Staying at Juan Arturo's posh villa is like stepping into the pages of
Conde Nast's Traveler--spacious, comfortable and airy, the customer service
begins with an intro email from Juan Arturo offering pick up from the
airport (a savings of over $30) and the privilege of leaving bags behind
for a few days.
The home is located in the district of San Felipe, a bit far flung but
walkable and about a $3 cab ride from the center. Frequent bus service into
town can be had a short walk away for a few pesos.
The clean home is a mix of stucco and red tile traditional and modern
retractable glass wall styles. A floating staircase and quality
contemporary Mexican art and furnishings lend a boutique hotel feel.
Juan Arturo's home is faithful to the product depicted in the listing and
made for an enjoyable stay. His wife is also kind and warm and made me feel
instantly welcome. In the morning she oversaw a grand traditional sitdown
The room is spacious and sun kissed and has a private terrace with vistas
of surrounding mountains. Clearly Juan Arturo gives much consideration to
the guest experience, stocking the room with bottled water and the private
bathroom with shampoo and other toiletries.
One sour note merits mention. I returned to the property on a mid-December
night at 11:30 with the idea of turning in early. Greeting me were the loud
festive sounds of Mexican music--think tuba and accordian. Visible in the
distance was a small outdoor amphitheater holding a late night concert. The
fun was going strong two hours later, dashing any hopes of a restful night.
I was assured in the morning that the event is an annual holiday aberration
thrown by the nearby village of Guadalupe to celebrate the Virgin Lady of
their namesake. I suppose this late clarification provided some small
At $100 a night, Juan Arturo's property is a travel bargain for a certain
class of traveler to Mexico. Juan Arturo was responsive, flexible, and
overall good to deal with.