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El Macehual Brings Another Level of Relaxation

By Karla Ortiz

About 20 minutes from the city’s borders, on the way to Atotonilco, the El Macehual boutique hotel—a 10-hectare site sitting on both a hill of quartz and a field of 9,000 lavender plants—does not offer just a place stay, but a full experience of tranquility and comfort.

El Macehual, as it is today, was created in steps: Laura Verdusco initially bought the hotel property with the idea of having a weekend home. Eventually, she built rooms for her sons when they wanted to come visit. Then, as soon as she started renting those rooms out, she saw that her guests were looking for places to eat. So they opened the restaurant and a bar that now is on site.

The chefs at the restaurant are local cooks, who make everything on the breakfast and lunch menus, down to the sauces, from scratch. The tastes are simple but well seasoned and completely Mexican: chilaquiles, enchiladas, eggs to taste, mole with chicken, stuffed chiles, soups, and desserts, like garambullo ice cream.

The hotel has 6 single-story adobe cabins, two of them connected by a door. There are two swimming pools of no more than 1.40 meters deep and a special place to build bonfires to burn marshmallows or cook sausages on a starry night. Each room has two queen size beds and one bedroom with a king size bed (specifically for couples).

Another of its main attractions is the chapel at the entrance, an identical-scale replica to the chapel in the Basílica of Guadalupe, always open from 7 am to 7 pm.

With 10 acres of land, guests have options to relax, swim, or get in some exercise: they can run along the short and long trails, shower in the hotel’s colorful mosaic baths, or take a dip in one of the pools. At the moment, there is only one large lavender field, but Verdusco is preparing to plant thousands more so that people can relax with a relaxing walk through the fields.

Of course, with so much lavender, Verdusco has created a project to support the unemployed women and men of Atotonilco and its surroundings. Nowadays, the hotel already has handmade products such as lavender water, oils, masks and neck cushions. Soon they will be opening embroidery, sewing, lotion, shampoo, and soap workshops so that the people of the community can learn the craftsmanship and work in the hotel.

This Sunday, March 18, they are offering a brunch with Antonio Arrieta of the Firenze as guest chef, with a la carte dishes from 11 am to 2 pm. It’s a great opportunity to get to know these fields full of peace and harmony and cuisine that will put a smile on your face.

To attend the brunch, it is preferable to make a reservation at 415 151 1458 or 415 113 9860.


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