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Casa Bertha
Ranked #24 of 75 Guanajuato B&B and Inns
Minnesota
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“Great views from the terrace”
Reviewed March 21, 2010

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.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed March 15, 2010

I spent so much time looking to rent a house for my family of 5, as I wanted to have a kitchen for small meals (breakfast & lunch). All the places were either expensive and / or far away. Then I found Casa Bertha on tripadvisor! We stayed at Casa Bertha for 5 nights between Christmas and New Years and we loved it! The staff were very helpful and kind! We stayed in one of the two apartments - one is a bit larger than the other. It is not fancy at all, but it was clean, had enough beds, a small kitchen that we used for cooking, which had what we needed for making small meals. The price was reasonable, and what we LOVED the most was the location - so close to downtown! It allowed us to take a break in the afternoon from all the walking, to go read, and our children watched some TV - small screen but lots of channels!.
My mother and sister rented very nice houses, but they were farther away, and not convenient!! I will definitely return when we go back to Guanajuato!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
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Iowa
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Reviewed April 10, 2009

Having stayed at Casa Bertha no fewer than 10 times since 2003, I feel qualified to comment on this unique casa de huespedes. I travel Mexico on the cheap (about $50 USD daily for food, lodging and travel) and have found CB to be an exceptional value. Thanks to Norma, the hard-working cleaning person, the whole place is immaculate. Jorge and Juan (sons of the owners) are normally available between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. They are most friendly and helpful, with somewhat limited English. The 10 or so basic rooms share baths, and aren't all that large, but are peaceful and just 150 pesos per person (about $11USD in April 2009). The larger rooms have private baths, TVs, and kitchenettes, and run 180 pesos per person. Open to all is the terrace on the roof, which has a fully equipped kitchen available to all guests, and a beautiful vista of the city. One can walk to the Jardin de la Union in three minutes. CB doesn't attract hard-core partiers, but a more sedate crowd who may enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace in the evening before turning in. For the bargain seeking traveler who wants a clean and tranquil place, CB is a good bet in GTO.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled solo
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Bellingham, WA
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Reviewed March 28, 2008

It is true that Casa Bertha has only a few great rooms. If you can get those rooms, you've found yourself an amazing deal. If not, I would go someone else.
The rooms I'm speaking of are the ones that come with kitchens. They are fairly large, comfy and cute in a super funky Mexican home stay kind of way. All the other rooms are small to tiny, with either bunk beds or a few single beds and no tv, and most don't have windows. All of the rooms, however, have access to a gorgeous rooftop terrace with views of Guanajuato and a shared kitchen/dining area.
My fiance and I stayed in both types of rooms while we were trying to find an apartment to rent in Gto. We paid about $37 for the kitchen room and about $30 for the tiny bunk bed room. The extra $7 -- a pittance, really, was definitely worth it.
In addition to the rooftop terrace, the other two main advantages of Casa Bertha were its location, just about five minutes to the center of the city but still in a fairly quiet residential area (although there is an incurably loud rooster that you will need to bring earplugs for nearby), as well as the unprecedented friendliness and hospitality of the staff at Casa Bertha. Jorge, especially, was extremely kind and helpful to us during our search for an apartment.

  • Liked — Super friendly and helpful staff
  • Disliked — Some rooms were much too small
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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iamzira
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Reviewed November 29, 2007

We found the Casa Bertha through a listing in a travel guide (Lonely Planet, I think?) and got a huge 3-bed room for the 2 of us, on the top floor next to the big communal kitchen. The windows overlook the city; it is a really breathtaking view. The property owner/manager, Jorge, was waiting for us at the bottom of the hill where the taxi dropped us and walked us up to the property. The space was sunny and airy, albeit not super nice or fancy, but well worth the price ($180 MXP or about $15 USD per person, per night.) The main attraction is the rooftop; it has one of the most beautiful views of the city I've ever seen.
There were three cons:
They do not take credit cards, which was fine for me, but may be a problem for some people.
They only have hot water in the morning until 11am. If you need to wash your face or shower after that time, you can request hot water, but later in the evening, no one is really around to ask about it. And the showers were pretty shoddy in general, but better than many other places in Latin America, so...
They have a no-loud-noise policy on the roof after 10pm, which was fine, but we were yelled at by another guest at 11:45pm for talking (not yelling) on the roof while we had a nightcap.
Overall, it was a good value and everyone in the town was hospitable and pleasant.

  • Liked — The rooftop
  • Disliked — no hot water after 11am
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with friends
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New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed October 9, 2007

During our six week trip to Mexico we had two very different experiences of Casa Bertha. The first time, we booked one of their two 'apartment' rooms and had an amazing time. The room was really quite reasonable considering it was huge, had both its own kitchen and bathroom and had a panoramic view out over the beautiful city of Guanajuato.
We then set off to travel around Mexico but had to return to Guanajuato at the end of our trip, as our flight left from the nearby inernational airport.
We booked the same apartment room in advance and even called two days before our return to ensure our booking was still valid. We were assured all was well, but when we turned up (after a long bus ride nontheless) they had given our room to someone else and the aleternative room they offered us was kind of third rate (maybe fourth??)
Anyway, I wasn't in the mood for a windowless room with a bunk bed and a skody bathroom down the hall and stomped off to find somewhere better, which we did at the nearby Casa Azul.
On the upside, the owners are very friendly and nice. There is a lovely communal dining area with a great view. It's close to the centre of Guanajuato. Plenty of positives. Just don't expect them to stick to their word.

  • Stayed January 2006, traveled as a couple
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Property: Casa Bertha
Address: Calle de Tamboras # 9, Guanajuato 36000, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Central Mexico and Gulf Coast > Guanajuato > Guanajuato
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Ranked #24 of 75 B&Bs / Inns in Guanajuato
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Number of rooms: 16
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