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“Best Find in Guanajuato” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Alma del Sol Bed & Breakfast Inn

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Alma del Sol Bed & Breakfast Inn
Ranked #4 of 72 Guanajuato B&B and Inns
Berkeley
1 review
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“Best Find in Guanajuato”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2010

Alma Del Sol is the best find in Guanajuato. It is centrally located, with a quick walk to all main attractions. The B&B is beautifully decorated and makes you feel that you have entered your own private special place in the heart of the city. The terrace is a great place to relax and have a drink at the end of a day full of sight seeing. The staff are incredibly friendly and warm. I can not say enough wonderful things about Hugo, the B&B Manager. He provides great insights into the city and has such a gregarious personality. I have stayed at many places in the Guanajuato and none compare to Alma Del Sol. In fact, I have stayed there 4 times and would not stay anywhere else. It is great fro couples or families. The breakfasts are a great way to start the day and the food provides a wonderful taste of Mexican Cuisine.

I highly recommend Alma Del Sol to anyone who wants to stay in a great place, in the heart of the city.

Jodi
Berkeley, California

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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alexandria, Virginia
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2009

This small inn is truly in the heart of this interesting city. Hugo, the manager, is FULL of information of what to do and see, and spent much time with us giving his recommendations -- all which were good. It would be worth staying here just for the good advice, but the place has character, location and outstanding breakfast served on the rooftop with a view of all While the rooms aren't fancy, they are very comfortable and large: we had a two-bedroom with big bath. A very welcoming place. I had a hard time finding the Web site, and here it is: www.casaspirit.com; they own a 2nd property.
Can't imagine a better first experience in Guanajuato than staying here.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank WAStraveler
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Brooklyn, NY
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2009

Everytime I return to Guanajuato -- and I've been there five times now -- I fall in love with it all over again. There is no better place to experience the charm and beauty of the city than from Alma del Sol, perfectly located in the center of town -- and an oasis of beauty and delight in itself. Among its many assets is its proprieter and most gracious host, Hugo -- always quick with a suggestion or a bit of inspiration, or some kind of thoughtful gesture. The food at Alma is absolutely delicious -- always fresh and hearty and flavorful. Being there recently with all the news about the swine flu, I had the distinct impression that the media hysteria made the threat of the virus seem far more dangerous than it actually was. Nobody is wearing the surgical masks anymore, businesses have re-opened, and -- as is the case with most media sensations -- this will be little more than a blip in the annals of 2009 and is certainly not a reason to avoid traveling to Mexico -- somewhere to enjoy the sun, the culture, the people, and the innumerable delights of a slower-paced life.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank snow07
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Portland, OR
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2009

I've been to Guanajuato many times before and I am always looking for a new place to stay. We usually stay at Casa Espiritu (in Marfil), but we wanted something closer to the city. The location is absolutely perfect. You are a few blocks away from the Jardin (main centro) and many different food and nightlife options.

As for the food....oh my the food. I am vegetarian and the cook was most accommodating. Simply divine! I dream about the breakfast all the time and I am counting the days until we return (this summer).

Don't forget to bring good walking shoes and change for a taxi!

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank prostotthehost
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Seattle
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18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2009

I was curious what it would feel like to be in Mexico with non-traditional Mexican art or furnishings, as the claim to 'fame' I read was that the owner had dressed this, his second B&B (the other is Casa de Espiritu inside the city but outside the city center; the owner lives in CA) in textiles from India. I needn't have been concerned (I love artesania!), as it was really a marriage of Mexican and Indian styles, which complement each other beautifullly. The rooms were a bit stark/spare, other than the Indian textiles on the wall. The building is very old and while renovations modernized it somewhat of course, the transformation wasn't complete and it feels like you are staying at an old/ancient site, less like a home and more like a a small convent or some such historical place. Was delighted to meet the infamous Hugo, however briefly; his sister Angelica, however, was the most available to us and she was no less an enthusiastic host. It's a family affair as it seems several siblings from the same household work here. The owner, Carol Summers, is extraordinarly fortunate to have found them; they treat the business as if it was their own and everyone I dealt wtih was great and caused us to feel welcome.

The room: we stayed in an almost-suite--two attractive bedrooms, one large, and a bathroom. There was plenty of storage, good, typical Mexican firm beds but comfortable in my opinion , too full-hard pillows for my taste, okay/average shower with plenty of hot water (AND rare plenty of lush bath towels, thank you!). Above average noise level, the kind I was expecting however, as it is right in the city center of a lively university town and we were near the university and some night life. If you are sensitive to noise I would ask about specific rooms and which are most likely to shield you from the 'worst' of it. Small criticisms: only one room had an overhead fan and even in Feb I found I needed it, and would have been less comfortable without mine; on both days the bar that holds the shower curtain fell down. It's a flimsy metal bar that's supposed to supported by tension.

The breakfast was plentiful and good both days, served in a sunroom on the large roof-top patio. The patio has small tables and chairs for relaxing. There is also another sunroom, open to guests at all times that has sofas and a cd player. It would have been a great reading room at night--which we would have loved--had it had enough light. Unfortunately the light available from the lamps is really poor so we couldn't read there --but it is a nice and unique space to hang out and get a rest from the sun if you don't want to be your room or you want to gather with other guests to chat, etc..

The economy has definitely had an impact on tourism in Mexico, as elsewhere, and so other than one very popular and most reasonably priced place in GTO, there were plenty of vacancies everywhere when I inquired just a couple of weeks before leaving. I liked Alma's location when I saw it and intrigued by the focus on textiles, but I did feel it was a bit expensive. I asked for a discount for three nights and I received one, but without it I would feel it is somewhat over-priced.

Overall, I remember my lively conversation with Angelica, one of our hosts, as well as a long-term guest, Peggy, who is moving to GTO from the US, permanently, best. In my book, that is a really good stay.

  • Stayed February 2009
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ElleElle
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United States
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31 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2009

This well located quiet comfortable B&B is a gem. Your excellent host Hugo is wonderful. There is charm and comfort. Excellent bedding tasteful and wonderful breakfasts. Don't miss the gorditas.

This is an excellent choice for artists and those who appreciate art. You might miss it as there is no sign in front. Don't worry you are in the right place. There is a bakery down below. Just ring the bell and let the adventure begin. Lucky you!

Stayed January 2009
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Boston, MA
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2009

We spent 3 days at the Alma just after the New Year. What a delight! It's hard to separate the inn from the personality and oversight of the Alma's host, Hugo, whose presence alone is worth the trip. Guanajuato is an (I'm afraid to say it) undiscovered gem and Alma del Sol is a perfect central location from which to explore.

The inn is small and the outside rooms, while spacious and comfortable, can be noisy because -- well, that's Mexico, folks. Life is lived on the street and it's fun to watch. Not so fun to listen to at 2:00 AM, however. We stayed in the inside room, which, while a little low on charm, was perfectly comfortable with a great bed and large bathroom, but no outside light (or noise!). For us it was perfectly fine, but others may not agree. However, the rooms don't really matter because you will spend your life on the roof terrace where breakfast is served and the "lounge" with honor bar is located. Beautiful views, comfortable chairs-- delightful!

Pros: Small inn, personal attention, delicious breakfasts, interesting guests, Hugo as master of ceremonies (and very helpful with local information), central location, beautiful wall hangings, decor and textiles.
Cons: only a few rooms, can be noisy, a little hard to find (no big deal).

  • Liked — Hugo, location, roofdeck, breakfasts, decor
  • Disliked — The inn allows young children which detracts from the atmosphere
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank AllegroLex
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Property: Alma del Sol Bed & Breakfast Inn
Address: Calle del Sol #3 | Downtown, Guanajuato 36000, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Central Mexico and Gulf Coast > Guanajuato > Guanajuato
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 72 B&Bs / Inns in Guanajuato
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Alma del Sol is an old stone and adobe house in Guanajuato's beautiful, historic center. The five ample rooms, including two suites, are decorated with artist and traveler Carol Summers' own collection of folk textiles from all over the world, with an emphasis on India. ... more   less 
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