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Dickinson Guest House
Ranked #5 of 61 Guadalajara B&B and Inns
EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA
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19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A wonderful and comfortable stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2007

I just returned from a two week trip to Mexico. One week in Puerto Vallarta and a week in Guadalajara. While in Guadalajara I stayed at the Dickinson Guest House. What a wonderful experience. James Dickinson was a great host, and always made himself available when needed for information or assistance. The house was also just a few blocks from a Spanish school I was attending for the week. When I return for my next Spanish language refresher, I will not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2007, traveled solo
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 Thank CMAX5
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English first
portland,OR
Level Contributor
29 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2007

On our first visit to Mexico, our only option was a red-eye flight that landed at the Guadalajara airport at 5am. Mr. Dickinson gave us detailed instructions to help us get a cab to his guesthouse and was awake to greet us at 6am. He made sure we had breakfast at noon, arranged a tour guide for us, and helped us get bus tickets for next day travel.
The guest house is simple, not fancy, and is more American than Mexican. It is very clean and comfortable with a great little bedroom and bathroom with shower. Breakfast is simple and tasty. It's in a neighborhood that feels perfectly safe.
I know it sounds trite, but it's like staying at the home of a kind friend with a good sense of humor.

  • Liked — Extremely helpful host.
  • Disliked — Nothing.
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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4 Thank Portlandian
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Toronto
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2007

I was looking on the internet looking (at the last minute) for a place that was not as noisy as downtown, yet not too expensive. I happened upon this guest house in an area that I was not familiar with (Chapalita) in Zapopan. No, it is not the lakeside area of Chapala. It is in the Northwest part of town. I found it to be just a small, well decorated home with everything I needed! The room I stayed in was small, but extremely comfortable. Private bath, that was all newly tiled and spotless! That was the most important issue for me, other than the price, which is more than reasonable!
James truly made me feel like it was my own "apartment", just leaving me to my privacy and plenty of work. He offers a very high speed wi-fi , that was very important for the work I do. Also, free phone service to the U.S. Have you ever tried to call an 800 number from Mexico?? I did not have to go to a payphone, or pay hotel rates! All of this and more are completely included in the one price. The house is immaculate and the kitchen is ready for a master chef to cook in. I just used the microwave! I wish I would have had time to relax and watch a movie on a huge selections of channels, but I did get a lot of work done.
I had to check out today because of other reservations for the room , but when in this city for business again, this is a truly great place that I won´t
forget to call! It is actually closer to downtown than I thought. A nice alternative to a hotel for the business traveler. I would even be a fun place to relax and enjoy for a short vacation with my husband. I highly recommend it. He gave me some recommendations of where I could stay for the rest of the week, and gave me his card. I did not even know he had a website! I definitely will be back!

Roberta Klein
Toronto

  • Liked — Cleanliness, business friendly, and the quick action without a reservation.
  • Disliked — No complaints. Was made very comfortable from the start.
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 Thank Worksaloteverywhere
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Silicon Valley
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2007

I was in Guadalajara on some professional matters, and had put in a few days of networking and connecting with others in my field (I'm an academic.) I needed a place to get away and rest while still being nearby for a lecture I had to give later in the week. A friend had told me about this place after a positive experience there last month, so I called and was treated with the utmost respect and graciousness from my initial booking of the room until I left a few days later. Mr. Dickinson knew that I was hungry and tired the first night I got there, and he arranged a wonderful private meal for me--complete with delicious flan dessert--and Jose Jose music I requested playing in the background. I was left alone when I wanted to be alone, and a few days later when I wanted some company to see one of the museums with (getting a bit anxious waiting for my lecture), a friendly, knowledgeable bilingual tour guide was there immediately. I slept blissfully, I ate like a king, I made some new friends...and I'm pleased to report my lecture went well! This was just the alternative I needed to a big impersonal hotel -- and there were no crowds of tourists, I could savor it all just for me.

I was lucky to make the arrangements by phone just a few days earlier. If my work takes me back to Guadalajara again, I'm definitely planning ahead to fit some down time in back here. A mi me gusta mucho!

Stayed February 2007
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Chicago,IL
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2007

The Dickinson Guest House provided ALL of the amenities a business professional requires with the added bonus of a well supplied kitchen to cook a feast (i.e thanksgiving dinner), W/D, and a private "CLEAN" bathroom. I was accompanied by my fiance and we enjoyed romantic dinners and privacy that is often lacking in a busy hotel. Since the moment we arrived we were graciously greeted at 6am. James helped us on various occassions ranging from connecting my laptop for wireless internet, providing directions to tourist sites, suggesting special atttractions that we certainly would have missed, and most importantly seeing to our comfort and enjoyment of GDL. As a medical professional, I travel very often and seldom have, I come across a quiet, clean, comfortable living accomodations as the Dickinson Guest House. James is a kind-hearted, generous, sociable person easy to be around and engage in good conversation. For future travelers, I must highlight that this guest house is close to all venues of transportation and is located in a safe neighborhood. In fact we walked a couple of times at night from the nightclub or simply enjoyed the rose garden nearby. I "HIGHLY" recommend this place (great price for what you get). My fiance and I will certainly return for another romantic escape.

  • Liked — personable and gracious hostess, comfortable room, safe neighborhood, business amenities and privacy
  • Disliked — needed more pillows
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Helpful?
3 Thank medabi
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Boston
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2007

If are looking for complete privacy...this is your place! I really enjoyed my stay and will stay there again if I return (availability willing!!). The place is not gargantuan, but definately not tiny either, and VERY comfortable. Everything seemed to be brand new and tastefully decorated; again, I will have to say this added to the comfort level.
Mr. Dickinson gets A++ honorable mention for his accomodations; from the actual room/house, right down to the hospitality he continuously showed throughout my visit. The room and house remained spotless the entire duration (5 days) I was in residence...and let me tell you that I am extremely picky - as I'm quite a bit of a 'neat freak'.
All in all, this was a spectacular value for a minimal cost. I have absolutely no complaints - only praise. I would most certainly recommend tourists or business people take advantage of this wonderful alternative to a hotel...I'm pleased to have found it myself!

  • Liked — Value, hospitality, cleanliness, comfort.
  • Disliked — I have no complaints
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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4 Thank MissesJones
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Property: Dickinson Guest House
Address: Calle San Uriel 338 | Expo Guadalajara/ Chapalita, Guadalajara 45510, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Guadalajara Metropolitan Area > Guadalajara
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 61 B&Bs / Inns in Guadalajara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Dickinson Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Dickinson Guest House , within walking distance to the Guadalajara Expo Center is a favorite for business travelers that would like to save on the exorbitant luxury hotels in this area, and groups of friends or families that want to have the safety and privacy of a gated home that is still minutes away by private driver, to the Historical sites; yet quiet at night for a great rest before the next days adventure. This large home is located in a nice and well known neighborhood of Chapalita, not to be confused with the very large Lake Chapala area that is nearly an hours' drive away. It does in fact make an excellent day trip, being the largest body of water in the country. The neighborhood is well maintained and calmer area with wide sidewalks, surrounded with several beautiful and well maintained public parks, allowing safe walks day or night- or for dining in around 30 restaurants- for all pocketbooks- most within walking distance. This is a self contained area with good grocery stores and fashion malls for those interested in those pastimes. We also have a shortcut to the very enjoyable towns of Tlaquepaque and Tonala, home of many artisan shops that are nearby. Our business services for the traveler that needs fast internet service will be surprised to experience speeds that are faster than any hotel in the city, at 100 mbps and a new AC router to keep up with the demands of the modern traveler- for fast internet throughout the property with no lag time, even with video streaming, teleconferencing, or gaming on multiple 2.4 and 5 gig channels at the same time. We also offer 2 well secured wireless printers to use while here, for specific directions to a meeting place- or just to print out your boarding pass home if you are travelling light, to save so much time at the airport. We want our guests to feel at home from their arrival. You will be greeted, given a tour and handed keys to the gates, front entryway and separate private room keys, so your guests can come and go at will. The full kitchen will be a place for those who enjoy cooking for a group or for themselves. It is also has plenty of storage space for beverages and snack foods for those who prefer eating out at great restaurants.Private cooks or catering needs are available with advance notice. Maid service is included in the cost of rental. Come and feel the difference of the personal touches and amenities offered, while enjoying your privacy that is very much part of your wanting a private home. There are several spaces in this large property to enjoy your friends or colleagues while visiting this vibrant city. Now that the business meetings and conventions are closeby, this would be the perfect alternative to up to 6 or 7 single guests or 4-5 couples on a stop-over visit to the Monarch retreat in Michoacan and other worthwhile cities to visit while in this friendly country. If you are travelling as a group, why pay the high prices of separate hotel rooms when you can have a private room in a house and still be with colleagues or family? If you are looking for a week-end in the city-coming from Vallarta or Nayarit, it is a perfect location. We offer our Uber account to shuttle you around the city with drivers who know where they are going and do not overcharge. Their rates are actually half that of an already low taxi ride. Wherever you stay- welcome to the historical city of Guadalajara, and its many surrounding towns and villages. Hotel room-- private home for much less-you decide. Let us know how we can make your vacation or business trip exactly what you need or want while visiting Guadalajara, so we can have it set up and leave you alone. We are always just a phone call away from our free in-house phone service. ... more   less 
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