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Reviewed April 6, 2018

Since moving to Puerto Vallarta, México 2 years ago my wife and I had heard about Guanajuato city being one of the most beautiful in México and a haven for expats and visitors. After this visit we can truthfully write that the rumors are well founded.

Guanajuato is a colonial-era city in central México and is the capital of the state of Guanajuato. It is in a narrow valley, which makes its streets narrow and winding. Most are alleys that cars cannot pass through, and some are long sets of stairs up the mountainsides. Many of the city’s thoroughfares are partially or fully underground. The historic center has numerous small plazas and colonial-era mansions, churches and civil constructions built using pink or green sandstone. Guanajuato was the richest city in colonial México and accounted for two-thirds of the world’s silver production until the mines ran out in the 1920s.

The city is home to the Mummy Museum, which contains naturally mummified bodies that were found in the municipal cemetery between the mid 19th and 20th centuries. It is also home to the Festival Internacional Cervantino, which invites artists and performers from all over the world as well as Mexico. Guanajuato was the site of the first battle of the Mexican War of Independence in 1810. The city was named a World Heritage Site in 1988.

The riches of the city allowed the residents to build beautiful homes and churches. The city feels as if it was taken from 18th and 19th century Europe and set down in México, 2 of the churches are considered among the most beautiful examples of Baroque architecture in Central and South America and the Juárez theatre, fashioned after “The Alhambra” of southern Spain, is one of the most beautiful theaters in the world.

The Good: The hotel is in the heart of the historic center. The colonial-era styled hotel blends with the city’s decor and is clean and tidy. The beds are comfortable and the showers are strong and hot. Although the breakfast choices are somewhat limited the food is well prepared and tasty. The staff was extremely helpful (especially in parking/retrieving my car that was parked some distance away).

The Bad: Our room (Noche Buena - the rooms have names not #s) was directly across from the church with its loud bells. Although I found it charming others might need to book a central room to mediate the sound of the bells. The lobby is Spartan with only three uncomfortable chairs and the adjoining bar was unmanned and unstocked. No elevator which was was slightly difficult for my elderly friends. No smoking area provided inside the hotel so that one of my friends had to stand on the sidewalk. Lastly the hotel is called “Casa de Agua”, the glass floor with its running water beneath was empty and dry. Perhaps they should change the name to “Casa de no Auga”.

The Ugly: No ugly.

I rated the hotel as 3-stars due to the Spartan lobby and no comfortable area to sit.

To rate higher the hotel would need a facelift as it appears dated. Matching hotel uniforms for the staff rather than civilian clothes would be necessary, a wider selection of food items in the restaurant and a fully-stocked/manned bar.

All-in-all the hotel was a pleasant experience in a beautiful city.

Date of stay: March 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank magician49
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Reviewed May 5, 2017 via mobile

First let me say that the staff of this hotel was extremely kind and welcoming. The hotel was very clean and well cared for albeit somewhat dated. Bed was very comfortable. Glad that I read some of the earlier reviews and got an interior room. Sound from the street rose up and filled the room every morning. Church bells were pleasant, but they started at 7AM. You had a choice, shut your interior balcony door and sweat it out or crack the door and and bear with the noise. No fans in any of the rooms combined with no A/C led to uncomfortable sleeping arrangements. No internet, and the bar in the lobby appears to have been closed for some time. Breakfast was adequate but limited to 3 or 4 things. Paid over $110 a night and expected more. I realize that's not a lot but compared to some other hotels in the area around the same price it was a disappointment. I should have made a different choice and spent a little bit more for more comfortable accommodations. Stayed in 3 different hotels during my time in Mexico and this was my least favorite.

Date of stay: May 2017
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Thank Mike T
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Reviewed February 19, 2017 via mobile

This place has the best location, its close to most major monuments and the service was excellent. The staff, all of them, went above and beyond to make us happy and to ensure we are comfortable. Highly recommend.

Date of stay: February 2017
Trip type: Traveled with family
Thank hazzi15
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Reviewed August 24, 2016

Beautiful clean hotel in a great location. The staff was exceptionally friendly, room and bathroom was clean and spacious. Bed was very comfortable and the views from our cute small balcony were amazing!

Room tip: Our room was right above the office corner street; a little noisy but beautiful view of the church.
Date of stay: August 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank DaveLupe
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Reviewed August 2, 2016

We spent three nights here. Our room was huge. Bed was great and bathroom big. This is a three minute walk to Plaza de La Paz, which is what I would consider to be the center of the city. The staff was very friendly and accomodating.

Date of stay: July 2016
Thank Fred T
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