First, the negatives:
Be aware that there are 34 steps up from street level to the front entry. This is not a good hotel for people with walking difficulties.
My first impression of our room at the Hospedería del Truco 7 was some disappointment; the room looks attractive, but seems smaller than in their website photos. Either because of the shape of the room or other factors, some of the larger furniture has been placed obliquely across inside corners, rendering some space unusable. (Referring to our room, "La Silbidita".
The poorly fitted, narrow windows/doors to the tiny balconies are very difficult to open and close; we were advised when we arrived not to open them until construction on the roof stopped for the day; illumination and ventilation were poor. A day later, we discovered a bright wall lamp we'd overlooked.
There is no desk, table nor chair except a small couch. The most irritating aspect are the somewhat hidden step downs next to the window-doors. We stumbled into these 4 or 5 times until we became more aware.
Noise: due to its location directly over a significant intersection in Guanajuato's Centro, noise is inevitable in the rooms. Just below is the first stop on the loud but cheerful early nighttime callejoneadas (troubadour led walks through picturesque alleyways); a plus, not a minus, in my opinion. However, there is a parking garge entrance closeby, and a night club on the corner, with loud partiers emerging in the early morning.
A small oversight is that there's no coffee nor tea available for early rising guests at the hotel. You have to go out if you want some, or do as we and bring some instant and a heater plus a mug.
The included breakfasts at the restaurant Truco 7, about 4 easy blocks away, were passably decent but lacking any special flair. They are what I describe as Mexican home style breakfasts. The guests' choices are limited to 3 basic breakfasts, with a few variants, but you can, as we did, order more from the regular menu, at a small extra cost, of course. However, (and I hate to say this, as we have fond memories of the Truco 7 restaurant from earlier trips), but there are better breakfast options elsewhere.
Now, the positives of the Hotel: the king bed is very comfortable, and the bathroom, although small, is nicely outfitted with bath amenities. Most of all, the shower supplies copious hot water after a moment's delay.
Next, the most outstanding and positive aspect of a stay at Hospedería del Truco 7: THE STAFF, led by Magdalena, is super. They are charming and cheerful, and went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable and more comfortable.
They got us a chair, arranged wine and flowers for our wedding anniversary (on advance request and with a reasonable extra charge), the brought us a bedside lamp, and made everything more pleasant. In fact, because of our changes of needs, they set up the chilled sparkling wine twice, and brought us complimentary snacks, such as a very good guacamole, and salami and jamón serrano.
Their cheerful goodwill went a long way to overcoming our disappointments and some irritants of the room.
So, in order to expand on my vote of "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" when recommending to a friend, I'd give it a Thumbs Up, keeping in mind the shortcomings I mentioned above.
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