Just returned from first time trip to Guanajuato (Gto) which was totally great, and stayed 3 nights at Molino del Rey. I traveled w/ a friend and we each had our own room for $250 Pesos / $25 US. The staff was pleasant. The hotel is just a couple of blocks from the town center, minimal steps to climb, and relatively quiet.
The hotel is a potential gem – it has a nice courtyard and a great location. The rooms are very clean, but old. Our rooms had dark carpet, dark drapes, one had no window, and the feeling was overall gloomy. The brick vaulted ceilings were a nice architectural touch. Bathroom was clean and there was good hot shower pressure; fixtures/tile again were old, but everything worked. We saw a room downstairs that had tiled floors and a window and appeared a bit brighter and we requested a move, but I guess they were occupied. It is a very good price. We stayed for 3 days but for the gloominess, we left in search of another place, and ended up in a B&B. (Check prices on these places as some were quoted as more expensive than we paid.)
I booked last minute (10 days in advance) for this trip and had a very hard time finding a place to stay that was economical, and had decent reviews. I avoided looking into the hostel / very low budget scene, but in looking around once I was there, many appeared very nice and very reasonable – singles in the $15-$30 range, and many had availability. One in particular was Casa Carcamanes. I think next time around in a new area i'd book one night and spend a bit of time looking around. One nice hotel we saw, updated and clean, newly tiled baths, and smack in the middle of town was Meson del Rosario - nice rooms and a beautiful patio for $55 single. Cab ride into town from Leon was $40US.
Gto is a very incredible and lively small city, very walk-able, with a small section of the town center called The Jardin closed off to auto traffic – this is where all the action is at night – street artists, comedians, musicians – very safe, very entertaining. Wear a good heavy pair of walking shoes if you’re into really looking around and exploring like us, as the process requires a lot of steps, with incredible views so bring a good camera, too!. We returned in very good shape. Restaurants were local and we had overall great meals for a reasonable price. Favorites were Cafe Abue and Truco 7. We found great mid-day meals in small family run café’s with a ‘Fixed Price Menu’, full lunch for less than $5US - - most close at 4pm so catch them early. Also found great restaurants by asking other tourists/locals.
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