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Beautiful Colonial Home in the Middle of Charming Plaza in Downtown Guanajuato

Bedrooms 2
Property type house


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4

Welcome to La Malagueña, a getaway that will enthrall your senses and nurture your spirit.

Our house is in the heart of downtown Guanajuato in the most beautiful plaza in town-Plaza San Fernando. From our house you can comfortably walk to most historical and cultural sites and many language schools, restaurants, cafes, and bars. We're only a few steps from the Basilica de Guadalupe, Teatro Juarez, Mercado Hidalgo, and the University of Guanajuato. Since our house is in the heart of downtown you don't have to climb steep narrow streets or callejones.

Our home was originally built in the 18th century and has been restored and remodeled several times, the last time by the renowned Mexican artist, Juan Ibañez. It's made from adobe so it naturally warms and cools the house and the temperature inside is always ideal. Its construction is of stone and pine with copper accents. It takes advantage of the Mexican sun and sky and its position on the most beautiful square in Guanajuato with French doors opening onto the fountain below and a wonderful rooftop garden in which you can sit and while away the time, above it all.

Our place is ideal for the seasoned traveler who prefers the comforts of home combined with the uniqueness of a true Mexican experience.

You'll not only enjoy the comfort, style, and location of our place but also the hospitality of our staff. ¡BIENVENIDOS!!!

More Details

Property Manager
Maria Demello
Member since: 2010
Speaks english, spanish
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
26 April, 2018

About Maria Demello

My husband and I lived in Guanajuato for many years and loved living there, however, due to the nature of our professions we had to relocate. We come back to Guanajuato every chance we get but when we are not there, we like to share our place with visiting travelers.

Since we both love to travel, we try to provide our guests with the same standards of excellence that we expect when we travel.

Maria Demello purchased this house in 1997

Why Maria Demello chose Zona Centro

La Malagueña is truly a magical house. There is no other house in town quite like ours. The architecture is so unusual that it's difficult to describe but every room is filled with character and style. There are plants everywhere in the house, even in the bathrooms. The rooftop is a peaceful oasis with more than 100 plants and a great view of the mountains, Plaza San Roque, the University of Guanajuato, the Mercado that make you feel you're on top of the world.

Our location is unbeatable! You are in the center of everything. You don't even have to go out of the house to enjoy Guanajuato because the vibrancy of the city comes to you. When you open the balcony doors to the plaza, you let in the festivities and can hear the concerts, view the performances, sing along with the troubadours or simply people watch as you enjoy a glass of wine or a Margarita.

What makes this house unique

* Flexible check-in and check-out. No set policy unless we have other guests arriving the same day.

* Bilingual administrator who is only a call away for any needs or recommendations and 24/7 for emergencies.

* We offer great bilingual walking tours of Guanajuato with historical, cultural, and social insights of the downtown and less know but as important sites outside the center of town.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Zona Centro, Central Mexico / Colonial Circuit

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • This house is suitable for small children, however, parents need to keep a close eye on them due to the stairs & balconies in the house.
  • During check-in, the guest who made the reservation must show a formal form of ID (passport or driver's license) that matches the reservation's name.
Location Type:
  • City Centre
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Full 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , Convertable Bed
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • wooden decking
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • festivals
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services


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average rating of 4.84375 based on 32 reviews
Menlo Park, CA

Beautiful and perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect house for us, in the perfect location. We were looking to stay in an authentic colonial home and that is exactly what we got. The location on Plaza de San Fernando was a great central location, and we were treated to nightly seranades by the strolling troubadours! As an extra unexpected treat, we watched the Passion of the Christ procession directly from the French doors that open on to the plaza. Maria, Lorena, and Osvaldo went beyond themselves to make sure we were comfortable. We are already plotting our return!

  • Review Submitted: 02/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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eugene oregon

The most beautiful place I have ever stayed and I’ve stayed in many beautiful places

  • 5 of 5

This house is huge. It is an artists delight. It feels very historic with many little patios, roof top garden, small balconies, little passageways, huge windows, very large rooms, exquisite views, high end furniture, and wonderful amenities. Plants are everywhere lending the sense of being in a well preserved hacienda. Don’t even get me started on Lorena and Maria who cheerfully and sensitively will help you with any problem or need. I cannot say enough.

  • Review Submitted: 08/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Western Montana, USA

Great location, fun house, great management

  • 5 of 5

The title of our review says it all.

The owner (Maria) was helpful with our few questions, great about our reservation (which had to be changed from our original booking), and arranged for a great driver to take us from the Leon airport to the house (30 min). The property manager was knowledgeable, flexible (we arrived late on a Saturday night and she did not blink at the time or giving us a thorough house tour) and very nice. The woman who straightens up and waters the plants was efficient, unobtrusive and has a lot of energy to water all of the plants. We live in a cold climate and were jealous of the veritable jungle both inside and out.

The house itself is a funky layout combining 150-year old structure with updates and modern amenities. Once we figured-out where things were/how they connected it made sense. Very varied spaces. More comfy chairs in the living room would have made it a better place to "lounge around" but the view of the plaza (especially with doors open) made it a fun space. For two people we had plenty of space. The main patio/deck might have been the best feature - to sit, drink a beer, and mostly watch the plaza and town.

Not sure what to respond to the previous reviews but seems worth commenting on the two most noted points. For a central location overlooking a principal Mexican plaza the noise is to be expected and it was part of the culture and color of the place - and we liked it. Yep, lots of steps but they were never a problem.

  • Review Submitted: 30/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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i loved the roof deck and living-room the most. The view of the plaza below was loverly..

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time in Guanajuato and liked that the house was within walking distance to everything. The owner Maria is very helpful, as is Lorena, the manager,who gives fantastic tours !

  • Review Submitted: 02/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay, excellent location- very central to all of Guanajuato. It is in a lively plaza full of restaurants, small stores and an amazing bakery- we stopped there every day for pastries- another incentive to walk & walk & walk! While the plaza is a great place to be, guests who want a quiet stay throughout the day may find that to be a challenge- there's lots of activity throughout the day & the nearby restaurants are. The upstairs terrace is an absolute oasis for all the senses! The house has plenty of room- there was only 2 of us but we could have brought 4 more people & we would have been comfortable. When we go back to Guanajuato, we will rent this house again- it is a gem- beautiful inside & out and within walking distance of everywhere- galleries, restaurants, Juarez theater, the central market & museums. Loved it!

  • Review Submitted: 27/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Muchas Gracias

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I enjoyed our stay in this very quaint, eccentric, over 125 year old La Malaquena. Its quirky authenticity is its charm and it is lovely: from the entrance with the sky light and exotic plants, the well appointed large great room which can open to the square, the large and very serviceable kitchen, the spiral stairs to the upper bedroom, and the outside porch facing the square with plants galore made for a very comfortable stay. We would have used the upper most sun porch if the lounge chairs had been repaired.

Our friends had the downstairs bedroom just off the inner sky lighted entrance. The glass bedroom doors did not eliminate the noise from the neighbor’s open barred window in the foyer. They had several restless nights from the noise of the neighbors. My wife and I slept very well in the upper bedroom. The beds were very comfortable.

Maria made securing the space very easy. And do not pass up a tour given by Lorena the house manager. It was one of the highlights of our trip.

All in all I loved La Malaquena and Guanajuato is fabulous. And staying in San Fernando Square made for a very authentic experience.

  • Review Submitted: 17/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Other Activities: House located in the heart of downtown Guanajuato within walking distance of the major cultural venues, historic monuments, touristic attractions.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit AU$132.13

A $100 USD security deposit is required. This deposit will be returned to you upon departure if no damages were occurred to the house or furniture. Any damages incurred by you or your party during your stay at La Malagueña will be deducted from the deposit.

Cancelation Policy: A four-week notice of cancellation is needed for a full refund. For cancellations with less than a four-week notice, we will re-schedule your reservation for another date when the house is available.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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