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Old world elegance at Quinta Las Acacias, Guanajuato

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Old world elegance at Quinta Las Acacias, Guanajuato

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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.)

Quinta Las Acacias is in a quiet part of Guanajuato, a 20-minute walk away from the historic center
Quinta Las Acacias is in a quiet part of Guanajuato, but still within walking distance of the historic center


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.

Frida Kahlo suite at Quinta Las Acacias
Newer suites are situated around a cactus garden

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.

The La Galerena suite at Quinta Las Acacias, Guanajuato, was once the kitchen
Our suite was once the kitchen – see the stove and copper chimney hood?

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.

The La Galerena Suite at Quinta Las Acacias, Guanajuato
Our La Galerena suite at Hotel Quinta Las Acacias

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.

The breakfast room at Quinta Las Acacias
The breakfast room at Quinta Las Acacias

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!)

Bottom line?

After checking out several hotels, we’re confident Quinta Las Acacias is the best hotel in Guanajuato.

Quinta Las Acacias, Guanajuato

168 Paseo De La Presa, Guanajuato
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What to do in Guanajuato?

Read our posts on these must-visit museums:

Cool Art at Diego Rivera Museum in Guanajuato

Death on Display at Guanajuato’s Mummy Museum

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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

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Irene S. Levine

Monday 12th of January 2015

Thanks for sharing information about this gem. Will definitely make it a stop next time we are in Guanajuato. Love the decor!


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