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Casa San Sebastian At Embajadoras Park

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,450 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Centrally Located 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath House With Large Patio/Garden

Casa San Sebastian offers a combination of desirable features that are hard to find in Guanajuato: a central location, yet with beautiful views of the city hillsides, trees and mountains; just minutes walking from the main square, yet located in a quiet neighborhood; a very large patio and garden, yet close to street level with no long steps to climb.

One of the most unusual features of Casa San Sebastian, especially considering its central location, is its enormous patio and garden—over 2000 sq. feet—with lime, orange, grapefruit and guava trees. Instead of a rooftop patio that requires more stair climbing, the patio and garden are on the same level as the house. The patio affords excellent views of Embajadoras Park with its beautiful Indian Laurel trees, colorful city hillsides and mountain views. Enjoy the almost year-round sun in a comfortable chair, or eat breakfast on a wrought iron table in the shade.

The master bedroom has one queen size bed, a small balcony that opens directly toward the Park, plus a large window onto the patio and grapefruit tree and a “linternilla” or raised skylight through which a portion of the night sky is visible from the bed. It also features a private, modern bath. The second bedroom is equipped with a double bed and a single bed, its own private bath and windows that open onto the patio and its trees. All rooms (except the two baths) and hallways have Mexican “boveda” or vaulted brick ceilings.

Casa San Sebastian lies at the end of a short “callejon” or pedestrian street. Its main neighbor is the Templo San Sebastian, one of the historic churches of Guanajuato. The house itself is of the traditional adobe wall construction, with two-foot thick walls. Guanajuato is famous for the life in its streets, and all the sights, sounds and colors are wonderful to enjoy. However, getting a good night’s sleep can be a challenge for newly arrived tourists in much of the city. Casa San Sebastian offers a very quiet location (except for occasional church bells and one weekend at the end of January each year when the Festival San Sebastian is celebrated) and a welcome retreat from the sounds and commotion of the street at the end of a long day.

Of course, there are other peaceful locations in Guanajuato, but few are so close to the heart of the city. Casa San Sebastian is located right above the Embajadoras Park and Market, where you can find food and other necessities of all types. The market features a full floor of vendors selling fresh fruit and vegetables. The Hotel Embajadoras, just below the house, offers a full restaurant with a picturesque garden. A number of excellent Spanish language schools are within a 10 minute walking radius. A 15 minute walk takes you to the Jardin Union and Plaza de la Paz, the center of restaurants, churches and museums, as well as much of the City’s night life.

Guanajuato offers a wide variety of activities, including: hiking the surrounding mountains; music, dance and theater performances in both historic and modern venues; a wide variety of Spanish language schools and private instruction; the annual Cervantino festival en October; massage and other body therapies; shopping for handicrafts; classes of yoga, tai chi and other forms of movement; temazcal (the Mexican indigenous sweat lodge ceremony).

More Details

Tom Reavley
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Tom Reavley

We are an American/Mexican couple who live just around the block from Casa San Sebastian, which we use for visits by our own families as well as a vacation rental. We also manage a holistic health center in town that offers classes in yoga, tai chi, meditation and pilates. Tom is from Austin, Texas, and Guillermina has lived in Guanajuato for most of her life.

Tom Reavley purchased this house in 2012

Why Tom Reavley chose Zona Centro

What makes this house so attractive for us is the combination of classic adobe construction and brick vaulted ceilings, no long steps to climb, central location just around the corner from where we live, a location unusually quiet for our city and a very large and beautiful garden. And we've remodeled it to offer all the modern conveniences. We've tried to made it nice enough to lure Tom's children and grandchildren down to visit us!

What makes this house unique

The description above tries to say it all. We always wanted to have our own fruit trees! To find such a big patio/garden in a quiet, easy-to-access spot so near our house was too hard to resist.


Zona Centro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Second Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • swimming


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(25 traveler reviews)

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Casa San Sebastian At Embajadoras Park
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Comfortable, clean and charming

  • 5 of 5

We spent 6 weeks at the Casa San Sebastian and were delighted with the design of the house. Twice we had relatives visit and they enjoyed the guestroom and en suite bath while we maintained our privacy with the master and en suite. Loved the colourful tiled counters and sinks. The living room which separated the two bedrooms was well equipped with a phone for local use and a comfortable couch and chairs to enjoy the cable TV or Netflix. We were happy to be able to watch the Olympics or an NBA game even if the commentary was all in Spanish. The kitchen was well equipped with full size fridge and gas burners. No oven but I didn't need to bake as there is a great bakery just down the street open daily from 7 am to 9 pm. Next door to the bakery is a small store selling eggs, deli ham and cheese by the kilo. There are wonderful restaurants within walking distance and Tom has provided a manual with some of them listed. He also has a cleaning lady come in once a week to change the bedding, dust and mop.

Our favourite aspect of the Casa San Sebastion is the large patio with citrus trees and flowering plants. We enjoyed meals and drinks at the patio table and read in the lounge chairs. We watched the many birds at the bird bath and especially the hummingbirds feed at the flowers.

We thank our friendly and accommodating host, Tom, for providing such a great place from which to enjoy this beautiful city.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Home

  • 5 of 5

This home is located in a great area of Guanajuato City - Las Embajadoras. Centrally located to all the museums, city events, Spanish schools, not to mention great local markets for fresh produce, chicken, beef and bakeries. The other good thing is that there are NOT large/long stairways to climb to reach the home. Located on a closed street so very private. It has a big back yard which our two little dogs loved. Kitchen is well equipped, good closet space for cloths and two large bathrooms. Owner very helpful in arranging transportation if you need it. Highly recommended place to stay while in Guanajuato.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Bahía de Kino, Sonora, Mexico

Wonderful place! Great host!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a month, and it was great! The house is large and airy, with a delightful, big walled garden with mature fruit trees, lounge and outdoor dining forniture. We made fresh squeezed orange and grapefruit juice for breakfast every day. There's a park with weekend outdoor market, and lots of little shops just steps away. It's an easy walk to the Teatro Juarez and all the main attractions. Buses and taxis are always nearby for things that are farther away. And Tom is great! He checked on us regularly and even got a taxi for us and helped haul bags when we left for the airport. Would highly recommend! We were three adults, but it would be wonderful for a family with a couple of children, too.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Athens, Ga to the world

home away from home

  • 5 of 5

The home was beautiful and perfect for our family of four. It's the most wonderful place to stay for all things and you have everything you need--but the US traveler has to remember to be flexible when staying in this Mexican home away from home. It's hardly "roughing it" but it's not a US rental, e.g. remember to brush teeth with potable water, anticipate buying water, having a stovetop but not an oven, waiting for hot water to get started and laundry machine to fill, some "outside life" indoors (e.g. more bugs than one might have in the US, a bird visitor from the patio taking a peek indoors. This property is the most perfect location--close enough to walk to everything multiple times during the day but far from the center city noise; everything basic you need in a kitchen and laundry; hosts that can help with anything; fresh oranges to squeeze for juice; fresh limes; umbrellas; close to a great market, food stores and of course restaurants and wonderful coffee (Café Tal). Be sure to ask other visitors and locals about favorite restaurants: Los Campos, El Mestizo, La Vie en Rose is marvelous! This was the best landing spot in Guanajuato--we were lucky it was available. Sunday church bells and dogs but otherwise pleasant and minimal city noise. Our stay was fabulous and I'd choose to stay here again and again.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

We were back for a month in March/April for our 4th trip to GTO and our 2nd stay at Casa San Sebastian. Once again, we agree with all the good things others have said about the house, and Tom, the owner. One new activity we really enjoyed was a mountain bike trip from Santa Rosa (8300 ft) to GTO (6600 ft) with Turismo Alternativo of Guanajuato. We found them on Trip Advisor, and if you are a mountain biker, I would highly recommend it. The raised chocolate donuts were done about 9am every morning at the local bakery, and the friendly baker got to know us well. Went to a few more baseball games, and did a lot of walking on the callejons and the walking streets and plazas. So much interesting to see in GTO. The guy with the burros delivering milk and bags of ??. The music and the sidewalk restaurants in the Plazas downtown. And the just plain friendly people of Guanajuato! We were never hassled and always felt safe. Great town, great rental.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vancouver Island

As beautiful as it looks

  • 5 of 5

Casa San Sebastian was as beautiful as it looks in the pictures and perfect for our needs in Guanajuato. The house was comfortable and the kitchen well-equipped so we could shop at the local mercado and tiendas and do most of our cooking at home. TV and internet both worked well. The terrace is the highlight of the property and we spent many hours there enjoying the sun and view. The location was great for us although a short walk from downtown tourist attractions. Just be prepared for the altitude change for this city in the mountains if you live at sea level as we do. The owner, Tom, was very friendly and accessible and helped us a lot. Thanks, Tom, we hope to be back one day!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
BJX (Leon-Guanajuato Bajio)
Car: not necessary

Guanajuato is a UNESCO Heritage of Humanity city. Is is located in a groups of intersecting mountain valleys and was founded as a Spanish silver city 450 years ago. The narrow, winding streets and preserved buildings create a feeling of visiting the Middle Ages, although the city offers all the modern conveniences. It is a great place for walking, hiking and just 'hanging out' in the many beautiful small plazas sprinkled throughout the heart of the city. The mountains surrounding town provide many excellent hiking opportunities and the beautifully preserved theaters an unusual number of music, dance and other cultural events for a small city.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice. In case of cancellation, amounts already paid will be refunded only to the extent that the previously reserved dates are rented to others.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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