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Casa Caracol: Tranquil and Elegant in the Historic Center

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath (Sleeps up to 4)

Tranquil and elegant, this historic home is located right in the Centro Historico of Guanajuato (two blocks from the lively Jardin de Union and Teatro Juarez) yet tucked away up a quiet pedestrian-only street.

What you will love about staying in Casa Caracol is its perfect location. The city of Guanajuato is situated in a canyon, with the town center at the bottom and the private residences nestled into the mountainsides. The higher up, the better the mountain view, but also the more arduous the hike home. Casa Caracol is situated about one block up from the Plaza San Francisco (which is in the car-free zone), just high enough to have a view, but close enough so one can pop home without working up a sweat.

The central location of Casa Caracol allows the visitor to have the quintessential Guanajuato experience strolling and taking in all of the spontaneous happenings downtown: from joyful mariachis, solemn religious processions, bizarre costumed parades, open-air dancing, frequent craft fairs, mimes and clowns, and plentiful outdoor cafes and restaurants. Living downtown means you can hear the parade drums coming, grab your camera and watch it go by. It means you can enjoy your morning coffee/tea/fruit smoothie and home-made bagel around the corner at the Bagel Cafe, then come back home to freshen up and plan your day.

Renovated by an artist, Casa Caracol is notable for its beauty and romance. The difference is in the details. When you approach Casa Caracol you are first greeted with the outdoor garden - an ivy-covered archway encloses a miniature garden with potted plants and citrus trees. When the flowers are in bloom this archway is a frequent photo op for tourists. (Once an entire mariachi band posed there for their CD cover!)

Behind the giant ancient door and down four small steps is the foyer, with diffused light coming from a domed skylight. Off of this is the cozy bedroom with double bed, and the architectural feature for which Casa Caracol takes its name: the stone 'caracol' (Spanish both for 'snail' and 'spiral staircase') with original stone steps cantilevered magically into the massive walls. Walking up the caracol takes you to the shared rooftop terrace with breathtaking views of the Templo San Francisco. Bring your iPod and enjoy a nap in the hammock (listening to your own tunes on the Klipsch for iPod speakers), or bring your laptop and enjoy wifi service throughout the entire home.

Continuing you come to the sun-flooded kitchen/dining/living area. With a wall of eastern exposure windows, this is the heart of the home, both sunny and peaceful. The kitchen is equipped with modern conveniences: four burner stove/oven, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, toaster oven, blender (for those frothy drinks!), coffee maker, stemware, and pots and pans to cook up and enjoy delicious meals. Off of this main room is the large bedroom with king size bed (that can be converted into two twins but please advise me beforehand if you would like this option) and the bathroom with modern plumbing and unlimited hot water. Casa Caracol is a all on one level, not including the entranceway and rooftop terrace. The price includes all utilities, linens, weekly housekeeping, unlimited purified drinking water, and wifi.

When renovating, we preserved the historic Spanish colonial beauty of this 200+ year old building. Enjoy the romance and natural insulation of 40 centimeter thick adobe walls (cool in the summer, warm in the winter), wood-beamed high ceilings, original built-in wooden cabinetry with antique wavy glass, and hand-carved stone details. We added festive Mexican tiles, traditional fired-clay floors, high thread-count sheets, and goose feather comforters and pillows. The walls are decorated in original art from our private collection.

Let us customize your stay in Guanajuato. Having lived here full-time for 15 years, we are fortunate to know many of the artists, artisans and cultural gems of Guanajuato. For example, we can help you enjoy print-making, stained glass-making, horseback riding, tours of famous local pottery studios, guitar lessons, Mexican cooking or dancing lessons. Experience a sweat lodge with guided shaman, or natural hot springs. We can give you recommendations to the best dark roast coffee, eating out vegetarian, a homeopathic pediatrician, or one of the many often-unpublicized jazz and classical music concerts around town.

More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
April 14, 2018

About The Owner

Marie is a classical musician who performs weekly with the Guanajuato Symphony. Dean is a professional artist. We have lived here full-time since 1998. When not playing music, painting, or renovating houses, we enjoy hiking, sharing meals with friends, and goofing off with our young son.

The Owner purchased this house in 2004

Why The Owner chose Zona Centro

We moved here in 1998 and fell in love with the colonial architecture. Casa Caracol is our third historic restoration project, and our only vacation rental, which we manage personally. When we first saw Casa Caracol the roof was falling in! When it became available we couldn´t resist the temptation of restoring it to its original glory.

What makes this house unique

A magical, romantic place to visit, Guanajuato was recently ranked FIFTH out of the 830 current World Heritage Sites by a panel of 419 National Geographic experts in sustainable tourism, meaning this is one of the best-preserved cultures to visit in the world. What better way to experience it than in an authentically-restored historic home?


Zona Centro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size bed (1), Double Bed (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
Weekly housekeeping included, fresh high-thread count sheets and towels replaced weekly, goose down comforters and goose feather pillows, unlimited purified drinking water provided, Klipsch speakers for iPod, wifi/ethernet


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Casa Caracol: Tranquil and Elegant in the Historic Center
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Perfect location to enjoy Guanajauto

  • 5 of 5

Casa Caracol, is the perfect place to enjoy the vibrancy of Guanajuato. Just steps away from all the culture and history of the Centro, yet in a quiet neighbourhood. The suite has everything you need, to feel at home, with a well equipped kitchen, and space to relax. The historic building is very comfortable with space to hangout in. It is decorated with fascinating art work, and we enjoyed listening to the large selection of music provided while enjoying the views out the large windows. Marie and Dean are wonderful hosts, and were super helpful in making our stay memorable.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location!

  • 4 of 5

The 2 bedroom apartment is in a perfect location in downtown Guanajuato. The actual neighborhood is very quiet, but you are only steps away from the center of Guanajuato with many restaurants nearby.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Holiday Destination

  • 5 of 5

What a welcoming place to visit. This was our first time visiting Guanajuato, but it will not be our last.

Dean and Marie Gazeley are wonderful hosts and with the accommodations being such a gem, our first experience was unforgettable.

The apartment is extremely well equipped with everything you need to stay for as long as you like. It is beautifully decorated and has an authentically Mexican feel that was just what we were looking for. We visited in April 2016 which was a beautiful time of year with warm sunny days (30 degrees Celsius) and lovely cool evenings that were ideal for sleeping (15 degrees Celsius).

The rooftop terrace is also a lovely feature. We would eat most of our meals up there and the view is stunning.

Where Dean and Marie have lived in Mexico for many years so they know the ins and outs of the community and were more than happy to point us in all the right directions.

There is a wonderful binder in the apartment that is filled with everything you might want to know while visiting Guanajuato from restaurants, attractions, museums and other tourist interests.

We found the apartment to be very spacious and there is a wonderfully stocked bookcase with every kind of book you may be interested in, including a Spanish-English Dictionary. (We needed a little help with Spanish!)

Dean and Mare are such genuine people with a great knowledge of the artistic and musical happenings in the community, most of which are only a short walk from the apartment. The location of the apartment is so convenient, you are virtually in the hub of the City and the Jardin.

One of the highlights for us while visiting Guanajuato was how the city has kept it’s authentic Mexican ways, making us feel as if we were transported back in time to a more relaxed and simpler way of living. The local people are so friendly and genuine to visitors and there is a wonderful feeling of contentment amongst the people there.

In summary, we would highly recommend staying at “Casa Caracol”. One thing for certain is that we will return in the future.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A charming place to stay

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I stayed at Casa Caracol at the end of May and early June. It is beautifully situated in the center of town. Shopping, attactions, entertainment all within walking distance. The apartment is well equipped and the beds are comfortable. No need for airconditioning as the windows open at night allow a cool breeze. The rooftop was comfortable to sit during the day or night. Wifi is fast and we had no problem keeping touch with family members at home. The owners Marie and Dean are lovely people who took care of any requests. I will definitely consider staying with them again my next visit to Guanajuato.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable, light-filled apartment

  • 5 of 5

Marie and Dean, who live next door, are both charming hosts. They went out of their way to ensure we had a wonderful stay in this comfortable and light apartment. We appreciated the full notes of what to do, where to eat etc and loved the apartment's proximity to the centre of the town. The view from the roof is extraordinary - you couldn't be anywhere else but Mexico. A perfect spot to unwind.

By the way most of the sights of Guanajuato are on the flat. But reaching this apartment requires a short, 2 block climb including some 15 or so steps along pedestrian only streets. It's s bit of a drag up with your luggage but that only happens the once!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful location and helpful hosts

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful home. Four of us shared the space and never felt crowded. The bedrooms are distanced from one another. The rooftop deck provided a lovely outside area with a shaded viewpoint and a lovely cool breeze. It is an easy walk to cafes, cabs and the main plaza. We only stayed 5 nights, but we managed to add a one hour bus ride to and from San Miguel de Allende.

Although San Miguel was beautiful, we were happy that we stayed in Guanajuato. It's a very vibrant and youthful city. The Diego Rivera Museum was a wonderful surprise and was a nice counterpoint to our recent visit to Frieda's Casa Azul in Mexico City. The little shops near the museum were also lovely. I don't really know how to describe the mummies other than to say you should definitely see them. The bus ride to and from was colorful and entertaining. A little Spanish is helpful.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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International Cervantino Festival of music, dance, theater during October, Diego Rivera Museum, baroque ensemble, petro glyphs, natural hot springs, sweat lodge, artisanal workshops, weekly Symphony Orchestra concerts, language schools


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $100

Rates based on double occupancy. $10 per night additional fee per extra person.

Reservations secured by rent in full plus $100 security deposit. Security deposit is returned upon departure. Payments can be made by personal check, PayPal, or Interac (for Canadian guests).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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