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... arranged a younger Couchsurfing host called Juan, who was a really awesome guy, and had a fantastic moustache!
Met up with him round the main church, which was pretty impressive and had a bit of a Sagrada Familia feel to it, then went for some decent food and beers. Visited quite a few of the local hangouts, finishing in a really old and authentic Cantina, which had a pretty erm… open toilet area, and some erm… interesting graffiti on the walls (see ...
... was suppose to be a present). I looked at the jelly. I looked at Arthuro. I raised my hands up a little and asked, Do you want some jelly? He was (expectantly) surprised. I said, Look, either you take them or I throw them away. I don't have any other choice. He said, jokingly, that he supposed that he could make the sacrifice and take them. Oh, geez, I'm laughing just thinking about this.
So, back through security, jelly-less, ...
... station that they imported directly from...somewhere, the University and like I mentioned, tons and tons of alleys winding throughout the city.
One of the highlights of my brief trip was the "Callejoneada" which is now a tourist attraction but a few decades back it was a real tradition where "La Estudiantina" the students from the university would wear their elegant uniforms and walk through the alleys singing funny and romantic songs from Spain ...
... or more. The fountains are filled with turtles and coi fish. The trees filled with raucous birds who aren’t scared to buzz the tower flying only inches from your head. There are some larger predator birds on display near the reptile exhibit. They looked bored but posed well for pictures.
Later I headed into another Anthropology Museum and saw a lot of what I already saw in Mexico City. Nothing too exciting. Walked to another park, Paseo de los Lagos, in the evening ...
... Puebla has 3 World Heritage sites which everyone should visit: the Cathedral, the Rosmary Chappel, and the Biblioteca. The library is one of the first ones in the North America. Try the local Puelan food in the Food Market. Very nice Colonial town which should not get missed ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Luna Hotel Guanajuato
Beautiful, but loud
We arrived in Guanajuato on March 30. The city was lovely and the climate was wonderful! The hotel room at the Hotel Luna was clean and neat. The king bed was very comfortable. The staff was very nice, although they did not know English. There were only two draw backs. The room was warm and stuffy in the evening; there was no breeze from the small window to the hallway and no fan available. Secondly, the bands from the Jardin de la Union went on past midnight and were loud. If you want a quiet hotel, this would not be it. Adios!
I loved the location
Hotel Luna is nicely located in the main patio of Guanajuato. The Hotel has this Spanish old look and the rooms are just amazing. I had a room that had a balcony where you could see the patio. It is true you will have music until midnight, which is one of the things I like the most about it. You will hear Mariachis while you go to sleep...and its great!!
Old elegance in Guanajuato
We had a large, reasonably priced room with 2 french doors and balconies overlooking the main square. The music was fun to listen to, but if you want to sleep before midnight, get a room away from the front. The staff was very courteous although they speak only a little English. Breakfast is included and you get a choice of 4 different breakfasts. It's nice to sit out on the patio restaurant and watch the town go by since you're in the very heart of town at the Luna Hotel.
I used your guides to plan my trip to Guanajuato and what every user wrote about Hotel Luna was so correct! The service was excellent, the location was more than great because it was just in the middle way of everything. We only needed to walk a few blocks to get everywhere we wanted. About the rate.... it was so goood! we had a great deal compared to the hotels that were not even close the center of the city. Overall, the service, location and rate were the best. On my next trip to Guanajuato I will definetely go back and stay at Luna Hotel.
In researching hotels my husband and I came to understand that asking to see what is available and not committing immediately can bring you the best of what you want! After a disastrous one night in a recommended Guadlajara hotel we now ask to see as many as the staff will show us of available rooms. Of course this works best during the slow seasons in any town, which is why we choose to travel when others don't. Then you know where to stay in the high season when reservations are scarce if at all available. The on duty manager of the Luna showed me 4 different rooms, the recent renovation has made a showcase of the hotel, but some rooms are larger than others, have better views and more or less noise from the streets. After 20 minutes (my husband took a seat in the outdoor cafe of the hotel-had a coffee and surveyed the scene for the pedestrian only plaza) I had decided on a plaza view room with king size bed, overstuffed chairs and commodious bureau, which made up for the lack of a formal closet--a bar and some hangers open to view substituted for a closet. But the room itself was large, stunning views of the Teatro Juarez, Monumento a El Pipila (On a high promentory overlooking the city and accessible by funicular directly behind the Teatro). The nightly music of Marichis was enchanting but was displaced by blaring modern music after 10 Pm. The good news is that by 11:30 its all done and put away. The best time is of course the early morning breakfast (included in the room rate) , at the outdoor cafe when you can see the citizens of the city cleaning up, going to work, accompanying children to school and other visitors to the city still looking for the perfect breakfast place. Enjoy it all--you"ve already found it!
A European-Style Gem
My partner and I recently stayed four nights in the Hotel Luna and it afforded us one of the most memorable stays we've every had anywhere.
We had one of the front suites overlooking the Jardin and, while I agree that it was perhaps noisy at times with its distinctive cacophony of church bells, mariachi bands, and chattering diners below, it was the sort of romantic soundtrack that, quite frankly, I could listen to for hours. Indeed, the combination of the delightful sounds of the Jardin and the stunning views overt the treetops to the church and hillside beyond had my partner and I transfixed at the windows every night and morning of our stay. We both fell in love with this charming hotel and couldn't recommend it enough!
Central, beautiful, noisy (just FYI)
The Hotel Luna is extremely central. The staff was wonderful. We initially had a room overlooking the Jardin. Lots of mariachi music, pretty load, but that was OK until the night 5 when the nightclub started playing (a Thursday) and went until 2:30! We requested a new room in the back, which had a balcony onto the street behind the hotel.
Much cooler also, and quieter. Could hear the church choir a bit, which was neat.
i really liked this place for all the reasons the first guy didn't. it is noisy but its a good noise. until midnight or so you can hear the mariachis playing in the square outside. i thought it was great & had no problem sleeping through it morning noon or night & usually i'm a really light sleeper. i just found it relaxing. what i didn't like was 1 night a bar next door decided to set the speakers up outside & pumped bad mexican pop/disco out so loud that it literally blew the mariachis away. by 10 they had all left. but that was only 1 night. the hotel was fine. for the $ (about 115 u.s./night), you'd think they'd fix the shower heads. after the 1st day i ended up buying a wrench for a couple bucks to take the head off & clean out all the iron deposits which had clogged up the nozzles. i do agree that only meal worth eating is the complimentary breakfast. there are plenty of good & cheap restaurants in the area. however, DON'T EAT THE SUSHI. i know it sounds obvious now but at the time it seemed like a good idea. lemme just remind ya that guanajuato is nowhere near the ocean so who knows how good the refrigeration system of the transport is or the restaurant for that matter. then, you know they wash it off in that tap water & then serve it up to ya raw. my girl literally ran back to the hotel while i was paying the bill & stayed in the bathroom the rest of the night. at least it was the last night. anyway, i liked the hotel. anywhere in the jardin would be a great spot though. central & convenient. romantic & fun. good times all around. have fun!
I had checked in somewhere super-cheap, but when I reached the Jardin, I could not resist switching to this hotel. I spoke to Eduardo at the reception and he arranged for a member of staff, Isaac, to accompany me all the way to the edge of town to collect my suitcase so I could re-locate. I really appreciated this. Isaac spoke no English, but helped me out super-efficiently. Eduardo did speak English, and made me feel so welcome. This is some of the best service I have every received in a hotel. And that was before I had even checked-in! The hotel itself is beautiful, arranged around a central old stone hall. My room was overlooking the Jardin, through two sets of high double windows. The furnishings are modern but comfortable and sumptuous and totally in keeping with the hotel. The bed was HUGE, and I had a wonderful night's sleep. Big comfortable armchairs to lounge in. I loved the sounds of the Jardin drifting up in the evening. It's not exactly noise, it's pleasant chitter-chatter, which I found gentle & atmospheric. I didn't hear anything from the reception such as phones ringing etc. (see previous review). I could see over the tops of the Jardin trees, to the houses opposite and right to the top of the theatre and church and up to the big statue of Pipila (lit up at night). I would not stay anywhere else in Guanajuato and I will definitely be back. The only negative was the breakfast, it was AWFUL, but next time I will eat at the no-frills cafe on the corner, Cafe El Pinguis. The characterful grumpy owner made me the most wonderful coffee and I think the food is probably tastier and safer than elsewhere in Guanajuato. Food not a highlight of this town. But this hotel IS!
A decent option
This was a conveniently located hotel just beside the central gardens of Guanajuato. The reception staff were very cordial. We stayed in a large room with cathedral ceilings and gorgeous bedding. The only downside was the fact you could hear outside noise, i.e., the reception telephone ringing, people talking, etc. The price for double occupancy was about $97 USD (including tax). This included breakfast, which was alright, but by no means should you eat other meals there! They were pitiful at best. But when you're with the one you love, what more do you need?