San Miguel de Allende Travel Guide

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Head South for the Winter at Mexico's Soon-to-Open Rosewood San Miguel de Allende

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  Site Where: Nemesio Diez 11, Colonia Centro, San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico, 37700
September 1, 2010 at 10:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's time to start thinking cold-weather trips. Why not head South for the winter? We're thinking way South, like Mexico. One place to hit up San Miguel, which is 177 miles northwest of Mexico City. Not only is the town a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some amazing Spanish colonial architecture, but it's the location of the brand-spankin'-new Rosewood San Miguel de Allende.

The hotel, which will open in early 2011, is now accepting reservations for stays beginning February 1. It's offering a special grand-opening rate starting at $295 a night.

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San Miguel de Allende Hotel Guide: Casa Linda

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  Site Where: Mesones 101, Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
April 23, 2008 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Once again, HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel is moving around Mexico, checking out the hotel scene in the colonial heartland. If you have a question about where to stay in Guanajuato or San Miguel de Allende, hit us on the tipline, or just comment below, and we will do our best to get you some sort of answer. Enjoy.

Hotel Casa Linda is an American expatriate's dream hotel and parts of it actually do look like something out of a dream. Each room here has a different theme and whimsy wins out over subtlety every time.

The Angeles Suite features a carved headboard filled with angels, angel tiles in the bath, and a few colonial era religious sculptures. Las Rosas Suite features a bright red whirlpool tub in the bath. Las Gardenias (pictured here) is a huge open space with two queen beds, hardwood floors, full kitchen, and a terrace with a view.

Most everything you need is at your fingertips here: gas fireplaces, satellite TVs with DVD players, minibars, coffee makers, and nice Lord & Mayfair toiletries.

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San Miguel de Allende Hotel Guide: Casa Luna B&B

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  Site Where: Pila Seca 11, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
April 22, 2008 at 10:30 AM | by | Comment (1)

Once again, HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel is moving around Mexico, checking out the hotel scene in the colonial heartland. If you have a question about where to stay in Guanajuato or San Miguel de Allende, hit us on the tipline, or just comment below, and we will do our best to get you some sort of answer. Enjoy.

The two luxury San Miguel de Allende hotels we profiled earlier present an elegant, toned-down side of Mexico, intentionally draining out some of the vivid colors and bold folk art motifs. Casa Luna B&B goes in the opposite direction, figuring if one angel statue and blood red wall are nice, then a dozen of both must be better.

If you're the type who wants a real sense of place to be evident in every nook and cranny, then Casa Luna is the colonial Mexican experience of your dreams. In two restored 300-year-old buildings--one on Pila Seca and one on Quebrada a block away--you find 15 fantastic themed rooms outfitted separately with saints, cherubs, metal star lanterns, stamped tin mirror frames, antique headboards, and plenty of color. Hey, there's even a Frida Kahlo room.

The result is a mix of style and whimsy, with much of the original architecture restored and the new additions blending in seamlessly. Most of the rooms have fireplaces, some have a private terrace, and the hearty breakfasts are a big hit. The original Pila Seca building has a group whirlpool in a courtyard and the Quebrada building has an outdoor lap pool. The American owner and her bilingual staff can arrange most any excursion and they host cooking classes at a ranch outside of town.

Rates run $140 to $160 double for a room or $260 for a suite, all including breakfast and taxes.

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San Miguel de Allende Hotel Guide: Casa de Sierra Nevada

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  Site Where: Hospicio No. 42, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
April 21, 2008 at 10:16 AM | by | Comments (3)

Once again, HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel is moving around Mexico, checking out the hotel scene in the colonial heartland. If you have a question about where to stay in Guanajuato or San Miguel de Allende, hit us on the tipline, or just comment below, and we will do our best to get you some sort of answer. Enjoy.

Prior to 2006, Casa de Sierra Nevada was already the top hotel in town. But then the Orient-Express company took over, making it their second hotel in Mexico after Maroma in the Riviera Maya. They got straight to work, sprucing up the place and renovating the main restaurant (in what was once the home of the local archbishop). While they were at it, they bought a cooking school just down the street.

Two years later they're still adding on to their collection of rooms in different buildings. A new spa will be finished next month and some additional guest rooms will up the total from the current 31. The newest section of the hotel (for now) is Casa Limon, where six suites surround a courtyard, a library, and a swimming pool set in a grassy lawn.

The video tour here is a trip through one of the Colonial Room Suites in that Casa Limon section. With this one--number 444--you get your private plunge pool/whirlpool on a terrace, two big flat-screen TVS, an iPod dock, and a spacious double-vanity bath with separate tub and shower--both lit by a skylight.

Naturally, the room comes stocked with all the pampering goodies: thick towels, robes, Molton Brown toiletries, and soft cotton sheets with a high thread count.

Published rates are roughly $300 to $600, with the suite featured here at the top of that range.

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San Miguel de Allende Hotel Guide: Dos Casas

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  Site Where: Quebrada #101, Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
April 18, 2008 at 11:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Once again, HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel is moving around Mexico, checking out the hotel scene in the colonial heartland. If you have a question about where to stay in Guanajuato or San Miguel de Allende, hit us on the tipline, or just comment below, and we will do our best to get you some sort of answer. Enjoy.

Dos Casas, on the site of what was once "two houses," shows that a place with only seven rooms and suites can still wow guests with the best of them. This elegant boutique hotel offers the most luxurious small hotel experience in a town overrun with beautiful inns: San Miguel de Allende, in Mexico.

Located three blocks from the Plaza Principal, Dos Casas is run by an attentive staff that has gotten good at wearing different hats. Your bellhop may also bring you a cocktail later and the managers double as sommeliers and concierges. There are several rooms for lounging, a well-regarded restaurant, and a nice wine bar, but the big attractions are the impressive rooms.

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