It's difficult to believe that you find yourself in a hotel, instead of a lovely 19th century mansion, where you may enjoy any one of 15 lovely, spacious and comfortable rooms. You may also partake of the unique flavor of the hotel's restaurant, where we offer cuisine typical of the region and the best Mexican food.
This lovingly remodeled, beautiful mansion is right in the center of town. The Meson of Santa Elena will transport you to the tranquility of bygone days in an ambiance that is warm and homelike.
The building was constructed in the final decades of the 19th century, at the beginning of the period referred to as the Porfiriato. It is located on a wide and handsome cobblestoned street and flanked by magnificently preserved homes of the same period.
The Meson, which dates from the baroque period, still preserves today its hallway entrance, its carved wooden screen, and its central patio with arcades covering three of the corridors. The dining area is located under one of these arcades, next door to the kitchen.
The property includes an interior façade of exceptional beauty in the neoclassical style. Here you will find the living room with a chimney and a game table as well as a second floor accessible from the back patio that is presided over by a variety of lovely fruit trees.
The exterior façade, in a completely colonial style, is one story high. It includes tall, plastered walls, windows with wrought iron bars, and a few ornamental reliefs.
In spite of preserving each and every one of its original corners, the Meson de Santa Elena is a mansion that offers all of the benefits of our modern times, such as spacious rooms with tall ceilings, and details that highlight the beauty of past centuries. Each room has its own personality and carries the name of a local village or tourist attraction in the area.
To begin the day feeling at home, our guests may enjoy the exquisite dishes included in our now famous breakfasts. These include specialties of the of the region such as meat with chili, machacado, buttermilk, corn tamales, chilaquiles, and the traditional deserts, candies and preserves of the region.
HISTORY OF THE BUILDING
The property originally belonged to the family of Don Juan Robles Hurtado, brother of the martyr San Jose Maria Robles Hurtado. San Jose was executed on the 26th of June in 1927, in the mountains of Quila at the time of the cristera wars which occurred during the decade of the 1920's. It is said that during one period of his religious persecution the saint was hidden in an attic of his brother's home.
There is a monument to San Jose Maria Robles Hurtado in the atrium of the local church, and a shrine with relics of the saint is located in an interior altar.
The Mansion has belonged to the same family since 1989, when the Robles Sahagun family acquired it. Since then it has been meticulously restored.
In 2000 the mansion was opened to the public as the Meson de Santa Elena, for the pleasure of all its visitors.
Mascota has a unique climate, privileged and temperate all year long. If you enjoy adventure, there are no limits here with the area's many waterfalls, rivers, dams and lakes. Here you may participate in fishing, water sports, rock climbing, biking, hiking and motocross. You may even venture as far as Puerto Vallarta, the state's main beach destination that is located only 95 kms. away, passing near the historic town of San Sebastian del Oeste.