Villa María Cristina

A quaint, colonial getaway in Guanajuato

While Guanajuato, Mexico, is layered with stories about its cobblestone streets, tunnels and ancestral history, Villa María Cristina adds its own chapter to the patchwork of this Tetrised hillside city. Occupying five local villas under one roof, the 1880s-built property is perhaps the city’s most unique boutique hotel. The collection of distinct structures adds an array of leveling, making it an entertaining maze to find your room. This kind of spread-out characteristic of Guanajuato aids in creating a variety of courtyards, gardens (including a fruit garden), several rooftops and private terraces, outdoor and indoor pools, a cinema and a gym. In a way, Villa María Cristina translates the experience of the city of Guanajuato into a miniature version behind its doors.

Each building retains its original artisanal tiling and floors and a unique style slightly amended by the current owners. Much of their taste is imprinted on the property, including a horse-themed bar locally called “the Witches House” and a stunning Dutch-style home with its own spooky tale. Each room at Villa María Cristina (as well as the hotel name) carries a woman’s name, another nod to the important female figures in the owner's life.

Villa María Cristina also hosts two restaurants, Teresita and Colombaia, and two bars, Bar El Caballo and Bar J. The property is outfitted with various spaces for meals and informal meet-ups. A visit here is like coming home to a relative’s place where everything is filled with attention to detail, love and care.
Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The luxury hotel features 37 rooms divided into four categories, each with attention-worthy amenities, including L’Occitane bath products, flip-flops for the pool, shoe-shining paste and more. In-room compliments include turndown service with chef-made chocolates, Nespresso coffee machines and a desk with monogrammed stationery. Additional artisanal embroidery, distinct handkerchiefs and table accessories are added for a local touch.
  • Teresita delivers traditional Mexican dishes with an international flair poolside, across other leisurely areas and via room service. The weekend-only Colombaia offers a flavorful menu filled with wood-fired pizzas, grilled meats and a popular brunch.
  • Terma Spa at Villa María Cristina is a Roman bath-inspired sanctuary that includes a sauna, steam circuit and indoor pool for all guests. The spa’s menu consists of enough relaxing massages, exfoliating wraps and toning facials to make a day of pampering.
  • Villa María Cristina is a dynamic space for weddings and other grand events with direct mountain views of Guanajuato and a host of quaint courtyards and patios.
  • The concierge and experience menu ensure that guests experience the best of Guanajuato with guided hikes, callejoneada singing night tours through the city’s tunnels and more.

Things to Know

  • The Guanajuato hotel has a privileged location in front of the Cerro de la Bufa mountain. It is just a short walk from the city center, ensuring a tranquil way to stay connected with surrounding nature.
  • Villa María Cristina is a family-friendly getaway, featuring eight double rooms and activities for guests of all ages.
  • Complimentary yoga classes are available every Tuesday and Thursday on the uppermost level of the Dutch-style property.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • The property is steep and sloped, but accessible ramps and elevators make it easy to move around and transport luggage.

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Getting There
Paseo de la Presa de la Olla No. 76, 36000 Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
BJX (22-40 min)  
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