If you like what you see here but the calendar is full, please check out the other spaces available in this House of the Well: there is another adorable room with private bath; as well as the studio apartment!
Please note that to arrive here one must walk: either one walks up or one walks down, but walk one must. Guanajuato was not built with the automobile in mind ;=))
IDEAL for a visiting scholar or professor at the Universidad de Guanajuato!! Lovely room with private bath, on sunny central patio in private home. Kitchen privileges. Various sunny terraces with panoramic views of the beautiful City of Guanajuato. The only off-limits part of the house is the music room which is my workspace.
The room is ample and has a double bed; as well as a desk at which many people have found creative inspiration, from writing to painting! In spite of our proximity to the heart of the city, there is a certain tranquillity here which is very propicious to work.
Eight minutes' walk from the Jardín de la Unión and the Juárez, Principal, and Cervantes Theatres; as well as from the University. Easy access in taxi, microbús and on foot. There is also a private acceso down from the Panorámica.
This is a "people's" not a "rich-folks" neighborhood in an Ibero-american city, so you will hear roosters and the occasional goat; but it is all quite agreeable.
Nevertheless, should you need to bring a car, with a little advance notice my neighbour just above on the Panorámica usually has an extra parking space: cost is 150 pesos / night. Public parking lots charge between 12 and 15 pesos per hour. (I do not recommend "free" parking in a tunnel: it may well cost you the repair of your windshield.) If you arrive in a car, you will probably park it and forget about it until you leave: this city is far easier to navigate walking, in public transit, or if necessary in a taxi.
As of 1 January I am raising my prices for the first time since I started hosting on AIRBNB, mostly because I want to be able to better pay the woman who helps me with housework. People who do this work tend to be very underpaid here, and I would like to do my part to remedy that situation.
I invite all my guests to enjoy the beautiful views from the azotea (roof terrace)! Each room comes with kitchen privileges: I ask only that you take good care of my pots and pans, my knives, and the Talavera dishes. In reality, all the public spaces in this house are here to be enjoyed: the azotea, the central patio, the little north patio with the laundry.
Really, THE ONLY OFF-LIMITS AREA is the piano room which is my own work-space.
Interaction with Guests
This is the home of a working artist. I share this space with my guests, however short or long their stay here may be. If I am here, I am as available as my work permits. And as always, if there is a concert here in this House of the Well, my guests are cordially invited!
This is a people’s and not a rich-folks’ neighbourhood, and in an Iberoamerican city, so you will hear roosters, dogs, and the occasional outburst of ranchera music; but it is all quite inoffensive. This barrio is friendly, lively, safe.
We are 8 minutes’ walk from the Jardín de la Unión and from the Juárez, Cervantes, and Principal theatres –the latter being where the Symphony performs every Friday during the university year-; as well as the Museo Iconográfico and Casa Cuatro where there are also concerts and other events.
Easy access in taxi, microbús and on foot; there is also a private (locked) access coming down from the Panorámica.
Guanajuato was not built with the automobile in mind ;=)) ... Nevertheless, should you need to bring a car, with a little advance notice my neighbour just above on the Panorámica usually has an extra parking space: cost is 150 pesos / night, 350 / month; anything in between is negotiable. Public parking lots cost 12 to 15 pesos/hour. (I do not recommend finding "free" parking in a tunnel: it may well cost you the repair of your windshield.) If you arrive in a car, you will probably park it and forget about it until you leave: this city is far easier to navigate walking, in public transit, or if necessary in a taxi.
Other Things to Note
I love this city very much – even knowing as I do that we have a lot of things to improve here, I love it very much. And I want the people who come here to visit, whether for three days or three months, to also have affection for it.
1. Two friendly dogs and a cat also live here, thus my "no pets" request. (In any case they are not allowed in the bedrooms.)
2. Smoking OK but only outside, please (ashtrays provided).
3. Take good care of kitchen equipment like good knives and pots!
4. Please make advance arrangements so that I or someone else may meet you and bring you here -- airport pickup available US$50, bus terminal US$15.
We had a wonderful stay with Ana at the House of the Well. She is a terrific host who provided a good local tour when we arrived. This was extremely helpful for us in learning to get oriented. Ana provided a lot of useful information and shared her space very generously. We very glad to be able to use her lovely kitchen to prepare some meals. Ana even shared small food items such as spices and cooking oil that enhance meal preparation, especially if you are not staying for a number of weeks to make your own purchase of these items worthwhile. We enjoyed conversations with Ana about a variety of social and political issues. Our room was comfortable and clean. The view of the city from the upstairs patio is fantastic and the heart of Guanajuato is just a short walk away! The house is not in a quiet location (lots of roosters and barking dogs) but Ana makes potential guests aware of this in advance and we were able to adapt. Thanks for making our visit to your lovely city so memorable, Ana!
Wow! Truly, if you are coming to Guanajuato and looking for an authentic, cultural, and welcoming stay near the heart of the city, definitely consider staying with ANA!
I stayed in her patio room for just over a month. Here are some of what made this stay memorable.....
The room: large room with comfortable bed and a really great bathroom. I loved this room! Its well removed from the rest of the house which makes it very private, almost like a studio but without the kitchen. It can get a little chilly at night but there were plenty of warm blankets on hand. Also, i was here during the coldest part of the year, which is actually VERY warm, especially if you are visiting from Canada....
The host: What a women! This is what really makes it here. Even if you dont see ANA a whole lot during your stay she is always willing to help with any questions and make your visit rewarding and FUN!
I loved my stay in Guanajuato and when I make my return visit it will be back here at ANAs house of the well.
Very helpful host. When we arrive at Ana's house, she was so kind to lead us to the Centro and introduce some fabulous restaurant and interesting sights. Meanwhile, there are two lovely dogs say hi to us in the day and night. Anyway, Dee and I just have a great experience explored Guanajuato. Hope see you again!
Me encanto la experiencia en Casa del Pozo, Ana siempre me atendió de maravilla, me dio consejos de como moverme y siempre estuvo disponible para las dudas que tuviera sobre la casa y sobre la ciudad. Me dio muy buenos Tips de como moverme, asi mismo de como encontrar buenos lugares donde pasarla bien. La atencion de Ana fue espectacular, una persona muy amable y super interesante. me senti como en casa. La recamara estuvo muy limpia y amplia, el agua caliente y el internet super bien.. la zona esta super cerca del centro 15 minutos caminando, asi que no tuve problema alguno en desplazarme. La casa es hermosa y la vista hacia la cd es lo mejor de todo... quede encantada y no dudaria en volver a repetir esta experiencia. Estoy super agradecida con Ana por sus atenciones y por el trato tan amigable...
Our experience was not very good. I was forced to take two cold showers, my wife one. We were at first made to feel as if we had not followed her instructions as to how the water heater worked. (There was too much fine print in her apartment operating instructions for what should be a straightforward matter. Turn on the faucet, hot water comes out.) Turned out that we had followed the instructions correctly. Real issue was that our host was not lighting the water heater in the evening, or any other hour she did not expect us to take showers. Without telling us so, she expected us to give her advance warning as to when we wanted to take a shower. A completely unworkable situation if you wanted to take a shower late at night because we would have had to wake her up to turn on the water heater.
A similar problem with wifi access. Because I was on a working vacation in which I needed to remain in contact with colleagues in the U.S., a quality wifi connection was a must. Again, service was spotty and completely unreliable. Was made to feel as if my PC was the problem. Anna and her other guest were Mac users. Was forced to trek down the mountain to downtown Guanajuato to find wifi access, which was readily available and of such quality that I could resume contact with colleagues. Again, nothing wrong with my lap top, it turns out. But inconvenience of having to walk up and down from her apartment to city was completely unrealistic. I suspect that her current level of service cannot support more than two users because host and her other guest were online each of the times I tried to go online.
Víctor, all I can say is that I am terribly sorry you felt so disappointed. It turns out that the wi-fi problems were due to my other guest who was utilising a huge amount of bandwidth downloading films and such things. The minute he left there were no further problems; and the house was full. Had I known he was going to do this I would have done exactly what you suggest and paid for the higher level of service.
As to the hot water, I certainly apologize if I "made" you feel as though you weren't following instructions. It wasn't that I was not lighting the water heater, it was that the solar heater apparently was not working properly. This has now been fixed. Ni modo: así aprendemos. I hope the rest of your time in this beautiful city made up for the "not very good experience" you had here!
Ana is a very friendly host, She has an amazing house with wonderful roof view. It is fairly close to the center of Guanajuato (just a 10 minutes walk down to the center) and easy to find (if you have the map in hand). The room is cozy, decorative & clean. We like it a lot.
I here suggest three things that one might want to consider beforehand. If they are not within your concern, then you should definitely book it. (1) We arrived at the Guanahuato bus station and Ana arranged Ramiro to pick us up. He charged either 200 peso or $15USD. We only found out later that taxi are cheap in Guanajuato. From the bus station to her house only costs 45 peso. One can even switch to a local bus and stop at Teator Principal for very little money and walk up to her house (if not carrying lots of luggage). (2) The house has both a solar and a gas system for hot water but don't expect them to be as stable as those in modern household. (3) The internet connection breaks down quite often.
Please don't take me wrong, all in all, we find it very pleasant to stay at her place. I just hope that the future guests will have a fair expectation and wish you all a great stay!
Dear Cora/Pei-Hsuan and Hendrik, I am glad that (quoting you) “all in all, [you found] it very pleasant” here in this Casa del Pozo. HOWEVER, I am sorrier than I can say that you somehow felt deceived about being picked up at the bus station. I email every guest my Orientation with a cover note explaining how this works. Below is an excerpt from what I sent you: if you haven’t deleted that email you should still be able to read it:
“Whether you arrive vía air or bus, I strongly suggest that Ramiro Gutiérrez pick you up. He costs a little more than the taxi mafia but he knows the way to the house and in the event that I cannot be here to receive you, he is completely ‘de confianza’, has keys, and can let you in to your room. This saves a lot of stress for all concerned!
… As noted on AIRBNB airport pickup now costs US$50 and bus station pickup US$15. Regrettably these rates have gone up as of 10 April 2014, due to a recent precipitous rise in the cost of gasoline, what a pain. If this causes a severe pain to your travel budget I am prepared to pay the difference because I want you to have a stress-free landing here!”
PLEASE NOTE: I offer to pay the difference between the Ramiro pickup and a normal taxi, because I want your landing here to be agreeable.
The fact is that there are no fewer than FOUR Callejones de Refugio in this city –that I know about, that is! Only last week a guest couple arrived and spent over an hour wandering around trying to find this place.
I take a certain amount of time and mental energy to compose my Orientation and cover email, to be as clear and informative as I can. It is unfortunate when a guest finds it too difficult to spend a little time reading what I wrote.
2) As to the Internet connection, believe me: you were not alone. We were all suffering this problem! I don’t know if it is the Festival that overloads the system, or some generalized problem with Teléfonos de México, but the connection during this past week has been exceedingly uneven. Sorry about that!
3) As to the hot water, it seems that if one follows the (rather detailed and somewhat idiosyncratic, but accurate) directions in my Orientación one should have virtually instant and extremely hot water. I apologise if I did not explain it adequately.
I hope you'll stay here again and that everything will be totally to your satisfaction. Meanwhile, all the best of luck to both of you with studies and writing!
We loved staying with Ana! Her home is so lovely and she is very generous with her space. We spent lots of time on the roof deck with the most incredible view!
The guest room is spacious and comfortable. It had everything we needed.
Ana is a wonderful person and we enjoyed chatting with her and listening to her practice piano. Her dogs are sweet and gentle.
We highly recommend staying here.
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