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.)
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 climbing up the hillside behind. The newest, sprinkled around a cactus garden up top, have views of the Guanajuato mountains.
Each room is different.
Our traditional suite was once a kitchen, featuring 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 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.
Breakfast (included in the rates) is served in the inn’s wood-paneled dining room. Lace placemats and silverware enhance the gracious setting for fresh-squeezed orange juice, warm muffins and omelettes or apple crepes.
For dinner, head to acclaimed Las Mercedes in Guanajuato for inventive Mexican cuisine (try their amazing Xoconostle cactus margaritas).
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. We stayed at Quinta Las Acacias as media guests, and our hotel review was first published in Cruise & Travel Lifestyles magazine.