Villa Ganz Boutique Hotel
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Located in Guadalajara (Zona Minerva), Villa Ganz Boutique Hotel is convenient to United States Consulate Guadalajara and Los Arcos de Guadalajara. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Monumento a los Ninos Heroes and Jaime Torres Bodet Teatro.
Make yourself at home in one of the 10 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a fitness center or take in the view from a terrace and a garden. Additional amenities at this Colonial hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and wedding services. Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the area shuttle (surcharge) that operates within 300 mi.
Food & Drink
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel’s 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, express check-in, and express check-out. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available on request), and free self parking is available onsite.
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We only stayed one night, but enjoyed it. We were in the master suite and I think it's time to update the bathroom. It had a step-in tub/shower which had seen better days. However, the courtyard was charming and the staff could not have been nicer. We had an early departure and they brought a very nice breakfast to our room.
My daughter and I met in Guadalajara for a mother-daughter weekend of sightseeing and shopping. Our hotel was a charming traditional oasis. Service was excellent and our room was roomy and comfortable.
Amazing, amazing, wonderful hotel. And it would be 5 stars easily - yet you need to know a few things before booking it. But it would be unfair to start with negatives, so here are the good parts:
- rooms: most beautiful rooms with time travel quality. Very spacious, classic, if not antique design, amazing bathrooms, I stay a lot in upscale hotels and even in boutique hotels this easily makes top 5. Great internet, too (unlike another review I read).
- bathroom/amenities: from toothbrush to razor, even shoe polish (come on, you are in Mexico), everything is there. The shower is the best I can think of. Massage-strength water pressure, great heat adjustment, very spacious. My room had a free standing bathtub, too (although I didn't use it).
- location: amazing, close enough to city center (I walked daily), very close to bars and restaurants on great Avenida Chapultepec (500m)
- safety: area is safe, and the hotel as such feels super safe. No one gets in uncontrolled - not even you :-) anytime you want to get in or out (!), two doors have to buzzed open by staff. It's good for no one entering, also feels weird when you want to leave at any time of the day or come home late at night. There's always someone else in control of your access to the entrance/exit. You also leave your keys with the staff.
- garden: the hotel has a wonderful small garden with a few seating areas. Also a very friendly and sleepy hotel cat, which is a big plus. And a few colibris. Great. Breakfast is served here, which is wonderful (the breakfast itself is OK. You may get better or at least cheaper options outside. But not a better location right at your doorstep).
- staff: you couldn't ask for more from hotel staff. Super friendly, super helpful. Bilingual if that matters. Room/cleaning service also outstanding.
- price/value: for European standards, extremely good value for the price
So far, 6 stars out of five. Now here's why I have to take 2 stars away, at least for my stay :
- my room: as much as I loved the room as such, specifically mine (no. 16) didn't have access to... air. There is some natural light, but from closed areas (micro window by the bed, top light over the bathroom, both sealed off from outside air). There is no other way to get fresh air into the room than to leave your door open. Or to experiment with the air con, which I am not a fan of anyway, and I didn't manage to get fresh air at all. Especially the humidity - if you love the shower (and yet, I showered 5 min max), you will hate that the room has 80% humidity for days to come. Get a room with a garden view, they have real windows.
- noises: the shower is amazing, as mentioned before. But the water drainage during, and minutes after turning the water off, sounds like there are tanks rolling down the street. Unfortunately not only in your room, but in the whole house. I switched my routine to afternoon showers, but most people don't, and more than once (on 4 nights) I woke up from that drainage noise. If it wasn't that, I woke up from talks and being busy in the reception. My room was on the 1st floor, door closed, yet I could hear people checking in or out. And I don't mean distant mumbling, more like understanding every word. And in the mornings, this can be disturbing with checkouts and general business. At least for me. BTW that also means that if you travel as a couple, do what you love to do quietly. Everyone hears everything at least on your floor.
- fake keys :-) on my first day, I accidentally went to room 15 instead of 16. I could open it with my key (luckily, there was no one in there). Since the hotel feels secure and I guess you wouldn't need a safe at all (the one I had doesn't fit a small laptop for example, but good for credit cards and passport etc.), that was not a big deal for me, but still, it wouldn't be so hard to change locks in a way that this isn't possible.
So in total, my personal experience was not bad at all, but also not worthy of the best rating. Maybe it was just the room - avoid no. 16, although it's gorgeous style-wise - but I think my experience may be valuable to others planning to go there. If I return to Guadalajara, I would go there again and ask for another room.
We loved staying at Villa Ganz and would choose this hotel again the next time we visit Guadalajara. It is a gem in a great location. The rooms and garden are gorgeous and we enjoyed a complimentary glass of wine by the fire in the evening.
My only concern was that the company we booked through online seemed to offer things slightly different than what the hotel's website offers, but the hotel honored what we had been offered. The continental breakfast was mediocre, but the fresh juice was amazing as well as the setting. We loved staying for 4 nights. Hope we get to again.
We rented three rooms for our six person family at the Villa Ganz for five nights. Armando, Alexander and others treated us like family. This was a unique hotel, homey but nothing like my home- I wish! We slept well every night. We woke up to coffee and breakfast by the fire every morning. Hummingbirds flying around the garden. I really enjoyed this little oasis in the middle of Guadalajara. If you want an authentic Mexican experience, I would choose this hotel. Bonus was that you could walk to Hueso too- one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. Thank you Villa Ganz!