My 3-days/2-nights stay at Casa Zuniga made my visit to Guanajuato a truly memorable one. The location is fantastic - right by the entrance to the funicular station up by El Pipila, a quick ride get you directly to the town centre where all major actions take place (the funicular pass is included by the thoughtful hosts). Because of its proximity to El Pipila, it's ideal if you want to beat the crowd for the stunning panoramic view at sunrise and at night. The views from the room/balcony/swimming pool are great as well.
As many other previous reviews have stated, the breakfast is simply not to be missed. Every morning there is at least one main dish (hot), with several other dishes to be shared among the guests (eg. fresh fruit, eggs, salsa, beans). I also found other travelers who chose to stay in Casa Zuniga amazing to chat with - during my stay I've met some wonderful people and that made the breakfast time truly a great opportunity to share travel and life experiences.
The house itself and room are flawlessly clean - very spacious and tastefully decorated. Rick is so full of life and stories - he is probably the best person to speak to if you want to know more about the history of this fascinating city (originally from San Francisco but arrived in Mexico in 1965, he speaks perfect English and Spanish). In fact, the history of Guanajuato is embedded in his lovely home - the murals, sculptures, paintings and other incredible collections as well as creations have made Casa Zuniga almost like a mini museum/gallery. Rick himself is an architect, artist, historian, collector and so much more. He is well regarded in the neighborhood and it's amazing to see how well he has blended into the community.
I would definitely recommend this place to my friends and would hopefully return again. There are only a couple of things to keep in mind:
1) The funicular runs till around 10pm at night. After then you will have to walk up or take the taxi - it's a 35-peso ride from the city center and it takes you through the underground tunnel system to reach home. I personally found it interesting to at least try the taxi once. It's easy to hail a taxi at the major plazas and I felt pretty safe even at night.
2) Depending on the room that you choose, wifi might not be strong enough to reach it. However, there are several nice public areas where you can connect to the Internet. In those areas wifi is fast and reliable.
3) As it's located right above the main plaza on the hill, expect some music and noise from the crowd over the weekend. There are also dog barks and bell ringings from the churches. However - if you stay near the town center, I would expect that you will have this everywhere. It doesn't bother me much, and it feels nice to be really close to the core of the action.
Overall, really appreciate Rick to go out of his way to make my stay a fantastic one. It's hard not to like Guanajuato, but if you want to know more about the city's past and what's underneath its colorful charm, have a chat with Rick and you will discover so much more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It is our wish to provide our guests the best service possible from first contact to check out. We can only do this working directly with each guest. To that end, we are now independent. To make a reservation, either go to our web site-availability calendar or e-mail us and we can help you pick a bedroom, arrange BJX transportation, send directions, etc. Adults only, LGBT friendly. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Zuniga Hotel Guanajuato
- Casa Zuniga Bed And Breakfast