This is my big, colourful Mexican/American style home, with amenities like comfortable beds, large upper terrasse, balcony and Master Bedroom with a fantastic view of the city and mountains, fiber optic & 40" TV in MB, in a safe area.
Casa Bella Vista: Great, beautiful contemporary Mexican-style 3-storey house with gorgeous views, in a very safe neighborhood. All private rooms have real comfortable mattresses (matrimonial in 3 bedrooms + queen in Master BR). One Bedroom also has an individual bed in addition to the matrimonial (double) bed. Big balcony off 2nd floor. The 3rd floor has a huge 40' x 20' deck with views of the city, perfect for entertaining. Great, large kitchen, and spacious Dining Room, Living Room. Beautiful full tiled bathrooms on the main floor, and on the second floor as well. Parking for 2 cars (3 if you are creative), very nice garden with native plants. Quiet cul-de-sac, and safe, friendly neighborhood. It's a 15-20 minute leisurely walk to Centro. Buses are readily available for 5 pesos (40 cents Cdn) and you can easily flag a taxi to go back and forth for 30 pesos ($2.40 Cdn) to Centro. 40" Smart TV with and fiber optic cable in Master BR. Internet fiber optic WIFI. House phone with free calls. Because it is perched on a hill, the house is always comfortable (not too hot, not too cold) and gets good light. The guests rooms all have windows that open to the interior shaft for air ventilation. With its panoramic views from both the balcony and the deck, you see the sunrise, and the sunset.
15 minute-walk down to the Alhondiga in Zona Centro, 10 more minutes to Plaza Fernando, and another 10 to Jardin de la Union or Teatro Juarez. On your walk towards the Jardin de la Union, you can see the Alhondiga Museum, Hidalgo market, Commercial, Jardin Reforma, and Plaza San Fernando ( very quiet park with restaurants), and the Diego Riviera and Frida Khalo house/museum (tucked on a side street). There are small local grocery shops 2 minutes from the house, and 5 minutes down is the Tepetapa street with its many diverse small shops. The walk is very easy to the Centro, but it's easier to take a taxi back home (for 30 pesos or $2.40), cause it's fairly steep, or take the readily available bus (5 pesos or $0.40) up the Tepetapa (Take the Mommias or Nuevo Panteon, and then hike the last 5 minutes. If you take the Mommias, you can stay on the bus to go around the hill all the way up to the sign that says "Bano" just above the museum Mommias. It will save you the hike along the Panteon Wall.
A typical day is to have a smoothie and breakfast in the house in the morning, then stroll down to the Centro and visit, stopping along for a snack at the Hidalgo Mercado; then visit some more, and have an afternoon 3-course meal (drink included) for $5-$7 in one of the nice small restaurants close to University, then slowly make your way back, shopping for your night meal at the Mercado, and take the bus or taxi back on time to catch some more sun and watch the sunset by 6pm. (Downtown gets very cool in the shade after 2pm, but the house has the sun all day).
* Please note that during the winter, rooms may be available as a B&B, from $45/night. Please enquire.
The whole house with 4 Bedrooms - only the upper studio (or 5th bedroom) is kept locked for the owners' personal belongings.
There are regular frequent buses 5mn away (until 9:30-10pm), and taxis are readily available any time, except at the end of the afternoon, when there is a change of shift, and they are sparse.
Driving up here is a challenge, as there is a steep turn on a very narrow street. Not adequate for sports car or low cars. Guanajuato taxis are used to it, although occasionally during the day, usually around 2-4pm, when there is a change of shift, you may catch a taxi who refuses to go all the way up. So you can either wait for another taxi to accept, or walk the last 5 minutes climb. If you are landing at the Leon airport, please ask for our chauffeur who can pick you up for about 550 pesos (comparable to taxis at the airport).
The studio/Den upstairs is locked for the owner's belongings. Everything else is yours. Please do not go on the neighbour's roof to have a better view - they get really upset.
Interaction with guests
I'm available by email any time. I check it regularly. My manager Mario will meet you at your arrival. Please let us know the time of your arrival.
Other things to note
The street to the house is very difficult to negotiate, best done with a 4 x 4, or a local taxi, although I've seen all kinds of vehicles making it up to the house. For that reason, once parked at the house, people prefer to either walk or catch a taxi down to the Centro, and come back by taxi.
Do not get fooled by the long one-way drive to the house around the hill - this is not the way to the Centro, which is much shorter than that. In fact, early in the morning or in the evening, locals often cut through against the one-way along the Panteon wall to make it easier to make the turn to the street.
Guanajuato is well-known for its dogs on the roofs howling at night, firecrackers at times, and fireworks during festivals. If you are a very light sleeper, you may want to bring earplugs or sound cancellation device or ambient sound apps.
Welcome to Casa Bella Vista Guanajuato
Prolongacion Pinguica No. 7, Guanajuato, neighborhood Las Momias (Panteon).
Please let us know ahead of time the time and mode of arrival, so that the manager or owner can coordinate your arrival (nobody lives in the house in between guests). The road up the house is extremely challenging, especially in the rain, and you might not be able to use your car during the day time because of traffic. We can arrange for the manager or a chauffeur to pick you up at the airport, for the same price as a taxi. A cargo van will not make it up there. The bus station is 15 mn driving from the Alhondiga/Mercado area. There is a frequent bus (every 10 mn or so) in front of the bus station to the Mercado.
Not for people with mobility issues, or people who expect to be living among other foreigners. This is a mexican neighborhood, on a dead end top of a hill, so a little bit isolated. This is a 15 mn walk down to the Alhondiga Museum, and a 35 mn walk down to the Teatro Juarez. The hike up takes longer, and taxis can be hailed on the street for 40-45 pesos.
Manager: Mario Nava: cell: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) (EMAIL HIDDEN)
During Oct-March, contact Martine Bilodeau,cell: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN); (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Check-in: 2pm with some flexibility for earlier if there are no other guests checking out. No later than 8pm, unless negotiated upon your booking.
Check out: 10am.
Internet: Megacable 874D, password: ANkUTPhR
House phone: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
TV in Master BR. The television is the Samsung remote control - on/off button is the red on top.
Cable: the white remote control on/off button is the blue button on top. The house logo will take you to the main (URL HIDDEN) button will give you basic info on what is shown. VOD (Video on Demand) - I have a subscription to movies so select “Subscripcion”. You will be charged for the cost of renting a movie if you select “Peliculas en Renta”. Please advise if you do so.
Cable TV: both remotes must be on, and TV source on HDM1. You might have to play with the "TV" button on the cable remote.
If you connect a computer to the TV, turn off the cable, and select HDM2.
Phone: I have unlimited local,national and international.
To dial outside of Mexico from landline, dial 001, followed by the area code.
From US or Canada to a Mex land line: 001-52-area code + 7 digits. If calling a cell: add 1 between 52 and area code.
If you have a cell from a different are, dial 045 and then the 473 local, then the 7 digits.
Owner: Martine Bilodeau: (EMAIL HIDDEN)
Canada cell: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Directions to the house
The street is very difficult to negotiate - not for the faint of heart.
Taxi: It is very important to ask for la Subida del Molino, Las Momias. All local taxis will take you all the way up to the last fork that way. They don't know the street Pinguica, but they know "la Subida del Moleno, Las Momias". Go all the way to the top of the hill. Then at the fork, take a left. Then it is the first house on the right - blue and white, with a parking/garden in front. Address is Prolongacion Pinguica 7. Please notice that taxis from the airport are from Silao, and they are not used to the streets of Guanajuato, nor do they know their way around. We can look for a chauffeur for you to pick you up and take you to the house. Their rate is quite comparable and it will make your arrival much easier.
Taxi downtime: mid afternoon, as there is a change of shift.
Uber: Pinguica MZIILTSN. You might want to change your phone no to a local no on your profile for them to get a hold of you.
Follow directions towards Las Momias. You will eventually go up the main street called Tepetapa on the West Side of Guanajuato. Pay attention as there will be a left turn towards Museo Momias, as you start going down. You'll do a long loop around the neighborhood, past the Museo Momias, all the way up. Just in front of the sign that says "Bano" (bathrooms of the museum Momias), there is a steep 30 degree turn. You will have to back up to take it frontward, which is the easiest way to go all the way to the house. You could also negotiate it by backing up all the way up if you're stuck. Go all the way up, past a curve where there are lots
of car parked until you come to a fork, then turn left. The house is the first one - white and blue- on the right. Address is Prolongacion Pinguica 7.
If you're going down in front of the Panteon tall wall, you've just past it. Go back on Tepetapa on your left, then left towards the Museo Mommias and do the loop again.
Illegal way (best after 6pm - not during a holiday as there is much traffic going to either the Panteon or the Momias): follow the Walking directions below. * As of Feb. 2016, the road is temporary accessible to local traffic only. You may have to explain the circulation police that you are going locally near the Panteon. Check for updates with the caretaker. You'll be going against a one way for one block, along the wall of the Panteon, up the hill, and on the very top, you’ll see the yellow building on the left that says “Bano 5 pesos”, it’s the narrow uphill street right across (on your right) and it will be much easier to negotiate. Half local and taxis go that way.
Take Tepetapa towards the Momias. Don't take the first left that indicates the Momias: it's a steep step of stairs and really not a shortcut. Instead, take a left where the road turns from cobblestones into regular pavement. Turn right before the Panteon (that's the tall stone wall). Go along the tall wall of the Panteon up the hill. On the top of the hill, you'll see a sign on the left that says Banos, and a very steep car street on the right. Go up on that street, all the way up, passed a curve where many cars are parked, sometimes blocking the street. When you come to a fork, take a left. I'm the first house on the right with parking in the front: a blue and white house, no. 7.
Absolutely NO SMOKING allowed in the house. Please go to the terrasse. Please have courtesy to the next guests, as opening the windows from inside will still send smoke inside and get absorbed in the walls.
People other than those in the Guest party set forth above may not stay overnight in the property. Any other person in the property is the sole responsibility of Guest.
The owners are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on the premises or its facilities. The Homeowners are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guest. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises or others whom they invite to use the premise.
Keep the property and all furnishings in good order. You will be charged beyond the damage deposit for major damage or loss.
Only use appliances for their intended uses.
PETS are great but can do a lot of damage to a house. They are permitted only with prior approval, and only if they are housetrained, or if you are housetraining them closely. When you are not watching them closely, puppies and any pet with a potential for damage are to be kept in a kennel or carrier as to not damage the property. Leaving them on the terrasse or balcony may sound like a good idea at first, but they may eat the plants leaves and some may be poisonous, or get stung by a scorpion or whasp, not to mention the mess of a floor full of dirt. We appreciate your cooperation.
Parking: There is parking for 2 at the house, 3 cars if you are very creative.
Housekeeping: There is no daily housekeeping service. While linens and bath towels are included in the unit, daily maid service is not included in the rental rate. We do not permit towels or linens to be taken from the units. If you wish to pay for housekeeping, we will recommend cleaning ladies and you can deal directly with them.
Storms and roads: No refunds will be given for storms. Guanajuato roads can be curvy and steep, and narrow. We do not refund due to road conditions.
Absolutely no walking on the neighbours roof. I know it is a perfect spot for a photo, but it is private property, they live there, and there are not open to the idea. You may go on the top roof of my house, at your own risks, to take a better pic.
The beds are not to be taken apart. Doing so damages them. Thank you for your understanding.
Lost keys will be charged Cdn $10.
Please dispose of your garbage and empty bottles. The beer store at the foot of the street will take beer empties. There is no such things as a recycling bin, but because the garbage collectors will sort them out, out of the garbage, I put recycling in a different bag. If we find garbage or recyclables behind, such as in the utility room, we may retain a Cdn $25 fee.
Please do not step on the neighbours roof to have a better view. She gets very upset.
Keys upon arrival:
The caretaker should be there to open up and show you around during the day time. In case of emergency, the neighbours (tiny house across the street), Leobardo and Antonia can open it up for you.
Garbage disposal is 2 minutes walk down in front of the Museo Momias. There is no garbage pickup and guests are responsible for the disposal of their garbage.
Drinking water delivery is on Monday and Thursday between 11am - 1pm. There should be enough drinking water for you as a courtesy for at least a week. Big jugs are M$28. I leave them a small tip.
Propane is provided for short and mid-term renters. If you notice propane is low (tank is on the terrasse on the 3rd floor) please advise the caretaker. Propane is for the stove only, and it goes a long way, as we have a solar hot water system.
(If there is an emergency, and no-one available to help you, propane can be ordered on request at (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)).
Water is pumped automatically with an electrical pump outside at the entrance, near the main water reserve, and the water is pumped to two cisterns on top of the roof. Guanajuato has experienced water cut-off during the dry season from the city the past few years, as a measure to save water. Up here it is cut off during the day time almost every day, but there is enough water with the cisterns to supply a full house. If you run out of water, then either A, or B is not set properly, or the pump must not be working (the tubes may be plugged in the lower main cistern).
A. Please make sure the tap outside is turned on.
B. Make sure the pump is plugged in.
C. Check the main reservoir water level (at ext. entrance).
C. Advise us and we will call a plumber immediately if you still don’t have water.
Showers, hot water: As we are on solar system, you will have hot water any time of the day. If many of you are having your shower at night or in the morning, you may experience hot water shortage until the sun shows up. You may have to wait 5 mn before getting hot water.
Backup hot water on demand - one on top terrasse, and one in the shaft near the washing machine: for backup only when there are days without sun (which rarely happens in Gto). Please advise the caretaker or follow instructions carefully if you feel comfortable lighting them up. Either way, advise the caretaker so he knows to check they are shut down when you leave.
Laundry and watering plants in the garden: Please do at night or first thing in the morning while city water is running so as to not experience water shortage.
Washing machine instructions:
Progama to “Rapido”.
Set water level to desired level.
For big loads, the washer tends to go off-balance and goes back to the initial loop. To avoid wasting water and time, please reset the machine. For example, if it has gone to the wash and rince progam already, press “Encender” to turn off and on; then press “Centrifugar” for the spin cycle only. Then press “Inicio”.
Burners pilot on the left, press the burner button as desired and turn on (should not need a lighter).
Oven, light up the pilot (lighters in the utensil kitchen drawer), turn the oven by pushing and turning to the desired heat.
As with any gas appliances, please be mindful not to leave any buttons on, so not to leak any gas (safety issue).
2 types: a regular electric coffee machine; and a French Press.
French Press: Boil water, put your coffee in the Press, and pour water in. Mix with wooden spoon. Let it sit for 4 minutes before pressing down. Your coffee is ready.
Safety: Although Guanajuato has a reputation for being one of the safest towns in Mexico, exercise caution at night, and on callejons. Do not walk in callejons below the Momias at night.
I have never had any incident walking back home until 11pm, but we recommend taking a taxi after 10pm. There has been muggings in town, especially on callejons. Please ask for updates with the caretaker. Muggers are usually teenagers, armed (usually with knifes) and they typically use violence only when they meet resistance.
Cancellation policy: As per the site you booked on, or as per below, whichever is to your greatest benefit.
Up to 30 days prior to 1st day of arrival: 100% refund - $75 administration fee. Up to 7 days prior to 1st day of arrival: 50% refund.
Touristic Guide English and Spanish:
List of events
Best way is to check posters at Jardin de Union, or (URL HIDDEN) magazine. Most events are posted last minute.
On Fridays, the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra gives really good concerts at Teatro Principal (unless otherwise announced - sometimes at Teatro Juarez), at 20:30. Tickets are around M$100 and sold at the Teatro Principal, or Teatro Juarez, or Casa Mesones on Alonzo.
Originally from rural Quebec (1 1/2 hour from Quebec City), I share my time between Vancouver, Savary Island and Guanajuato with my dogs Basil and Frijolito. I'm an Artist Painter/Scenic Painter, with a love for music, decorating, and good food. During my travels, I found that a home away from home was important, and that's what I want to provide for people. I speak French, and I can make my way in Spanish.