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“Beautiful Countryside Between Tequila and Guadalajara” 5 of 5 stars
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Hacienda La Magdalena Boutique Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Km. 1.7 Carreterra Tesistan-Colotlan | Zapopan, Guadalajara 40060, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #25 of 115 Hotels in Guadalajara
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“Beautiful Countryside Between Tequila and Guadalajara”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2011

we had a great experience staying at the Hacienda La Magdalena.

We decided to get away from our very touristy vocation in Puerto Vallarta, to explore real Mexico, so we booked a flight to Guadalajara to stay for 3 days.

After a very pleasant 30min flight, the owner of the Hacienda waited for us
at the airport. He gave us a tour of Tlaquepaque, Guadalajara, Zapopoan, and then we went to the hacienda. The tour was excellent and reasonably priced, while the owner is very knowledgeable about the history of Guadalajara. The tour was very pleasant
and spot on, without any annoyances at all (unlike many commercial tours).

The hacienda is located in Zapopan, just outside the urban area of Guadalajara.
So, it is a bit away from downtown, which is good if the goal is to be at a nice, safe,
and very relaxing place. Zapopan is also a very nice area, with high end restaurants
and shops.

The service was excellent and very attentive.
The grounds of the hacienda are beautiful, and I think it is a good deal
compared to some other haciendas we stayed in Yucatan.
There is a very nice swimming pool and Jacuzzi,
and we spent an afternoon lounging at the pool
enjoying the breeze and the sun.

The room was large and clean, very quiet. We did not use the
air-conditioning, because the nights are cold (guadalajara has an elevation).

As far as food, the breakfast was excellent. For lunch we had chicken salad,
and that was excellent too. If you decide to have dinner, my recommendation is
to arrange the dinner beforehand, since the menu is limited.

The hacienda owner and staff are very friendly and accommodating. All services were
great.

On day two we went to Tequila. We had a 13hr tour. My recommendation would be to take only half a day to Tequila-route (skip Tequila and go to Amatitan, take the horse ride and visit Herradura, thats enough) , and enjoy the rest of the day either at the hacienda or to go to Tlaquepaque/Guadalajara for some nightlife.
The hacienda has a great location if you want to explore both the Tequila-route and
Guadalajara metropolitan area.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2010

The Hacienda is located outside of Guadalajara on a beautiful estate. We stayed in an upstairs room in the main building. It was large and airy with everything we could want. The breakfasts are amazing; traditional Mexican dishes like pork in green sauce, eggs with sausage and refried beans as well as delicious fresh fruit, fresh-squeezed oj and granola. There is a large common area with a bar as well as indoor and outdoor dining areas. The pool area was not quite as nice as the rest of the hotel, but still pleasant. The one drawback is that you really will need to drive or be driven anywhere. There is not much within walking distance, but the grounds are lovely.

  • Stayed July 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2007

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Hacienda La Magdalena and it is mostly because of the care and attention to detail of the owner, Mr. Roberto Chavez. He made us feel like family that was visiting and could not do enough to accomodate our every need or inquiry. The hacienda is a little bit of paradise on the outskirts of Guadalajara. Although the ride from the airport can be a bit daunting once you enter the gates, it is an entirely peaceful world of gardens, ducks, flowers, peacocks and ponds. The room was clean and large enough to stow all our luggage and clothing. The bathroom was clean and roomy with wonderful windows that let in quite a bit of light off our own little courtyard. It would be hard to mention anything that needs improving but perhaps a little more greenery in the courtyard considering there is an abundance everywhere else. They take measures so you will not have mosquitos in your room, but bring spray because anywhere outside in Mexico I was eaten alive. The breakfasts were fabulous and it would be impossible to leave the table hungry. Fresh fruit, eggs, pancakes with crispy edges. Perfect! There are also DVDs to 'check out' to watch in your room. There is no CNN but there is wireless internet if you must keep up with the news, bring your laptop. Dr. Chavez arranged an excursion to a tequila distillery through Jalisco Tours that was amazing...and I don't even drink Tequila. Well worth it. Overall, Dr. Chavez, Alfredo, Francisco and Sarah (as well as others) were so personable it is easy to recommend this lovely, boutique hacienda and we would stay there again in a heartbeat.

  • Liked — The layout and history of the hacienda. Beautiful and peaceful
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Km. 1.7 Carreterra Tesistan-Colotlan | Zapopan, Guadalajara 40060, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Guadalajara Metropolitan Area > Guadalajara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 115 Hotels in Guadalajara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hacienda La Magdalena Boutique Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hacienda La Magdalena was once an oasis of safety in the war torn history of Mexico. It's 4 ft. thick walls protected not just the wealthy landowners, but the church, the homes and the shops of the workers on the hacienda. Today it has opened its strong gates as a boutique hotel and meeting and event center. Hacienda La Magdalena is located just 15 minutes from Guadalajara making it convenient to all the sightseeing attractions of the historic center, and commercial districts, but the many acres of surrounding gardens, beautifully appointed rooms and patios, large pavilions, and state of the art meeting rooms, provide a buffer to the busy life outside its high walls. ... more   less 
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