This was my second time in Guanajuato and second also staying at Casa Bertha. This time I "upgraded" to Room number 10, which has a small kitchen along with a double and single bed, small sitting area, private bath and shower. I really just needed the refrigerator, but it was nice having a large bottle of purified water to refill my water bottle with each day. I happened to be there at the same time as two of the other reviewers, EdandShelly and Pat Vance. I can only echo most of their comments especially about the helpfulness of the owners Jorge and Juan(one of which is almost always on the property, they alternate sleeping there overnight) The comments about the hot water need to be put into context. If you are awakening at a fairly normal hour, the hot water will be on, if you need a special time, you can just let Jorge or Juan know ahead of time and they will make sure it is on. There is no question that when you stay there you will likely get to know everyone of the residents, as everyone makes it up to the Terrace eventually. I was also taking Spanish classes at the Escuela Mexicana, and it was a ritual to meet on the terrace to do homework for at least three of us from the school each afternoon. In May and early June, Casa Bertha is not as full, so not as many people to meet, but when I was there in March, 2010, the terrace was always hopping with students or fellow travelers, including the dancing, guitar playing, drinking and otherwise socializing going on full time until 10:00 p.m. when they owners insist on quiet time. This may sound a bit early, but if you need to get to sleep early and because the sounds carry throughout the place, it is necessary. Besides, no one even gets going until about midnight in the center of town, so its time to go out and experience the city at night after 10:00 p.m. anyways. You can get almost anywhere in town within minutes by walking, and there is a big bus stop at the bottom of the Callejon by the Teatro Principal, which gets you anywhere else you need to go. Next year when I go back with my wife, we will stay again at Casa Bertha, maybe try to get Pat's room number 9, but I like number 10 just as much. I can just say one thing about the Roosters, they are up and making noise at about 4:00 or 5:00 each morning, but after the first two nights, I only remember hearing them if I was already up. Can't beat the price and location for some of the cleanest well maintained rooms I've stayed at in Mexico, including some "5 star" resorts. Take some time to talk to Juan and Jorge, as they are a wealth of knowledge about the city and put up with our lousy spanish as if we were fluent.
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