Quite possibly the most magical place in Mexico, San Miguel de Allende has colonial quiant down to a T. The town’s cobblestone streets and gourmet restaurants are best enjoyed on a good night’s sleep. Here are the boutique hotels in San Miguel that will treat you right every time.
San Miguel’s first attempt at modern, chic hospitality has been a roaring success. Matilda, and its restaurant Moxi (under the direction of famous Mexico City chef Enrique Olivera), are a world apart in colonial and quaint San Miguel. Not only is the interior decor eclectic-hip, but the clientele is younger, more moneyed and more urban than the average tourist. The hotel is often host to DJ nights on the rooftop bar, special Chef appearances at Moxi and local fashion events executed with flair.
Each of Dos Casas’ seven rooms is filled with classic, stylish furniture in blacks, whites, grays and tans. Comfortable and luxurious, the hotel is a renovated San Miguel colonial mansion with a rooftop pool and a tiny wine bar built for intimate moments and quick drinks before dinner – and what a dinner it is! The hotel’s restaurant, Aperi, is quickly becoming one of the town’s top dining spots, with most of its fans recommending the chef’s tasting menu, which you can watch being prepared in front of you.
L’otel is San Miguel’s most recent modern accomodation option, built above the Doce 18 Concept, a gourmet food court and luxury shops complex in the heart of San Miguel’s downtown. The hotel is brimming with modern art and art objects, set against the white on white backdrop of its walls and linens. There’s a heated rooftop pool, several suites have open-air bathrooms and the crème de la crème suite has a full living room and whirlpool tub on the balcony.
El Palomar sits up above the town on the top of San Francisco street in what used to be an ancient apartment building, renovated in 2013. Now, each room is a mini-suite in the cozy style of a Parisian apartment. Views of the city’s most iconic architecture – the main cathedral – light up with the twinkle of orange-glazed cobblestone streets and the sound of church bells from the rooftop bar. The hotel restaurant serves up classic Mexican dishes for breakfast and the rooftop pool provides a chance to cool off in the high desert sun.
Formerly a grainery and hotel for weary travelers coming through San Miguel to sell their wares, El Meson has lots of history and even more class. The stone-lined pool sits in the center of the hotel’s central patio and the eclectically decorated rooms dot the perimeter.
Colonial stone walls, Mexican-made textiles, and antique furniture mean that Casa 1810 blends seamlessly into the colonial ambiance of San Miguel de Allende. Rooms ring a Hacienda-style central courtyard and the rooftop provides views of the city’s pink-hued parroquia. The hotel is just steps away from San Miguel’s historic and charming downtown.
Providing a distinct difference from the boutique hotels you will find in San Miguel’s historic downtown, Sagrada is a desert retreat with homey luxury. The individual cabins are designed with ultimate tranquility in mind – soft fabrics, warm wood and stone construction and a zen decor. You can take part in communal dinners in the kitchen, get a deep-tissue massage, take a yoga class in their stunning open-air studio or just hang out around the fire pit, sipping wine and taking in the breathtaking scenery.
Suites in Casa Linda are fun and whimsically decorated but don’t short you on luxury either, with high quality linens and amentities accompanying local art work and splashes of color. All have small kitchenettes, whirlpool tubs, and private balconies. The on-site restaurant, Bugambilia, is a favorite among locals for its classic Mexican cuisine.