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Walk to Everything from This Charming Mexican Hacienda

Bedrooms 1
Property type hotel
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 Rooms with one queen bed per room

El Pequeño Suites is a grand 80 year old Mexican home that has been completely modernized into a guesthouse with four guest rooms, located in the most convenient part of Chapala. With only four guest rooms, a shared guest kitchen on the 1st floor and the 2nd floor, common areas, and the English speaking owners' apartment on the third floor it feels as comfortable home.

We offer private rooms with in room bathrooms in a smoke free environment to the adult traveler.

On the first and 2nd floor there are two guest rooms each, with one queen bed each (max.occ.2) suitable short stays, 1 month, or 3 months. Each room has a coffee pot, compact fridge and supplied bottled water.

On the second floor there are two suites, these rooms are larger, for even longer stays, sleeping area with one queen bed (max.occ.2), a sitting area, and a private refrigerator, coffee pots in each room as well as bottled water in each room. A second shared guest kitchen, and rooftop patio(mirador). Presenting an affordable solution to those who are considering retirement in the area and wish to stay long enough to become familiar with lakeside before investing here.

All of our spacious rooms are decorated in bright, vibrant Mexican colors, traditional ceramic tiles, and decor. All rooms are all furnished with pillow topped queen beds, end tables, a table and two chairs suitable for use as a desk or to enjoy meals. A wardrobe, in room Wi-Fi, in room private bathrooms, and walk-in showers with endless hot and cold pressurized water.

We provide all utilities, maid service once a week, complete linen change once a week or as needed, in room Wi-Fi, bottled drinking water, and lots of advise on local attractions and services. You can also enjoy the common areas such as the reading nook on the 2nd floor, or the rooftop patio with it's incredible views and greenery. Here you can watch the sunrise while enjoying a cup of coffee, or dine on a meal you prepared in the kitchen, or watch the sunset, perhaps with an evening cocktail. A short walk of a block or two will take you to almost everything you will need, including amazing fresh produce at the local Mercado, just two blocks away.

We are located in the main tourist area of town, a short walk of a block or two will take you to almost all attractions and services. All the streets in the area are paved with sidewalks, which provides well lit secure walking to the Malecón, local shopping, banks, restaurants, bars, bus and taxi, and almost all the attractions Chapala is known for.


For those arriving on motorcycles we offer secure indoor parking in our single car garage only steps from the rooms.

We have helped many guests looking to this area for possible retirement make that most important decision and become friends to many along the way.

More Details

Buz and Christie Hazen
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, learning Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About Buz and Christie Hazen

We are a husband and wife team who have moved from Oregon to Lake Chapala and are living our dream of retirement in a paradise setting and are enjoying our new love of having a guest house, welcoming travelers from all over the world.

From the moment we came to Lakeside we fell in love with the year round summer weather which wasn't hard to do after spending years in Oregon winters. We hope that many of you will come and spend time with us in our home enjoying the people, weather, location and activities of the Lake Chapala area.

We now have 2 rescue cats, they were kennel mates for 3 years; they adapted to us immediately. They are curious and can be rascals. If you'd rather not be around the cats or have allergies, please let us know, the cats will be out of site. If you have a pet you'd like to join you; please ask first so we can talk about your needs and see if it's a good fit.

Buz and Christie Hazen purchased this hotel in 2015

Why Buz and Christie Hazen chose Chapala Centro

Centrally located in Chapala, a forty minute drive from the airport of Guadalajara. The airport is easily reached by taxi, or personal driver. All the attractions around Lakeside can easily be accessed from here by starting with a short walk to the bus stop, and an incredible Mexican experience on the local buses.

We have been coming to Mexico for many years and have found Lake Chapala to be our place in the sun.

What makes this hotel unique

Location, location, location. We can not say enough about where we are located. There is no need for a car here, an aspect we love. We enjoy the experience of the local bus rides with the unexpected entertainment that gives it it's unique Mexican flavor. We offer secure indoor parking for motorcycles, and getting around the area does not require a car. Whether it be bus, taxi, private vehicle or just on foot you can easily reach shopping, the beach, restaurants and other activities from here, and the walking is easy here.

One of our favorite rituals is to sit in an open air restaurant at the Malecon and have an evening cocktail, watch the sun go down and then enjoy a short walk home.


Chapala Centro Hotel Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • hotel
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Shared Kitchen ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , All rooms have private in room bathroom and shower
  • 2 beautifully decorated in Mexican colors and themes, each private bathroom contains a tiled walk in shower with plenty of hot pressurized water. Hair dryers upon request.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 4 - 4 queen , 1 ea queen in 4 rooms
  • One pillow top queen mattress in each of the 4 rooms, maximum occupancy in each room is 2 adults. In room compact refrigerator, coffee maker, supplied bottled water, access to in room WI-FI, and table for 2
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Each room contains a ceiling fan, a table and two chairs suitable for use as a desk or to eat at, WI-FI reception in every room, purified bottled water supplied in each room, sheets and towels are changed once a week.


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Walk to Everything from This Charming Mexican Hacienda
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

A Great Find in a Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely well run establishment in a great location that makes it the perfect jumping off point for exploring this area. Very comfortable and clean with a well equipped shared kitchen if you are inclined to cook. The roof top garden is a perfect place for planning your day or watching the sun go down. The proprietors could not be more accommodating and if you are lucky you might get one of Christie's fabulous scones. Look no further, this is the place to stay for exploring the Lake Chapala area.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We admired your traveling spirit, and really enjoyed your stay with us. It was fun hear what you discovered each day. Hope to see you again when your old enough to retire. ;-)
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  • 5 of 5

Buzz and Christie are the kindest, most informative host and hostess any tourist could want. The hotel's small size allows for relationships to develop among guests. The roof top terrace provides solace or camaraderie with views of both the lake and the mountains. It is close to everything needed for a comfortable stay and no car necessary. It is ever so clean and well maintained. I shall return!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location! Fabulous host and hostess. Very helpful and willing to give you tons of great...

  • 5 of 5

....Recommendations or answer any questions you come up with. Quaint and clean rooms/suites. The room has ample closet space, comfy sofa, Mexican decor throughout the home and rooftop outdoor area.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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If you want to experience Mexico at it's finest.Nothing fancy, but everything you need.

  • 5 of 5

Buz & Christie are excellent hosts. Don't forget the rooftop terrace for your afternoon wine.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! Our only regret is that we didn't get to spend more time with you. We look forward to your return to the area; and a long friendship.
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Amazing, Wonderful,

  • 5 of 5

We can not say enough good things about the couple who own and run this unique property. Buzz and Christie are warm friendly, and they absolutely do everything humanly possible to make your stay with them the best experience. The location is great you can walk to everything needed and the Melecon is beautiful. We did have a car and street parking is no problem. Restaurants are plentiful, so good and reasonably priced. I feel safer here than I do on Vancouver Island. We have made so many new friends. Christie and Buzz at the top of the list. We would like to move to the area and when we come back to scout it out, We are afraid this jewel of a place will be booked up, it's just great

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Judy! In spite of the trials you had getting here; you were in great spirits and such a pleasure to have with us. We're glad we will see you again; and are happy to know you will settle nearby. Christie & Buz
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Perfect Little Gem

  • 5 of 5

Everything about El Pequeno is great. The rooms are colourful, comfortable,, and clean, the location is excellent, and the new owners, Buzz and Christie, are amazing. They were so accommodating and made our stay such a pleasure. There is a lovely shared kitchen and a beautiful roof-top patio where we relaxed in the sun and watched amazing sunsets. We enjoyed using the local busses and had no trouble finding our way to Ajijic, where we found beautiful shops and restaurants. The whole experience was relaxing and enjoyable. We plan to stay at El Pequeno again and again. Highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The local market and town center
La Cristiania park
A beautiful green area with water front, trees, tennis, water slides, picnic areas, bandstan...
Bus Depot
Local bus depot for travel to all points via Guadalajara
American Legion
Local American Legion, bar and restaurant open seven days a week, with special events on wee...
Chapala Malecon (Boardwalk)
Taxi Stand
Local taxi stand
Lake Chapala
police station
police station located across the road from our home
Soriana Mercado
Mom's Deli and Restaurant
Just like mom makes....comfort food
La Nueva Posada Restaurant
Garden dining, Breakfast lunch and dinner, lake view. Great service
Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Guadalajara (GDL)
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Chula Vista
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Car: not necessary

In the heart of the city and still walking distance to boats for hire and water tours of Lake Chapala, and islands. A short walk to everything on good roads and sidewalks.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100

Cancellation Policy - We require a minimum 50% deposit at the time your reservation is made. If a
cancellation is made at least 60 days prior to your arrival date, we will
refund your deposit, cancelations more then 30 days prior to arrival, will receive 50% refund.
There will be no refunds for reservations cancelled fewer than 30 days before your
arrival date or if we can not re-rent to another party. Payment is due in
full upon check-in. No refunds given for early departures. Thank you for
your understanding.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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