Guanajuato infinity pool with view

Built into the bones of a 19th-century rectory in the center of Guanajuato City, Casa del Rector Hotel is a well-designed luxury boutique hotel withing walking distance to everything in Centro.

I’ve spent three years of my life living in Guanajuato, one of the most interesting colonial cities in Mexico. It’s a relatively big tourist draw, but for domestic tourists more than foreign ones. When I first started going there the only high-end hotels were on the way to the Presa de la Olla, a long walk from the center. Then 1850 Hotel Boutique opened right on the main plaza, giving people an option to stay in the heart of the pedestrian-friendly city.

Now there’s another to choose from, however, and it offers some clear advantages.

First of all, there’s the glorious pool and rooftop deck. No Guanajuato hotel in any class has a swimming pool with a view and this one really gives you a sense of place. It’s an infinity pool that looks out on the buildings and mountains of this Spanish Colonial gem of a city from the top floor. It’s a magical spot at night and since it’s heated, guests will be swimming here all year. The lounge chairs are in a covered area though, so it’s possible to escape the high-altitude sun.

Next to it is an open deck with similar views, plus an artistic Frida and Diego mural painted on a rock face jutting into the bar area. (Diego Rivera’s childhood home, now a museum, is a block away.)

This area is approached via a glass elevator added onto the historic back building, which also contains the guest rooms. These vary in size and layout, but are a good mix of period elements and modern amenities. Baths are thoroughly modern and you can expect ample outlets, good Wi-Fi, minibar, coffee maker, and cable TV.

Casa del Rector in Guanajuato MexicoIn the front building of Casa del Rector are the check-in area, a restaurant, a more casual cafe, and a private dining/meeting room upstairs. In between the buildings in the courtyard there’s another bar and lounge area. With the temperate weather in this area, it’s an all-year gathering space, though there are gas heater for nippier nights in late December and January. The food and drink quality are a step up from the norm in this city, though you’ll find plenty of other options in easy walking distance. The main plaza is about a ten-minute walk away, while Hidalgo Market is about a five-minute walk.

There are a lot of facilities for a hotel with just 13 rooms and if the early promise holds up, the public areas should become local hotspots for discerning locals as well.

See our full review of Casa del Rector Hotel in Guanajuato.