Great Views in Guanajuato!
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Pets allowed:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Guanajuato, nestled in the Sierra Madre at the geographic and spiritual center of Mexico, will soon become your heart’s home. A UNESCO historic site, this beautiful city highlights Mexico’s revolutionary and artistic past, while supporting a colorful, robust present. A former silver mining town, central Guanajuato is reserved for hardy walkers, with old mining tunnels serving cars, leaving steep, narrow cobblestone streets to pedestrians.
La Rosa Roja, located on Transversal del Tecolote, is perched near the top of historic Callejon Tecolote (“Owl’s Alley). The hike is well worth it, rewarding guests with exquisite views of the city below, and the Sierras surrounding the town. Joyful Mexican-style furnishings and décor providing American-style comfort complete your surroundings.
This 2-bedroom, 3-bath home has been completely renovated, with all new systems, furnishings and décor. Enter at the rooftop level, and note the huge terrace where you’ll want to entertain, or simply bask in peace and quiet as you soak in the views. Fully tiled in traditional Mexican patterns, the roof is divided into three zones: the laundry area (with separate line outside for “solar drying,”) the main entertainment area, and an open-air room to provide separation for reading, dining, or even sleeping under the stars.
On the main floor, enjoy a spacious, airy salon, measuring 22-feet long. Separate seating areas in this bright room flanked by two balconies include a great reading area with oversized equipales; wall space decorated with books, music, and a main seating space with couch and two overstuffed chairs surrounding the tiled gas fireplace. The small custom-designed office space just off the main salon, is equipped with a writing desk, shelves, and wireless connection for your convenience. The dining hall greets guests just past the main entrance, opening to a Mexican–style kitchen with all-new stainless appliances, traditional cookware and dishware, and yet another balcony. A full-sized bathroom completes the top floor—ideal for washing up before dinner, but equally usable for extra guests staying in the main salon.
The sleeping area downstairs boasts two master suites, both with comfortable queen-sized pillow-top beds, drawers and private closets for storage. The front suite, offers a deep corner soaking tub, custom tiled, with matching sink and commode. The back suite, offers beautiful Mexican antique bed and armario, with a cala lily/sunflower-themed bathroom, also featuring a soaking tub. Both baths have fantastic water pressure—a real plus in Guanajuato! Unique to this home is “La Cava,” a cool, cozy wine cellar and reading area, also located on the downstairs level for your relaxation and enjoyment.
Owned by Americans with an appreciation for comfort, all bedding and linens are of natural fibers. There are easy-to-use gas fireplaces gracing the main salon, and gas heaters in each bedroom suite for those rare cool winter nights.
This hilltop neighborhood is inhabited primarily by Mexican families; it’s not unusual to be greeted by the neighborhood children, family dogs, and the aromas of comida cooking in the afternoons. There are just a few ex-pat homes in the area, so you’ll occasionally have the chance to speak your own language while greeting passers-by.
Just down the hill, you’ll find tienditas which can provide you with everything from water, to sweets, to brooms and mops. A mere five minutes downhill on Callejon Tecolote, you’ll find renowned Santo Café (the café which sits on a bridge, overlooking the streetscape below). Santo Café is a favorite spot for locals and students alike; try any of their pollo dishes—some of the best you’ll find anywhere!
Services and Management
La Rosa Roja is managed by a native of Guanajuato who is steadily improving her English. Taxi service from Aeropuerto Benito Juarez is available for just $450 pesos (going rate into town), plus an additional $100 pesos to deliver you and your luggage safely to Transversal del Tecolote #7 (as noted, the walk is steep, so this is well-earned!) You will find the home stocked with all the amenities needed for your comfort. We provide an updated book of dining and sight-seeing options, or simply wander into El Centro, pick out your favorite foods from the local mercados (or take-out from outstanding restaurants), and you’re set for a delightful, relaxing time.
Features — Amenities
• Beautiful roof-top terrace for entertaining and enjoying the views
• Washer and “solar dryer”
• Fully equipped kitchen
• All linens provided (soft, 100% cotton or bamboo for your comfort)
• Accessible by taxicab
• Queen Beds (pillow top) in both bedrooms
• Comfortable couch could be used for short-stay guest
• Single air bed available upon request (great for that extra child!)
• CD player; CD library including an eclectic mix of American and Mexican music
• Library of a variety of different types of books in English and Spanish
• Wireless internet access, but please consider enjoying face time with the locals and your traveling
• Peace and quiet!!
• Full Kitchen
• All cooking utensils, pans, plates provided
• Gas stove and oven
• Mexican style open cabinetry
• Huge rooftop terrace
• Separate “room” on rooftop ideal for reading, sleeping, and dreaming
• Gated entry for privacy and security (not a gated community)
• Spectacular views from rooftop, and from all rooms inside the home
• This is a wonderful adult retreat space; families welcome
• Located on a hill, the climb is steep, and there are many stairs. Please know you must be in reasonably good physical condition and be comfortable negotiating hills and stairs in order to be happy here
• No pets, no smoking
Keywords: Vacation home, casa, view home, vacation rental
- 2 story
- 1300 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Other (See Description)
- Queen size Beds (2)
- 3.0 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1
- Bathroom 2
- Bathroom 3
Kitchen & Dining
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Washing Machine
- Linens Provided
- Gas Fireplace
- Music Library
- CD Player
- Wireless Internet
- Deck / Patio
Location & View
- Car Not Necessary
- Mountain View
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Sight Seeing
- Medical Services
- Fitness Center
- Mountain Biking
ReviewsWrite a review
Great views, comfy house
Great views, comfy house
This is a very nice house and we spent a lot of time in it (6 weeks). The kitchen is totally complete, with every pan or utensil one could want. We did most of our main meals at home. The beds are comfortable with plenty of warm blankets which we did need in November. The manager recommended a cleaning woman who was great. She was very thorough and I always appreciated the way everything looked after she was done. There is a steep 10 minute walk up from the central part of town before one gets to the 50 steps up. Fortunately we are in good condition so after the first few days, it wasn´t too hard. But anyone with knee or hip problems would find the access very difficult. The other issue for us was the loud, late night music coming from the "salon de fiesta" just below the house. We had loud music seven of the 40 nights we were here, which may not seem much, but it goes on until midnight or later. I'd advise guests to bring their most effective ear plugs, probably the wax ones used for swimming. The manager is very accommodating and prompt in answering questions. She showed us how everything worked when we arrived. We especially appreciated the heaters in the living room and bedrooms.
- Guest traveler
- Date of stay 10/29/12
- Review Submitted 12/02/12
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, families with teenagers, adventure seekers.
Guest comment entered by owner
We had a great time in your lovely home. NIce view,wonderful weather, good food and Margueritas, what more could you ask for? muchas gracias! Suzanne and ED Vermont
- Guest Ed and Suzanne
- Date of stay 03/12/11
- Review Submitted 04/01/11
Comfortable, spacious, affordable casa
Comfortable, spacious, affordable casa
Owner's listing description and photos give a true introduction to the charm of Casa de Rosa. A friend and I had a delightful time enjoying all the comforts of a home there with the excitement of travel. High on a hill, we had a spectacular view of Guanajuato with it's backdrop of mountains. We also appreciated that Casa de Rosa is located in a real neighborhood rather than a polished tourist area. Owners were readily available and very helpful in arranging for our stay. I would definitely stay at Casa de Rosa again as well as recommend it to friends and family. My one exception is that I would not recommend this casa to persons who avoid stairs and who don't enjoy a good walk as this is a home built on a hill.
- Guest kupkad
- Date of stay 01/29/11
- Review Submitted 02/09/11
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, sightseeing, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway.
What a wonderful holiday we had!
What a wonderful holiday we had!
We came down to Guanajuato for the holidays... it was our first trip and, one of the nicest things was this wonderful house that we rented. The owners have just taken such pride and care in making it a comfortable home, from the fully equiped kitchen (yea coffee maker) to the wonderful photographs on the walls to the comfortable bedrooms. But the best part for us was the roof deck with fantastic views that, even when we came back from a day walking the beautiful streets, we could sit up on the roof and still feel like part of the wonderful magic of the City. We invited new friends over for drinks and the kitchen was ready with bowls and platters for chips and salsa! The photos on this site perfectly reflect the interior's charms. And the property manager spoke English and was very available to help us if we had any questions. All in all it was a wonderful vacation and we loved our house. Thanks Rita and Rex!
- Guest Gloria L.
- Date of stay 12/24/10
- Review Submitted 01/21/11
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, sightseeing, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, girls getaway.
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7 night min stay
Discounts: 60 nights or more $33 nightly
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- Nearest Airport: Leon, Mexico (BJX) at 15 Miles
Year Purchased: 2009
About the owner: Originally from the Northwest, we have an appreciation for history, culture, and active living. After "soaking in" as much of the Oregon rain as we could stand, we moved to the Southwest in 1997, where we continue to live and work fulltime. In 2009, in celebration of a milestone, we went searching for somewhere unique, with a sense of history and culture. We found--and fell in love with--Guanajuato.
Why the Owner Chose Guanajuato City:
La Rosa Roja--named for Rita's mother, is a true heart space, offering amazing views, lots of comfortable living space, and unique hiding spaces like "la cava" to explore and enjoy. Even when we first purchased the house and it was still in "rough form," La Rosa Roja had character and a sense of romance and possibility.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The walk, while strenuous, is its own reward, as we ascend past some of the prettiest historic homes in all of Guanajuato, knowing that we're following in the footsteps of Mexico's great historic figures. We love being near the shops and restaurants--Cafe Santo is a real gem, and a favorite for lunch or dinner--and Teatro Juarez, with its daily live street theatre enjoyed with a glass of Sangria--is a must. At home, in "La Casa," we love having the privacy and sense of owning a piece of this amazing, historic city, which we enjoy viewing, day or night, from our huge rooftop terrace!
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View of Guanajuato from rooftop terrace
Comfortable living room furnishings and a gas fireplace to take the chill off.
Front ensuite bathroom with large tile soaking tub
Ensuite bathroom with tub and all amenities
'La Oficina' provides just enough space to stay linked in via WiFi
One of many fruit and vegetable stands at the Embajadores
The platas fruitas at La Bohemia in the Union Jardin.
From El Claustro in Plaza Reforma, this mole is incredible!
A small sample of the different types of peppers available.
View of the house from the street below.
Mexican style kitchen with balcony
Welcoming dining area
View from Santo Cafe
Rotissere chicken near Plaza Los Angeles. This chicken is not to be missed!
Dessert at Casa Valadez in the Union Jardin.
Another fruit stand, this one in the Mercado Hidalgo
A Chocortado (1/2 espresso-1/2 dark chocolate) at Cafe Tal
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