Like many expats in Ajijic, Elizabeth Shepard fell in love with the area when she came to visit two years ago.
Looking for a new venture after retiring from a career in finance, she searched for a hotel to renovate. After seeing eight local hostelries on the market, she chose Casa Del Sol Inn, a ten-room edifice with a long history on Calle Javier Mina in central Ajijic.
Shepard saw its potential but “wanted to get rid of the dark cavernous feel of the common room.” She found a top-notch Ajijic architect, who, with her construction crew, revamped the place in three months, putting a stone tile floor in the large hall and opening it up with a huge northern skylight that has turned it into a bright and airy atrium.
A decorator friend who had just retired helped Shepard create a new look for the rooms with a bright Mexican-inspired color scheme, top-quality Mexican furniture, linens and bedding and details such as a Nespresso coffeemaker for those who like to get up early before the daily hot breakfast is served in the atrium.