Las Sabilas is like a diamond in the rough. The owner is an professional gardener who has turned his property into his artistic playground. We found that, after spending an afternoon downtown in the chaos which is Guadalajara, this quiet and quirky refuge was exactly what we were craving.
The owner is really laid-back and sat by the pool, smoking and chatting with us for a couple hours. Otherwise, he just kind of handed us the keys to front door and disappeared for two days. It was almost like doing air B&B- lots of privacy, you've got kitchen and laundry access etc, but don't expect anyone to indulge you with traveling advice.
The walk is a good 10-15 minutes from the main plaza, and felt safe, though at night the streets aren't well lit. We would not have wanted to walk alone.
Worth noting: the owner has the fountain going during the night, which might be bothersome if you are sensitive to sound (we were staying by the pool though--it might not affect other rooms). And yes, we found a preying mantis in the bathroom- but cmon thats awesome!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located a few blocks north of the cathedral and main plazas, in the historic center of Guadalajara. Our property is "tourist class" and the location is typical of local working-class neighborhoods. We boast exceptional gardens and outdoor living spaces. Our facilities are eclectic and somewhat bohemian. Las Sabilas has been closed for 3 years. Now under new ownership. All the rooms have private bathrooms use of pool, kitchen and outdoor spaces. We have one apartment with a private kitchen. We are gay and lesbian friendly. ... more less