Casa San Roque is unique: both fun and historical. Talk about “Location, location, location!” You are right in the heart of everything in beautiful and historic Guanajuato. From the rooftop terrace, and from the three 3rd floor living room windows, the views are magnificent. The house is located right next door to the San Roque church, and you can see the La Pipila statue on the hill, the University of Guanajuato, the famous Hidalgo Market, and the revolutionarily historic Alhondigas de Granitas, to name a few, from these incredible windows. All of these places, in addition to the main Basilica and the Jardin de la Union, are a short walk from the house. And every night we were serenaded by groups of wandering minstrels in historic costumes with lutes and guitars, singing favorites such as De Colores and La Bomba. It was magical!
Before our trip, I spoke to one of the owners, Meta Hunt, on the phone and she is very friendly and a wealth of information. She also sent us information on Guanajuato and the house in advance of our stay. Nancy, the House Manager, met us on arrival and was delightful, and very helpful, and is only a phone call away. They, and now we, also highly recommend Israel Torres for all your driving needs; he is bilingual, reliable, and a terrific tour guide. He took us door-to-door from our casa in San Miguel de Allende to the Guanajuato Casa San Roque. But book him in advance if possible. His email is email@example.com.
There is a dumbwaiter to help with moving luggage and groceries to the two 2nd floor bedrooms and the 3rd floor’s well equipped kitchen/living room. There are 3½ flights of stairs in the house from the ground floor to the rooftop terrace, but there is a good handrail and of course the dumbwaiter.
The house is full of Mexican and other folk art, and is charming, from the amazing brass frog’s on the front door (Guanajuato means ‘Place of the Frogs’), to the delightful miniature furniture in the kitchen and elsewhere. There is plenty of tourist information, and beautiful books on Mexican art.
There is so much to see and do in Guanajuato that we were sorry we were only there for 4 short days! We really enjoyed breakfast and lunch at Casa Valadez on the Jardin de la Union, right across from the Teatro Juarez. Don’t miss the view from La Pipila, or the Quixote Museum! We highly recommend Casa San Roque! Thanks Meta, Marsha, Nancy and Israel for a memorable stay.