The architecture remaining from the middle of the last century

"el angel azul" is a charming Hacienda Inn housed in the former historical State Courthouse building. This beautifully restored landmark is centrally located in the colonial quarter of La Paz. Its lush central court yard, known for its hummingbirds and local cacti, is a small sanctuary where you can experience a quiet and peaceful day in the middle of downtown, some blocks from the Malecon (Waterfront), the old cathedral, shops and restaurants. All nine double rooms and the second floor suite, are hand decorated with pigments from Queretaro, and mosaics from Puebla. (Wireless works faithfully and free throughout the garden and all the rooms.) This comfortable and friendly Hacienda offers a very private and truly Mexican experience in one of the most unforgettable cities in the Baja peninsula.

"el angel azul" preserves the roots of the architecture remaining from the middle of the last century. With its French windows and seven-point arches it shows up the geometrical lines typical of the style of that time. The building formerly was the district court house and has been abandoned for 20 years before it was restored in keeping with its historic value.

As you enter the hacienda you can see the ancient walls, covered with washed paint based on natural pigments. You also can enjoy the courtyard that has been turned into a botanical garden with its many species of cactus and other desert plants.

These are just a few of the details that make "el angel azul" a fascinating place that recovers the spirit of the culture of La Paz. "el angel azul" is located a block behind the Cathedral in the center of the city.

By Roswitha Mueller