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Maria Demello

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, spanish, italian

Exquisite Home in Downtown Guanajuato

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4

Welcome to La Malagueña, a getaway that will enthrall your senses and nurture your spirit.

Our house is in the heart of downtown Guanajuato in the most beautiful plaza in town-Plaza San Fernando. From our house you can comfortably walk to most historical and cultural sites and many language schools, restaurants, cafes, and bars. We're only a few steps from the Basilica de Guadalupe, Teatro Juarez, Mercado Hidalgo, and the University of Guanajuato. Since our house is in the heart of downtown you don't have to climb steep narrow streets or callejones.

Our home was originally built in the 18th century and has been restored and remodeled several times, the last time by the renowned Mexican artist, Juan Ibañez. It's made from adobe so it naturally warms and cools the house and the temperature inside is always ideal. Its construction is of stone and pine with copper accents. It takes advantage of the Mexican sun and sky and its position on the most beautiful square in Guanajuato with French doors opening onto the fountain below and a wonderful rooftop garden in which you can sit and while away the time, above it all.

Our place is ideal for the seasoned traveler who prefers the comforts of home combined with the uniqueness of a true Mexican experience.

You'll not only enjoy the comfort, style, and location of our place but also the hospitality of our staff. ¡BIENVENIDOS!!!

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Maria Demello (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish, italian

About Maria Demello

My husband and I lived in Guanajuato for many years and loved living there, however, due to the nature of our professions we had to relocate. We come back to Guanajuato every chance we get but when we are not there, we like to share our place with visiting travelers.

Since we both love to travel, we try to provide our guests with the same standards of excellence that we expect when we travel.

Maria Demello purchased this house in 1997

Why Maria Demello chose Guanajuato

La Malagueña is truly a magical house. There is no other house in town quite like ours. The architecture is so unusual that it's difficult to describe but every room is filled with character and style. There are plants everywhere in the house, even in the bathrooms. The rooftop is a peaceful oasis with more than 100 plants and a great view of the mountains, Plaza San Roque, the University of Guanajuato, the Mercado that make you feel you're on top of the world.

Our location is unbeatable! You are in the center of everything. You don't even have to go out of the house to enjoy Guanajuato because the vibrancy of the city comes to you. When you open the balcony doors to the plaza, you let in the festivities and can hear the concerts, view the performances, sing along with the troubadours or simply people watch as you enjoy a glass of wine or a Margarita.

What makes this house unique

* Flexible check-in and check-out. No set policy unless we have other guests arriving the same day.

* Bilingual administrator who is only a call away for any needs or recommendations and 24/7 for emergencies.

* We offer great bilingual walking tours of Guanajuato with historical, cultural, and social insights of the downtown and less know but as important sites outside the center of town.


based on 17 traveler reviews

Exquisite Home in Downtown Guanajuato
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 17 reviews

Yes, you want to stay here! La vida en La Malagueña es buena!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned home from a fantastic week in Guanajuato. GTO is always lovely, but staying in La Malagueña made it just perfect. This beautiful home is located in one of GTO's loveliest squares -- great for people watching, late night botanas, and best of all, enjoying the Tuna Madrigal, as the route goes right past the house! We just opened our windows and let the serenade begin!

A few things to note.

1. You definitely want to take a tour with Lorena. She is a lot of fun and she will show you bits of GTO you might not get to on your own. Be sure you include breakfast when you tour with her - she took us to two nice breakfast places we might not have found on our own - especially the one up in Sta. Rosa.

2. Some other reviews of this property talked about the location being loud. Given the central location, I could not disagree more. Despite being right on a popular square, I was pleased with how quiet the home is. There is activity going on every night, but from the upstairs bedroom, after 11PM (even on Friday and Saturday), it was reasonably quiet. I'm sure there are many exceptions to this, including holidays and festivals, but in general, La Malagueña is a great balance of location and amenities and the pulse of the city.

3. Regarding Wifi -- due to the structure of the house, the wifi kind of comes and goes depending on your location -- you just have to roll with it. One tip is if you plan to use Netflix on the TV, the wifi signal is a bit weak, but we found that pulling the TV out from the wall a bit gets you just close enough to the router that the wifi signal stays connected. But you will probably be so busy seeing all that GTO has to offer that you will never have time to even turn on the TV!

4. Be advised that there are stairs to get into the house. If you have mobility issues, this is not the home for you. But if you can do stairs, it is well worth the climb -- Especially the roof terrace on a moonlit night!

5. Maria, the owner, Lorena and Sote, the house managers are all so lovely and will do whatever is necessary to make your stay enjoyable.

We loved La Malagueña! There is not much else I can say that has not already been expressed by previous reviews. I hope you enjoy this lovely home as much as we did!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house in a great location with amazing terrace!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 4 really enjoyed our time here. The house was beautiful and has an amazing roof top terrace with views over the square and town. I miss it! The house is very spacious and has lots of character. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

We just came back from a one month stay in Guanajuato and we are ready to go back to that town any time. We spent that whole month at La Malagueña, and enjoyed it from the beginning to the end. The house is located at Plaza San Fernando, which is perfect to discover everything that Guanajuato has to offer by foot. And Guanajuato has a lot to offer from the beauty of the colonial town itself as well as museums, concerts and above all the people from Guanajuato.

We used extensively the terrasse on the roof to enjoy our end of the day glass of wine among the plants, the surrounding nice view and the birds signing for us.

It is true that Plaza San Fernando is a lively place, but nothing that prevented us from sleeping, and the sounds of estudientinas signing is certainly a joyous and happy sound. As for the stairs, they did not cause us any problems. You just have to take them one step at the time.

And I cannot end this note without saying few words about Lorena and Sote. They were both extremely nice and gracious and facilitated our stay in so many ways. We certainly recommended taking a tour with Lorena that includes a visit to the Hacienda Gabriel de la Barrera among other sites. She can also make excellent recommendations about places to visit in Guanajuato.

The communications with Maria, the owner, were always easy and rapid. We certainly recommend this house for a pleasant, and yes lively stay in Guanajuato.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Magical Place in a Magical City

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our 3 weeks in this beautiful home. It is true there are stairs which require care when climbing but my husband (age 75) and my (age 60) just took our time and had no problems. The apartment is very private in that the windows are positioned in such a way that no one can see in but you can see out. Which was fantastic. It's also like a miniature jungle with all the wonderful plants on various balconies and in the bathrooms.

The apartment is located on the Plaza San Fernando which is a small but lively plaza filled with families, tourists, singers, and cafes. It is true it is a bit "noisy" until about midnight. But that noise to us was the noise of life....happy people and wandering minstrels. Our first night home in Florida my bedroom seems much to quiet. If you want country quiet then the apartment isn't for you, but frankly no place in Guanajuato is country's a vibrant, friendly, lively city.

Lorena and Sote were very helpful. we took a day tour with Lorena which was so interesting and helpful. I'd suggest taking it with her and taking it towards the beginning of your stay as she has a lot of interesting information about the city. Sote keeps the place spotless, bug free, and well-watered.

The apartment was very centrally located for walking all over the City. Easy to catch a bus or a taxi.

We would definitely stay at La Malaguena again if our travels bring us back to Guanajuato. Oh, and regarding the shower. The "rain" shower head just needed a bit of cleaning with a toothbrush, mineral deposits had plugged up some of the holes. It works like a charm now.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Absolutely Stunning!

  • 5 of 5

This house completely blew our minds. It was way beyond our expectations. It is much bigger and more interesting than the pictures can show. The view over the Piazza from the living room and beautiful roof terrace is perfect for watching the daily life of Guanajuato. The rooms are stunning and we were extremely well received by the house manager, who was lovely. We could not recommend this house more.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Not what I had hoped for

  • 3 of 5

The apartment is quite charming and authentically old but it was not really what I had hoped it would be.


great location

Charming old apartment


Lorena was super nice and helpful

Maria was easy to work with and very prompt in responding.


As others have mentioned, a lot of stairs and a spiral staircase to the master.

Very noisy(people partying right outside, dogs barking, roosters and church bells very close by at 5 in the morning)

The house is dark.

Shower pressure is really bad.

So, although I thought the house was very interesting, I don't think I would stay there again.

If you are a heavy sleeper, you may not mind the noise.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Other Activities: House located in the heart of downtown Guanajuato within walking distance of the major cultural venues, historic monuments, touristic attractions.


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Refundable damage deposit $100

A $100 USD security deposit is required. This deposit will be returned to you upon departure if no damages were occurred to the house or furniture. Any damages incurred by you or your party during your stay at La Malagueña will be deducted from the deposit. For stays over 10 days and/or groups over 4 people a $200 USD security deposit is required.

Cancelation Policy: A four-week notice of cancellation is needed for deposit refund. Cancellations under four weeks, reservations will be rescheduled for a future date when the house is available. A $200 USD fee is applicable to all cancellations.

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Guanajuato House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
    Full 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Convertable Bed
  • CD Player
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing

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