We recently spent 15 days in the Bajio area of central Mexico. We both started and ended our trip in Guanajuato and stayed both times at the Casa Bertha. We did so partly since my grandmother was named Bertha but mainly for the good reviews on Trip Advisor and some guide books. We e-mailed the hotel and Juan answered back. We tentatively asked for two days at the start of our trip and four more at the end.
Our bus to Guanajuato stopped some miles away at the Central bus station and we caught a local city bus to take us to the center of town. Because of the tunnels that are beneath the city it was a bit difficult to know where to get down so we asked the driver to let us know when we were near the Jardin or the Teatro Juarez which are well known. Once we got off the bus, climbed to the surface, and checked our map, we walked for five minutes to the Teatro Principal and found he stairs on its right side. After climbing those we were in a small plaza, saw the sign for Casa Bertha, and climbed some more stairs through the winding narrow alleyways and came to the hotel.
Soon Juan was at the doorway welcoming us when he found out who we were. He told us that he only had a room for two without bath but the bathroom with shower were right across the hall from our room and I never saw or heard anyone else use it. The bathless room was only 320 pesos a night or about $25. Juan told us that we could have a room with private bath or a full apartment when we returned. We looked at both but the available room had no window while the apartment had several. We booked the apartment which I will describe later.
Juan gave us a map to the city and our keys and we were set. The hotel had a nice terrace with several tables and chairs and a kitchen for use by anyone. It was popular place at breakfast time and again in the evening. The views of the town were great and we took several photos from there. The bathless room was small and came with drinking water, a table and lots of room for clothes in a closet with drawers.
When we returned from some travels we had the apartment. It had a full kitchen with utinsels, dishes and cutlery, coffee maker and blender, sink, two gas burners, small refrigerator, and chairs plus nice decorted tiles. The bedroom was much larger with a double bed and single bed, chairs, dresser, TV, lots of books, and a private bath. It cost 420 pesos or about $35 a night. A room with private bath but minus the kitchen was about 380 pesos. Not much difference. We fixed our own breakfast each morning with lots of fruit including papaya which we could keep in the frig. It was a great room and very good value for what it cost.
The only drawback was some noise. Some loud voices reverberated through the place but only occasionally and posted signs stated that quiet should be maintained after 10:00 pm. Roosters were noticeable in the apartment and a barking dog in our first room equally so. Despite the nice apartment we had the Casa Bertha seemed a bit like a hostel but with all private rooms. The building was obviously rather old with narrow hallways but we were still pleased. Despite the fully equiped apartment this is not a fancy place. Don't expect any luxury but it's homey and friendly.
Again, the terrace was a great feature. We met several very nice people there and had some fun with them and even ran into some in the town. We did not use the kitchen on the roof since we had our own. Juan was very nice and helpful although he used only Spanish which forced us to use our feeble version. His brother also worked there but somehow it was always Juan we found at the desk.
The Casa Bertha is a most interesting and fun place. We saw both young people and also retired folks. It's good value in a very touristy town and just a minute away from the Casa de Pita which often rates high with folks too. It's only five minutes away from the town's main but small plaza (the Jardin) with its sidewalk cafes and mariachis, and very close to other restaurants, a small grocery store, shops, and more. It's a good and fun place plus affordable.
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