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“Wish I lived in this magical fun-house year round!”
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Guanajuato, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast

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Excellent - based on 12 reviews
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Durgaji
San Francisco, California
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Wish I lived in this magical fun-house year round!”
Reviewed 8 September 2015 for a stay in March 2015

Casa de la Risa is a fitting name for this wonderful, elegant, colorful, spacious, folk-art-filled home on 3 levels (4 with the rooftop). We knew we would be staying in Guanajuato for 3 nights in March, and wished we had planned a week. Even though there were only 3 of us, and this house would be a fabulous stay for 6, we booked it because it was soooo beautiful and heads above every other rental on the sites.

Guanajuato is a thriving Mexican university city, with so many delights, and we squeezed in as much as we could in our three days, but truly wished we had given ourselves 5-7 nights. We had previously spent 6 nights in San Miguel de Allende, and this town is quite different, and worth giving it more time. And the museums are world-class.

But we got to return home each night to the Casa de la Risa, where each room was a museum-like experience of discovery and delight. Blasts of color, crazy tiles, keepsakes, and paper mache folk monsters fill each room. The bedrooms are elegant and grand, exquisitely decorated, the living room is really two giant rooms, and thankfully the tall shutters do shut out the sounds of a Mexican city.

We were lucky to have the living room shutters open one night when a private callejoneada - folk musicians in velvet and white stockings - was making its way along Calle Galarza below before heading up into the cobble-stoned alleys. We jumped into our shoes and ran down to join them and the night had only begun!

Ethan and Anne Marie were wonderful hosts, very civically-engaged, with great background on living in Guanajuato and in Mexico. The home they created is over-the-top in all the right ways! Care and artfulness dictate each design choice, and the home is very well maintained. There is strong wifi in each room, and the kitchen is a welcoming space. We never used the big dining room, but we made plans to bring friends for a future visit. Their staff of two sisters who clean the house are charming, though we didn’t make much of a mess in the chef’s kitchen, because there were so many great restaurants right out the door. One restaurant we enjoyed twice down on Calle Galarza is Mestizo, a sumptuous dining experience in a modest, folksy series of upstairs rooms.

Casa de la Risa is a beautiful home filled with quirky and fun art, in a warm city filled with the same! We hope to return.

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Liked best: A sumptuous, art-filled home, felt like an endulgence!
Liked least: As in any Mexican city, there are dogs barking... sigh.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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karencari...
Portland, OR
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Amazing”
Reviewed 21 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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Spacious , comfortable , decorated in startling colors and tribal art. It is a one of a find place. Full kitchen, large comfortable bedrooms. Location is outstanding. Next door to the Mexican equivalent of independence hall. Easy to catch a taxi right outside the front door. Very short walk to the very best restaurant in Guanajuato (Mephesto)
There are two downsides: crazy priests who set off artillery at 6am on a Saturday morning and others times, and a puppy breeding operation next door. So bring some ear plugs for sleeping.
There were four of us who stayed for four days, and I would stay there again.

Travelling group: Extended Family
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Indio, California
Reviewed 13 November 2014 for a stay in October 2014
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Travelling group: Friends
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Reno, Nevada, United States
Reviewed 12 November 2014 for a stay in October 2014

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Liked best: The open feeling and the beautiful artwork.
Liked least: Hard to say--nothing comes to mind.
Travelling group: Friends
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Reviewed 11 November 2014 for a stay in October 2014

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: occasional st it was during the Cervantino festival.reet noise, though
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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