|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
Tranquil and elegant, this historic home is located right in the Centro Historico of Guanajuato (two blocks from the lively Jardin de Union and Teatro Juarez) yet tucked away up a quiet pedestrian-only street.
What you will love about staying in Casa Caracol is its perfect location. The city of Guanajuato is situated in a canyon, with the town center at the bottom and the private residences nestled into the mountainsides. The higher up, the better the mountain view, but also the more arduous the hike home. Casa Caracol is situated about one block up from the Plaza San Francisco (which is in the car-free zone), just high enough to have a view, but close enough so one can pop home without working up a sweat.
The central location of Casa Caracol allows the visitor to have the quintessential Guanajuato experience strolling and taking in all of the spontaneous happenings downtown: from joyful mariachis, solemn religious processions, bizarre costumed parades, open-air dancing, frequent craft fairs, mimes and clowns, and plentiful outdoor cafes and restaurants. Living downtown means you can hear the parade drums coming, grab your camera and watch it go by. It means you can enjoy your morning coffee/tea/fruit smoothie and home-made bagel around the corner at the Bagel Cafe, then come back home to freshen up and plan your day.
Renovated by an artist, Casa Caracol is notable for its beauty and romance. The difference is in the details. When you approach Casa Caracol you are first greeted with the outdoor garden - an ivy-covered archway encloses a miniature garden with potted plants and citrus trees. When the flowers are in bloom this archway is a frequent photo op for tourists. (Once an entire mariachi band posed there for their CD cover!)
Behind the giant ancient door and down four small steps is the foyer, with diffused light coming from a domed skylight. Off of this is the cozy bedroom with double bed, and the architectural feature for which Casa Caracol takes its name: the stone 'caracol' (Spanish both for 'snail' and 'spiral staircase') with original stone steps cantilevered magically into the massive walls. Walking up the caracol takes you to the shared rooftop terrace with breathtaking views of the Templo San Francisco. Bring your iPod and enjoy a nap in the hammock (listening to your own tunes on the Klipsch for iPod speakers), or bring your laptop and enjoy wifi service throughout the entire home.
Continuing you come to the sun-flooded kitchen/dining/living area. With a wall of eastern exposure windows, this is the heart of the home, both sunny and peaceful. The kitchen is equipped with modern conveniences: four burner stove/oven, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, toaster oven, blender (for those frothy drinks!), coffee maker, stemware, and pots and pans to cook up and enjoy delicious meals. Off of this main room is the large bedroom with king size bed (that can be converted into two twins but please advise me beforehand if you would like this option) and the bathroom with modern plumbing and unlimited hot water. Casa Caracol is a all on one level, not including the entranceway and rooftop terrace. The price includes all utilities, linens, weekly housekeeping, unlimited purified drinking water, and wifi.
When renovating, we preserved the historic Spanish colonial beauty of this 200+ year old building. Enjoy the romance and natural insulation of 40 centimeter thick adobe walls (cool in the summer, warm in the winter), wood-beamed high ceilings, original built-in wooden cabinetry with antique wavy glass, and hand-carved stone details. We added festive Mexican tiles, traditional fired-clay floors, high thread-count sheets, and goose feather comforters and pillows. The walls are decorated in original art from our private collection.
Let us customize your stay in Guanajuato. Having lived here full-time for 15 years, we are fortunate to know many of the artists, artisans and cultural gems of Guanajuato. For example, we can help you enjoy print-making, stained glass-making, horseback riding, tours of famous local pottery studios, guitar lessons, Mexican cooking or dancing lessons. Experience a sweat lodge with guided shaman, or natural hot springs. We can give you recommendations to the best dark roast coffee, eating out vegetarian, a homeopathic pediatrician, or one of the many often-unpublicized jazz and classical music concerts around town.
Marie is a classical musician who performs weekly with the Guanajuato Symphony. Dean is a professional artist. We have lived here full-time since 1998. When not playing music, painting, or renovating houses, we enjoy hiking, sharing meals with friends, and goofing off with our young son.
The Owner purchased this house in 2004
We moved here in 1998 and fell in love with the colonial architecture. Casa Caracol is our third historic restoration project, and our only vacation rental, which we manage personally. When we first saw Casa Caracol the roof was falling in! When it became available we couldn´t resist the temptation of restoring it to its original glory.
A magical, romantic place to visit, Guanajuato was recently ranked FIFTH out of the 830 current World Heritage Sites by a panel of 419 National Geographic experts in sustainable tourism, meaning this is one of the best-preserved cultures to visit in the world. What better way to experience it than in an authentically-restored historic home?
From beginning (the reservation process) to end (dropping the key thru the mail slot) 3 months later, I could not have had a more perfect experience. The property is lovely, well appointed, well maintained, well managed and in a convenient but quiet, close-in location. Very tastefully decorated. A 5 minute walk to the Jardin. Close to everything except the noise. Excellent wifi.
The apartment has a welcoming ambience from the outside (is well-lit and gate-secured), in a very friendly, pedestrianized neighborhood. Lovely private entrance, two very comfortable bedrooms, an efficient bathroom (no tub), a well-equipped kitchen and dining area with beautiful light from large windows which also affords a perfect view of old Guanajuato. Cozy sitting area, perfect for reading and listening to the Ipod. Bottled water, gas stove/oven, microwave, fridge, coffee pot (even an iron, blender and toaster oven) + all the pots/pans, cutlery, dishes, glasses and serving pieces. Nice linens in bed and bath. The private roof-top terrace is an incredible space with grill, hammock, dining, sink/bar... Oh and the view!!! Truly a home-away-from home.
Dean and Marie are charming, friendly, artistic and well-versed, long-time Guanajuato residents. Both fluent in English and Spanish. Super about making recommendations for all the fun things going on in the area and truly helpful problem solvers should any arise.
This was my second long-term Guanajuato visit (and I spent 3 months in this property). I am already making plans to return again later this year. Casa Caracol is absolutely perfect from beginning to end and I cannot imagine ever staying anywhere else when I return.
Casa Caracol is a terrific place - in fact perfect for us. We were two couples traveling together and there was plenty of room for all of us. The bedrooms are separated enough that there is plenty of privacy. The kitchen is well equipped - we made breakfast most days and made snacks in the afternoons and we had sufficient kitchen equipment and dishware with no trouble. We did not cook full meals, but we easily could have. Purified water is supplied, which is nice.
The list of amenities is long and added up really make the experience of staying here special. They include:
-good wifi throughout
-beautiful terrace with table, chairs, and hammock
-fully loaded iPod and speakers for music
-UNLIMITED hot water - great for four people staying together!
-lists of ideas for restaurants and activities
-grocery store and fresh fruit and vegetable market nearby
-very close to main square
I highly recommend Casa Caracol! We will stay there again on our next trip to Guanajuato!
If you want a perfectly authentic stay in the historic center of Guanajuato, then this is the place. Casa Caracol is located in the best part of the city - only a 5 minute walk to the Jardin de La Union (Central pedestrian plaza), close to many restaurants and sights, yet peaceful and tranquil. Apartment is very large and rooftop patio is superb. Super clean and very charming accommodations. The hosts are very attentive and will meet all of your needs. Without a doubt, we will stay at Casa Caracol again!
I highly recommend this small home. The 2 bedrooms are separated by the living area offering added privacy. The kitchen is very well equipped with plenty of work and eating space. The rooftop terrace has a great view. It's a bit of a climb up from Plaza San Francisco, but considering other options in Guanajuato, the hike is not bad. Fantastic location! Close walk to Jardín de la Unión, but far enough to be away from the noise. Great WIFI connection. Great place for the price!
House is as described in VRBO, pictures and all. Stayed for a week and enjoyed coming home after a long day visiting the many points of interest in Guanajuato. Marie was easy to work with and very responsive to all my inquiries. Decoration of the house is nice. Bottled water was provided as part of the rental. House was quiet except for some dogs barking at night but that is to be expected. Wi Fi signal was strong. Only had breakfast at home so did not cook much but everything is provided if you want to do it. There are many steps getting to the house (which is to be expected in GTO) but if my mom who is 90 made it up and down the hill, anybody can.
Nos hospedamos en Casa Caracol en Agosto del 2014 y a mis dos hijos adolescentes les encanto este lugar. La casa es linda, rustica y tiene una terraza con una vista preciosa...todos los dias al final de nuestro dia subiamos a la terraza a relajarnos y platicar sobre nuestro dia. Excelente , segura y muy centrica ubicacion a solo unos pasos del Teatro Juarez - tranquilamente se pueden visitar varias Iglesias y museos a pie. Corrimos con suerte al encontrar a tan solo una cuadra de la casa, "Cafe Santos" con un menu variado ( recomendamos probar su sopa de tortilla) ya que todo lo que comimos ahi fue delicioso y se paga un promedio de 10dlrs por persona. "La Taula" es el otro restaurante que recomendamos ampliamente en su horario de "comida corrida" (costo de 7dlrs) que incluia desde ensalada o sopa, plato fuerte, bebida y postre. Los duenos siempre se mostraron amables y serviciales y contaban con folletos e informacion muy utiles sobre la ciudad. Nuestro vuelo de regreso salia a las 6am y los duenos de la casa nos recomendaron a su chofer Gabriel (muy cordial y educado) quien nos llevo de manera segura al aeropuerto sumamente temprano. Rentar Casa Caracol para nuestras vacaciones en Guanajuato fue una excelente decision.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Oct 1 2015 - Oct 31 2015
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$100.00|
Rates based on double occupancy. $10 per night additional fee per extra person.
Reservations secured by rent in full plus $100 security deposit. Security deposit is returned upon departure. Payments can be made by personal check, PayPal, or Interac (for Canadian guests).
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.