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El Hogar de Carmelita, Guanajuato, Mexico

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By Joseph Boltrukiewicz
Posted Jan 5, 2010 in Travel
My hostel destination in Guanajuato was El Hogar de Carmelita at Paseo de la Presa 79-B, just opposite the Normal Primary School. After coming to the city's bus station I phoned Carmen, the owner of the hostel who said that she would be waiting for me outside the hostel and she really did. Soon after coming to the hostel, Carmen introduced me to her nice place and served with coffee and orange juice.
Everyone will fall in love with El Hogar de Carmelita's very home-like character. It's a living place for Carmen and her family that was converted into a very small bed-and-breakfast facility. In the dining room there was a Christmas tree, family pictures on the walls, cabinets with glass and china, sofa-bed, bookcase with travel books, TV and computer with constant access to the internet - it's just like at everyone's home where you live, have food, interact with people and relax. I would very much recommend everybody visiting this place where - no wonder - you will feel yourself like at home.
Carmen herself is a very charming person who wants to make your stay at her place unforgettable. She's the only person here to serve her customers who come and go on regular basis from many corners of the world. They keep her busy with regular hostel duties most of her time. Accommodation prices vary depending on the type of room you're taking. You can also select an option of having your breakfast prepared by Carmen or not, it's up to you. If you stay longer time (I stayed there for 8 days) your breakfast is included in the price of accommodation. I slept on a double bed in a bedroom with a magnificent view on the city from a small patio. There you can have your vital forces refreshed after long time trip from Mexico City.
The hostel is conveniently located a bit off the busy centre of the city. It takes only 15 minutes' walk to reach Teatro Juares, Hotel San Diego and the Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guanajuato in the centre of the city. On your way, you can stop by at the Embajadores market or enjoy fine dining in the restaurant of the Embajadores Hotel. I took a peak into the outdoor restaurant, it looked very much inviting, great decorated with Mexican style and you bet!, with very tasty food.
When you live in El Hogar de Carmelita, you will soon find out that visiting and getting to know Guanajuato is all about strolling on its streets. You can use your car but..., I am sure you will lose your patience having trouble not only to drive it everywhere but also having hard time to find a spot to park it, actually anywhere. What I found very often, you can walk as fast as driving the car as the flow of people in the streets is equally slow.

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