Great Views in Guanajuato!

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Last updated: 07/19/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property 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 good 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.

Tecolote Neighborhood
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 Michael and Rosio, who own and run Los Campos, one of Guanajuato's renowned restaurants. They are fluent in both English and Spanish, so communication won't be a problem. Coming from the hospitality industry, they want to ensure that your visit to Guanajuato is as fabulous as this city is. 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
• Microwave
• Gas stove and oven
• Mexican style open cabinetry

Outdoor Features
• 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

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1300 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Incredible city views of historic Guanajuato from all rooms, including three balconies off main salon and kitchen; a unique 'cava' wine cellar/reading area; traditional Mexican neighborhood; tasteful and comfortable Mexican decor; lots of privacy. ...moreless


  • Books:

    A small variety of books are in the office...moreless

  • CD Player


  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Photography
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating:

    Gas heaters in the bedrooms...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio:

    A small table and two chairs are in the locked room with the gas tanks....moreless



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  • Cleaning $40


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Last updated: 07/19/2016
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15 Miles
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Leon, Mexico (BJX)

Car: Not Necessary

A culturally rich UNESCO World Heritage site. Many museums, festivals, World Rally Car event, and a plethora of restaurants of all kinds.


Manager info

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 Zona Centro, Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico:
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

    View of Guanajuato from rooftop terrace

  • Comfortable living room furnishings and a gas fireplace to take the chill off.

    Comfortable living room furnishings and a gas fireplace to take the chill off.

  • Front ensuite bathroom with large tile soaking tub

    Front ensuite bathroom with large tile soaking tub

  • Ensuite bathroom with tub and all amenities

    Ensuite bathroom with tub and all amenities

  • 'La Oficina' provides just enough space to stay linked in via WiFi

    'La Oficina' provides just enough space to stay linked in via WiFi

  • Dining table

    Dining table

  • Upstairs bath

    Upstairs bath

  • One of many fruit and vegetable stands at the Embajadores

    One of many fruit and vegetable stands at the Embajadores

  • From El Claustro in Plaza Reforma, this mole is incredible!

    From El Claustro in Plaza Reforma, this mole is incredible!

  • A small sample of the different types of peppers available.

    A small sample of the different types of peppers available.

  • The chicken salad from Los Campos

    The chicken salad from Los Campos

  • View of the house from the street below.

    View of the house from the street below.

  • Mexican style kitchen with balcony

    Mexican style kitchen with balcony

  • Large Tub/shower

    Large Tub/shower

  • Welcoming dining area

    Welcoming dining area

  • La Cava

    La Cava

  • View from Santo Cafe

    View from Santo Cafe

  • Rotissere chicken near Plaza Los Angeles. This chicken is not to be missed!

    Rotissere chicken near Plaza Los Angeles. This chicken is not to be missed!

  • Another fruit stand, this one in the Mercado Hidalgo

    Another fruit stand, this one in the Mercado Hidalgo

  • A capuccino and cortado from Cafe Tal

    A capuccino and cortado from Cafe Tal

  • The Shrimp Tacos con Coco from Pacifico

    The Shrimp Tacos con Coco from Pacifico

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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