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Big New Apartment, Fully Equipped!

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 620 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

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We welcome you to our beautiful light filled apartment nestled at the foot of the majestic Mount Bufa natural preserve. It has a fully equipped kitchen with private patio. Free parking right at your door with open access laundry facilities and your own secured private entrances. The habitat is classic colonial style....... There are hand made tiles throughout, colonial styled boveda ceiling, private bathroom with individual shower covered in handmade talavera tile, and very hot water. It is fully furnished with beautiful artisan hand carved furniture and a strong Fibre-Optic Wi-Fi signal / 20 MG's High speed Internet. It is ideal for couples and single’s who wish to stay and work on long or short term projects. It has a queen size bed, a task desk, executive chair, futon sofa bed and study corner. The view from the private patio is not only breath taking but inspirational. Enjoy living in the country while being just minutes away from the center of downtown. This, colonial refuge has a panoramic view of the city which is painted in all the colors of the rainbow on one side and the pristine Mount Bufa Preserve on the other. Our place is clean and quiet, and located in one of the safest neighborhoods in town. Speaking of safety, we're ranked among the top 3 safest cities in all of Mexico. ( Our guests have commented feeling safe while walking the streets at night)...The natural wildlife and variety of colorful native birds attract bird watchers. Many are surprised to see at their front doors occasional free range cattle, mules, horses or goats that come from the tops of the mountain to visit. (They love raw vegetables and fruit) You can walk right out your back door and hike up to those impressive rock formations of Mount Bufa & Los Picachos, especially if you love a good place to reflect, study and meditate or even hike, run, or ride a bike , this is the perfect place with mountain trails at every turn . The air up here is clean and unpolluted with plenty of sunshine. Guanajuato also sponsors many sporting events such as car, foot, bike and swimming races, along many other activities that will capture your attention. So you can choose to be rejuvenated and refreshed by enjoying our protected local state parks. Or take a 10-15 minute bus or taxi ride to the center of town for theaters, restaurants, museums, nightclubs, coffee houses and the list goes on and on. There is literally a revolving calendar of live music, concerts , theater performances. along with many street artists , mimes and musicians who entertain passer's by both day and night... Especially during the month of October when we celebrate our International Cervantino Festival. It's the Mardi Gras of Mexico...(Very Exciting) With hosts from all around the world, drawing travelers and curiosity seekers . Yes Guanajuato has been considered an international treasure. It is a UNESCO city that is under constant restoration and preservation. There's only two stop lights in the whole city with cars, people on horseback , festivals and frequent encounters with parades of indigenous Indians in their ancient native costumes that date back to before the days of Cortez and Montezuma. Most of the native people have been here for generations which make them so fascinating to observe and get to know. So if you want a taste of the real Mexico look no further.... W--hich is our greatest complaint........We frequently hear at the end of our guests visits, " But I don't want to leave".................., because of this many have stayed and are now our neighbors . So beware!! You may fall in love! During your stay you can arrange for local or more extensive sight seeing tours, hot spring outings, hikes to local forested mountains, fresh water fishing, culinary, art or cultural tours. Many come here to learn to speak Spanish, since we have many total immersion language schools here. Let us know ahead of time. And we'll recommend several... If you enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, then take a 20 minute stroll into town passing tranquil streets, ancient plazas, callejons, and outdoor markets, that literally transport you back to the colonial days of Old Mexico. Alfredo's Market, Hamburger stand and groceries are located just a few blocks away with many nearby street side vendors selling the freshest foods at the best prices.. If you like coffee, our next door neighbor is an award winning roaster with a variety of coffees and teas that will hook you at first sip. He personally stands there with a stop watch when it's roasting time. And his famous Beso Negro .... will keep you coming back. . We love getting to know our guests and making new friends. So if there's any questions; we can help you fill in the blanks, please don't hesitate to ask . We are here to serve!!! So, call or write us . We only ask when making your reservations to please plan well ahead of time. since we rent on a first come first serve basis. ..................... we speak English, Spanish, Spanglish, some Italian, and fluent body language.


Owner
Buzz and Maria Rodriguez
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 4, 2017

About Buzz and Maria Rodriguez

As a couple we love to combine our talents to make the perfect experience.

Buzz being a San Diego California born native understands the wants and needs of foreign vacationers and Maria a born native of Mexico who speaks perfect english, both enjoy pampering their guests and individualizing care for each one according to their needs. We love people and find it fascinating to get to know each one. We are both dedicated to making your experience one you'll love and want to extend or repeat again.

Buzz and Maria Rodriguez purchased this villa in 2009

Why Buzz and Maria Rodriguez chose Guanajuato City

This place is like a dream come true...Maria and I wanted to live in Mexico, because there is so much about it to love. The people, the land, the natural beauty and tranquility, the easy going pace of life. The only problem was we couldn't make our minds up as to what part of Mexico we wanted to live. We traveled to many different places and loved them all. But when we came to Guanajuato. We were convinced.... it's character shaped after 500 + years of history where buildings are originally preserved, had such a captivating ambiance .....Its clean air, land and water. The people and the charming . ways they interacted with one another...

What makes this villa unique

Our neighborhood is a highly secured area with security patrols regularly monitoring the area several times daily. It is located in the exclusive area of the city where professors, doctors and professionals live. We are within a 25 min. walk or a 5 minute ride to the center of town yet far enough away that you hear no irritating street traffic, or loud noise of any sort. This place is so infectious that once you arrive the natural ambiance of peace and tranquility will be such an attraction you won't want to leave. The location of our villas are perched right on the edge of the city with a breathtaking view of the Mount Bufa Preserve on the left and a panoramic view of the most colorfully decorated city in all of Mexico on your right. The nearness of the parks, plazas, reservoirs, coffee shops, gyms, hiking trails, restaurants, museums, night clubs and Bistros are minutes away by foot or even less by Uber, bus or taxi... The city is literally frozen in time . The native people here welcome visitors and are treated with the greatest dignity and respect. You will have to pinch yourself at times and ask ......Is this a dream. Bring your camera with an extra chip, photo opp's are everywhere.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We enjoyed our stay at Buzz and Maria's place. The apartment was clean, well furnished and the brick ceiling was amazing! It was large and had a nice kitchen that was separated by a partially enclosed patio with an excellent view of the city and the mountains. When we arrived and checked in with Buzz he was nice enough to drive us from the apartment into town and point out some of the good restaurants and coffee shops we should try out. We really enjoyed a few of his recommendations and went back to them more than once during our stay. Their place is at the edge of town and it is a bit of a walk to get to the downtown area but we did do the walk a number of times and it wasn't too bad. There are options for the bus or cab's too and on the days when we were tired from walking all day we would opt for public transportation to get back up the hill. They truly have a unique place! Buzz got a chance to show me around and they actually have three separate apartments in their house... a large one that we stayed in, a medium sized studio unit and a small unit for one person. If you're planning a trip to Guanajuato I would definitely recommend checking out all of their listings, it's a great place to stay. January 2014
May 2014
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Amenities

De La Presa Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 620 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • All private entrances must locked before leaving. All electrical , gas and water must be turned off when not in use Use email to contact me 7/24.
  • Extra renters will pay $9.00 per night, per person, Futon sofa bed available, Well behaved small size dog at $5.00 extra per night
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Private bathroom, all new talavera tile, sink, toilet, shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Large bedroom, with a very comfortable queen size bed. Cable Television, task desk, balcony, sofa futon, private patio with a view and a kitchen fully equipped. For extra person, there will be a floor mattress or regular standard mattress.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Senior Adults Only Community ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Our location is well known for the peace, quiet and tranquility of it's natural surroundings. Yet located so very close to the center of town with local restaurants and shops just a short walk away. It's the ideal place to decompress yet still having the fascination and excitement of Old Mexico at your fingertips. You'll love it here....

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average rating of 4.875 based on 22 reviews
Pacific coast of Mexico. Living on our sailboat.
4

Great location for hiking in nature.

  • 4 of 5

While the apartment was a bit far removed from town (30 minute walk), it was great to be close to nature and the mountains.

There are some good restaurants just down the hill, but the kitchen sufficed for the occasional meal in.

Be forewarned, it seems every house in the area has barking guard dogs. Ear plugs highly recommended!

We didn't see much of Buzz and Maria, but any time we had a question or request, they were quick to respond.

Overall a good visit. Guanajuato is a wonderful town!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Terrific hosts in a wonderful city

  • 5 of 5

Buzz and Maria are excellent ambassadors for this truly amazing Mexican Highlands city-Guanajuato.Their apartment is clean,comfortable and a short distance from the busier tourist area known as centro.I took the bus into centro almost every day to explore and take Spanish language classes.I found the citizens and fellow tourists of this beautiful city to be very friendly and helpful, whenever I needed directions or information.I highly recommend taking a trip to Guanajuato,Mexico and staying awhile to experience many of the offerings this great city holds-contact Buzz and Maria to reserve your safe,comfortable and lovely accomodations away from the more touristy downtown area.I was surprised by how sad I was to end my stay in this wonderful city.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You Ron,. We we're sad to see you go too. We can't help the natural attraction of making friends with our guests. Which is a hard pill to swallow after you realize you may never see them again once they leave. Well it goes with the territory. ( It's the only thing I don't like about this business). We not only wish our guests would stay longer and they wouldn't be gone so long. Our doors will always be wide open for them to return any time they wish. And that means you. We enjoyed your visit and will look forward to picking up where we left off. Stay safe til we meet again. Thank You, your Friends Buzz and Maria.😂�
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San Diego, California
5

Guanajuato Mountain Side

  • 5 of 5

Let me start off by saying that Buzz was very accommodating and a great host overall. Buzz let my boyfriend and I check in early since we were on a red eye and arrived to Guanajuato very early in the morning. We took a taxi from BJX to Guanajuato. Once in Guanajuato, we took Uber everywhere! Very easy to use, safe, reliable, and you know exactly how much your paying. Unfortunately, you are not able to take Uber from BJX to Guanajuato because of taxi politics, since Uber is recently new in the area. Taxi was from BJX to Guanajuato was $23-25 US. The apartment was just as described. Right next to Mt. Bufa, an amazing view of the city and mountain sides. We loved the set up of the apartment especially the the separate kitchen. Everything we needed was available. We also had access to washer and dyer. Hot water, wifi, TV. Bed was comfortable. Patio was lovely. We also loved the fact that inside the apartment was cooler in temperature, great after a long day of walking. It was an easy walk down to town, Buzz was nice enough to provide us a simple map to get there. A 5-10 min walk to get into town, right across the way is Cafe Taz, look for the upstairs patio. Great coffee and easy breakfast. If you go to the right you will find a lovely garden and if you keep heading past the garden you will see the small lake after the bridge where you can take a small boat out or have dinner at the restaurant next to it. Right in front of the Cafe is a bus stop. For 5 pesos you can take the bus anywhere in town. Just look at their windows to see if it stops where your headed. We would catch the bus to Embajadoras then to the Centro. Some days we would walk down from the apartment and just take an Uber into downtown. We fell in love with the city. We visited all major cites, Jardin de la Union, lots restaurants, University, mercado, and even watched a musical show at the Treatro Principal. Days were spent getting lost in the city, alleyways, plazas, shops. The city is very safe, police everywhere protecting the tourism and locals. There is a place in el centro where you can purchase bus passes if you wanted to visit cities near by and you can purchase there. Buzz thanks you for a great place to stay and experience Guanajuato we will be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Montrose Colorado
5

Great Location, Beautiful Apartment, and Super Hosts

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time exploring Guanajuato from Buzz and Maria’s beautiful apartment. Early mornings were spent sitting on the terrace watching various birds that frequent the yard: hummingbirds, finches, sparrows, and vermillion flycatchers. We are avid hikers and with a preserve right in the backyard, we could hike Mt. Bufa in the morning continuing on trails and roads to other bluffs. It was easy to get in a 10 mile hike out and back. After hiking, we’d spend our afternoons and evenings wandering around town and sometimes stopping for an early dinner. Nights we’d open the windows and listen to the sounds of crickets and the city below.

The apartment is exactly as described in the overview; we found nothing lacking. The wifi was super speedy and we appreciated having a desk where we could work. We found the kitchen perfectly outfitted for meals at home; it was stocked with staples such as tea, coffee, sugar, salt, oil, and some spices. We liked the separation between the kitchen and the living area with patio in between.

Buzz and Maria are most excellent hosts! Buzz picked us up from the bus station and gave us a tour of the neighborhood-pointing out great restaurants, cafes, nearby mini-supers (convenience stores) and landmarks so we’d have our bearings. Our hosts made sure we had everything needed to be comfortable in their home. We’d bump into them in the city and they’d introduce us to their friends. If this were AirBnB Buzz and Maria would rate as super hosts.

We chose Guanajuato over other colonial cities because it is a traditional Mexican city with a lively, youthful vibe as it’s a university town. We were not disappointed. This a city best explored by walking. We enjoyed wandering the callejons and calles passing colorful colonial casas, lovely tree-lined parks, sculptures (Leonora Carrington has a few around town), and arte urbano.

All in all, we loved the clean, beautiful apartment; enjoyed being on the edge of the city with country in our backyard; and staying with locals who treated us like family. We definitely recommend Buzz and Maria’s apartment; we will be back.

A few favorites: Stop by Café Tal for un beso negro (a warm cup of thick decadent dark chocolate) and a cappuccino. For an upscale meal in a casual atmosphere, check out Los Campos. For a more traditional meal, walk down to Mexico Lindo y Sabroso in Presa, we really liked their mole and their posole was pretty good too.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Our home in Guanajuato

  • 5 of 5

Buzz and Maria made us very welcome in Guanajuato - they offered plenty of help and tips on restaurants etc. and Buzz even met the taxi on the way from the airport to make sure we got in OK! Our apartment in their home was clean, comfortable and had a homey, cozy ambiance. I loved having my tea on our private terrace overlooking the mountain top on one side and the Presa area on the other. We had an equipped kitchen and seating area which was great for making snacks and keeping beverages cold but with so many excellent and reasonable food options it was just easier eating out. The area is safe and friendly - by the second day the family at the taco vapour stand (excellent street food!) knew what we liked and the great girls at Cafe Tal knew our order. Cafe Tal offered a pleasant upper terrace to have an outstanding morning coffee while watching the view. Our home away from home was a bit of a steep hike up the mountain (easy walk going down) so we compromised on the way home occasionally by taking the very available and reasonable taxis from the historical district (about $3.00). The walk to the historical area is an easy 20 min. and takes you by schools and through typical neighbourhoods. We understand why so many retire to this visually beautiful, friendly, comfortable Mexican town. We highly recommend a stay with Buzz and Maria.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, OR
5

Comfortable, Clean, & Welcoming

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in a word? Perfect!

We stayed with Buzz and Maria for a week and loved it. The apartment was clean and comfortable, with a great patio and wonderful views of the colorful city of Guanajuato. We enjoyed having our own private space to relax after a long day of exploring the city.

The location of the apartment was good. It's outside of the center of town which made for a quieter, more peaceful stay. However, it was close enough that getting anywhere in town is pretty easy. You could walk to the center in about 30 minutes, but we opted for buses and taxis since we planned on walking around a lot already. We usually caught the bus in the morning - it showed up every 15 minutes or so and only cost 5 pesos. Coming back at night, we'd grab a taxi - they were easy to catch and cost around 40-50 pesos. It was the perfect combo of convenience and comfort.

And finally, I could not finish this review without mentioning how great Buzz and Maria were. They helped us get to and from the apartment, making our arrival and departure stress-free. But they didn't stop there. From tips on what to check out and where to go, to even driving us around one day to a few places that were not as easily accessed by foot, Buzz and Maria went above and beyond to ensure we had an awesome trip.

I highly recommend booking your stay in Guanajuato with Buzz and Maria. We had a great time, and I'm confident you will too!

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Bajio, Leon International
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
1/4
Car: not necessary

Our guests have access to things that make a vacation.........a vacation.. They have complete privacy, peace and quiet, and a good nights sleep.. And an atmosphere conducive for concentration, reflection, and meditation. Easy access to all the necessary amenities, private kitchen, local groceries, in house laundry, complete privacy, places to eat, drink, like Starbucks, along with many other home grown gourmet coffee shops and cafes, restaurants and bistros serving local and international foods from around the world. We will personally show you the best places to eat and drink. There's one of a kind museums,festivals, fiestas local and international artists performing night and day in theaters and on the streets. The city literally blossoms in the month of October, with so many attractions from performers who come from all over the world for the Cervantino Festival. The sights and sounds you will experience at that time are things you'll always remember and treasure for a lifetime. Guanajuato is known as the most colonial and european like city in all Mexico. It also has a reputation for being one of the three most safest and most people friendly cities of all. There's easy and economical access to public transportation along with helpful, attentive and cooperative hosts, always ready to attend to your particular needs. Plus any thing else that would require us going above and beyond the call of duty. We personally have lived here for 4 years and love the ambience, peace and tranquility and the friendly people you meet, wherever you go you can always see a smile.

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Additional information about rental rates

Standard nightly rate: $71.00, For more than 2 persons, $8.00 extra per person per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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