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Guadalajara Gem: The Villa Ganz Boutique Hotel

Turning off onto a leafy side-street one evening in Guadalajara, Mexico, our taxi deposited us at the Villa Ganz boutique hotel.

And what a gem of a hotel it is!

Villa Ganz review

Villa Ganz is one of the best boutique hotels in Guadalajara
Villa Ganz is one of the best boutique hotels in Guadalajara

Villa Ganz delighted us with its old-world charm.

The 1930s villa is built around a high-walled courtyard garden.

Inside, Villa Ganz has 10 lovingly-restored rooms and suites.

All the rooms are charming at Villa Ganz, Guadalajara
All the rooms are charming at Villa Ganz

Each room is individually furnished.

But you can expect décor touches like beveled glass windows, gilt-framed mirrors and candles everywhere in ornate wrought iron holders.

We speculate Villa Ganz is perhaps the best hotel in Guadalajara?

After browsing the exceptional crafts in Tlaquepaque – eyeing Orozco’s fiery murals in the UNESCO-designated Cabanas and generally exploring as much as we could of Guadalajara – it was a treat to return here at the end of each day to put our feet up and relax in this restful space.

The boutique Villa Ganz is a lovely place to stay in Guadalajara.
This boutique Guadalajara hotel is a lovely place to stay in Guadalajara

Breakfast included!

Breakfast is included in your stay at Villa Ganz – served until the very civilized time of 12 noon!

We took ours on the covered terrace beside the garden, where we’d linger over fresh-squeezed juice, fruit, sweet buns and delicious omelets, while marveling at the lush plantings of palm trees, ferns and flowering shrubs.

You can have breakfast outside in the garden or in this cozy guest lounge at the Villa Ganz boutique hotel.
You can have breakfast outside in the garden or in this cozy guest lounge at the Villa Ganz boutique hotel

Ideal location

Villa Ganz is perfectly located in Guadalajara’s “Pink Zone,” just a few blocks from many outdoor cafes, bars, designer boutiques and restaurants. 

If wondering where to stay in Guadalajara, we can highly recommend Villa Ganz.

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Photo credits: 1, 5, 6 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Remaining photos Villa Ganz


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Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George Mucalov are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents. See About.

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Suzanne

Monday 22nd of December 2014

Looks gorgeous - loving that ceiling in the bedroom. Amongst other things!

Francesca

Monday 15th of December 2014

It looks very welcoming indeed! Nice that you had a great stay.

Janice and George

Monday 15th of December 2014

It was a great stay - so many personal welcoming touches. We'd definitely recommend Villa Ganz if you're going to be visiting Guadalajara :-).

Irene S. Levine

Monday 15th of December 2014

What an appealing property! Looks so warm and welcoming~