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Rex and Rita

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

Great Views in Guanajuato!

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Guanajuato House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

Guanajuato, nestled in the Sierra Madre at the geographic and spiritual center of Mexico, will soon become your heart’s home. A UNESCO historic site, this beautiful city highlights Mexico’s revolutionary and artistic past, while supporting a colorful, robust present. A former silver mining town, central Guanajuato is reserved for hardy walkers, with old mining tunnels serving cars, leaving steep, narrow cobblestone streets to pedestrians.

La Rosa Roja, located on Transversal del Tecolote, is perched near the top of historic Callejon Tecolote (“Owl’s Alley). The hike is well worth it, rewarding guests with exquisite views of the city below, and the Sierras surrounding the town. Joyful Mexican-style furnishings and décor providing American-style comfort complete your surroundings.

This 2-bedroom, 3-bath home has been completely renovated, with all new systems, furnishings and décor. Enter at the rooftop level, and note the huge terrace where you’ll want to entertain, or simply bask in peace and quiet as you soak in the views. Fully tiled in traditional Mexican patterns, the roof is divided into three zones: the laundry area (with separate line outside for “solar drying,”) the main entertainment area, and an open-air room to provide separation for reading, dining, or even sleeping under the stars.

On the main floor, enjoy a spacious, airy salon, measuring 22-feet long. Separate seating areas in this bright room flanked by two balconies include a great reading area with oversized equipales; wall space decorated with books, music, and a main seating space with couch and two overstuffed chairs surrounding the tiled gas fireplace. The small custom-designed office space just off the main salon, is equipped with a writing desk, shelves, and wireless connection for your convenience. The dining hall greets guests just past the main entrance, opening to a Mexican–style kitchen with all-new stainless appliances, traditional cookware and dishware, and yet another balcony. A full-sized bathroom completes the top floor—ideal for washing up before dinner, but equally usable for extra guests staying in the main salon.

The sleeping area downstairs boasts two master suites, both with comfortable queen-sized pillow-top beds, drawers and private closets for storage. The front suite, offers a deep corner soaking tub, custom tiled, with matching sink and commode. The back suite, offers beautiful Mexican antique bed and armario, with a cala lily/sunflower-themed bathroom, also featuring a soaking tub. Both baths have good water pressure—a real plus in Guanajuato! Unique to this home is “La Cava,” a cool, cozy wine cellar and reading area, also located on the downstairs level for your relaxation and enjoyment.

Owned by Americans with an appreciation for comfort, all bedding and linens are of natural fibers. There are easy-to-use gas fireplaces gracing the main salon, and gas heaters in each bedroom suite for those rare cool winter nights.

Tecolote Neighborhood

This hilltop neighborhood is inhabited primarily by Mexican families; it’s not unusual to be greeted by the neighborhood children, family dogs, and the aromas of comida cooking in the afternoons. There are just a few ex-pat homes in the area, so you’ll occasionally have the chance to speak your own language while greeting passers-by.

Just down the hill, you’ll find tienditas which can provide you with everything from water, to sweets, to brooms and mops. A mere five minutes downhill on Callejon Tecolote, you’ll find renowned Santo Café (the café which sits on a bridge, overlooking the streetscape below). Santo Café is a favorite spot for locals and students alike; try any of their pollo dishes—some of the best you’ll find anywhere!

Services and Management

La Rosa Roja is managed by Michael and Rosio, who own and run Los Campos, one of Guanajuato's renowned restaurants. They are fluent in both English and Spanish, so communication won't be a problem. Coming from the hospitality industry, they want to ensure that your visit to Guanajuato is as fabulous as this city is. You will find the home stocked with all the amenities needed for your comfort. We provide an updated book of dining and sight-seeing options, or simply wander into El Centro, pick out your favorite foods from the local mercados (or take-out from outstanding restaurants), and you’re set for a delightful, relaxing time.

Features — Amenities

• Beautiful roof-top terrace for entertaining and enjoying the views

• Washer and “solar dryer”

• Fully equipped kitchen

• All linens provided (soft, 100% cotton or bamboo for your comfort)

• Accessible by taxicab


• Queen Beds (pillow top) in both bedrooms

• Comfortable couch could be used for short-stay guest

• Single air bed available upon request (great for that extra child!)


• CD player; CD library including an eclectic mix of American and Mexican music

• Library of a variety of different types of books in English and Spanish

• Wireless internet access, but please consider enjoying face time with the locals and your traveling


• Peace and quiet!!


• Full Kitchen

• All cooking utensils, pans, plates provided

• Microwave

• Gas stove and oven

• Mexican style open cabinetry

Outdoor Features

• Huge rooftop terrace

• Separate “room” on rooftop ideal for reading, sleeping, and dreaming

• Gated entry for privacy and security (not a gated community)


• Spectacular views from rooftop, and from all rooms inside the home


• This is a wonderful adult retreat space; families welcome

• Located on a hill, the climb is steep, and there are many stairs. Please know you must be in reasonably good physical condition and be comfortable negotiating hills and stairs in order to be happy here

• No pets, no smoking

Keywords: Vacation home, casa, view home, vacation rental

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Rex and Rita (Property Manager)
Member since: 2009
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Rex and Rita

Originally from the Northwest, we have an appreciation for history, culture, and active living. After 'soaking in' as much of the Oregon rain as we could stand, we moved to the Southwest in 1997, where we continue to live and work fulltime. In 2009, in celebration of a milestone, we went searching for somewhere unique, with a sense of history and culture. We found--and fell in love with--Guanajuato.

Rex and Rita purchased this house in 2009

Why Rex and Rita chose Guanajuato

La Rosa Roja--named for Rita's mother, is a true heart space, offering amazing views, lots of comfortable living space, and unique hiding spaces like 'la cava' to explore and enjoy. Even when we first purchased the house and it was still in 'rough form,' La Rosa Roja had character and a sense of romance and possibility.

What makes this house unique

The walk, while strenuous, is its own reward, as we ascend past some of the prettiest historic homes in all of Guanajuato, knowing that we're following in the footsteps of Mexico's great historic figures. We love being near the shops and restaurants--Cafe Santo is a real gem, and a favorite for lunch or dinner--and Teatro Juarez, with its daily live street theatre enjoyed with a glass of Sangria--is a must. At home, in 'La Casa,' we love having the privacy and sense of owning a piece of this amazing, historic city, which we enjoy viewing, day or night, from our huge rooftop terrace!

Guestbook comments from the manager

This house is unbelievably beautiful! Truly amazing. The views, the neighborhood, the kitchen... everything was like the photo's and description but even better in real life. The house management was incredibly helpful on our arrival and even arranged a taxi for us to return back to df. We had an amazing stay and had some great workouts on the hills of Guanajuato. the only mistake i made was i brought my massive heavy wheeled suitcase (as I have been staying in df for a month), I do not recommend bringing any luggage that you cannot carry up many hills and steps!
Jan 2015
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Great Views in Guanajuato!
average rating of 3.875 based on 11 reviews
La Quinta USA

No Wi-Fi :/

  • 3 of 5

The Wi-Fi crashed, we where told that Wi-Fi issue will be addressed. However, we didn't get the Wi-Fi by the time we left (7 days later). It was a big reason why we choose that house. I drained my international data. My bill well be up the roof. Other than that, everything is as advertised :)

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ottawa Ontario, Canada

Great views, wonderful city.

  • 4 of 5

Casa Rosa is dramaticaly situated and offers from every room in the house magnificent views of Guanjuato, a spectacular and effervescent city. We greatly appreciated our month in the house, the help and attention of the house manager, the visits of one the local cats who we adopted, the proximity of the city center, the beauty of the city scape. Climbing to the house is a demanding exercise but gets one rapidly into shape.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, Oregon

Lovely home with some issues

  • 3 of 5

Let me preface this review by saying Rex and Rita are very gracious hosts, who obviously care about their guests and have gone through a great deal of effort to make their home as welcoming as possible. They have an amazingly responsive property manager, Martha, who is the local contact at the casa. Martha was there for us every step of the way and was available to help anytime we needed assistance. She made sure there was plenty of potable water and other necessities in the house before we arrived. Martha even arranged a cooking class in the house during our stay, which was one of the highlights of our trip.

The home is spacious, has a lovely view of the city and is very well located near the city center (as the listing and others have mentioned it is a steep ascent and there are numerous steps to reach the house). The house was clean and the beds very comfortable and clean, the kitchen is well appointed and has everything you need to make a lovely meal. There was plenty of storage for our clothes and suitcases. It was very welcoming. I wish this is where I could end this review but despite all the wonderful things about this house there are two big issues we had with the property.

First and foremost, the showers. The showers either spewed freezing cold water or water so scalding hot it was at the point of being dangerous. At no point could we get any of the three showers to produce a reliable stream of warm water to take a normal shower no matter how much we played with the faucets. We did mention this to Martha but she didn't have any suggestions to remedy the situation.

Second, the music. OH MY GOD the music. As another reviewer mentioned there is a restaurant at the bottom of the hill, below the house which plays some very loud music on weekends and on some holidays. We rented knowing about this issue ahead of time but we had no idea how loud the music could be. On one night the music was so loud we couldn't have a conversation in the house without raising our voices because we couldn't be heard over the music. The bass pounded on two nights until 1am and on our last night it didn't stop until 2:30am!! Ear plugs helped but the music and bass could still be heard in the house. We aren't old and I enjoy clubs and music but It seriously impeded our ability to enjoy our evenings in the house and our sleep.

I really wanted to give this a 5 star review and I don't think 1 star is fair so I've chose to give it four stars.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Disappointing - Feels Like Camping

  • 2 of 5

The Good: Comfortable mattresses. Clean refrigerator and stove. Wifi. Views.

The Bad: There are scorpions and spiders in various places. The showers are inadequate. Mixing the hot and cold water for a comfortable temperature needs addressing. Only a small stream of comfortable water is possible and at times this can be interrupted by a strong blast of scaldingly hot water. We contacted management and the owner regarding this but none of the "solutions" they offered fixed the problem. There is an odor of cat urine in the living room and in the downstairs hallway. We found the cat inside the house one afternoon. The outdoor terrace is large, but there isn't any furniture except two little chairs and a small table making it less than perfect to sleep or to entertain as the house description states. We couldn't unlock the door to access the terrace one day because someone had gained access to the terrace and slid the lock across (there is another door to the terrace that has openings where someone may unlock the door and enter the terrace). Some sheets had holes in them. The front door sticks, so you must forcefully bang the door open. Finally, the walk up the hill is long and hard. "50 steps" doesn't describe the walk.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We thank the guests for their review, and for acknowledging some of the many positive aspects of our property (comfortable and clean, strong wifi and views). We must say that we're rather surprised by their many complaints. As mentioned in the review, the guests did in fact contact us on their first full day to complain about the water pressure and temperature, at which time we offered the solutions we have used in Guanajuato, and while staying in Guadalajara. In most of Mexico, the water is gravity feed, so balancing the temperature does in fact take a little patience. However, as to the pressure, part of our attraction to the home was its excellent water pressure, which we augmented with a pump to ensure maximum pressure. Had the guests communicated again with us during their 2-week stay, we could have either instructed our property manager to assist them further, or offered the names of good hotels in the area. As to the rest of the complaints: In our guest book, we are very transparent that, because Guanajuato is a rocky, arid, mountain town, there are in fact dry-land insects. Our property manager sprays for them prior to each guest's arrival, and ensures there is spray in case there is a sighting. Similarly, we state that there are domestic animals in the neighborhood, including cats and dogs. We are concerned as to why the guests chose to allow the cat to visit, if she was unwanted. Again, if there was an odor, a quick communication to the property manager would have alleviated the issue. With regard to furniture for the rooftop: we do in fact store a small table and 2 chairs in the rooftop closet, which is what fits there. There is an additional outdoor table and 2 additional chairs in the house, along with a mattress and hammock for lounging. These are all relatively easy to bring upstairs, but our property manager could of course provide that service should guests be unable or unwilling to do so themselves. Finally, with regard to the stairs and the walk up the hill, we can only say that in our VRBO listing, we indicate no less than four times that the walk is strenuous, but worth it. We can only conclude that these particular guests were not an appropriate match for the amenities our property offers, which we regret as our hope is always that anyone coming to Guanajuato enjoys the city for all that it is: a beautiful, authentic Mexican community.
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Edmonds, WA, USA

Great Grad trip

  • 5 of 5

We loved Guanajuato and your casa was perfect for us. We went to Guanajuato with our son so he could do some classes at the Escuela Mexicana (he highly recommends it and learned a lot)...he wanted the Spanish immersion. Your home is "just around the corner"...and of course up the hill from the school. The house is neat and clean and very well situated. It is quite a hike up, but thanks to your comments we were prepared and enjoyed greeting the folks along the way....everyone in the neighborhood is very friendly. Oh, and did I say what a great view! We have a lot of pictures of the city taken from the balconies. Also a shout out to Martha for "helping us find the home by guiding us in"

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bozeman, Montana

Great views, comfy house

  • 4 of 5

This is a very nice house and we spent a lot of time in it (6 weeks). The kitchen is totally complete, with every pan or utensil one could want. We did most of our main meals at home. The beds are comfortable with plenty of warm blankets which we did need in November.

The manager recommended a cleaning woman who was great. She was very thorough and I always appreciated the way everything looked after she was done.

There is a steep 10 minute walk up from the central part of town before one gets to the 50 steps up. Fortunately we are in good condition so after the first few days, it wasn´t too hard. But anyone with knee or hip problems would find the access very difficult.

The other issue for us was the loud, late night music coming from the "salon de fiesta" just below the house. We had loud music seven of the 40 nights we were here, which may not seem much, but it goes on until midnight or later. I'd advise guests to bring their most effective ear plugs, probably the wax ones used for swimming.

The manager is very accommodating and prompt in answering questions. She showed us how everything worked when we arrived. We especially appreciated the heaters in the living room and bedrooms.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Leon, Mexico (BJX)
Car: not necessary

A culturally rich UNESCO World Heritage site. Many museums, festivals, World Rally Car event, and a plethora of restaurants of all kinds.


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Cleaning $40

Cancellation Policy:
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Reservation cancelled between 60-89 days-66% refund
Reservation cancelled between 30-59 days-33% refund
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Guanajuato House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (2)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
Incredible city views of historic Guanajuato from all rooms, including three balconies off main salon and kitchen; a unique 'cava' wine cellar/reading area; traditional Mexican neighborhood; tasteful and comfortable Mexican decor; lots of privacy.

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