Welcome to Casa LereéThe blue colonial adobe near the plaza of San Ignacio was built by French pioneer Plácido Leree for his wife Matilde du Claud and their large family. Their daughter Chala welcomed guests and the house became San Ignacio's first guest house or casa de huéspedes. Today this small hotel continues to provide a welcome haven. Casa Lereé offers three comfortable rooms:
La Hermosa: The bedroom of the adobe has a queen-sized bed; an adjacent small bedroom with double futon bed; a private bath with shower; and use of the kitchen in the house. $75.
Piso Rojo: A small room with a double bed, toilet and sink. French doors open at the foot of the bed into the garden under old bougainvilleas. $40.*
La Cocinita: A bedroom with a double bed and a long cot and small kitchen appliances, which opens onto the garden. $40.*
*The two garden rooms share a bath with shower, opening on the garden.
The barn next to the home is now the living room for guests. The large walled garden offers several private seating areas, with parking above within the gates. A small stream runs through the garden, the old irrigation channel or acequia of the mission. Dogs are welcome. No TV, no A/C. Payment may be made in U. S. Dollars or pesos. No personal checks, travelers checks or VISA. Please know that San Ignacio has no bank or ATM and travelers' are often inconvenienced by lack of cash.
The bookstore, gallery of the work of local artisans and exhibit of old photos of San Ignacio are open to the public from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. to 8 p.m and offer the visitor a chance to learn about the area. An information map of San Ignacio and trail maps are available for visitors.
Directions: Turn left as you pass in front of the mission church and left again at the back of the plaza. You will see Casa Lereé on your right half a block from the plaza. The house is long and bright blue. The entrance is around the corner through the garden gate. Call '¡Hola Juanita!'