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5 bed/ 5 bath. Pvt Villa/ POOL/ rated #12 all México Buzzfeed Magazine

Bedrooms 5
Space 5,840 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

5 bedrooms, Pool, Courtyard, Centrally located

A renewed old mexican villa that dates from the 19th century, unlike anything you have stayed in before, or perhaps even have seen. The house is an architectural jewel that won first place for renovation in the entire city of Guadalajara 2015, award presented by Mayor of the city.

The price is for entire property, exclusive use, 5 bedrooms, each with large, private bath.

This a unique residence featuring spacious guest rooms with modern elements that provide a feeling of hip and chic to comfortably elegant.

Extensive renovations have been made to plumbing and electrical along with new, private bathrooms containing granite counter tops. Originally everything was built around the center courtyard and that's how it appears today, providing an interior view you have unlikely seen in any other house. Palacete is one of Guadalajara's premier residences, recognized with an historical plaque on the outside sidewalk for its stunning architecture.

The neighborhood is blue collar with repair shops but very much alive and once inside the house, it is quiet and peaceful. Just relax after your daily adventures and enjoy the pool or a cocktail. The property has five available bedrooms each with private, modern baths, a beautiful kitchen, and of course, the pool. Even if you are traveling with a group, the entire house is also available for rentals offers enough space, ranging from the separated kitchen to the dining area, courtyard, and backyard with pool.

My partner was born in Guadalajara and i have lived in Mexico since late 2008. Our goal is to provide as much expertise about the city that you will need.

Palacete is located near downtown and other areas such as chapultepec where you will find nightlife and restaurants ranging from high-energy to more relaxed. There is a taxi stand just around the corner from the house, just in front of the mexicaltzingo church, and parking options if you choose to rent a car.

If you are not familiar with the city, you will find that it has a young and vibrant feeling where you can meet interesting locals and foreigners that will show you a warm smile, making your stay in guadalajara a cultural event.

The climate is typically spring-like, never humid, but almost always sunny. If you live in mexico or just visiting, the villa will offer a safe and authentic experience.

More Details

Rob Meehan
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish, Some french.
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 23, 2018

About Rob Meehan

Felipe and Rob reside in Mexico's 2nd largest city, Guadalajara, driving distance from Puerto Vallarta . Felipe graduated from law school in Mexico, worked at translating documents, and quickly decided to pursue entrepreneurial passions. Rob is originally from Boston and worked for Boston based companies marketing into Latin American countries such as Chile and Mexico before leaving corporate world and following an entrepreneur journey.

Rob Meehan purchased this villa in 2008

Why Rob Meehan chose Mexicaltzingo

In all of my world wide travels, I have never stayed in a house that has the type of beauty this house has to offer. I discovered it by accident and even though it needed work, it had a unique feeling and I bought it. Gradually over the last 5 years necessary improvements were made and the house whose name is Palacete was made available to rent as of January 2014.

I have property that I rent in Puerto Vallarta but have found the experience of both renting Palacete and interacting with its guests, extremely interesting and fun. If you are viewing this property you most likely have an adventurous spirit and can perhaps see that this particular house is part of Mexican culture and nothing that I write here can put it into full perspective.

What makes this villa unique

. Palacete is large but does feel overwhelming as many of the rooms are centered around principle courtyard. It's location is in a blue collar neighborhood that has many people during the day but safe.

The kitchen is a newer addition done within original design and provides a very large space overlooking the pool.


Mexicaltzingo Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5840 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 10 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Identification requires on arrival. Damage deposit covers basics but you are responsible for any additional damage or cleaning above and beyond normal
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
  • Four of the five bathrooms are very large with granite counters. The 5th bathroom is smaller but modern with shower, toilet, and sink.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
  • Every bedroom is large, suite size, each with private bath.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming


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5 bed/ 5 bath. Pvt Villa/ POOL/ rated #12 all México Buzzfeed Magazine
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 24 reviews

What an awesome property!

  • 5 of 5

As we arrived, Angel and his wife walked us through the property and made us feel so welcomed. They gave us all the info we needed and gave us great pointers for the area. The location of the property is ideal, we would take long walks and visited a couple of museums along the way. We have three children that loved the home, especially the pool. They spent time in the water every day of our stay. One of the great advantages to this house is that every room has it's own full bathroom, which makes getting ready with a large group so much easier. It was a pleasure to meet Rob, this house got lucky with an owner who has put so much effort into it, it truly shows. I'm trying to convince my husband to do a replay of this vacation next year!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Maria, thank you for the kind words especially with respect to comment about restoration process. I also agree with your thought about advantage with every bedroom having its own full bath. Be a pleasure to host you and your family again. All the best. Rob
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Unique and comfortable for large famlies!

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family stayed here and loved it! Each room has its separate bathroom so everyone has lots of privacy. The home is beautiful and very centrally located. We found many places were within walking distance or just a quick Uber away. The pool was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone (especially the kids) and the home caretaker, Angel is very attentive and professional. Thank you for a wonderful experience! We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It's a great property. With the pool and 5 beds and baths it worked well for our group.

  • 5 of 5

Rob, thank you for the use of your home. My family and I went down to celebrate my birthday and it was perfect. It allowed us to entertain at home with friends and family. Along with being a great jumping off point for other adventures. Angel is a gem! He gave us a great tour of the home on our arrival and made himself available for questions. Angel also returned every couple of days to clean and maintain the pool, he is a great guy and takes pride in the property. I would definitely use the property again. i would like to thank you for your help in allowing me to stay another night after my error on the booking. You made the process easy. Thanks again.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jacque, thank you for everything including taking the time to write the review, appreciating the house along with the work of Angel. Please let me know if we can help you in the future. Rob
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HIGHLY Recommend to families & friends!!! We WILL stay here AGAIN!

  • 5 of 5

OUR GROUP: My party consisted of my parents (senior citizens), my older sister's family (who has a teen daughter), my little sister's family (with a pre-teen daughter), and my family (which includes 2 little boys under 10 years old). We traveled to Guadalajara for spring break vacation and to visit some family.

HOUSE: Upon our arrival, Angel, the housekeeper, greeted us and gave us a lot of helpful information including the area the house is in and then left, but not before making us feeling comfortable. The house has rooms upstairs and downstairs so my parent's did not have to climb stairs. The rooms are big and the fact that every room has a bathroom was very helpful with getting everyone out of the house every morning. The house is very well kept and the owners do a good job of providing linens, towels, and additional toiletries you would find in a hotel. The kitchen has all of your needs including dishes, spices, pots, pans, cleaning products, etc. The pool is very clean and conveniently located near the kitchen so you can watch the little ones swimming. The outdoor shower was very helpful as it prevented getting the house floor wet. I can't say enough of how nice this place is. Also, the housekeeper did a great job in prepping the house for us as he only had a few hours between us arriving and another group leaving.

LOCATION:The location of the house was safe for us. If you walk over to the little park/garden during the day and just look around, you will see that most of your needs are nearby. The house is conveniently located near some restaurants, little convenient store, ice cream/smoothie shop and a mercado where you can buy fruit, veggies, and good authentic food. I did not come across any English speakers, but my husband and my brother in law had no trouble going to the store or the marcado. The best part is that when it gets dark, you can walk over to that park (around the corner) and get tacos, tortas, churros, and other mexican street food. I believe they were clean while cooking and preparing the food as no one got sick from eating there. Also, my little boys are extremely picky so the Domino's pizza that delivers to the house was great! TRANSPORTATION: We did not use Uber but we did hear a lot of people talking about using it so, it does sound like they are safe. Due to our group size we ended up hiring a shuttle bus from the airport and back and then hired a tour bus to do tours so we walked around a lot. WE LOVED IT!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible experience, clean, safe, comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We traveled from New York to experience Guadalajara for the 1st time and nothing disappointed. The villa has 5 extremely large bedrooms on 2 floors that gave our group both privacy along with plenty of spaces to gather for meals or cocktails in comfort. We loved the pool along with enormous kitchen and architectura details everywhere you look.

The neighborhood as advertised is working class with repair shops on various corners but extremely interesting with a fruit market and beautiful church within 100 yards. It had a family feel and we felt extremely comfortable, safe, and never had any noise problems at night.

Love, love the city itself and had some great food experiences. Favorite restaurant was probably Anita Li for their shrimp, mango tacos. Spectacular. Would also add that best way to get around is UBER and if you are not familiar with it, go to their website and add it to your phone. It's extremely cheap in this city.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the positive feedback and we have some exciting changes planned for this year. I agree with your recommendation of Anita Li , also one of my favorites, and 100% with Uber as its low cost and saves the hassle and cost of renting a car. I also find the neighborhood very interesting , safe, and the city itself keeps getting better!
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A true jewel from the 19th century

  • 5 of 5

Rob's house is a beautiful piece of property that has been fully renovated and it gave my family and I a great vacation to remember. Angel and Rob were very helpful, comunication with both of them was always a plus since they reply quick to messages and phonecalls.

The house was exactly as described and we felt safe around the neighborhood, I would totally recomend anybody to stay in this little palace since, in my experience, it's sort of a rare find in the vacation rental bussines and won't find anything like this.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pleasure hosting your family and very glad to hear that the kids had an amazing time. Also positive to hear from parking person that things worked out well in the lot around corner. Be happy to host you again.
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Cheap fair from taxis to get you there
Nearest Beach
350 Kilometres
3 hours on Nayarit area

This is a renewed old Mexican Villa that dates from the 19th century. The house is an architectural jewel and it is completely different to any other place you could stay in the city, just relax and enjoy the amazing pool and everything else this city has to offer. The property has three bedrooms and two full baths, a beautiful kitchen and its own heated pool which will make your experience even better offering lots of privacy.

The property is located near downtown and other areas like Chapultepec where you will find bars and restaurants filled with all type of fun people to be around. This is a great location because it provides closeness to bars and restaurants, without feeling congested, with an easy walk to very affordable taxis that will bring you anywhere you want.

If you are not familiar with the city, you will find that it has a young and vibrating feeling where you can meet great locals and foreigners that will show you a warm smile, making your stay in Guadalajara a better experience, making you want to come back.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $50
Tax Rate 15.0%

Payments: 50% at time of reservation and balance 1 wk prior to arrival. Check in time is 3:00, check out 12:00 but we will do our best to accommodate special requests if possible.

Cancelation policy Strict - Reservations cancelled up until 60 days before arrival will receive 50% OF the initial deposit as a refund. That is , 50% of your deposit will be forfeited . Cancelations within 60 day time period will not receive a refund on deposit.

There is a pool at the villa and you are responsible for keeping a close eye on your children. The back garden area can be closed off but once inside this area, there is no additional fencing around pool and we are not responsible for any accidents.

The credit card holder will have to show a GOVERNMENT issued identification on arrival and sign a rental agreement which is written in both Spanish and English. The reason is to protect us from credit card fraud which has happened. We need to verify that identity of the credit card holder. In addition, the rental agreement basically protects us from non approved parties, unwanted guests, damage to the property, etc.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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