Guadalajara, Mexico: Accommodation

Guadalajara’s hotels and hostels can get pretty crowded during the Christmas and Easter holidays, making it necessary to book accommodation in time. Visitors who stay for more than a few days or arrive in low season can ask for discounts.

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Casa de las Flores is a great bed and breakfast with a rich décor of Mexican folk art and some very rare pre-Hispanic pieces. The living room has a fireplace and stocked bar, while out the back there’s a nice garden patrolled by hummingbirds. The rooms are spacious and comfortable while being equally well decorated as the main building. Casa de las Flores is about 500 meters from Tlaquepaque Town Centre.

Just 20 minutes from downtown Guadalajara, the luxurious 5 star Quinta Real hotel offers suit-style accommodations, a gourmet restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool. The hotel has excellent service and features a stylish lobby with antique furniture and an art collection.

A baroque styled hotel that’s been operating since 1610, Hotel Frances offers a panoramic view of Guadalajara’s historic center. Its three story courtyard lobby bathes in blue light, due to a large stained glass atrium above. The on-site restaurant offers a buffet breakfast and serves mainly Mexican cuisine. The hotel is situated in the immediate vicinity of the Metropolitan Cathedral.

For a nice cheap place to stay, Casa Vilasanta is brightly colored hostel, located right in the heart of the city. Casa Vilasanta has a shared kitchen and a well decorated interior courtyard, with a sunny terrace on the 2nd floor. The hostel only has 17 rooms and singles can feel pretty cramped. Doubles however are spacious and all rooms have TV’s.

Other recommended places to stay include the traditional Casa del Retoño bed and breakfast, the quiet Home and Hostel just 15 minutes walk from downtown, the tasteful and flower-filled Casa Campos, the luxurious Grand Fiesta Americana Guadalajara Country Club or Hotel Ejecutivo Express in the financial district.