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About Guanajuato

Not all tourists plan to leave the coast when visiting Mexico, however, cities like Guanajuato prove this to be a mistake. A gorgeous and colourful city set within a gorge and surrounded by 6,700 feet mountains. Guanajuato was founded in 1559 when gold and silver were being locally mined. Now the city is known for its beautifully coloured colonial houses, its university, its plazas and its unusual roads which dip into subterranean tunnels that once used to be a river. Our collection of the best hotels in Guanajuato are all traditional properties now turned into charming boutiques.

Guanajuato can be an easy place to get lost in, however, this is often a pleasure, not an irritant. The centre of the city is filled with large 18th century properties, relics of the wealthy land and mine owners that once ruled this city. For any trip to Guanajuato, the large yellow 18th century Basílica set in Plaza de la Paz is a great place to start. Inside is Mexico's oldest Christian statue, an effigy of the Virgin dating back to the 8th century. Beyond its religious attributes, Guanajuato also has a number of beautiful squares perfect to stop in for a lazy afternoon drink. One of the most picturesque is Jardin de la Union where you will often find impromptu musical performances.

The city has a number of fascinating museums including the Museo de las Momias which contains over 100 mummified corpses. Although a little sombre in its subject the museum has been artfully displayed and gives an intruiguing insight into the city's history. For something a little more uplifting the Museo Casa Diego Rivera is the birthplace of Mexico's most acclaimed muralist Diego Rivera. The house has been kept in its original state and even has some sketches by the artist.

The best way to see the city in its entirety is by taking the cable car that runs across the gorge and offers beautiful views of the colourful city and surrounding mountains. While one of the best times to visit (if you can handle the crowds) is during the internationally renowned annual arts festival, Festival Cervantino.

What not to miss:

  • Get lost in the city centre and admire the beautiful 18th century colonial houses on the way.
  • Visit the 18th century Basílica set in Plaza de la Paz and displaying one of Mexico's oldest Christian statues.
  • Take some time out in Jardin de la Union and hope to catch a live music performance.
  • Stop into the curious Museo de las Momias which holds over 100 mummified corpses!
  • Admire the original sketches of the famed mural artist Diego Rivera in his childhood home now the Museo Casa Diego Rivera.
  • Take the cable car which runs across the gorge and offers glorious city views.
  • Plan your trip to coincide with the internationally renowned arts festival, Festival Cervantino.

An enchanting city which should be high on anyone's list when visiting the region. Why not browse through our collection of the best places to stay in Guanajuato to start planning your trip?

The best places to stay in Guanajuato

Boutique

  • Villa Maria Cristina is a charming boutique hotel set around a leafy courtyard. Well proportioned rooms are traditional in style with antique furniture, wooden floors and luxurious bathrooms. A roof terrace, two swimming pools and a small spa provide plenty of space to unwind. There's an excellent restaurant too.

Traditional

  • Edelmira Hotel is an atmospheric hotel boasting an excellent central location. Traditionally styled rooms feature exposed stone walls, simple classic furniture and sash windows to enjoy the city views from. Find yourself just steps from many of the historical sights. Ideal for city exploring.

For an apartment or holiday home

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, our online partner booking.com has plenty in the vicinity.

Travel information

  • Fly to Guanajuato airport (BJX) located 30 minutes outside of the city which is served by both national and international flights. From here the only way into the city is by hire car or a taxi. Alternatively for a cheaper option buses run from Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende.
  • Guanajuato has a temperate year-round climate with winters that are not too cold (ranging between 7 - 22 degrees) and summers that are not too hot (ranging between 14 - 27 degrees). Between the months July-September rain is more likely however it doesn't tend to dominate the weather. If you want to catch the Festival Cervantino check the dates as they change annually but it always falls in the Autumn.
  • If you would like the freedom of your own car we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

Still not sure where to book?

Best Hotels in Guanajuato

  • Villa Maria Cristina 13 rooms from £129

    Guanajuato

    A charming boutique hotel set around a leafy courtyard. Well proportioned rooms are traditional in style with antique furniture, wooden floors and luxurious bathrooms. A roof terrace, two swimming pools and small spa provide plenty of space to unwind. There's an excellent restaurant too. Very chic.

    Hideaway  -  A tranquil and luxurious retreat to completely unwind.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Spa
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, Tablet
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  • Edelmira Hotel 27 rooms from £164

    Guanajuato

    An atmospheric hotel boasting an excellent location within historic Guanajuato. Traditionally styled rooms feature exposed stone walls, simple classic furniture and sash windows to enjoy the city views from. Find yourself just steps from many of the historical sights. Ideal for city exploring.

    Local exploring  -  A historical building well positioned to access the valley's many attractions.
    Sights nearby  -  The city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander the cobbled streets and admire the colonial architecture.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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