Casa Secreto - Garden and Pool
|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
|Living space||160 square meters|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyAsk
|Theme||Historic, Luxury, Romantic, City, Downtown|
Description from the owner
Casa Secreto - Garden & Pool... Traditional Callejon living in the heart of Guanajuato with luxury, hard to find, bonus features! Just 70 steps above Calle de La Presa, you are in your own private, peaceful oasis.
The main floor of Casa Secreto is a very traditional architecturally appointed space which includes hard to find amenities... such as fireplaces in all areas, ceiling fans, full kitchen, bathtubs & showers, high speed wireless internet, flat screen television and satellite TV... as well as a beautiful and very private outside plunge pool, outdoor kitchen and barbecue and lovely garden space.
The second floor has access...Read more
Casa Secreto - Garden and Pool
Guanajuato, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast, Mexico
Additional Location Information
Just above Embajadores market, on Paseo de La Presa in the historical center of Guanajuato, Mexico
Location Type City, Downtown
Rates shown in $ USD (change)
|Rate Summary||$75||$75||$450||$1,250||4 nights|
|All Dates||$75||$75||$450||$1,250||4 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: May 13, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
Patti & Mark
A Perfect Vacation!
Although the pictures of Casa Secreto are lovely they cannot capture the wonderful, warm and cozy feeling that envelopes you the moment you arrive! The rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated. The attention to detail is evident and it is very clear that the creation of this "home away from home" was a labour of love!
My husband and I just returned from a wonderful week in Guanajuato with my sister and her husband. Casa Secreto proved to be the perfect accommodation for two couples to share. They stayed on the main floor while my husband and I took to the second floor. We were able to open up the doors to enjoy sharing our space with each other, but we also had the ability to have separate, private space on each floor whenever we desired.
The patio on the second floor soon became a favourite place to enjoy the sunshine & breathtaking view of the city by day and the multitude of stars by night.
On warmer days we took great pleasure in relaxing with a cerveza in the plunge pool on the main floor and when the evening air turned colder we were able to be warm and cozy by our fireplace.
We had easy access to anything we could need or want and having laundry facilities available on the premises was a real bonus!
Walking up and down the callejon proved to be great exercise which removed any guilt from not going to the gym!
The city of Guanajuato was a real treasure filled with so much beautiful & colourful history! Each corner you turn offers another wonderful surprise in the form of historical architecture, amazing statues and lush garden squares.
My husband and I quickly learned to navigate the streets and callejons of the city and felt completely safe as we made our daily explorations.
The people of Guanajuato were friendly and welcoming and worked very hard to help us communicate with our very limited Spanish.
The food was fabulous everywhere we went! Definitely something for everyone!!!
We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Casa Secreto and plan to return!!!
Gary & Susan
Colorado Springs, CO
A wonderfully furnished, beautifully maintained, place to call h
My wife and I stayed in Casa Secreto for the month of January 2013. We rented both levels. Martha, the local manager of the property, was there for check-in and check-out. She helped us problem solve a few minor issues while we were there via email exchanges. It helps to converse in Spanish. She and her son Salvador and "on the scene" man Juan were most helpful. They all provided excellent and speedy professional service.
The owner has obviously spent a great deal of time, effort, and resources furnishing the home and it comes with great amenities - wifi, lavanderia, fountain, splash pool, complete kitchens on both levels, Solaris solar hot water system for the showers, a mini propane hot water tank for the kitchen, four gas fireplaces, etc.
The location for us was perfect, right in the heart of the Las Embajadoras zone and on the Paseo de la Presa. Everything was within a 15 minute walk from the property and that includes the El Centro area by the Teatro Juarez. It was also great for accessing the hiking trails around the La Bufa mountain. The stairs going up the Callejon Zaragoza to get to the property seemed a little intimidating for my wife at first, but after a week or so it just became habit. Besides, when you see elderly locals carrying huge bags of fruit in each hand or brazeros hauling hundreds of pounds of bricks on their backs up the callejons it kind of puts you in your place and your huffing and puffing don't seem to matter any more.
We liked relaxing out by the splash pool even though we didn't venture into it. It was too chilly in January. We appreciated the gas fireplace in the downstairs living room which we utilized in the mornings to take the chill out of the air. We enjoyed getting to know Petra and her family who live next door. They are your typical warm, loving, Mexican people.
The only downside maybe was the noise - the street noise, fireworks, blaring music, barking dogs, construction, etc. But this is what you get in Mexico!
A relaxing house in a perfect location =)
My friend and I stayed in the lower level of Casa Secreto and we loved it! It is a very private house and definitely big enough for 2 people. My friend and I had lived in Guanajuato for 5 months just before our vacation there in May, so we had met a lot of people from Guanajuato from living there before. The house was perfect and very accommodating to be able to have our friends come over and cook, eat, talk and have a good time inside the house and outside. The patio is very big with a beautiful view. All of our friends that had visited us at the house had said all good things about the house, about how beautiful it was and how nice it was. Also, the location is perfect. It is right in Embajadores and after you walk out of the callejon there are little stores along the street where you can buy basically everything that you need. Also, if you are familiar with Guanajuato and where you're going around the city, the walk to el centro isn't very far at all. The only thing that was frustrating about the house was that the stairs going up to the house are really steep and tiring. But that is expected in Guanajuato...everything is either up or down the mountains. Other than that the house is beautiful and the city is a beautiful city. This is a house I would definitely recommend to family and friends.
Secret Hideaway with the Good/Bad/Ugly
Guanajuato is a beautiful city where you will easily encounter hills, valleys, and secret passageways. Casa Secreto is located near the top of a narrow callejon (alley). Your core training will pay off. The two levels of the house have been expertly designed with lots of space in which to move about. Having rented many places over the past 20 years, we thought it important to share what we encountered so you may make an educated decision.
Good: space, layout, amenities (TV, internet, washer/dryer (natural), refrigerator, stove, water), attention to design details; loved sitting on the terrace watching the moon rise and the sun set; watching hummingbirds; glad we could use terrace
Bad: callejon (alley) was narrower and windy than most callejons; less privacy than expected because 6 workers were all about; downstairs unit darker than second floor; The pilot light on the hot water heater blew out after a strong wind storm. No one came for two days, so we had no hot water for two days. We had to heat water on the stove so we could combine it with cold water and wash our hair. Living in a hostel was not what we chose. One day was tolerable, but two days was not. Broken tiles and leaves remained where we had swept them.
Ugly: dirty pool filled with algae and mosquito larvae, many lights (inside and outside) not working, some lamp covers topsy turvy, everything covered in layer of dust, dishtowels dirty (with sticky substance), no dish detergent, no sponge, water fountain not working (or at least shown how to use it); master bathroom toilet stopped working
Overall, the experience could have been better, and we know this from the many places we have stayed. I've attached pictures to attest to what we experienced, because I did not want to bear responsibility for things/appearances that were so at the beginning.
Response from Robert Fullerton - 03/25/2012
We are quite upset and sorry that one of our guests felt this way. All of our guests have been very pleased with the property until now. As owners from Canada, we can't be there all the time and as we just finished building Casa Secreto in the fall, you can imagine there is much fine tuning to be done.
There are many complaints that Sylvia had that are baffling to us and out of our control. A wind storm and windy streets, narrow streets, workers in the area. While she comments that the house is expertly designed, she complains that the downstairs is darker than the upstairs. She was concerned that the lamp shades were off kilter and that no one had come around to pick up the pile of leaves she had swept up after the storm.
There were, however, two things that I take full responsibility for and apologized profusely to her for. There was a windstorm that blew out the pilot light on the water heater. My manager didn't know this until the next day and got it lit as soon as she could. While I had an excellent solar hot water heating system working in November, there was an accident and I had to set up a temporary gas fired system until I can fix the solar system in April. While locals from the age of six here all know how to light a pilot light it is a bit confusing for those whose lives are more automated.
The other is the pool. It is not true that there is algae in the pool. It has a very good pump and filter system and the chlorine levels are well maintained. I made the mistake of painting the bottom of the pool white and with the green color of the house, the water has had a greenish tinge to it since it was first filled. This will be fixed when I tile it with dark blue this summer. I also didn't realize I would need a pool vacuum. While the water is clean, without vacuuming, silt accumulates on the bottom. We now have a vacuum for it.
Secluded yet close to everything
This is a nice hideaway and retreat if you're looking to go off the grid for a while to rest or work on special projects. Very serene space that feels secluded, yet is only a 5 minute trek down the callejones to people and 10 minutes to Centro and Jardin. It's a tastefully furnished house decorated with authentic Mexican furnishings, fixtures and tiles, a small villa really, that has everything you need to chill out or work (there's reliable free wifi) if the spirit moves. It's the only vacation rental in a row of houses inhabited by Mexican families. The fountain and pool area accented by bougainvillea is a nice setting for yoga at dawn, coffee afterwards, or wine at dusk. The kitchen is well equipped if you want to prepare meals and entertain. This is a perfect artist's retreat. If you are unable to hike up or down the side of a hill, don't stay here.
Our vacation at Casa Secreto was an experience of a lifetime. Coming from the USa into the heart of Mexico; Cassa Secreto made us feel very comfortable. Within the first day, walking down to the heart of Guanajuato made us feel very comfortable with our choice. Very new and clean, the house made us feel relaxed instantly. The small challenge of finding Casa Secreto added to our positive experience! If you want to experience Guanajuato with a top notch house that is very reasonable in price, we would recommend Casa Secreto.
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Perfection in Guanajuato
A lot of hard work was put into this home, and it shows. Casa Secreto is beautiful, but not overdone, and provides an authentic Mexican experience in the local Embajadores area of Guanajuato. Though each floor is self-sufficient, we rented the entire house.
Each spacious bedroom contains comfortable twin beds, extra blankets and sheets, and plenty of storage to stow and hang your clothes. The bathrooms are also roomy, authentically decorated, and quickly provide hot water for your choice of a bath or shower.
The flat screen TV (downstairs) is fed via Dish-Mexico, and has an Hdmi cable for streaming on the fast internet connection.
Good use of space and furniture makes for a lot of room to move about easily inside the home. Gas fireplaces keep you warm in the evening, and a couple of open windows cool the interior nicely in the daytime. We didn't use the plunge pool, but it looked inviting. We did use the grill for carne asada and found it to be a good setup. A gas burner, utensils and a sink made it easy to prep, cook, and clean. Cooking indoors is also convenient in either of the two fully functional and nicely decorated kitchens. For that mid-week load of laundry, there's a large washer in a separate utility shed, and a clothes line for air drying.
Though it's easy to catch a taxi or bus at the bottom of Zaragoza, we chose to walk to the center of town most of the time. There are many markets, large and small, between Zaragoza and el centro (downtown), as well as dozens of restaurants.
Embajadores is a great place to hang out, offering a busy market with a lot of quality fresh local produce, clothing, toys, and hot foods. It's a quiet neighborhood relative to the noisy centro, but certainly not boring.
Additionally, the owner maintained great communication before and during the stay, and was very helpful.