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“Only If You Must”
Review of El Minero

El Minero
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El Minero
Ranked #47 of 55 Hotels in Guanajuato
Berkeley, CA
2 reviews
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“Only If You Must”
Reviewed 20 July 2006

I've slept on a bamboo mat on a dirt floor for $2 a night and felt it was much better. For 400 pesos, I was given a choice between two fourth-floor rooms, one facing away from the street that was gloomy and smelled of ammonia vs. one with a street view and some sun (plus accompanying noise). I would have chosen the former, figuring I'd only be in there at night, but for the smell. I made the wrong choice. There's a major bus stopping point just down the street; it's on a major thoroughfare. The desk assured me it would quiet down by midnight, but buses were still going by at 1 AM -- not to mention incessant taxis with tire noise amplified by the stone street, plus occasional cement mixers, random construction equipment, honking horns, etc. I tried to shut the window for a while but, even with it being a cool night, the room was incredibly stuffy. The walls are paper-thin, and the doors blast shut with an echo, which was a major issue as two hall-mates were up until about 3 going in and out, slamming the doors, talking loudly, etc. The sheets were ultra-low quality, as scratchy as could be; the pillows were lumpy; I was lucky my bed was firm enough, given the other bed in the room was clearly broken-down.The shower did have good water pressure, I'll grant that, and it was clean enough. But given the overall excellent quality of places to stay I've encountered in Mexico, I can't believe you wouldn't be able to find a much better place for the money in Guanajuato to help make the stay there more enjoyable.

  • Liked — It's in a reasonably convenient location to the city center.
  • Disliked — NOISE!
  • Tips/Secrets — Stay away!
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled solo
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Reviewed 11 July 2006

Nice hotel - Nice little restaurant, too (fabulous hot chocolate). Just two little problems: nobody anywhere in the town or the hotel spoke English - and our Mexican traveling companion got a MUCH nicer room than we gringos. So if you go there, ask to see a room on the first floor adjoining the courtyard before you pay (our room was on the third floor and was pretty tiny - his room had big french doors that opened onto the courtyard). And Guanajuato is one of the loveliest and noisiest places I have ever been to. Crack of dawn - chickens - cannon fire - yelling. Don't expect to sleep. Guanajuato architecture is STUNNING - screw the coast - who needs tourist towns. And if you rent a car you WILL get lost. Get the smallest car you can so that when you get lost on the mountain you can navigate the sidewalk-sized streets without getting your car stuck between buildings. And do not go into a men-only bar if you are not a man. (the bathroom is right in the bar - no screened off area - just zip and whiz!) (women in such places are assumed to be for sale!).

  • Stayed September 2005, travelled on business
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Reviewed 15 December 2005

The perfect hotel to stay at in Guanajuato if you are on a budget. Safe (next to police station...if it matters), clean, and friendly. This hotel is only a short walk to many of the city's attractions.

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Property: El Minero
Address: Alhondiga No. 12A, Guanajuato 36000, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Central Mexico and Gulf Coast > Guanajuato > Guanajuato
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Restaurant
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Ranked #47 of 55 Hotels in Guanajuato
Number of rooms: 42
Also Known As:
El Minero Guanajuato

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