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“Unique Charm and Best Location”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Frances

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Hotel Frances
Ranked #60 of 128 Hotels in Guadalajara
Cartagena, Colombia
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63 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Unique Charm and Best Location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

This 400 year old hotel is moderately-priced, incredibly charming and centrally-located near many historical sights. If you enjoy walking to cafes, shopping and nightlife, this is the place to stay. The expansive lobby features a small bar with live Mariachi and singers for guests to enjoy. Climb the impressive staircase (or take the lovely antique elevator) to the terraza for views of the city, especially gorgeous at sunset. The reception and staff are warm and welcoming. Need something? Just ask. They are happy to oblige or help. The room I stayed in was small and clean with a giant closet, high ceilings and efficient bathroom - perfect for the solo traveler. Plus, free strong Wi-Fi and water service. Located in the back of the hotel, my room windows opened to a wall: not quite scenic, but enough to let in light and fresh air. The adjacent (and fun) discotheque Maxim's features live music and is open until 4:00 am. Overall, I recommended Hotel Frances for travelers seeking a central location with historical charm, and a good price with great service.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2012

This hotel is about 400 years old. Great price, smack in the historic center of Guadalajara.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2012

400 years old hotel now a national monument.. right in the downtown...most of the important historic places are walking distance from this hotel...We made a two day trip to Guadalajara, spending one day in the tequila express(casa herradura) and evenings enjoying the downtown...

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2012

I booked online but when I arrived at the hotel at 9pm there were 2 people on the desk - one was playing with his cell phone and the other looked at me as if I was mad when I told him I had a reservation. Took a long while to check and didn't say anything - I had to ask 'Is there a reservation or not? It turned out there was. Room was basic and noisy. situated above a disco bar which we couldn't hear until the mariachi band playing in the salon area stopped playing after 11pm. Great location but again noisy as there was some sort of event going on in the square from early the next morning.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Winnipeg, Manitoba
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2012

We love the Hotel Frances -- the hotel is now over 400 years old, and reminds me of hotels in Europe.
The room rate is about $60.00/night.
We have stayed at the Frances several times over the past 10-15 years. This past winter, we took 7 other people with us, and all said they would definitely return to the Frances. The hotel also has valet parking.
There is a disco in the hotel on the weekend, but I'm not sure if it is one, or two nights.
There is usually evening music in the lounge area.
At each end of Maestranza, the street that the hotel is located on, there are small restaurants, with breakfasts, lunches, etc. -- both are good.
The hotel is located adjacent to the Governor's Palace and the main square.
Located near the main square is the Tapatia Tour Bus company.
Doreen and Dennis
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Sacramento, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2011

This hotel rocks! Its half a block from the cathedral and dates from 1610. Its been totally refurbished so its clean and modern yet has an incredible sense of history with tall ceilings, art, and craftmanship details. Plus its a great value at ~$70/night. Very clean and safe.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Irvine, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2010

Other than its location, anyone giving this hotel a good review is completely out of their mind.
Sure, at first the entrance and the fountain make this hotel charming... But once you see your room, you want to run!
If you intend to rest during your stay, you can forget about that at the Hotel Frances. Any room overlooking the street is as noisy as it gets with buses and trucks roaring under your balcony ALL night long.
The main squares are a short walk from this hotel... that's great, but not worth all the bad things this hotel offers. I would recommend Hotel Morales and have a short cab ride to the places you want to visit around the city.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Frances

Property: Hotel Frances
Address: Calle Maestranza No. 35, Guadalajara 44100, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Guadalajara Metropolitan Area > Guadalajara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #60 of 128 Hotels in Guadalajara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Frances 3*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The oldest hotel in the long history of Guadalajara, the Francés, was founded in 1610 as “El Mesón de San José” to provide shelter for short to traveling merchants.El más antiguo hotel en la larga historia de Guadalajara, el Francés, fue fundado en 1610 como “El Mesón de San José” para dar albergue por temporadas cortas a comerciantes viajeros. ... more   less 
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