Replies: 9 - Last Post: Feb 25, 2013 7:08 PM Last Post By: tanglefoot
Feb 3, 2013 5:46 PM
Guanajuato accommodationsWe are looking for accommodations in Guanajuato for 2 people for 3-4 nights midweek within easy walk to Teatro Juarez. We've checked travel books and internet and were wondering if recent fellow travellers could recommend somewhere for under 500 pesos per night. Thanks in advance.
Feb 4, 2013 9:52 AM
1Just used booking.com to book at a hotel in Guanajuato. Checked reports, and went ahead.
Feb 4, 2013 12:02 PM
2Years ago, we stayed at Hostería del Frayle. It was pretty nice, and next door to el Teatro Júarez. It doesn't appear to have any rate less than $744 a night, but you might negotiate a lower one on arrival, as we did.
Wa also stayed at Posada Molino del Rey, less than a 10 minute walk from Teatro Júarez. At that time, we had a very unsatisfactory room. Perhaps it has improved since 1995. I see by the photos on their website that it's a lot less luxe than the Frayle, but the rates are a lot lower. (The website is kind of funny, as it's based on a template and not all filled out.)
Feb 4, 2013 12:32 PM
3Our favorite Guanajuato hotel over the years has been the Socavon. But it's not in the center, it's a 15 minute walk. An advantage of this hotel is that it has relatively quiet rooms. The rates are a little high. When we've stayed there, breakfast was not included. The one breakfast we did eat (mind you, this was back in the '90s), was slow in coming and perfectly ordinary when it arrived. If you can get a lower room rate without breakfast at the Socavon, then I think it's a good choice.
Feb 4, 2013 9:16 PM
4I was in Guanajuato last March and found it really hard to get a nice place at a reasonable price. We paid considerably more than what you are wanting to pay and it still was in a basement!
Good luck, hope you can find something.
Feb 5, 2013 1:41 AM
5My favorite place to stay in Guanajuato is Casa Bertha at Callejon de Tamboras # 9 which is walkway just off the Plaza Mexiamora. It's a family-run guesthouse with a rooftop terrace that includes a kitchen. It's about 4 blocks from the Teatro Juarez.
As with many destinations in Guanajuato, Casa Bertha is a little difficult to find. To get there, walk up the steps on the side of the Teatro Principal. That will lead you to Plaza Mexiamora. From there ask anyone for Casa Bertha and they should be able to point you to Callejon de Tamboras.
I think the best rooms adjoin the terrace.
Feb 5, 2013 10:04 PM
6There are two other places near Casa Bertha in your price range,
-Hotel /Hostal Cantarranas (Cantarranas 50) and
- Casa de Pita (same directions as to Casa Berta as in #5, just ask for Casa Berta on the Plaza Mexiamora, half a block on a side street).
The things with Cantarranas is that it is on a small square off the major street Cantarranas (it becomes Hidalgo) so finding and getting it much easier - bus or taxi can drop you off right in front of the hotel and you do not need to navigate stairs or slopes unlike Bertha or Pita (though, you will need to navigate stairs once inside.)
All three are fine establishment for the respective price categories. They are not right by the theater Juarez but if you chose the right way (half a block north along Cataranas-Hidalgo and right to Jardin Union), you'll be by the Teather Juarez in 5 min.
-The only place next to TJ I can think of is a hotel in the north-western corner of Palza de la Paz. Never stayed there and don't recall the name but I think it was under 500.
-The next thing to try is Messon del Rosario further up Ave Juarez: it is more than 600MP but you may try to negotiate. Despite being a nice property and friendly establishment, though, the rooms are a bit like a dungeon and small "windows" in some rooms actually to the underground car tunnel.
-Finally, there is Messon Cuevano. They are listed starting 630 but I was able to negotiate in the past, though they had a different name back in 2010. They are in no guides that I know so midweek they seem to be empty - you can try to negotiate.
-The lowest I ever got at Frayles, which I like as a hotel a lot, was 700 in low season back in 2009 and 2010. Not anymore.
Feb 7, 2013 6:15 PM
Feb 7, 2013 7:47 PM
8I stayed at Casa Bertha last April.
The goodthings for me were the extremely kind owners, the rooftop terrace and kitchen, and the strict quiet hours -no gatherings or loud TV after 10 PM. This was great for me, even though I`d often be the last one in way past midnight, becuase the place was dead quiet.
The things you might not like are very simple barebones rooms - nothing fancy or pretty, no very comfortable mattresses, but hardly the worst, you have to give a holler in the AM when you want hot water, basic cleaning but no sheet change every day like a hotel.
I really enjoyed international crowd that was there that week, and have kept in touch with some of them. We went out at night a few times.
I would not reccomend Casa Pita- bad rep and unfriendly.
There`s a woman who rents rooms right below Casa Bertha, really nice and chatty.
Feb 25, 2013 7:08 PM
9Thanks again for your responses. Taking our budget into account, we tried Casa Bertha (hostel). It was friendly and had a nice kitchen off the terrace that gave great views of Guanajuato. We paid 450 pesos double for a suite with fridge, etc. Unfortunately for the owners, there is a large, loud dog living on a small balcony that is close to a couple of the rooms. Ours was one of them, and another similar room, away from the dog, was not available or we would have stayed on.
We really liked the brothers that ran the place and would confidently recommend Casa Bertha to anyone. Just ask for a room away from the dog! There is a 10:00 quiet time rule.
We moved a couple of blocks away to Casa de Pita and got a great room with our own street entrance. We paid 500 pesos per night. This included an excellent breakfast cooked for us, and Pita ate with us and helped us a lot with our Spanish. We stayed 3 nights and slept in the most comfortable bed we've found since January 3rd.
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