Spent the Labor Day Weekend here tagging along with a younger couple who had already done their due diligence re: selection and booking. Any concerns I might have had were allayed when we were greeted by the manager who is also the owner (always a good omen, I think) and "lives above the shop". John was happy to show us around the grounds and offer suggestions on things to do and places to visit around the hotel and Guadalajara in general (the city welcomes a different festival virtually every month -- Sept. was Mariachi and Oct. will be Octoberfest) . . . John also directed the final stages of the building's renovation and has a well earned pride about the result. The rooms (I believe there are 11, each distinct) seem all the larger thanks to the 15' ceilings and come with cable TV, a safe, a desk and a side chair, along with interesting decorations. The beds are top grade (but the pullout I used was a little lumpy). For those concerned about drinking tap water in Mexico, each unit has its own set of glasses and bottles that can be refilled with filtered water in the courtyard. Yes, given its location in the center of town, the sometime cacophony outside can filter into parts of the hotel, but you won't notice it if your room is near the fountain. Breakfast is served from 9 - 12 and is eaten around a long table reminding me of what you might find in a college or prep school i.e. guests are deftly encouraged to make new acquaintances over coffee, cereal, fresh fruit, yoghurt, and juice. I repeat: John has invested more than his money here and works hard to see that your visit is a good one from beginning to end -- when he happily arranged transportation for us back to the airport.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Alebrijes is a boutique hotel for gay men and women and friends located in the Historic Center and just two blocks from the center of the gay nightlife area that has some twenty-five gay bars and discotheques within walking distance – Guadalajara is known as the San Francisco of Mexico.The hotel has two floors with 2 suites for 1-4 persons and 7 rooms for 1 or 2 persons. The first floor has a garden patio with a fabulous fountain. The second floor has a balcony overlooking the garden patio and fountain. This late 19th century home was carefully and beautifully restored in a traditional style to provide modern conveniences while respecting the existing architecture. The 15 foot high ceilings and 2 foot thick adobe walls provide a unique hospitality experience. Relax on the balcony or garden patio and enjoy the sight and sound of the Mexican style fountain. Eat your continental breakfast in the dining room while sharing experiences with other guests or at private tables on the balcony. Guadalajara has a wonderful climate all year and you will enjoy the open air areas of the hotel. Internet, luxury mattress, laptop size safe, continental breakfast, and parking included. ... more less
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