The "French Hotel" dates back to 1610, making it the oldest in the city and a national historical monument. Within the context of the historic district, it is only steps away from the Palacio de Gobierno de Jalisco, the Cathedral, museums, Instituto Cabañas, San Juan de Dios market, Plaza de ... More
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The "French Hotel" dates back to 1610, making it the oldest in the city and a national historical monument. Within the context of the historic district, it is only steps away from the Palacio de Gobierno de Jalisco, the Cathedral, museums, Instituto Cabañas, San Juan de Dios market, Plaza de los Mariachis and the Teatro Degollado. The colonial-style architecture of the old Mesón de San Jose has been the choice of business travelers, politicians, writers and artists through the years. Live mariachi music and traditional dance performances take place in the lobby on Fridays from 8p to 9:30p, and the hotel houses the discotheque, Maxim's.
We stayed for two nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Staff was excellent. Rooms clean and well maintained. Not a stay at a Holiday Inn. A step back in time to Colonial Mexico. Would stay again. Great central location to downtown attractions.
All travelers to Guadalajara owe themselves a stay at the Frances. The 17th century architecture and accomodating staff are amazing.Don't expect oppulance in your room, just above average fare at a reasonable price.While the downstairs lobby has lost a little of it's magic when the bar was expanded some 20 years ago,take advantage of the lively patrons and the 2 for 1 happy hour.This place is situated within walking distance of many must see attractions(it's right across the street from the Government Palace and Plaza).
I liked just about everything about this 375 year old hotel. My only complaint was the very old elevator was broken and we had to climb 3 flights of stairs to our room. The ambiance, the friendliness of the staff, the wonderful food, and the bar made the stay memorable. On Friday night the hotel put on a Mariachi show with an absolutely incredible band and array of singers. It was a magical evening of music and people watching. The Guadalajara folks who attended were elegant and dressed beautifully. Everyone was so polite and gracious. I went to my room and changed into dressy clothes so I could join them. Sometimes we Americans forget how to dress and going to the Frances was a wakeup call. We'll go back again and we'll make sure we pack evening clothes.
Absolutely delightful - almost 400 years as a hotel, perfectly located. . . because of the popularity of the lobby bar, it can be a bit noisy in second floor rooms facing the lobby. Worth every peso. . .
We stayed there last July, after staying one night in another Hotel friends had recommended. It has a good balance of original character and modern functionality; it is well kept. The location is perfect for just parking your car and exploring the downtown historic area on foot. I liked the high ceilings, would recommend 3rd floor, to keep noise down, we even stayed on a very nice hugh suite on the 4th floor for $80. US. We are artists, Jack (former head of Cultural Affairs Austin TX) and Sabina (originally from Chihuahua City), and are planning to stay there again New Year's.
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