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You should plan to arrive in Guanajuato before 7:00 p.m. and you should plan to arrive at least three or four days before the classes begin to look for housing. Housing is generally based on a first come, first serve basis, so the sooner you arrive, the better chance you have at finding the housing of your choice. The town tends to close down at about 10:00 p.m. and the hotels lock their doors at about 11:00 p.m.. Frankly, when you first arrive, the town is confusing at night. It is easier to get settled if you arrive during the day.
If you plan to arrive in Guanajuato after 6:00 p.m., have an advanced, confirmed hotel reservation for the night.
Hotel prices are likely to range from U.S. $50-$60 +/- per day for a single, and U.S. $60-$70 +/- per day for a double. Prices vary depending on demand, the exchange rate, and inflation. Call ahead to confirm availability. Some hotels you might try are the following:
For a luxurious option on the Jardín Unión, try Hotel Luna. It is likely to cost around U.S. $75-$100 a night, including breakfast, if you pay in cash.
If you prefer a U.S.-style hotel to ease your transition into Mexico, there is a Holiday Inn Express near the airport and another on the edge of Guanajuato. Both have swimming pools and an adjacent Applebee’s restaurant. www.hiexpress.com.
A less expensive option is Casa de Pita, a comfortable bed and breakfast. www.casadepita.com.
If you arrive without a reservation, ask a taxi to take you to a reasonably priced hotel. Visit http://www.allmexicohotels.com/hoteles-mexico.php?idCd=115 for a list of all the hotels in Guanajuato. See also http://www.mexonline.com/guanajuato/guanajuato-lodgings.htm.
The second thing you should do when you arrive is check in at the Summer Law Institute office at the Law School in order to determine the exact time and location of the mandatory orientation.
We urge you to arrive by Saturday, May 25th so that we can assist you to find permanent housing before classes begin. Then you can adjust to the lifestyle before classes begin.
The Institute will help students make arrangements for housing. We usually find student within 24 hours of arrival. If you plan to bring your children with you to the program, you should contact Robyn Cote, at (505) 277-6843 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org regarding suggestions for larger housing accommodations.