Hacienda Hotel & Spa
Hotel Torres del Fuerte is located
on a side street near the Plaza de Armas the Hotel Torres del Fuerte is a
labor of love.
and operated by the Torres family this 400 year old casona was home to this
family for generations prior to being remodeled into a hotel in 2006.
your meals in the open air dining patio or in the dining room with it's
colonial ambiance. Have happy-hour around El Portal bar & lounge,
sipping on your favorite local beverage enjoying the beautiful gardens.
special category, boutique hacienda hotel & spa, has excellent service
and meals and a charm second to none. Take time to enjoy this colonial
town....you will love it as well as the canyons.
hotel features 25 exquisitely decorated rooms, an elegant gourmet
restaurant, a lounge bar and even a day spa, and it is surrounded by
peaceful gardens with water ponds.
Feel at home at Sinaloa's Torres del Fuerte Hotel
By Diana Dawson, Special to The Los
Angeles Times 09:23 AM PDT, October 10, 2007
Sinaloa's Torres del Fuerte
Hotel, featuring Latin American art and lovely grounds, has been restored,
with materials made WHAT: Torres
del Fuerte Hotel
102 Rodolfo G. Robles, El Fuerte, Sinaloa, Mexico
WHY TAKE A DETOUR:
As you stroll down a quiet, cobblestone street in El Fuerte, Mexico, the
front of one simple home is indistinguishable from the next. Then you step
through the unpretentious white stucco entrance to Torres del Fuerte Hotel
and enter an oasis. Jesús Torres, 62, grasps your hands and says,
"Welcome to my family's hacienda."
The portico, supported by pillars of 200-year-old, hand-carved limestone,
doubles as a gallery of Latin American art. Statues woven from grasses
harvested from Lake Pátzcuaro blend with oil paintings and colonial Mexican
antiques. Water flows from a handmade aqueduct above the portico, cascading
from a lion's mouth onto a mermaid's tail in a shallow pool below. Peach and
rose bougainvillea cling to the courtyard walls near a pond where a dozen
ducklings form a flotilla behind their mother. Torres strolls to a nearby
tree to pick fresh limes for your welcoming beer. The homestead, once
abandoned, has been restored, using materials made when the Torreses'
ancestors owned the property nearly 200 years ago. The palapa bar is slatted
with timbers from the ruins of Mexican kitchens salvaged from the
countryside. You can still see smoke stains from meals cooked a century ago.
"We didn't want the phony, cliché Mexican look," says Francisco
Torres, 37, who with his mother designed the interior. "A house like
this would have been built by a wealthy landowner and silver trader who
would travel to Europe. With pride, he would point out the art he had
brought back from Paris, Morocco or China. It's an eclectic mix of New and
Reach El Fuerte (90 minutes east of Los Mochis) by Copper Canyon Railway.
When you make your hotel reservation, ask the Torreses to send a taxi to the
station at your arrival time. It's also possible to reach El Fuerte by bus
or private plane.
011-52-698-893-1974, hotelestorres.com If you are in El Fuerte, the Torres
family welcomes you to visit the gallery and grounds. If you decide to stay,
rates for the 25 rooms are $100 for a single and $120 for a double. When the
spa and swimming pool are complete next year, rates will be $130 and $170.
Bonifacio's, a small gourmet restaurant in the old chapel, requires
Lonely Planet review
Francisco Torres has
turned his family's 400-year-old hacienda into beautiful boutique hotel. A
gorgeous ménage-á-trois of colonial relic, rustic elegance and
contemporary art characterizes this new property, from the rescued antique
doors to the excavated original columns to the recycled bricks and beams.
All 25 rooms are uniquely themed, many with beautiful slate bathrooms and
exposed adobe and brick walls.
The bar and restaurant are housed within
an old foreman's house and ancient Jesuit-built chapel.For the same price,
it would be unthinkable not to stay here over Posada del Hidalgo.
TORRES DEL FUERTE
FROM FODOR’S TRAVEL
FUERTE, SINALOA – JULY 25, 2009
HOTEL TORRES DEL FUERTE has been recognized by Fodor’s Travel, the
foremost name in travel publishing, as a 2009 Fodor’s
Choice selection. This
distinction represents a remarkable achievement and recognizes HOTEL
TORRES DEL FUERTE as a leader in its field for service, quality, and
value in the 2009 year. see full press
Fuerte, Sinaloa, Mexico
The Gateway to Copper Canyon. El Fuerte was founded
in 1564 by Spanish conquistador Don Francisco de Ibarra, the first
explorer in the treasures of the Western Sierra Madre mountains. In
1610 a fort was built to ward off the fierce Zuaque and Tehueco
Indians, who constantly harassed the Soaniards. El Fuerte was the
gateway to the last frontiers of northern Indian territories of
Sonora, Arizona and California.
After subduing the Sinaloa Zaque and
Tahueco Indians, the settlement flourish. For the next three
centuries it was the most important commercial and agricultural
center of the vast northern region of Mexico. El Fuerte became a
major trading post for silver miners and gold seekers from the
Urique, Batopilas and Rain of gold mines in the nearby Sierra Madre.
In 1824, El Fuerte became the capitol of what
is now the states of Sonora, Sinaloa and a part of Arizona. It
remained for several years. There is much rich history in and around
El Fuerte. You can be sure that a historical walk around this
picturesque colonial city of about 30,000 people is a very rewarding
The Copper Canyon, nestled in the Sierra Madre
range, is actually several large canyons boasting a grandeur four
times larger then the Grand Canyon, in Arizona, although different
in nature; narrower, deeper and more verdant. Homeland to the
reclusive Tarahumara Indians, the Sierra Madre is rich in history
and legend, haunted by the restless shadows of fallen warriors,
martyred Jesuits and Pancho Villa's army.
The Copper Canyon qualifies unquestionably
for national park and world heritage status. This world famous
Canyon system is one of Mexico's natural, cultural and historic
wonders. The canyon and ridges, covers over 25,000 miles of
Rivers born in the high pine forest have
carves a 10,000 mile maze of spectacular steep-walled gorges into
the volcanic rock of the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountain range.
Standing on a canyon rim surrounded by pine-oak woodland, you look
down on a giant cactus and tropical trees over 5000 feet below.
Watered by summer thunder storms, the
canyon country is a virtual planet of greens highlighted by the reds
and yellows of the dense oaks in spring and fields of wildflowers in
MaAll Copper Canyon trips are on the
historic Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad "El CHEPE". The
train winds its way from the Pacific Ocean up to the heart of the
canyon's scenic splendor. built over a 90 years period, this
world-famous railroad is an engineering masterpiece. It has been
called" the most dramatic train ride in the western
Most tours travel the most exciting part of
the railroad, from sea level at Los Mochis, Sinaloa, to the highest
portion of the line at creel, Chihuahua. Here you are near the top
of the Sierra Madre range at 8,000 feet elevation. railroad trips go
all the way to Chihuahua City.
The CHEPE railroad made the canyons accessible
for tourist to enter this area long inhabited by the reclusive
Tarahumara Indians. These samall, shy natives are famed for their
long distance running ability. Some 50,000 Raramuri (people of the
swift running feet) - as they call themselves -live in caves and
other primitive dwellings, much as their ancestors have for the last
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