Since the death of Deborah Turbeville, her lovely home has found new purpose as The Hotel – Casa No Name that keeps her spirit alive through its sensuous atmosphere.
Just before leaving for San Miguel in July, I heard that Casa No Name, the former home of Deborah Turbeville, had been turned into a hotel. Immediately I went to investigate. Viewing the website was a bit disappointing as the magical feeling that I associated with that house seemed to be lost. Happily, I discovered this not to be true.
At my friends’ suggestion we had to go see The Hotel -Casa No Name. It was just doors away from where we were having dinner. Despite the hotel being closed down to outside guests for the night, we were graciously invited in to have a look around. The Moorish arches associated with Deborah’s house are the first thing you see when entering. The magic is most definitely still present in her home.
The lighting is moody and dramatic evoking Turbeville’s photography.
The hotel only has seven rooms, but the two that I saw were dramatic, comfortable and soothing. One of the bedrooms reveals a secret. While renovating the hotel a tunnel was discovered beneath one of the rooms. At one point in time the home was occupied by a priest. The tunnel provided easy access to the church across the street. It was fully furnished so he likely met with guests down there as well. The tunnel allowed the priest to stay clean from the dirt in the streets. Long ago people used to empty their chamber pots out the window directly onto the street.
The room positioned over the tunnel has a glass window preventing access but allowing a peek inside this mysterious secret space.
Casa No Name is a typical SMA home in that ones lives outdoors almost as much as indoors.
Transforming Casa No Name into a hotel is probably the best outcome for Turberville’s former home. Spending a little time in her creative world is an exciting possibility. I look forward to staying there on my next visit to San Miguel.
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