About this listing
More than a room, you have courtyard, living/dining room and kitchen access with complete privacy. This house is in a safe, quiet neighborhood that is less than a 10 minute walk to The Jardin or 5 minutes to the Instituto. Large, quiet & private with en-suite bathroom, 1 King or 2 Singles. Maid service, courtyard with fountain, new linens & Wi-Fi. Fruit, yogurt and oatmeal breakfast included.
Extremely rare in SMA, Casa Encantada de Los Gatos (House of the Charming Cats) is a single-level house with only two steps down to a quiet flower filled courtyard.
The location is ideal: Centro (maximum 10 minute walk), the Instituto Allende (5 minute walk) and the Jardin (an easy 15 minute walk).
This is a nicely sized room that is separate from all others, providing complete privacy. The room can be made up with one King Bed or two Single beds (with new and correctly sized linens). I have tried to meet all your needs by furnishing it with new pillows, a coffee set, small refrigerator and a large flat screen TV with American and Canadian broadcasts in English. There is an en-suite bathroom with shower and another 1/2 bath just across the hallway for your use. Inside your room, you will find new cabinetry, a built-in desk, and Wi-Fi.
A maid is available before noon to iron clothes. After noon, you will have access to the iron and board. There is also a laundry just around the corner if you want to have any clothes cleaned and ironed. They are very reliable and reasonable, charging by the kilo.
Much more than just a room, you have full access to the courtyard and dining/living room areas. In regards to the kitchen, the maid can help you with any special meals and you are welcome to use the microwave oven.
I urge you to use the courtyard for that much needed afternoon siesta or glass of wine. After all your sightseeing and before you set out for your various night time activities (dinner, a concert or an art opening), I can pretty much guarantee you will need to recharge your batteries a bit. Of course, if you choose, you are more than welcome to just ¨hang out¨ in the courtyard during the evening.
A chaise lounge with a built in umbrella is available for relaxing in the courtyard and I can tell you from personal experience, it is the perfect place for reading or catching up on your emails.
Interaction with guests
I will be available if you want, or if you prefer, I will let you do your own thing. SMA is an amazing town and I would love to provide you with some ideas and options to make your visit exceptional.
I love to cook and know many travelers would enjoy the chance to learn how to make a Mexican Specialty, such as traditional Chili Verde or Chili Relleno´s. If this is of interest, please let me know in advance and we can work out the details.
Other things to note
As you can see from the photos, local artists (both trained and graffiti) have made this house VERY colorful. There are murals in the entryway and courtyard and the room has been decoratively painted and contains Mexican artwork.
Upon arrival, you will receive a welcome basket containing water and fruit. Your room will also have an array of travel magazines, street maps and tour pamphlets. I can also help you arrange any activities that are of interest.
Casa Encantada de Los Gatos (House of the Charming Cats) gets it´s name from the three cats who believe they own the house. There is Vito (a Ragdoll), Luigi (a rescued Norwegian Forest Cat) and Frida (a Mexican street kitty that I rescued when she was just 3 weeks old). So for those of you who had to leave your 4 footed family members at home, this is the perfect place to get your Kitty Fix! They love people and will probably want to get to know you, so be prepared for some kitty curiosity.
The large shower has new hardware, providing a stationary head and wand. I have installed a Purified and Pressurized water system using Solar-Water-Heating.
A maid is available until noon to serve breakfast and provide cleaning services.
If you are thinking about coming for Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), November 2, please note that I ADORE this Holiday and will probably be hosting a Make Up Party that you are encouraged to attend!
I want you to be happy and comfortable here asking only that you treat my home as you would your own. No smoking or food (other than snack type foods) in the room please.
Unfortunately, I cannot allow other pets.
Smoking is allowed in the courtyard, but not in the room please.
Check out time is Noon. Please let me know if you need extra time. Thank you.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.
I am originally from Southern California and have lived in SMA for almost 4 years. I love to entertain so I figure renting out this room will help serve that purpose, plus I will get to meet some amazing people along the way! I really want you to love my adopted city as much as I do and would love the opportunity to help ensure your trip is a complete success.
I have done quite a bit of traveling within Mexico and should be able to help you decide upon other destinations here. Croatia is one of my favorite destinations in Europe. Banff is probably my favorite city in Canada, but there are so many beautiful places on both coasts and in-between, it is a hard call. I haven´t yet been to Australia or Asia, but my fingers are crossed.
I am a Valley Girl raised on good old Rock and Roll, but I tend to have fairly eclectic tastes in music, depending on the moment. This was one of the big draws for me to move here, because on any given night, you can pretty much hear all types of music: Rock, Jazz, Salsa, Show Tunes, Classical, Choir, Cuban and too many others to name.
I am a pretty laid back person, don´t worry about much and avoid drama and tribulations at all times (mi casa es muy tranquillo - my house is very calm) . My goal is your comfort and happiness. Hopefully you will be like so many of us Ex-Pats here in SMA, and will be returning very soon.