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Where to stay in Guanajuato, Mexico?
When researching Guanajato hotels for our visit, we zeroed in on Quinta Las Acacias.
Built in the 19th century as a French-style mansion, Quinta Las Acacias is the picture of old-world elegance – mixing European antiques with colorful Mexican touches and hospitality.
Quinta Las Acacias
It sits on a tree-shaded cobblestone street a 20-minute walk uphill from the historic center of colonial Guanajuato (a charming UNESCO-listed town).
(Get directions if you don’t know the way – while walking from the hotel to the landmark 1873 Teatro Juarez in the heart of Guanajuato, we got totally lost.)
Hotel Quinta Las Acacias has a total of 16 rooms and suites.
The original main house has six rooms with polished timbered floors and flowered wallpaper.
But for more space, soundproofing and king-size beds, book one of the ten newer larger suites – some traditional, some more modern – in separate stone buildings that climb up the hillside behind the main house. The newest suites , sprinkled around a cactus garden up top, have views of the Guanajuato mountains.
Each room is different. (See all the different rooms here.)
Once a kitchen, our traditional suite (Suite Con Jacuzzi La Galerena) featured a built-in yellow-tiled stove and counter, huge copper chimney and a playful tequila bottle display.
A tall beaten silver-framed mirror stood in one corner, and blue-and-white porcelain lamps framed the bed.
Wood-shuttered windows hid a teeny balcony.
Thoughtful touches at this boutique Guanajuato hotel included free in-room WiFi, coffee maker and vase of fresh red irises. Maids dressed prettily in pale pink dresses and white aprons kept our room impeccably clean (and they tucked in the green budgies in the birdcage outside each night).
Minor quibble: We found our bathroom with no windows a bit dark.
We ate breakfast (included in the rates) in the inn’s wood-paneled dining room, sitting by large casement windows that can be thrown open in warm weather.
White lace placemats and silverware enhanced the gracious setting as we were served fresh-squeezed orange juice, warm baked muffins and a hot entrée like an omelette or apple crepes.
For dinner, we highly recommend that you head to acclaimed Casa Mercedes in Guanajuato for inventive Mexican cuisine. (Their deep purple-colored, Xoconostle cactus fruit margaritas are amazing!)
After checking out several hotels, we’re confident Quinta Las Acacias is the best hotel in Guanajuato.
We explored Guanajuato and several other Mexican colonial towns on assignment for a Canadian magazine. While we stayed at Quinta Las Acacias as media guests, we always retain complete control to write what we want.
Photos 1, 5, 8 and 10 to 12 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Other images courtesy Quinta Las Acacias