.
2) Make sure to take a boat ride, a trip on the lake is the best way to get a feel for the town.
3) Make friends with someone who has a house on the water’s edge (preferably who also owns a boat!).
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