A Memorable Accommodation: Built in 2009, Casa Isabel is an open, airy, residence featuring an Artistic blend of Contemporary Design and traditional styling 4 minutes walk to Escuela Mexicana and 7 minutes to Plaza Jardin. The heart of our home is a spacious open concept living room and kitchen with Dramatic Arched Glass French Doors providing access to a Private, Romantic Balcony and Amazing Views.
This Unique home features a large Master Bedroom and Master Bathroom with a super king
size bed that can be separated into twins. A day bed in the main room upstairs converts into two separate single beds in addition there is a bathroom and shower room.
Rooftop washing machine. Broadband wireless Wi-Fi high speed internet access throughout plus iPod compatible stereo. The main upper level of the house as well as the rooftop terrace offer spectacular Views of Plaza Cervantes, The University of Guanajuato, numerous cathedrals, and much of the historic downtown area and Surrounding Mountains. Casa Isabel is situated close enough to the lively Plaza Jardin and El Centro to be convenient, yet high enough up and far enough away to be quiet and tranquil feeling - the perfect retreat after your days of exploring and sightseeing around the bustling downtown areas.
Whether sipping your morning coffee while watching the city below come to life, or hosting evening margaritas on the terrace with family or friends, your time on either terrace is certain to provide unforgettable memories. Architectural details include high, wooden beamed ceilings, rich Antique doors and windows, traditional Saltillo tile floors, decorative talavera ceramic tile, and bold, traditional wrought iron fixtures. Refined interior design work features traditional, antique Spanish furnishings artfully blended with great overhead lighting and modern appliances. The Kitchen is Fully Equipped with modern stove, oven, refrigerator, freezer, microwave, coffee maker, complete utensils, flatware, and colorful dinnerware for cooking at home or entertaining. Diverse Sculpture, lively Folk Art created by local Artists, and the owner's own Award Winning Contemporary Photography complete the surroundings.
More About Guanajuato: Having traveled extensively in Mexico, Guanajuato is our favorite city, and high on our list of favorite cities worldwide. It is very European with lots of pedestrian only streets, parks, outdoor cafes, festivals, a major university, a symphony orchestra (admission $5 U.S.!), great art museums, night clubs, restaurants, monuments, etc. Ideally situated in the central highlands, Guanajuato is two hours from beautiful Spanish colonial cities of Queretaro or Zacatecas, and approximately four hours by bus to either Mexico City or Guadalajara. Guanajuato is built in a bowl in the mountains with steep streets and labyrinthine, colorful alleyways lacing the hill sides. GTO has exquisite architecture and a venerable history having been the richest city in Mexico for more than two centuries. Exploring the narrow, rambling alleys, or callejones as they are known, you will discover myriad hidden views across the city with it's classic Spanish colonial churches and brightly painted neighborhoods. One really unique aspect of GTO is that the city has been tunneled to direct traffic below ground leaving much of the historic downtown open to pedestrians. The residents of GTO are exceptionally friendly and most evenings are a buzz of people milling around the parks and cafes with mariachis and troubadours providing the soundtrack.
Unique attractions include the infamous Museo de las Momias (Mummy Museum), The Diego Rivera House, The Don Quixote Museum and numerous abandoned and working silver mines. Festivals and fiestas are a regular occurrence including the Day of Flowers, Semana Santa, and the acclaimed International Cervantino Arts Festival in October.
What to Bring: Bring your laptop for high speed access, movie streaming, or free oversees Skype phone calls from anywhere throughout the house. Pictures of your dog or cat (sorry, no pets). Strictly no smoking allowed anywhere on the property. Please note altitude is 7,000 feet and the walk to the house is steep and not suitable for those who are not physically fit. The house is located in a working class, Mexican neighborhood as such there is great disparity in the quality of construction of surrounding homes. Anticpate on weekends and holidays that there will be much merrymaking with accompanying noise from party goers, ear plugs are in order.This is not unique to our neighborhood it is typical of Guanajuato....Read more
Left on 07/08/2013 for a stay in March 2013 | TamaraReviewed Jul 8, 2013Stayed Mar 2013
We had a wonderful stay in this ultra cool house above the beautiful Mexican town of Guanajuato.The views are spectacular, especially at night. We even caught glimpses of a sunrise that were amazing. The house had everything one could need and we really liked the hip and welcoming decor. The owners are friendly and professional. They also have an eco farm in Mayto, (on the west coast) which we're planning to visit at some point, as well. Guanajuato itself is great to explore. I had signed up for some morning Spanish classes ahead of time, which added a lot to the overall experience of my stay (I'm a foreign language junkie.) We would say the only negative thing is that if you have trouble walking, the property isn't for you. There are steps to walk up and down to get to and from the town center. The owners warn potential renters about this very clearly, however. We had no problem with it personally. Check this property and city out. You won't be sorry.
Left on 08/11/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | Diane S.Reviewed Aug 11, 2012Stayed Jul 2012
Holly and property manager, James, provided all you could possibly need. The house is spacious and comfortable with the best views of beautiful Guanajuato. Be forewarned that the climb is long and steep. I would not recommend hauling suitcases up this hill but rather take a taxi and make sure the driver knows exactly where this is. Most taxi drvers will not recognize the name "Casa Isabel" so be sure to have the exact address & directions in Spanish. It is not easy to find!
Left on 09/01/2010 for a stay in July 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Sep 1, 2010Stayed Jul 2010
We had a wonderful time at Casa Isabel in GTO! The location is spectacular, a short walk to the heart of the city and the best restaurants, bars and coffee shop (Cafe Tal). The house is spectacular; amazing, authentic decorations and furnishings with all the comforts we'd wished for. The balcony is to die for. We found ourselves heading in early many nights to enjoy the view and a private drink from the best spot in town. You simply can't beat this rental. Good luck trying to drag yourself away...
Left on 08/30/2010 for a stay in August 2010 | R&CReviewed Aug 30, 2010Stayed Aug 2010
Casa Isabel is attractively decorated, well equipped, everything (hot water, plumbing, appliances, wi-fi, and so on) worked as advertised, and the view is magnificent. Very comfortable king-sized bed downstairs. The seating in the spacious and attractive upstairs room and long narrow balcony could be improved. The daybed is uncomfortable to use as a couch as it has only two small pillows. The other seating, apart from the chairs of the beautiful rough wood kitchen table consists of 2 Equipale leather chairs and a small coffee table. The balcony, with a fairly high wall, is furnished only with a small mosaic-topped bistro table/chairs and 2 tall, uncomfortable bar chairs.
Casa Isabel is located in a Mexican neighborhood on the side of a hill overlooking the town. It is subject to typical neighborhood noise such as barking rooftop dogs at all hours, and loud music at times (three times until the wee hours, in our experience). Street noise in the town below is much less of an issue.
The web site accurately states that guests must be physically fit. There is no vehicle access to the property. Casa Isabel sits at an elevation of about 6800 feet on Ladera de Tecolote (actually a wide sidewalk), reached either from the road above (Panoramica), requiring a steep descent of approximately 140 steps down a staircase from the top of Callejon Espinazo, or else up a picturesque but very steep cobblestone pedestrian walkway (Calzada de Tecolote) from the road below in El Centro. Ladera de Tecolote itself has about 55 steps to negotiate if approaching from below, and maybe 30 or so if coming from above.
We found lots of small stores nearby to buy staples, rotisserie chicken, bread and pastries, and the like for those occasions when we weren't eating in town.Enjoy!
Left on 08/23/2010 for a stay in July 2010 | CarolineReviewed Aug 23, 2010Stayed Jul 2010
Our 3 night stay in Guanajuato wouldn't have been the same without the comfort, convenience and incredible views at Casa Isabel. This was a charming, cozy apartment overlooking the spectacular city of Guanajuato, an ideal home away from home for a couple. The bed was incredibly comfortable, the sunrise and sunsets were worth the hike to the top of the mountain each day and the highlights of shopping, restaurants and cultural attractions were all within a short walk. Casa Isabel makes Gunajuato's beauty magical from the rooftop terrace and we would stay there on a future trip.
Balance due 14 days prior to arrival or in USD cash on arrival.Payments are non-refundable unless the property can be rebooked for same time. PLEASE EMAIL DO NOT CALL AS WE ARE OFTEN NOT REACHABLE BY PHONE-THANK YOU! Please check the online calendar prior to emailing, we keep it up to date.
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