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El Nido-- Gorgeous 2/2 Apartment in Guadalupe

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,250 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 30 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 1250Sf Apartment Only 12 Minute Walk to the Jardin

El Nido is our stunning 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment located in Casa Caramba, our compound which includes the owner's home (Casa Calaca), a 1/1 apartment (La Sirena), an art studio, plus rooftop gardens filled with herbs, veggies, flowers, plus incredible sunset views.

The property was transformed from a hovel in 2012 to an imaginative, inspiring and artfully green home away from home. With it's gorgeous colors and finishes, guests say it is like living in Diane's paintings.

El Nido is spacious with approximately 1250sf and includes a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, with private patio with built-in barbeque, overlooking courtyard. Includes access to roof top garden with fresh herbs, vegetables and flowers. Solar electric and hot water with many green features.

The Master Suite is romantic with King bed, handmade metal headboard and original hand painted furniture, plus a balcony. The adjacent master bath is features iridescent hand painted tiles.

The guest bedroom is flexible with a Queen Murphy bed and a comfortable desk and chair so it can be used for sleeping or can be set up as an office/studio. Bath is adjacent.

The great room has an open plan with kitchen, dining area and living area. Living area has large TV with DVD, sound system for your iPod, cable TV. The patio is off the great room is furnished for outdoor dining or reading and overlooks a beautiful courtyard with mosaic fountain.

Casa Caramba and El Nido are located in the desirable neighborhood of Guadalupe--The Arts District, with fabulous murals...about 5 blocks to Via Organica and 12 min. flat walk to the Jardin. There are two tiny markets within a 1/2 block.


2 BR/2 BA

Comfy King bed and Queen beds with mattress warmers

Gourmet kitchen

High Speed Wifi

Cable TV, DVD and some movies

Sound system for your ipod or computer

Local cell phone

Utilities included

Filtered water

Solar powered

Safe in bedroom for valuables

Private patio with gas grill

12-15 minute flat walk to the jardin

Roof terrace for sunbathing, sunsets, reading...

Weekly cleaning

English speaking manager

Guide with favorite restaurants/shops

Cooking classes available

Laundry facilities

Portable beds available

More Details

Diane Varney
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 2, 2018

About Diane Varney

Diane Varney and Rob Lerner have designed and built 3 artfully functional homes in Mexico. They have complementary skills with Diane's whimsical, colorful style and attention to finishes, and Rob's focus on eco-functionality and space utilization.

Diane Varney purchased this apartment in 2012

Why Diane Varney chose Colonia Guadalupe

We are delighted to finally have a home base in San Miguel de Allende. It captivated us on our first visit in 2001 and is still captivating us now. This property was a wreck and now has everything new except a few original walls and ceilings. It's great because it is only a few blocks from Via Organica (with store and restaurant), plus it's only a 12 minute flat walk to the jardin. The neighborhood has been designated as the Arts District and has over 25 murals to discover.

What makes this apartment unique

We created our dream home and property and it is unique in all San Miguel. It is tasteful, original and functional.


Colonia Guadalupe Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Handpainted vanity, iridescent tiles in shower
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , shower , Handpainted sink and tiles in shower.
  • Both bathrooms are gorgeous and functional with high quality linens.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Guest Bedroom - 1 queen
  • Master Bedroom is 'muy romantico' with King bed, hand-painted Armoire and Dresser, original art, plus a beautiful mosaic fireplace (we heat with ethanol, an eco-fuel). The bathroom is adjacent with privacy since there is another bathroom for guests/children. Linens are super high quality, includes safe for valuables, mattress warmer and balcony. Guest Bedroom can be used for sleeping with its Queen Murphy bed, or as an office or art studio. The guest bathroom is adjacent so Master bath is private.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • tennis


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(11 traveler reviews)

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El Nido-- Gorgeous 2/2 Apartment in Guadalupe
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
Austin, TX

Lovely space in an awesome neighborhood!

  • 5 of 5

You can certainly tell that this apartment was designed by an artist. The beautiful colors, artwork and finishes are evident throughout the entire space. The kitchen was well equipped and it made it easy for us to cook meals there with ingredients bought at the local markets. The beds were comfortable and the area was nice and peaceful at night. Guadalupe is considered the Arts District of San Miguel de Allende and one can spend an entire day photographing the murals in the neighborhood. It's also handy having La Organica close by! Eva was great in helping us check in and out of the apartment plus offered any assistance if needed. I'd definitely stay there again! Hopefully I'll get a chance to meet Diane next time!

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying with us and for your lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed Casa Caramba and Guadalupe. I hope you can return and stay with us again--I'd love to meet you and I'm here most of the time. Warmly, Diane
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Fantastic place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Casa Caramba was phenomenal! We were greeted by Diane as soon as we arrived, and she was available throughout our stay, to answer questions. She also left us with a comprehensive list of places to see, eat, tours, bus lines, banks.And a wonderful housekeeper ,Eva, who we adore.

The apartment itself is gorgeous, filled with Diane's artwork, gorgeous tiles on floor and ceilings,, fresh fruit to greet us, in a fully stocked kitchen. We did NOT want to leave! The bed was super comfortable and cozy.

I could go on and on, but will stop, with the recommendation that you come stay here yourself!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to have you stay with us. So glad you are as enchanted with San Miguel de Allende as I am! Really hope you can come back and stay with us again. Warmest saludos, Diane
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Beaufort, SC

Mexican Charm

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently spent eight weeks at El Nido. This rental was loaded with Mexican an artist, Diane truly worked her magic in the design and decor of El Nido. The kitchen was fully equipped and very functional, as well as a visual delight. The living room sofas were very comfortable and the master bedroom bed and bedding were superb. Storage was more than adequate. We really appreciated the extra space on the balcony and enjoyed reading and barbecuing outside. The neighborhood was exceptionally quiet compared to some previous rentals in years past. We also liked the flat walk into town and the easy access to the Fabrica. Eva, the housekeeper, was a delight and very patient with my poor attempts at Spanish. I will always have fond memories of the laughs we shared. Diane and Rob were very attentive in responding to any questions and issues that arose. Highly recommend this rental. Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you SO much for your lovely review. It was a pleasure to have you as our guests and we hope you will come back again one day to stay with us. Warmest saludos, Diane and Rob
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Excellent stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a great 6 day stay at El Nido. Communication with the owner was quick and easy (we planned at the last minute, so we were in a hurry to book a place). The location is excellent, just a short 15 min walk to the center of town. There is a small convenience store across the street, where they have some of the basics (there's a larger store around the corner from Via Organica restaurant three blocks away). El Nido is well appointed, with lots of character (painted ceilings, wonderful rugs, mexican art). There is lots of space and both bedrooms are very comfortable! The balcony to the inner courtyard is amazing ! Señora Eva, who is the caretaker, was wonderful ! I fortunately speak Spanish so we had great conversations about San Miguel, life in the USA, she she was able to provide a couple of restaurant suggestions. She also stopped by to clean mid-week, which was great. Overall, a great stay in very comfortable surroundings !

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hola Reynaldo, Thank you SO much for taking the time to write your review. I am so happy that you enjoyed your stay so much--very gratifying for us. We hope you'll return again soon! Muchisimas gracias, Diane
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Mexico City


  • 5 of 5

This apartment is just incredible, amazing and wonderful !!

we arrived late at night but we just couldn´t believe it.

we were so sad to stay just one weekend because this place is the type of place where you want to stay a week minimum !

The lady in charge of the house is so kind, it was perfect !

I really recommend this place you will love it

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words and for being great guests! We hope you'll come back for at least a week. Warmly, Diane
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wonderful vacation at El Nido in San Miguel Allende,Mex.

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is BEAUTIFUL and everything that we needed was provided. Very nice owners and Eva (housekeeper) is wonderful. Location is perfect. Close to everything. Don't hesitate to book this for your vacation. HIGHLY recommend it!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you SO much for your kind comments. We enjoyed having you as our guests and hope you'll return! Warmly, Diane
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Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

10% discount for more than one month.
Holidays: Sept. 13-15 ;December 23-31 $185/night plus tax

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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