Casa de las Palmas
Bed & Breakfast
Why Not Spoil Yourself
With a Private Villa?
Behind the unassuming iron doors and stone walls covered with bougainvillea and tropical foliage, lies an oasis of luxurious gardens, Colonial architecture, and bubbling fountains long thought to be the most beautiful in Taxco.
Just 2 blocks from the Zocalo at the famous Cathedral of Santa Prisca, and across the walking street from William Spratling’s original house/compound, you won’t find a better location. This American-owned retreat will be a lifetime memory.
Elegance & History
Take a step back in time and enjoy the charm that has delighted a veritable who’s who of Lost Generation notables. With deed records dating back to Maximilian, the first American owner was Frederick W. Davis, who is credited with introducing the “Mexican School” artists Rivera, Orozco, Tamayo, Covarrubias, and Siquieros to both US Ambassador Dwight Morrow and to American audiences in the 1930’s. He is also credited with developing the market for American artists living in Mexico, including George Biddle, Caroline Durieux, and William Spratling. His assistant, Rene d’Harnoncourt, later became a celebrated Director of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.
Known then as “Casa Davis”, Davis bought the property in 1930 and brought modern plumbing and electricity to the compound as well as the legendary palm trees by which the villa is known. Considered the “most beautiful home in Taxco”, guests and visitors to the villa during the Casa Davis era from 1930 to 1942 was a Who’s Who of arts and literature included nearly all the “Mexican School” artists above, artists from various other movements such as Tamiji Kitigawa, surrealists Wolfgang Paalen and Robert Motherwell, social realist Howard Cook, muralists Pablo O’Higgins and Marion Greenwood, Taxco silver pioneer and next door neighbor William Spratling, as well as political notables Soviet exile Leon Trotsky, John Dewey protégé Moises Saenz, and US Ambassador Dwight Morrow; writers such as John Dos Passos (The American Trilogy, and rumored to have invented the drink ‘Berta’ at Bar Berta), Aldous Huxley (Brave New World), Evelyn Waugh (Brideshead Revisited), Nobel Prize laureate William Faulkner (The Sound and the Fury), Pulitzer Prize winner and celebrated chef Katherine Anne Porter (Ship of Fools), Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley), Saul Bellow (Herzog), patron of the arts Mabel Dodge Luhan, poet Hart Crane, playwright Tennessee Williams (A Streetcar Named Desire) Clinton King days), cinema pioneer and Soviet propagandist Sergei Eisenstein, and composer Cole Porter, rumored to have written his musical “Mexican Hayride” in Bar Berta next to the Zocalo in front of Santa Prisca Church.
Artist Clinton King acquired the property in 1945. A minor “Lost Generation” artist who moved to Mexico from Paris in 1940 immediately prior to the Nazi occupation with his first wife Lady Duff Twysden, the role model for “Lady Brett” in Ernest Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises”, King originally hailed from Fort Worth, Texas, where his father invented the popular “Millionaire” candy and owned the King Candy Company before selling to Pangburn’s. King met his second wife, Narcissa Swift, heiress of the Chicago Swift Packing family and later Civil Rights activist, through their mutual friend Georgia O’Keefe. O’Keefe’s painting “Narcissa’s Last Orchid” is today in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art. The Kings built out an art studio above the old servant’s quarters in the gatehouse in 1951, the space now known as the “Studio Apartment”. It was during the King’s tenure that notables such as playwright Tennessee Williams (A Streetcar Named Desire) and xxxxx were guests on the property.
One of the very few historic luxury homes available to rent in beautiful Taxco de Alarcon, GRO, Mexico, Casa de las Palmas boasts a beautiful “old house” dating back to Maximilian’s rule, a former artists studio converted to an en suite apartment, and an individual room, "cuarto pequeño," with bath surrounded by a totally enclosed tropical paradise.
• The Casa accommodates up to 7 adults
• Artist Studio - up to 4 adults
• Cuarto Pequeño - up to 2 adults
Daily continental breakfast of coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice and delightful breads are included. Full breakfasts may be added
for a fee.
If you are looking for a magical setting for your soireé, the sprawling gardens of Casa de las Palmas paired with the beautiful, historically rich interiors offer you plenty of options to create an event beyond your dreams.
A beautiful swimming pool is the latest addition to our lush grounds. Enjoy and relax.
In-Room Dining Service
May be added for a fee.
Sites & Things To Do
Mercado de Plata o Tianguis Sabatino is a huge marketplace and features silver shops & silversmiths.
Visit the Catedral Santa Prisca de Taxco. This 18th century church in the elaborate churrigueresque style is the centerpiece of the city.
Mina Prehispanica de Taxco
Visit this mine to learn the history of the city's silver production. The mine was abandoned 500 years ago and lies beneath the colonial hotel.
William Spratling Museum. Named for American silversmith William Spratling, who opened a silver shop in Taxco in the 1930s, this museum holds his personal collection of indigenous artifacts.
The "Zocalo" town square, just a minute walk from our property, has interesting shops & restaurants and lots of activity. Casa Borda cultural center displays works by local artists, hosts music & theater events.
Mil Cascadas - A thousand Waterfalls
Las Pozas Azules - These pools are considered “the secret of Taxco”. Located 16 km away, it's a perfect place to climb, swim, trek and raft. There is an entry fee and inside you can buy food and drink. It's an amazing experience.
Beautiful home in a perfect location
“This was our first visit to Taxco and it was a wonderful surprise. Casa de las Palmas is a gorgeous quiet oasis in the heart of town. Steps from the square, we were at the center of everything in moments. There for new years eve, we watched fireworks over the cathedral from the rooftop patio. Oscar and his family made everything easy - from a delicious breakfast to tours of the famous caves and ruins in the region. My kids summed it up best when they said "Dad, you've really outdone yourself this time"!
Taxco is a charming town with great scenery, delicious food and good side trips. Casa de las Palmas was the perfect finishing touch.”
Your Casa de las Palma's Team
Our esteemed Palma's team will allow for your privacy and enjoyment of the property, yet are available to assist you with any details or requests so please ask them for what you may need. They are locals and know most everything about the property, Taxco, and the outlying areas.