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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Guanajuato City house description
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
- 1300 sq. ft.
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
- Queen size Beds (2)
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Gas Fireplace
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- CD Player
- Music Library
- Wireless Internet
- Deck / Patio
Location & View
- Mountain View
- Car Not Necessary
- Fitness Center
- Mountain Biking
- Medical Services
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Sight Seeing
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Lovely home with some issues
Lovely home with some issues
Let me preface this review by saying Rex and Rita are very gracious hosts, who obviously care about their guests and have gone through a great deal of effort to make their home as welcoming as possible. They have an amazingly responsive property manager, Martha, who is the local contact at the casa. Martha was there for us every step of the way and was available to help anytime we needed assistance. She made sure there was plenty of potable water and other necessities in the house before we arrived. Martha even arranged a cooking class in the house during our stay, which was one of the highlights of our trip. The home is spacious, has a lovely view of the city and is very well located near the city center (as the listing and others have mentioned it is a steep ascent and there are numerous steps to reach the house). The house was clean and the beds very comfortable and clean, the kitchen is well appointed and has everything you need to make a lovely meal. There was plenty of storage for our clothes and suitcases. It was very welcoming. I wish this is where I could end this review but despite all the wonderful things about this house there are two big issues we had with the property. First and foremost, the showers. The showers either spewed freezing cold water or water so scalding hot it was at the point of being dangerous. At no point could we get any of the three showers to produce a reliable stream of warm water to take a normal shower no matter how much we played with the faucets. We did mention this to Martha but she didn't have any suggestions to remedy the situation. Second, the music. OH MY GOD the music. As another reviewer mentioned there is a restaurant at the bottom of the hill, below the house which plays some very loud music on weekends and on some holidays. We rented knowing about this issue ahead of time but we had no idea how loud the music could be. On one night the music was so loud we couldn't have a conversation in the house without raising our voices because we couldn't be heard over the music. The bass pounded on two nights until 1am and on our last night it didn't stop until 2:30am!! Ear plugs helped but the music and bass could still be heard in the house. We aren't old and I enjoy clubs and music but It seriously impeded our ability to enjoy our evenings in the house and our sleep. I really wanted to give this a 5 star review and I don't think 1 star is fair so I've chose to give it four stars.
- Guest Brian C. (Portland, Oregon)
- Date of stay 10/26/13
- Review Submitted 11/05/13
Disappointing - Feels Like Camping
Disappointing - Feels Like Camping
The Good: Comfortable mattresses. Clean refrigerator and stove. Wifi. Views. The Bad: There are scorpions and spiders in various places. The showers are inadequate. Mixing the hot and cold water for a comfortable temperature needs addressing. Only a small stream of comfortable water is possible and at times this can be interrupted by a strong blast of scaldingly hot water. We contacted management and the owner regarding this but none of the "solutions" they offered fixed the problem. There is an odor of cat urine in the living room and in the downstairs hallway. We found the cat inside the house one afternoon. The outdoor terrace is large, but there isn't any furniture except two little chairs and a small table making it less than perfect to sleep or to entertain as the house description states. We couldn't unlock the door to access the terrace one day because someone had gained access to the terrace and slid the lock across (there is another door to the terrace that has openings where someone may unlock the door and enter the terrace). Some sheets had holes in them. The front door sticks, so you must forcefully bang the door open. Finally, the walk up the hill is long and hard. "50 steps" doesn't describe the walk.
- Guest Todd S.
- Date of stay 10/04/13
- Review Submitted 10/17/13
Manager response: We thank the guests for their review, and for acknowledging some of the many positive aspects of our property (comfortable and clean, strong wifi and views). We must say that we're rather surprised by their many complaints. As mentioned in the review, the guests did in fact contact us on their first full day to complain about the water pressure and temperature, at which time we offered the solutions we have used in Guanajuato, and while staying in Guadalajara. In most of Mexico, the water is gravity feed, so balancing the temperature does in fact take a little patience. However, as to the pressure, part of our attraction to the home was its excellent water pressure, which we augmented with a pump to ensure maximum pressure. Had the guests communicated again with us during their 2-week stay, we could have either instructed our property manager to assist them further, or offered the names of good hotels in the area. As to the rest of the complaints: In our guest book, we are very transparent that, because Guanajuato is a rocky, arid, mountain town, there are in fact dry-land insects. Our property manager sprays for them prior to each guest's arrival, and ensures there is spray in case there is a sighting. Similarly, we state that there are domestic animals in the neighborhood, including cats and dogs. We are concerned as to why the guests chose to allow the cat to visit, if she was unwanted. Again, if there was an odor, a quick communication to the property manager would have alleviated the issue. With regard to furniture for the rooftop: we do in fact store a small table and 2 chairs in the rooftop closet, which is what fits there. There is an additional outdoor table and 2 additional chairs in the house, along with a mattress and hammock for lounging. These are all relatively easy to bring upstairs, but our property manager could of course provide that service should guests be unable or unwilling to do so themselves. Finally, with regard to the stairs and the walk up the hill, we can only say that in our VRBO listing, we indicate no less than four times that the walk is strenuous, but worth it. We can only conclude that these particular guests were not an appropriate match for the amenities our property offers, which we regret as our hope is always that anyone coming to Guanajuato enjoys the city for all that it is: a beautiful, authentic Mexican community.
Great Grad trip
Great Grad trip
We loved Guanajuato and your casa was perfect for us. We went to Guanajuato with our son so he could do some classes at the Escuela Mexicana (he highly recommends it and learned a lot)...he wanted the Spanish immersion. Your home is "just around the corner"...and of course up the hill from the school. The house is neat and clean and very well situated. It is quite a hike up, but thanks to your comments we were prepared and enjoyed greeting the folks along the way....everyone in the neighborhood is very friendly. Oh, and did I say what a great view! We have a lot of pictures of the city taken from the balconies. Also a shout out to Martha for "helping us find the home by guiding us in"
- Guest SBC (Edmonds, WA, USA)
- Date of stay 06/23/13
- Review Submitted 07/05/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
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 (Bozeman, Montana)
- Date of stay 10/29/12
- Review Submitted 12/02/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, tourists without a car.
Guest comment entered by manager
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 (St. Paul, Mn)
- Date of stay 01/29/11
- Review Submitted 02/09/11
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
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. (New York)
- Date of stay 12/24/10
- Review Submitted 01/21/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
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- Nearest Airport: Leon, Mexico (BJX) at 15 Miles
Year Purchased: 2009
About: 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 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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