May 15, 2009, 5:40 PM
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Re: [Anonimo] Hospedería Del Truco 7, Guanajuato
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(For Don Anonimo.....who has assisted me more than once in the past. I owe you. Hope this helps. ¡Saludos!)
Hospederia Truco 7
We stayed here three nights during May of ’09--low season. This was also during the whole Swine Flu business, and it was a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Given all that, the place was empty. And by that I mean we were the only guests. (Arrived with no reservations and had our choice of room.) Also, we arrived here after staying three nights in San Miguel de Allende at a property that was much higher-end, so our perception of Truco 7 may be a bit colored by that. Nonetheless, overall we thought it comfortable and a good value. It definitely has several things going for it, plus a couple of negatives. Just depends on your personal “need list”.
The photos on the website are accurate, though the rooms aren’t quite as bright as they appear in the well-lit photos. Still, there’s plenty of light and air if you have your doors open.
--The location could not be more central, directly behind Templo de San Diego, just steps from the Jardin. You climb about 25-or-so gentle steps up a pedestrian only calle to the entrance of the place (which, if you’re familiar with Guanajuato, isn’t bad). Super easy access to cabs also, and maybe some busses, as there’s a tunnel exit that spits vehicle traffic out into el centro, essentially just below the Hospederia. Additionally, evidently, the cajellone minstrels (?word?) that prowl Guanajuato parade just below your room, I think. Most likely we didn’t get to enjoy them because of our timing.
--A room with a view. Using their homepage photography, four of the five rooms offer the same pleasant view of the Templo de San Diego and city center that you see pictured in their banner at the top of the homepage. That particular shot was taken from their very pleasant rooftop deck, which is accessed via the stairs on the right of the interior “common area” main photo you see on the homepage. The view from the roof is truly great at night when the buildings are uplit, and includes not just Templo de S.D., but the University and Basilica as well. All four of those rooms have tiny, stand-only terrazas which afford the view (and room light and air) via a small set of French doors (see small inset room photo on the same page). The fifth room is more interior, no view, smaller, and I suppose would be the room of last resort. Didn’t look at it.
--Spotlessly clean rooms, pleasantly decorated with comfortable beds. Newish bathrooms, etc. Everything seems to work. (We had one morning without any water for about an hour, but…..you know….eh.)
--Breakfast is included. While we were there, they gave us a voucher for breakfast at Truco 7. For free, we could choose from a very limited menu. (TIP: If there are two of you, have one person order the fruit plate, the other the “something else” plate, then share.) If you wanted more, you’d order and pay from the main menu. There is also a restaurant directly downstairs (“Tiempo”) that I believe is owned by the same family since they own the whole building. I think that is probably where they normally offer breakfast, but it wasn’t open while we were there. Hence the voucher to Truco 7. Truco 7, by the way for other readers, is located on the “backside” of the Basilica on Calle Truco (imagine!) and is definitely worth visiting even if not for a free breakfast. Great ambiance.
--Rack rate was 750 MXP for a two-person room during May of ’09. That includes IVA and taxes.
--Parking is available (for extra $$$$) directly downstairs
--Parking is available directly downstairs. It is a 24-hour garage, so you will hear the ins and outs if your window/doors are open. I imagine on weekend nights it’s constant. Not too, too noisy with the terraza doors shut, but then you’ve lost your view/air.
--Adjacent to the parking garage is a Primaria. The play area for the school is directly below your window and offers the acoustical double-whammy of a concrete floor covered by a corrugated tin roof. You will find the noise either charming or not.
--Lack of cross ventilation/privacy. This is where it gets a little tricky to describe. If you look at the homepage of their website, you see photo of the indoor common area. Actually, that’s really the lobby/reception and common area. There is now a desk set up toward the back wall of the photo, with telephone etc., that they use for reception. All four of the desirable rooms (with views) are along the left side of that photo. In that photo you see a window on the left covered with wood bars. That was our room, and that window is the bathroom window. So there you go. Your bathroom window opens to the lobby/reception. The one room that doesn’t have this issue is the one furthest in the back…..the door under the cross….so it’s probably the best room for privacy, but it may not have any bathroom window at all. I think it’s a double door entry too, so it might be quieter re lobby noise if the rooms are full. Regardless of the (maybe) lack of bathroom window, it’s probably the most desirable room. We could have had it, but somehow, we didn’t find it. Oooops.
I think you can do a LOT worse than Hospederia Truco 7 for this price……but maybe you can do a little better depending upon what’s most important to you? I honestly don’t know because I’ve only stayed at one other place (H. Frayle on Sopena) which is similarly priced and equally well-located relative to the Jardin. Frayle has its plusses and minuses too. So far, in my very limited experience, there’s always been a trade-off in Guanajuato:
--Willing to climb?
--Potential for noise?
--Air? Cross ventilation?
So all that said, I’d stay at Truco 7 again. But if you (or I) do, definitely shoot for the room in the back. (Unless it has issues I don’t know about…..ha!)