A Sophisticated Retreat in the Historic Centro
of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, MEXICO

I wanted to send a post card about what a nice place Casita Laurita is to write. I've almost finished my novel after being stuck for months. It is an amazing pad. The property manager was really friendly and made me feel right at home. It's also a great base for jaunting off to less American-inhabited towns."

— Katie Crouch, author, "Girls in Trucks"

The Details

 

To Rent

Casita Laurita is a perfect retreat for a couple or single person looking for a sophisticated place to stay right in the middle of town, who want an authentic Mexican experience along with comfort and convenience, and who don’t need (or desire) a large colonial villa.

The house is normally not appropriate for children under 12. Because there are a lot of stairs in the house, it’s not a good place for someone who has serious mobility problems. If you’re looking for absolute quiet, look elsewhere than the middle of town in Mexico.

We usually prefer to rent for at least a week, but are happy to discuss a shorter stay. Rates vary on the time of year you’d like to be here, and are generally higher for the high season–Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the months of January through March.

 

More Details
RATES AND AVAILABILITY
Check the calendar and rates at VRBO. Some discounts off-season and last-minute between other rentals; just ask.

BEDS & BEDROOMS
Two bedrooms with their own full baths. One queen, one double. Also a long couch in the studio where an overnight visitor can stay, or a kid. Very comfortable firm mattresses with high thread-count sheets and down pillows (poly available).

MAID SERVICE
Is twice a week. Sheets are changed once a week. Maid knows her job and does laundry for an extra tip (50 pesos).

INTERNET
Casita Laurita is wireless and you will be provided with a password for your laptop. You need to bring your own computer.

LANGUAGE SCHOOLS
Casita Laurita is centrally located and near several language schools. It’s just around the corner from Habla Hispana (www.mexicospanish.com).

PHONE
A Vonage phone with free calls to the US is available, as well as a local land line; a local cell phone is also available for use; you will need to buy a card to add additional minutes for your usage.

PROBLEMS
An English-speaking manager will be on call to take care of any problems–if the Internet goes out, you lock yourself out, etc. He can also provide information about the area and activities and arrange transportation.

WATER
As in most of Mexico, you need to drink bottled water in Casita Laurita, which is available in the kitchen and replaced in containers throughout the house.

MUSIC
Casita Laurita is iPod ready; there’s also a CD player and CD library.

TV
Cable TV, flat-screen DVD player with an extensive film library.

SMOKING
No, please.

ROOSTERS, etc.
This is Mexico, and the center of town. You may hear roosters, Mexican music, and fireworks.

GRATUITIES
Tips are customary for the property manager and maid.

TAXIS
Easily available on Calzada de la Luz, left out the door.

 

Architecture

Casita Laurita was designed by one of Mexico’s best young architects, Anja Fauske, who is a San Miguel de Allende native. Anja’s houses, which use modern design in a historical context, are celebrated as some of the most sophisticated in San Miguel de Allende. Casita Laurita has been described as a brilliant use of space, and will be featured in the San Miguel homes tour. Check out Anja’s website at anjafauske.com.

 

Laurita

Laura Fraser first came to San Miguel de Allende when she was ten years old, for a summer, and fell in love with the town, speaking Spanish, and traveling. She returned over thirty years later, in January 2007, and bought the lot and run-down house on which Casita Laurita is built on an impulse. She is the author of two books, and has been writing the third at Casita Laurita. You can see her website at laurafraser.com.