This remarkable hotel IS IN GUANAJUATO, rises from the ruins of the 17th century refinery of Valenciana, which was then the largest silver and gold mine in the world. That mining made the Spanish empire incredibly wealthy and killed many of the indigenous indians. It was never a castle, the brick deco having been added in the 19th century.
Very interesting place to wander around, but as a place to stay it is too far (down, and up, a steep winding road) from the wonderful, colonial plaza and market. The staff was very friendly, but coffee in the AM is only maybe (whenever the small restaurant opens, usually about 7:30 and then they have to make it), the desk is not bilingual. We had a good rate (800 pesos, queen bed for 2), and the rooms are large. The pool wasn't very clean, and is only 2 feet deep. Stay next door at the Camino Real, or better yet downtown on the plaza (Hotel Posada Santa Fe. The Museo de Las Momias (Mummy Museum) is a must see, now located in a new building at the top of the city. Take any bus going that way or a taxi. There is parking on site (unbelieveable considering this hilly city) but you have to get there early.
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- Also Known As:
- Castillo Santa Cecilia Guanajuato
- Castillo Santa Cecilia Hotel Guanajuato