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Elegant Home with Spectacular View of World Heritage City

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 14 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Office, 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Our home is a large, bright, 3600 square foot (360 sq. meter), house with a spectacular view of the historic center of one of Mexico’s most fascinating colonial cities. We completely remodeled the house in 2007-2008 in traditional Mexican style using high quality ceramic tiles and stone throughout. The house features several beautifully crafted vaulted ceilings—the traditional brick bovedas for which Guanajuato’s stone masons are famous. The spacious and well-equipped kitchen is a gourmet cook’s dream, both functional and beautifully decorated with colorful mayolica tile, copper pots hanging above a central island, elegant hardwood cabinets, and a grand brick arch opening into the dining room. The rooftop terrace with sundeck, wet bar, large charcoal grill, fireplace, wraparound benches, comfortable wood furniture, abundant flowers, and pergola, is an irresistible setting for enjoying morning coffee or watching the sun set over the mountains.

The living and dining rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated with traditional Mexican crafts. In the living room, comfy leather furniture surround a pretty stone fireplace with gas logs. The dining room features a large table with eight chairs and carved wood Mexican furnishings and opens out onto a lovely, spacious stone terrace that wraps around two sides of the house. The house offers a main floor bedroom with either two twins or king bed and a private bath suitable for persons with some physical difficulties. The second floor has three bedrooms, two with private bathrooms and one that shares a bathroom with a study that is equipped with a two person futon so it can also serve as a fifth bedroom. These rooms open onto a pretty sitting area offering a fabulous view of the city through floor to ceiling glass French patio doors that also open onto a second floor balcony. The master suite features a panoramic view through large windows, a wood fireplace, and a luxury bathroom with double sinks and a tub that comfortably fits two. One of the additional bedrooms is decorated with a Mexican cactus theme, has two twin beds and a private terrace. Another offers a double bed. Water is heated by solar panels; a rooftop catchment system and two cisterns in the rear both allow for efficient water use and guard against water shortages. Filtered water is available in the house for drinking. Both desktop computer with printing capability and wireless/wired internet are available.

The house is on a large 2100 square meter (about ½ acre) lot, which is planted in orange, lemon, lime, and olive trees, brightly colored bougainvillea, and a variety of cacti.

Downtown Guanajuato, a U.N. World Heritage Site, has long been one of the most popular destinations for Mexican tourists. While increasingly becoming discovered by international travelers and expatriates, it is not a destination for package foreign tourism and, thus, remains one of the country’s most purely “Mexican” cities. National Geographic Traveler ranked Guanajuato fifth among 94 World Heritage sites surveyed in 2006, calling it a “charming, peaceful, welcoming city.” Founded in the early 16th century, Guanajuato is rich in history and culture and, because of its large student population, is known throughout Mexico as having one of the liveliest downtowns in the country. City planners developed a unique system of underground streets and tunnels which enable to traffic to flow under the central city while leaving much of the area aboveground to pedestrians. Every night of the year, crowds gather in the main “jardin”, the city’s central plaza to enjoy the sounds of the strolling musicians, to eat and drink at the lively outdoor cafes, or just to go for a walk.

Guanajuato is home to the annual “International Cervantino Festival”, a three week long cultural celebration held in October each year, featuring prominent performers in dance, theater, and music from around the world.

Our home is located just above the center, a steep, but quick, 7 minute walk to the main plaza, enabling you to enjoy the delightful atmosphere of downtown but to escape to a refuge above the fray at the end of the evening. From our terrace, one can enjoy a bird’s eye view of all of the major monuments of the city, including the 16th century basilica, the University, the Teatro Juarez, the 19th century market, and the Alhondiga, site of the first major battle of the Mexican War of Independence.

Guanajuato is at approximately 6,600 feet (a bit over 2,000 meters) and, therefore, has a temperate climate, with warm days and cool nights year round. The dry season goes from October to roughly June. During the summer, rains come on many days, but usually don’t last long.

Within 1-2 hours’ drive are San Miguel de Allende, famous for its high quality arts and crafts, the ceramics producing center of Dolores Hidalgo, and the lovely colonial city of Queretaro.

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More Details

Property Manager
Helena OConnor
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish, greek
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 27, 2018


Zona Centro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Two person tub, two sinks.
    Cactus Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Copper Bathroom - toilet , shower , Shared between star bedroom and office/bedroom
    Katrina Bathroom - toilet , Main floor powder bathroom.
    Green Bathroom - toilet , shower , Main floor ensuite with green bedroom
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Green Room - 1 king , Main floor. Can be twins or king.
    Cactus Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Twins can become king. Private terrace.
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Fireplace. Luxurious bathroom. Custom closets. Fab view.
    Office - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Double futon. Very bright with great views.
    Star Bedroom - 1 queen , Shared bathroom with Office/ Bedroom. Great mountain view.
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
Purified water available in kitchen, Rooftop terrace with pergola, Solar water heater.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

A beautiful Guanajuato home.

  • 5 of 5

With James D and friends, we have rented this beautiful home numerous times in the past 8 years including Oct '16.

The home is situated on a ridge high above the town of Guanajuato with incomparable views of the town and the surrounding mountains. The home has a patio on the rooftop with a wood burning grill, a dining table and chairs and chaise lounges to simply relax and appreciate the panorama.

We have always rented in the autumn and the weather has always been perfect but I believe this weather extends well beyond the autumn.

There is also a couple who live nearby who manage the property and are always available to answer questions.


  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington DC

A spectacular place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We've been lucky enough to rent this wonderful home on several occasions over the past eight years. The property is situated just above the city and has unparalleled views, yet is only a ten-minute walk down to the heart of town. The house itself is large and extremely comfortable with five bedrooms, four and a half baths, a beautiful and well-equipped kitchen, plus several outside seating areas to enjoy Guanajuato’s mild and sunny weather. If you’re planning a visit to Guanajuato, especially an extended one, in our view there is simply no better place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amboy, MN, USA

November 19-27, 2011

  • 5 of 5

The experience was great. The property and it's views of the city are spectacular.There were a few issues, but the caretaker was always available and responded very quickly. The kitchen is truly gourmet and fully equipped. The caretaker gave us a name of a fantastic massage therapist and she actually worked on 5 of us over a 2-day period--she was phenomenal. I would highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2011
  • Stayed: November 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA

Wonderful home, spacious and stylish, in a good location with spectacular views.

  • 5 of 5

It's hard to imagine a better property in Guanajuato. The home was very spacious (5 bedrooms, 5 baths), very nicely decorated, in a good location close to the downtown, and it had simply spectacular views. We would gladly stay there again if we returned to Guanajuato. I cannot recommend it more highly.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2011
  • Stayed: August 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Fe, NM

Loved every minute and wanted to stay longer!

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous house, excellent location and super helpful owners/managers. The house would have been hard to find, except James met us at a well known hotel nearby and directed our taxi driver to the house. Once there, we were provided with little slips of paper with the directions to give to the taxi drivers and this worked perfectly (and we used taxis several times!). We loved exploring GTO - an incredible city in terms of culture and art. And loved returning to the house which was charming and spotlessly clean! We'd love to return and would rent the same house. Also, did a great day trip to Dolores Hidalgo and San Miguel (arranged by the managers); highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2011
  • Stayed: March 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Calgary, Ab, Canada

January visit to Guanajuato

  • 5 of 5

Four of us just returned from Guanajuato and absolutely enjoyed staying at the O'Connor home. Tom and Helena as well as their local staff were extremely helpful in making our stay perfect. This was my fourth time in Guanajuato and it is hard to describe how beautiful and house and surroundings are. The view is fantastic and every picture is completely accurate if reflecting the appearance and amenities of the house. We hope to return again and would definitely try and stay in the O'Connor's house and will definitely recommend this to all of our friends and relatives. Our friend Jorge once again toured us around in his taxi and made our visit even more fun. Being in Guanajuato for the Three Kings' celebrations was truly memorable. Truco siette became our favorite breakfast place and the margaritas at Capellini are definitely to die for! We had nothing but wonderful food and service and so enjoyed the beauties of Guanajuato and its fantastic people!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2011
  • Stayed: January 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Guanajuato/Leon (BJX)
Car: not necessary

Historic colonial UNESCO World Heritage city with vibrant street life.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

Our preference is for longer term rentals.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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