Paseo de la Presa 168, Guanajuato City, Guanajuato State, Mexico
The sole luxury hotel in town before the arrival of a competitor a few blocks away, Hotel Las Acacias has kicked in with major improvements since, adding a new annex with brighter and less European–looking rooms.
Located on prestigious residential street Paseo de la Presa, just a few blocks up the hill from competitor Villa Maria Cristina, this small luxury hotel is now like two hotels in one. The original building is a charmingly creaky mansion from the 1800s, with rooms decorated in a frilly European classic style. The newer annex building is more Mexican, with brighter colors, dramatic gardens, and more contemporary furnishings.
The hotel restaurant and lobby face the cobbled, tree–lined street that passes by the governor's residence. A block away is a small lake with rowboats and a park popular for picnics. The attractive bougainvillea–covered building makes the most of its location, with its restaurant and several room balconies facing the pedestrian–friendly street. It's a long stroll to the center from here, but it the distance is walkable and taxis are just a few dollars.
The Victorian lobby in the original building has a bit of "essence of grandma" about it, with the kind of heavy floral wallpaper last used a hundred years ago in the combo bar and coffee café with piano––open only in the evenings. This elderly feel continues throughout the building, though the impressive wood railings and carved ceiling moldings do a lot to make it all feel historic and grand rather than just old.
There are almost no hints of Mexico in this section. Instead there is a full–on 19th–century European décor, with a proliferation of antique chairs, lacy curtains, gilded mirrors, chandeliers, and enough floral patterns to make a caballero run for the stables. There's no corresponding lack of electronics in the spacious rooms though: they come with hair dryers, cordless phones, and satellite TVs. Baths are wells–stocked with quality toiletries, robes and slippers are standard, and fresh flowers adorn all rooms. The Angel, Condesa, and Abuela rooms have balconies.
The newer section will appeal to those looking for more of a sense of place. These rooms are closer to Guanajuato's personality–filled inns, with bright colors, faux–stucco walls, framed art depicting local landmarks, embroidered pillows, and impressive carved wood doors. These range in size from standard to a master suite the size of a studio apartment, complete with a tiled Mexican kitchen, a tile whirlpool tub for two, and a separate shower. The best room of all is the Presidential Suite, containing a private pool with a view of the surrounding hills. At less than $400 after taxes in high season, this is a worthwhile splurge.
Pocket lawns and attractive gardens are on several levels, with one group of rooms surrounding a courtyard full of twisty trees and cacti.
The attractive restaurant, facing the street and with outdoor terrace seating in good weather, serves breakfast all days and dinner six days a week. Prices are more reasonable than those at Villa Cristina, but with a less ambitious menu. The wood chairs are plain, but otherwise the experience is romantic at night, with dinner served by candlelight among chandeliers, gold mirror frames, and fine stemware.
Guests with mobility issues may have difficulties here as getting anywhere involves a series of stairs and there are no ramps. Plus service can be an issue during the day as it's not uncommon to find only one employee doing everything except the cleaning.
Otherwise you will likely find Hotel Quinta Las Acacias to be a delightful choice: just be sure to request the side of the hotel that matches your decorating tastes.
Web Address: www.quintalasacacias.com
Total Number of Rooms: 17
Published rates: $185 to $345 with breakfast
Review and photos by Timothy Scott.