Villa Maria Cristina, Relais & Châteaux in Guanajuato, Mexico
One of the most exclusive and exquisite boutique hotels in Mexico, and the first of its kind in Guanajuato, Villa María Cristina is a remarkable experience. Meticulous attention to detail and thoughtful décor are present throughout the property and its 28 spacious suites, with the air and atmosphere of a warmly welcoming home. Rich terracotta walls, mosaic-tiled floors, and oversize potted plants create an authentically Mexican feel, and the hotel's lovely terrace features a whirlpool under a pergola, as well as tranquil outdoor eating spaces. Accommodations offer hardwood floors, marble bathrooms, delicate natural color palettes, and European furnishings that complement the hotel's colonial architecture. Sunlight floods in through large windows and original works of art adorn the walls. Unwind from your travels with a massage, or take a soothing swim in the hotel spa's Roman-style sunken pool. Find a peace of mind that can only come with being in a secluded and far-from-frenzied destination, and allow Villa María Cristina to take you to a world of tranquility and joy.
The hotel features an intimate restaurant, set in an elegant lounge area on the first floor, with a fireplace and balconies overlooking the street. Serving a flavorful gourmet menu of Mexican and international dishes, complemented by fine wines from the hotel's extensive wine cellar, you need look no further than your doorstep to delight in a memorable gastronomic experience. Villa María Cristina is set in a city so picturesque and historic it is deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so waste no time in heading out to discover the depths of Guanajuato. From the city's numerous lively squares and live music, to ancient churches and museums, there are many sights to take in and cultural attractions are at every turn. Hidalgo Market's opulent building, as well as Juárez Theatre, with its neoclassical façade and crowning statues, are just a few examples of the architectural wealth of this city. Perhaps most unique to the city though is its network of underground tunnels. With walls made of solid rock, this impressive system of tunnels was originally created to divert the river after an early 20th-century flood. Take in the magnificence of Guanajuato while staying in the finest of facilities, at the charming and refined Villa María Cristina.
Location of Villa Maria Cristina, Relais & Châteaux
Nearest Airport: BJX
Amenities for Villa Maria Cristina, Relais & Châteaux
- General Information
- 28 Suites
- Outdoor Dining
- Wine Cellar
- Room Service
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa on Property
- Indoor Pool
- Valet Parking
- Outdoor Whirlpool
- Steam Room
- Wedding Planning Services
- In-Room Amenities
- Air Conditioning
- Hair Dryers
- Mini Bar
- Marble Bathrooms
- Vaulted Ceilings
- Individually Designed Rooms
- Business Center
- Catering Services
- Historic Sites
- Culture & Arts
Reviews for Villa Maria Cristina, Relais & Châteaux
Don"t believe the positive reviews. This place may be the most expenxive hotel in Guanajuaymro, it certainly isn't the 5 star resort it claims to be. The rooms are large, but are decorated in poor taste (faux french) and lack warmth or comfort. The service is amateuristic at best. The bathrooms are cramped with single sink and toilet in the same room as the shower (We didn't have a tub). The water is either scorching hot or cold. Service is certainly not what you expect from a high end hotel. It is run by a bunch of amateurs. Nobody gave us a tour of the property to show all the amenities available (e.g. pool, spa etc.). They couldn't provide us with a map of the city and looked at us strange when we asked for one. (The hotel is about 25 minutes walking from the historic centre). When we inquired about arrangingg a car to the airport, they acted as if this was a first for them. The receptionist got all flustered (there is no congierge), went away to ask around witjh some colleagues for and then said he would arrange for a private car, but we had to prepare to pay with cash. We agreed to do it, only to find out he had forgotten to. What hihh end jotel doesn't have a car service on call? To top it all off, I got sick after eating breakfast in the restaurant. My advice, stay away from this hotel if yoy are expecting service conmensurate to the price you are paying. You are better off staying in a high end place in San Miguel de Allende and taking a day trip to Guajuanato. Also, some of the rooms are very, very noisy. Definitely not living up to the standards of Relais and Chateaux and not worth the price.
This is by far the best hotel that I have stayed at in any country. Everything is perfect. The hotel itself is beautiful and a 15 minute walk to town. The food at this hotel was superb and the best meals that we had in Mexico with very reasonable prices. The room was the size of an apartment with two bathrooms and the bed was so comfortable that it was hard to leave it. The balcony had a beautiful view of the mountains. Spent time lounging at the pool and enjoying the quiet after lots of walking around the city. A massage on the grotto-like spa is a must. Every part of the stay was perfect, including the service. Everyone was very kind and wanted to make sure that we had a great time. Andres was very good to us and made the experience even more special. Can't wait to return!
There is something to be said for not staying in the historic center of this lovely city. The nightlife is robust and noisy. Better to retreat a short distance to much, much quieter accommodations. Especially the Villa Maria. The hotel has the feel of a retreat. Elements of Spanish and Mexican art and architecture combine nicely. The rooms are elegant, especially the suites which are large with separate bath and shower. Bed is firm but comfortable. You can hear a pin drop in the room even with the window's open. The restaurant is excellent though service is a bit slow and sometimes English gets lost in translation. The outside seating is particularly lovely and quiet enough for meetings. A good selection of Mexican wines provide a sense of adventure. Facilities are good. Two pools, one indoor the other outdoor. The outdoor one may not be heated the indoor one is heated near 90 degrees I would bet. You can lounge or swim in it. The workout facility is limited but who comes here to work out? Walking into the historic center should burn off calories. Guanajuato provides a nice alternative to staying in chaotic Irapuato which is 20 minutes away. There is no nightlife there and the hotels are awful. No history either. So if you want to combine business, comfort with some site seeing can't recommend this hotel enough.
kev1438 - Oakland, CA
April was a perfect month to come. Well located...closed to downtown, but far enough to be in a peaceful area. Teresita is a great restaurant inside the hotel. Great rooms, good AC, pillows and beds. Neat swimming pools (one for kids). Gym too. Best of all: its people.
rhmejia - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Recently spent a long birthday weekend at Villa Maria Cristina. This stunningly beautiful property is run with perfect efficiency without sacrificing warmth and personal service. One of the bartender/servers named Andres literally treated us like family. The Paulina Suite is spacious, beautiful, and comfortable, even if a bit exposed to street noise and in need of an A/C upgrade. The grounds, pool, and spa are simply impeccable. Last but not least, the food at Teresita is to die for. Breakfast omelette with a light sauce made from zucchini flowers is unforgettable. Lechon with red mole sauce for dinner will melt in your mouth.
ArizonaVol - Singapore, Singapore