"You have shown us Mexicans how to display our treasures." (Summer 2008, a visitor from Mexico City).
"Incredible Stay!" (Trip Advisor June 30, 2008 -- from Oklahoma)
My wife and I are studying Spanish abroad in Guadalajara and our host family suggested we go see the charming village of Ajijic, about 45 minutes south of Guadalajara by second class bus. After doing some research online, we found Estrellita's (formerly known as the Swan Inn), read the great reviews, and decided to give it a try. We had an absolutely wonderful time and would definitely, definitely stay at Estrellita's again if we ever find ourselves back in Ajijic!
Lorraine is the new owner of the bed and breakfast and she has done an exceptional job of totally renovating the property. The rooms are bright and brilliant, with beautiful contrasting colors that keep reminding you that you are in the heart of Mexico and in a small village. If you can, try and book the queen or double rooms on the second floor (we had the yellow queen bed room). These rooms offer direct access to a private outdoor rooftop patio and garden that offers stunning views of the mountains and lush vegetation along with chairs and umbrellas for relaxing. Everything was extremely clean, bathroom and shower was terrific, and the bed was one of the most comfortable I've slept on in a while. The B&B is filled with pieces of Mexican art, as Lorraine has done an outstanding job of offering all modern amenities in the context of relaxing Mexican charm. Arts and crafts lovers will love the fun finds on the property and in the adjacent shops. Terrific dining is just steps and blocks away, and the Ajijic Pier is a few minutes walk south. The location is perfect and most things you'd want to do and see in Ajijic are just moments away. Breakfast was served promptly at 8:00AM and consisted of a delicious and healthy continental spread served on beautiful locally made Mexican place settings.
I will definitely be recommending Estrellita's Bed and Breakfast to family and friends, and we will plan on staying here again if we ever make it back to the charming town of Ajijic!
"The Charm of Ajijic" (Trip Advisor June 1, 2008 -- from California)
"My friend and I stayed for a week in the most beautiful B&B ever. The price was right also. I was so charmed by the art, in all of the rooms. I could hardly settle down and relax. I did not know that Mexico has some of the best artist around, until Estrellita's. Our hostess Lorraine was just wonderful. Her breakfast is delicious, the fruit served is perfect in our smoothies, which started our day. We also had the internet when ever we needed, staying connected to our families was important. I can't wait to go back to see the art that Lorraine has collected throughout Mexico."
Thank you Lorraine,
Sandi and Ann
"Transformative! I loved it!" (Trip Advisor April 25, 2008 -- from Texas)
Estrellita's was recommended by our realtors as the best located B&B for first timers that want to see what Ajijic is all about. And we will be back. Yes, we could comfortably walk to the lake, places to eat, and we were next door to the information Central, Lake Chapala Society.
The owner was most helpful and a wealth of information about so many topics. We felt completely safe. The breakfast had a great presentation and healthy, and with so many choices. The rooms were newly remodeled, comfortable and romantic. We could tell Lorraine had taken great measures to make this B&B comfortable and with a feel of elegance while still feeling like a "at home" place. Highly recommend this B&B. We will be back this summer. From Texas
"Charming B&B in Ajijic" (Trip Advisor April 24, 2008 -- from Colorado)
The Estrellita's with it's bright colors and location makes it a great b&b. Lorraine, the new owner, is such a delightful person. She and Antonia makes their guests feel at home. The breakfast is always great and the large table is like enjoying breakfast with a large family. She has just redone the outside garden area. I would recommend Estrellita's to anyone.
"Estrellita's a Great Stay!" (Trip Advisor March 2, 2008 -- from California)
Estrellita's was a wonderful stay. Clean, comfortable and cozy with beautiful Mexican folk art and other pieces of art pleasing to the eye. The breakfast at the big table was yummy and eating with the other guests was great fun, no one wanted to leave the table! I would recommend Estrellita's to anyone, the place and the owner are preciosas!
"Captures The Essence of Mexico" (Trip Advisor, Jan 20, 2010, Toronto)
My wife and I travel widely and like to experience a variety of accommodations. In January, 2010 we stayed at Estrellita's B&B. The owner, Lorraine, has a wide range of experience in both the U.S. and Mexico and and uses that knowledge to provide a comfortable and welcoming environment for travelers. The room was clean and tastefully decorated and the king-size bed was excellent . This B&B is ideally located in the heart of Ajijic, close to the lake and to many fine restaurants. Lorraine was exceedingly helpful - for example, she obtained an extra heater for the room since we had arrived during a rare cold snap. Through talking to Lorraine and her friends (who sometimes dropped by during breakfast) we gained insights into Mexican life and culture that we never would have gotten at a hotel. We found this B&B to be excellent and would definitely recommend it to other travelers.
"Lovely B&B in Town, an outstanding value in a beautiful room" (Trip Advisor, Jan 15, 2010 San Diego)
This was our 3rd trip to Ajijic, the 2nd stay at Estrellita's, and we are looking forward to our 3rd visit to Estrellita's soon. Lovely, well cared for B & B within easy walking distance to all places of interest to visitors. Lorraine Pasini, the owner, looks after all your needs. The beds are comfortable and the rooms decorated beautifully. Delicious, full-continental breakfast is served buffet style, and there is a full kitchen available for the guests. Also, there is wireless internet, and reading material and a flat screen TV are available in the living room. To complete this picture, Lorraine has 2 great little dogs who greet you when you come and go. Finally, the price is reasonable compared to other B & Bs in the area. Great value for the money!
"Lorraine could not have been any nicer!" (Trip Advisor, Jan 5, 2010 Orlando)
My Mom and I went to Ajijic to see my terminal Aunt. It was going to be a very trying time as my Aunt did not want to see us. We knew this would be our last time ever seeing her. We stayed at Estrellita's and it was WONDERFUL. Lorraine is the one of the good guys. We made the reservations kind of last minute and she was wonderful about it. The room was just gorgeous, very big and neatly decorated . Did I mention the good value for your dollar? The breakfast was enough to get you going. The whole place is really quite charming. But, what made a difference to us was that she had a genuine concern for the whole ordeal with my Aunt. PS my Aunt died 3 days after we left.
"A Quiet and Peaceful Setting with Unmatched Hospitality" (Trip Advisor, Oct 3, 2009, Plano TX)
My wife Margaret and I stayed at Estrellita on the 11th of August , 2009. It was our anniversary and an opportunity to get away and breathe for a moment. We were in Roca Azul taking care of Margaret's father who was dying of cancer. We are both grateful for wonderful hospitality. I have stayed at resorts and hotels in Honduras, Canada, and throughout the United States. Never have I encountered better hospitality than that which Lorraine Pasini provided us on our anniversary. Her rooms were spacious and beautifully decorated. It was a peaceful stay. Going out on the porch during the night, feeling the cool breeze, and just conversing quietly was a highlight of the evening.
The breakfast was marvelous. The native fruits were delicious. Everything we needed access to was within a short walking distance. I also had a chance to go out and meet some of her neighbors. They were all very kind and willing to talk with me.
The restaurant Lorraine recommended was romantic and the food was marvelous. It was just a seven minute walk.
If you want a romantic or quiet get away, you will find no better than Estrellita Bed and Breakfast. Her prices were also unbeatable for the service and setting.