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.
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.
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 fantastic 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.
Interaction with Guests
Our property manager is located a short 5 minute walk down the hill.
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!
Don't bring a car, you can walk almost anywhere in town and if you find yourself needing a ride to the house, taxis are plentiful and inexpensive.
Since the house is located in a traditional Mexican neighborhood, please show them respect by greeting them and behaving in a responsible manner.
We spent 19 days here in the house. It really worked for us, and Rex and Rita provided useful information about most everything a newcomer could want. We already know Guanajuato well, but still were impressed. The house is very nice and aesthetically pleasing, the kitchen very spacious and well equipped, beds comfortable, and three bathrooms. Martha and Juan, the property managers, were very responsive to our needs.
1. This is NOT a place for anyone with any kind of accessibility issues! Even taking a taxi to the nearest point for drop-off will then require walking UP several (35) steep steps, then walking DOWN nearly 60 steps to get to the living room/kitchen level of the house, then another 10 or so down to the bedrooms. Reverse the up and down leaving the house. To get to the Centro, you then walk down a steep cobblestone callejón maybe 5 minutes walking fast, another few flat ground minutes to the central Jardín. On way home, steep uphill for 5-10 minutes, then the steps described above. And remember, elevation is 7200' above sea level! In hot weather, the climb up is pretty gruelling during the day.
That said, we're in good shape, and welcomed the exercise. It was not a problem for us. But not for everyone.
2. The house is right above an event space that literally held afternoon through evening functions every night Thursday through Saturday the three weekends of our stay. These were weddings and quinceaños parties, with incredibly loud live and recorded music that lasted well past midnight (2:30 am one night) and, literally, caused the house to vibrate! If you are coming to study or expect a quiet night of sleep, you have been warned! Especially around the weekend. Apparently neighbors have complained, but to no avail. It is insane! And I am a professional musician and former dj!
All that said, we had a great stay, appreciate the effort that was put into making the house so nice, and would definitely stay again.
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!
We were welcomed at the airport in Leon. We felt at home the second we walked in. The house was just what we expected. A very clean and tidy private house in a local neighborhood. All of the neighbors seem to be locals. We were hoping to live in the Mexican culture. We enjoyed the views and the peaceful location. We had planned to do some work via the Internet. Great Wifi. A perfect place to relax and within 10 minute walk of the center of town. A very good trip
Rex's place is great. Beautiful views of the city. The location couldn't be better. It's just a five minute walk into town. And his property manager, Martha, is fantastic.
We really love this house !
The location is just perfect, you just have to walk down the hill and you are at Guanajuato downtown.
Every room in the house was very cozy and the beds were really really comfortable.
Rita and Rex provided us with a very complete house guide so when we arrived we had an idea of the house and the places nearby.
Martha, the house manager, was very kind and helpful. Also Juan, the driver who picked us up at the airport was very friendly.
We found 2 scorpions inside the house but it looks like they're very common in Guanajuato and they didn't give us so much trouble. Just be careful.
Hope we have a chance in the future to stay in this lovely house !
Thank you for your kind review! We're glad you had a great time in Guanajuato and that you found our home comfortable. So sorry to hear about the scorpions. We always have the property manager spray prior to guests' arrival, and she should have left you a can, so we appreciate knowing that did not happen. We hope you have the chance to return to Guanajuato in the future--we'd love to host you again!
I didn't live in the place since Rex and his wife didn't prepared the room when I arrived. They have office in Guanajuato and the manager, Martha is an incredibly kind person. She didn't received the messages from Rex until the day I was arrival, neither did Rex gave me Martha's contact number until I lost my way in a Mexico mountain. Some local Mexican residence invited me to their home and tried to provide me food, water, wifi and even called the police. I called Rex about 20 times then he messaged me about Martha's number. Honestly the house is very nice, great views and not very far from the city center, but still hard to find if you traveling alone and the host didn't make a great connection to you. Then Martha helped me find a hostel for young person (imagine I am a single girl don't know any Spanish and lost way for a while there...), she sent me emails later for apologize and invite my families come in the future. Rex and his wife did sent emails to me later but still not helpful for my re-fund and so on. They didn't reply me then.
Next time I will contact Martha directly if I ever get a chance to Guanajuato.