CASA CARACOL: TRANQUIL AND ELEGANT IN THE HISTORIC CENTER

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Bedrooms 2
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CASA CARACOL: TRANQUIL AND ELEGANT IN THE HISTORIC CENTER

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House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath (Sleeps up to 4)

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.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Owner
Advertiser since 2007
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About The Owner

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

Why The Owner chose Guanajuato

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.

What makes this house unique

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?

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights
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5
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Casa Caracol: Tranquil and Elegant in the Historic Center
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews
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Casa Caracol: Tranquil and Elegant in the Historic Center
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p285148vb
(949) 202-5587 (California, USA)
Guanajuato Guanajuato State
5

Wow what a perfect place

  • 5 of 5
My husband and teenage son just got back from Guanajuato and loved everything he city and this place. My son loved that the shuttuers could be closed in the front bedroom so he was not bothered by the morning sun :) He loved the blazing fast WIFI for our siesta and evening time at the house. I loved the counter space and huge open windows in the kitchen and that I could make a nice breakfast each morning. We all LOVED the roof deck where we spent each day from around 2-4pm relaxing with a cold drink and taking in the view and the cool breeze.

It was very close to everything and was on the walking route to la pipila. Best part about the location was that it was a relatively quiet part of town. You could hear dogs barking and roosters crowing in the morning but it was not the location for evening revelry and musicians which you can visit but do not have to sleep next to.

One of my favorite parts of the experience was the great book of recommendations that the hosts left for us. We did almost everything in their book and loved it all. Restaurants recommended to a hike in the mountains. All really great.

Thanks Marie, you made this trip a memorable one for all of us.
Sue - Chicago
  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
business
Casa Caracol: Tranquil and Elegant in the Historic Center
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p285148vb
(949) 202-5587 (California, USA)
Guanajuato Guanajuato State
5

Loved it

  • 5 of 5
We stayed a little over a month in December 2012.

Marie and Dean were excellent hosts - very accommodating and helpful. They live right next door and speak both English and Spanish. The house is rustic and has some shortcomings, but overall, it's an amazing property. Almost like living in a museum. The location is perfect. The house is well-maintained and everything functions as intended. There was some pretty uncomfortable living room furniture during our stay, but it looks like that has been replaced!

FYI - to travelers who are renting a VRBO for the first time - it's just not like staying in a hotel, and you must adjust your expectations. However, I think there's much more value (financially and culturally) in staying in someone's home, rather than a sterile hotel room.
  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Casa Caracol: Tranquil and Elegant in the Historic Center
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p285148vb
(949) 202-5587 (California, USA)
Guanajuato Guanajuato State
Seattle, WA
5

Can't imagine staying anywhere else

Can't imagine staying anywhere else
  • 5 of 5
Only when you've walked 30 minutes uphill to get to other locations in Guanajuato, can you appreciate the truly great location of Casa Caracol! A highlight of its location is the breathtaking rooftop deck view from a comfortable table & chairs or a tempting hammock for your afternoon siesta.

Humongous windows let in all the Guanajuato sun, so even during winter the temperature inside was perfect. Beds and living room furniture are really comfortable. Best bookshelf selection (including maps and guides for local sightseeing, as well as wonderful literature) and iPod music EVER. All the cooking utensils we needed were there. Delightful to have weekly maid service included, with fresh linens.

Owners are quick to respond to any questions or requests; everything about our month at Casa Caracol went perfectly smoothly. It was also great to have their driver Gabriel for the trip back to Leon airport; he's charming, informative and reliable.

On the next trip to GTO, won't even look at another place: this is where I'd want to be.
  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
business
Casa Caracol: Tranquil and Elegant in the Historic Center
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p285148vb
(949) 202-5587 (California, USA)
Guanajuato Guanajuato State
Where do you live?
5

Perfect home, perfect location, perfect hosts.

  • 5 of 5
I loved my time at Casa Caracol. Spacious, comfortable, and in the best neighborhood for many reasons in Guanajuato. I travel a lot and to find a property like this is a god send. I felt like I lived in Guanajuato as a resident of Casa Caracol, not just a customer in a room in a hotel. We didn't really need the 2nd bedroom but loved having the extra room. Loved the roof top patio which was an awesome was to spend an afternoon reading or having a drink, listening to music. Weather was perfect for our whole stay in Guanajuato, and loved the hospitality of everyone. This location is literally around the corner from the Escuela Mexicana if you are considering a language school there is no better property or location for your convenience. Plan to book again for next december unless you beat me to it. Enjoy.
  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Casa Caracol: Tranquil and Elegant in the Historic Center
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p285148vb
(949) 202-5587 (California, USA)
Guanajuato Guanajuato State
Prince Rupert, Canada
5

Why you Should Stay Here

  • 5 of 5
I would like to say that this is a terrible place and you should not stay here. Saying this would ensure that the place was always available for my wife and I (it has been said that Miss Piggy has nothing on me when it comes to being self –centred).

However, the truth must out. ..

Location - Really good. 5 – 6 minute walk from the Union Jardin, Teatro Juarez and Teatro Principal (yes, I really did go to the symphony twice). A bus stop about a 5 minute walk away. One of the real benefits of this location is that you are not climbing 100+ steps when you walk home from the downtown central corridor.

Vista – You look out onto the Templo San Francisco bell towers. Also a view of the houses rising up the hill on the other side of the valley.

Bedrooms – Two located at opposite ends of the apartment. The master bedroom is really nice with lots of space with a built in clothes-closet. Another wardrobe is available of the other bedroom. My wife took the built in clothes – closet and I used the wardrobe by the other bedroom.

Bathroom – beautifully tiled and the shower really works. Good water pressure and lots of hot water (the owners have installed an On Demand Hot Water Heater).

Internet - Really good. There is WIFI and cable internet. And, a writing desk.

Rooftop Deck – There is a really cool staircase up to the deck. The staircase a caracol (go look it up). There is a great view from the deck and if you handwash your clothes, it is a good place to hang them to dry.

Barbeque – There is a Weber briquette barbeque on the deck. I used it a lot to cook chicken and hamburgers.

Towels and Sheets – My wife says the linen and towels are really good quality. I personally noticed that there wasn’t any holes in the sheets.

Noise – GTO has a fair bit of ambient noise. Dogs, chickens, roosters, church bells, university students. It is part of the GTO experience. After a while you do not notice it (we were there for a month). Incidentally, in AD 400, Paulinus of Nola introduced church bells into the Christian Church and in AD 604, Pope Sabinianus officially sanctioned their usage (try working this information into your next cocktail party conversation).

Landlords – We liked Dean and Marie. They have lived here for many years and have a really good understanding of the City and what is available for people

Cats - the Callejon is patrolled by three cats. Two are friendly, the other not so much.

We hope you enjoy your stay.
  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Casa Caracol: Tranquil and Elegant in the Historic Center
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p285148vb
(949) 202-5587 (California, USA)
Guanajuato Guanajuato State
Prince Rupert, Canada
5

Why you Should Stay Here

  • 5 of 5
I would like to say that this is a terrible place and you should not stay here. Saying this would ensure that the place was always available for my wife and I (it has been said that Miss Piggy has nothing on me when it comes to being self –centred).

However, the truth must out. ..

Location - Really good. 5 – 6 minute walk from the Union Jardin, Teatro Juarez and Teatro Principal (yes, I really did go to the symphony twice). A bus stop about a 5 minute walk away. One of the real benefits of this location is that you are not climbing 100+ steps when you walk home from the downtown central corridor.

Vista – You look out onto the Templo San Francisco bell towers. Also a view of the houses rising up the hill on the other side of the valley.

Bedrooms – Two located at opposite ends of the apartment. The master bedroom is really nice with lots of space with a built in clothes-closet. Another wardrobe is available of the other bedroom. My wife took the built in clothes – closet and I used the wardrobe by the other bedroom.

Bathroom – beautifully tiled and the shower really works. Good water pressure and lots of hot water (the owners have installed an On Demand Hot Water Heater).

Internet - Really good. There is WIFI and cable internet. And, a writing desk.

Rooftop Deck – There is a really cool staircase up to the deck. The staircase a caracol (go look it up). There is a great view from the deck and if you handwash your clothes, it is a good place to hang them to dry.

Barbeque – There is a Weber briquette barbeque on the deck. I used it a lot to cook chicken and hamburgers.

Towels and Sheets – My wife says the linen and towels are really good quality. I personally noticed that there wasn’t any holes in the sheets.

Noise – GTO has a fair bit of ambient noise. Dogs, chickens, roosters, church bells, university students. It is part of the GTO experience. After a while you do not notice it (we were there for a month). Incidentally, in AD 400, Paulinus of Nola introduced church bells into the Christian Church and in AD 604, Pope Sabinianus officially sanctioned their usage (try working this information into your next cocktail party conversation).

Landlords – We liked Dean and Marie. They have lived here for many years and have a really good understanding of the City and what is available for people

Cats - the Callejon is patrolled by three cats. Two are friendly, the other not so much.

We hope you enjoy your stay.
  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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International Cervantino Festival of music, dance, theater during October, Diego Rivera Museum, baroque ensemble, petro glyphs, natural hot springs, sweat lodge, artisanal workshops, weekly Symphony Orchestra concerts, language schools

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Guanajuato House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
October
Oct 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
4 night minimum stay
$85
$595
$1,950
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$65
$455
$1,386
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Notes Reservations secured by half rent plus $100 security deposit. Balance is due upon arrival, and security deposit is returned upon departure. Payments can be made by personal check, PayPal, or Interac (for Canadian guests). All payments are nonrefundable unless the property is rebooked.
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Amenities

Amenities

Guanajuato House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Living Room
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Broadband Access
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Pantry Items
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size bed (1), Double Bed (1)
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Video Library
  • Music Library
  • Games
  • Books
  • Toys
  • Television ...
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • live theater
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • shopping
  • horseback riding
  • antiquing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hot air ballooning
  • rock climbing
  • mountain biking
  • hiking
Notes:
Weekly housekeeping included, fresh high-thread count sheets and towels replaced weekly, goose down comforters and goose feather pillows, unlimited purified drinking water provided, Klipsch speakers for iPod, wifi/ethernet
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