This family-run hotel and restaurant was famous as such. Miners, traders and muleteers would meet here to exchange information, merchandise, ideas and money. It was built on top of a dome over Río Guanajuato (Guanajuato River) on the slope of San Miguel hill. This elongated two-story building is a symbol of popular life in the city during the nineteenth century.
The Mesón de San Antonio, built by Don Vicente Manuel de Sardaneta ―the first Marquis of Rayas―, was the best place of its kind and it served as an inn until early last century. Then it was transformed into a boarding house because of its many rooms and service areas.
For more than thirty years it has been a property of Universidad de Guanajuato (the University of Guanajuato), and has also served as a theatre but most commonly serves as a reference among engineers and architects because of its design, that includes a small two-story corn exchange to store grain seeds.
Famed as a hotel and restaurant, the Mesón de San Antonio was a popular place for miners, traders and mule drivers to meet and exchange information, ideas, merchandise and money. Built atop a vaulted structure over the Guanajuato river, on the slopes of the San Miguel hill, this long two-story building is a symbol of popular life in the city during the nineteenth century.
Constructed at the behest of Don Vicente Manuel de Sardaneta, the first Marquis of Rayas, the Mesón was the finest hostelry of its kind and served as an inn right into the early twentieth century. Following this, its many rooms and service areas made it a perfect location for a rooming house.
For more than thirty years now it has been the property of the University of Guanajuato and also serves as a theater. Its classic design, which includes a small, two-story grain store, has made it a reference point for architects and engineers down the ages.