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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel San Francisco Plaza Guadalajara
SF Plaza Hotel is great little hide out
I have stayed at the hotel often for the past 15 years. When the hotel staff know you, the service only gets better. The cooks bring me my coffee in the morning and make special dishes for me when I'm there. I love the place, noise and all. Favorite room is one of the suites overlooking the patio. It is Mexico and always fun.
I'm mystified by the highly negative review of the San Francisco Plaza that someone posted recently. I was extremely pleased with my stay in the hotel. It's a very attractive and well maintained Colonial style building in a highly convenient location. I loved the courtyard setting (it actually has three separate courtyards), the artwork and statuary, the fountains, and the furnishings. The room was fairly spacious, very clean and had a pleasantly traditional feel. There was a king-size bed that I found quite comfortable. The food in the restaurant was very good, well priced and the women who run it were extremely friendly. I also enjoyed the diverse clientele, which included both Mexican nationals and people from various parts of the world. Guests included business people, students, a young French family, some older Americans and Canadians, several gay men and even a young "Goth" couple dressed totally in black. There was a mix of single travelers couples. It seemed to me that everyone felt comfortable. If I had any complaints it was that the lighting in the room was less than optimum. The management has installed energy-saving bulbs, which I applaud, but the wattage was a bit too low for easy reading. My room, which faced into the lobby courtyard also got too little sunlight for my taste. If I go back, I'll ask for a room facing the back courtyard, which gets more light. The public plaza out front was a bit dull (though better than a major thoroughfare), but the much more gracious Jardin San Francisco and Jardin Aranazazu are only a block away.
The location of the hotel is it's best asset. It looks nice from the courtyard inside, however, it's a very old hotel and it's very noisy and run-down. The floors shake (felt like an earthquake) whenever a large van, bus or truck pass by. The doors have open vents that allow the noise in; noise carries in from the kitchen and fountains from the courtyards. When we asked to be moved to a quieter room, the daytime clerk was rude. He finally gave us one of their "best" rooms which was worse than the one we had - loose tiles on the floor, water running from the toilet to the floor, frayed carpet and the dresser had broken and falling apart drawers. We went back to the first room we had. They claimed they didn't have any of the rooms recommended by Frommer. Breakfast was good (buffet or a la carte); does not open til 8 am, so don't plan on an early start with breakfast here. Don't believe we'll stay here again. We selected this hotel based on Frommers and other posted messages on deja. The price was low, but so are others that are nicer and as close to downtown as this one.
Stayed at the San Francisco Plaza four nights in July, 2003 and found it comfortable, well appointed and spotlessly maintained. It's only five short blocks to the Teatro Degollado, the Cathedral, The Plazas, The Mercado and the pedestrian malls that lead down to the the Cabanas with their phenomenl ceiling murals by Orozco. GDL is big and crowded and fast and noisy, but the museums and galleries are great. The Hotel was very peaceful with three inner courtyards, all with fountains. An inner room avoids street traffic noise. All in all, excellent value and very helpful. They even stored our bags for two days when we took a sidetrip to Morelia. One more thing if you are arriving by bus: don't take a taxi unless you have a lot of bags. Walk past the cabstands at the terminal to the bus stops and take the 706 blue green tourist bus for 6 pesos each that will take you on a ccccircuitous route through Tlaquepeque but will take you right down 16 de Septiembre in the city centre. Get off at Madero and walk three or four blocks to Degollado.
I stayed here in September, 2001 when I came to GDL from Puerto Vallarta after being told about this place from a friend of mine and I was surprised how much you got for the fairly decent hotel rates for this place. The hotel itself is very beautiful and ornate. From what I was told by the desk staff, it has a very interesting history. It was once a convent sometime during the 1700s as well as a place that's changed hands from many wealthy Spanish and Mexican owners. When you walk into this place, you'll see the many wonderful pieces of art that's layed-out throughout the hotel. The architecture of the hotel is very beautiful and surprising to the first-time visitor of this hotel. If you love taking photographs of colonial Mexican/Spanish architecture, you'll easily use a roll of film on this place. The rooms come with a phone, TV, and bathroom in each room. Note to people who come here on Saturday evening. The city virtually shuts down on Sundays. I don't think the tourist office is open on Sundays and if you came unprepared w/o tourist maps (like me) expect to spend your Sunday just walking around the city discovering things and looking like a confused gringo :)
I stayed at the San Francisco Plaza Hotel from 1/7/03 to 1/13/03. I had not stayed there before, but I had a good idea where it was. What a treat to pull up to this colonial building, walk in side and be greeted with a lobby that was one of three indoor patios. The 2-story hotel has about 75 room surrounding the patios. The rooms have large doors, large floor to ceiling windowed doors which open to the indoors or street depending on your room. My room was on the first floor near the dining room which was slightly noisy in the morning. The room had a very comfortable king size bed. The hotel is within walking distance of the Mercado Libertad, San Juan de Dios, la Plazuela de los Mariachis, the Cathedral, the Teatro Degollado, Plaza Tapatio, the Cabañas orphanage, large department stores, small shops, and many restaurants. I can't say enough about the location. The posted room rate while I was there was 430 pesos single, 460 double, with other reasonable increments for additional guests. Another great thing is that the hotel is only about $4.00 or $5.00 1-way taxi ride to some of the more distant places in the city, about $7.00 1-way to Tonolá, and about $17.00 from the airport (less for the return trip. Buses are also abundant if you want to travel the area more economically. I plan to return to this hotel many times in the future.
I stayed at this hotel several times. It is a clean hotel that is located really close to everything. The price used to include a full breakfast in a small restaurant in the front of the hotel. The only suggestion if you want to stay at this hotel is to get a room in the back of the hotel away from the streets.
Great Price, Great Hotel
Since 1993 I and many of my friends have been staying at The Hotel San Francisco Plaza. It is consistently clean, safe and beautiful with a very friendly English speaking staff. It is in a very nice central location a few blocks from the main Cathedral. I have looked at many other hotels that are more than twice the price, but I will only stay at this hotel when in Guadalajara.
I have stayed twice at this hotel and find it great for just getting around town. The surrounding area has many attractions and good dining fairly cheap. Don't expect for about $49.00 US but it's clean and nicely decorated.
The only drawback was that the drain in the bathroom allowed an outside sewer smell that was very unconfortable. The hotel manager quickly resolved the problem. Perhaps it was just that room. Good breakfast, buffet, for about $5.00 U.S.
I have stayed at the Hotel San Francisco in the past and agree with the comment from another reviewer to avoid the rooms on the corner of Sanchez and Degallado because the buses are not only noisy but they are so close that they shake that part of the building. This hotel is very convenient to downtown and they do have some nice rooms but the biggest secret is the proximity to the restaurant "La Feria" just accross the street from the church "Iglesia San Franciso" which is where I believe the name of the hotel comes from. Go into the La Feria about 230PM for a drink or a light lunch and get treated to a nice free entertainment. There was always a large band and some really above average singers and dancers and sometime rope acts, etc. Favorite place for locals for parties and very few tourists seem to know about it.