After looking at our itinerary for the annual jazz festival in Guadalajara, Mexico this year, my husband reminded me that our friends had asked ME if I would see if our booked hotel had rooms left for them so we could stay together. We usually go together, but there was a glitch with scheduling and it was not until pretty late in the game that they were able to join us.
The hotel we had planned on staying at did not have the space for all of us, so while looking for another cost effective substitution for our friends (as we could not get our deposit back), our good friends came across a Bed and Breakfast that was even closer to the venue we would be going too. The owner James was more than helpful with helping us with a better situation than we had ever expected! A beautiful home in a very nice area of Guadalajara became our week's stay for the festival. He even deducted the amount of the deposit we lost at hotel X.
A very large and inviting home was more than we could have expected, never having stayed in a Bed and Breakfast before. We were welcomed at the front gate before the taxi driver had our luggage out of the car. We had margaritas and a great guacamole that made us feel at home right away. We knew we had made the right choice. James keeps a lot of pamphlets and things to do in Guadalajara handy for his guests. We have been here before, but had not had so much information-or should I say help with the information before as we are not all fluent Spanish speakers. Our two rooms had great beds in them and it was so quiet at night, once we got to bed! There was only one other couple there that was there for the same event, so all turned out to be a big family at home and even having a few dinners together. At the house, the kitchen was open for us to use. That was a nice treat since we were able to fix some late night sandwiches. Breakfast was when we wanted it and even what we wanted. It was not like a restaurant menu, but we had a choice of what we wanted if told in advance. It was another great touch of hospitality.
All in all, the festival was great. And the fun of a private house that had lots of space and a really fun host made it one of the best jazz festivals so far. Thank you James, Leo, and Otilia- a great time had by us all. We look forward to next year!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Dickinson Guest House B&B, within walking distance to the Guadalajara Expo Center is centrally located in the new hotel zone in the cities new business hub, and about a 4usd cab ride to the historical district. Although we are not located in the downtown core-we are close enough to still return to some peace and quiet when it is desired! Guadalajara does have a Basilica for those that enjoy even older more ornate architectural gems-if they know they exist and how close they are- to us, rather than the cathedral that most think is the "main sanctuary' in this huge city. The B&B (or whole house rental) is located in Colonia Chapalita- a very well maintained and calm neighborhood, surrounded with several beautiful, well maintained public parks, allowing safe walks day or night to meet many nice neighbors in this middle class neighborhood. Although we enjoy the fantastic murals and cultural history of this city, we offer our guests a quieter neighborhood to enjoy a good nights' sleep, ready for the next days adventure! We also have a shortcut to the very enjoyable towns of Tlaquepaque and Tonala, home of many arts and crafts centers that everyone must see! We take pride in our business services for the traveler that needs fast internet at 100 mbps and Wi-Fi throughout the large home. The free phone service- all inclusive in the price of their room is an added convenience for those who did not purchase a plan for their mobile phone. We also have printers to use while here, for specific directions or just to print out your ticket home and avoid the wait at the airport. The abundance of restaurants that surround this neighborhood are many-and of all cuisines and price ranges. We offer a free breakfast foods of your choosing- so you can enjoy it on your schedule. We want our guests to feel at home. They can eat when they want- 24/7! Come and feel the difference of the personal touches and amenities offered, while enjoying your privacy that is very much respected.There are many rooms and areas to get to know other guests if that is preferred. Many friendships have been made here, by travelers from all over the world. But your room has everything needed to enjoy your privacy at any time. We are a large house, making us a more popular home when travelling with a family, group of friends or colleagues here at a convention. Why stay in a hotel room, when you can have an entire house at your disposal and the privacy that goes along with it-for much less $$?? Wherever you stay- welcome to the vibrant city of Guadalajara, and it's many surrounding towns! Enjoy your stay in the "pearl of the West" which is Guadalajara, Mexico! ... more less
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