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San Miguel de Allende Hotels

$199 or less
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Casa de la Cuesta
32 Cuesta de San José
San Miguel de Allende
Mexico
Tel: 52 415 154 4324
info@casadelacuesta.com
www.casadelacuesta.com

Set on a hilltop just above the city center, this rose-colored colonial inn, with its pair of courtyards, tiled floors, and seven spacious rooms with private terraces, has some of the best views of the city. Owners (and U.S. expats) Bill and Heidi LeVasseur use their walls to display the work of local folk artists; in your room you might find ceremonial masks, paintings, ceramics, and weavings hanging above your bed or private fireplace. The LeVasseurs have such an extensive collection that there's a gallery of folk art and masks on site—known as the Other Face of Mexico Gallery, it's open by appointment. Walking downhill into town doesn't take much effort, but walking back up the hill is a workout—save some pesos for a cab.—Maribeth Mellin

$200-$299
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Casa de Liza
7 Bajada del Chorro
San Miguel de Allende
Mexico
Tel: 52 415 152 0352
casaliza@prodigy.net.mx
www.casaliza.com

In its former lives, Casa Liza was a 17th-century colonial estate, and later the home of famed Mexican opera and theater star José Mojica. But that was before New York expat Liza Kisber transformed it in the late 1980s into a stylish B&B, complete with period antiques, local artwork, traditionally landscaped gardens, and outdoor Jacuzzi. The hotel's nine suites and casitas, along with a separate two-story villa, are individually decorated. Most have baths and kitchens decorated with Talavera tiles; all have kilims and Oriental rugs, beds with ornate linens, and private patios. The staff will happily arrange classes on local cuisine, crafts, horseback riding and yoga.

$300-$399
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Casa de Sierra Nevada
35 Hospicio
San Miguel de Allende
Mexico
Tel: 52 415 152 7040
mail@casadesierranevada.com
www.casadesierranevada.com

Despite San Miguel's recent boom in luxury hotels, this trailblazer from 1952 continues to top the charts for gracious living in six handsomely restored mansions dating back to the 16th century. The main building is a historic landmark that was originally the home of the town's archbishop and now houses the award-winning Andanza restaurant, along with five rooms and one junior suite. The other five buildings host the rest of the 37 rooms and suites, furnished with canopy king beds and colonial antiques, and featuring Talavera-tiled bathrooms and private balconies (a few with views of the Parroquia cathedral) or patios with private hot tubs or plunge pools.—Maribeth Mellin

$300-$399
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Casa Misha
15 Chiquitos
San Miguel de Allende
Mexico
info@casamisha.com
www.casamisha.com

Edward George and Richard Samuel left behind Manhattan to create their dream escape in this elegant B&B on a remarkably quiet street just a few blocks from San Miguel's main plaza. After badgering workers until each brick was perfectly placed and every tile squared, the duo outfitted two restored mansions with European antiques, Mexican rugs, claw-foot soaking tubs, and other tasteful extravagances. Each of the seven gorgeous rooms has its own distinct merits: Glass doors open to several balconies overlooking gardens in the light-filled Spa room, while a four-poster bed takes in views of the church from the Parroquia room, and the spacious Grande has a wood-burning fireplace in the bathroom. Formal breakfast (yogurt and fruit parfaits, chilaquiles with killer salsa verde) is served on the rooftop terrace overlooking the city or in sitting rooms filled with antique furnishings, crystal glasses, and silver candlesticks. Sound too stuffy? Rest assured the staffers are amiable and the guests gregarious, whether watching the Super Bowl in a grand sala or oohing over shopping treasures—not to mention sipping tequila beside a courtyard fireplace beneath orange and guava trees.—Maribeth Mellin

$199 or less
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Casa Quetzal
34 Hospicio
San Miguel de Allende
Mexico
Tel: 52 415 152 0501
casaquetzalhotel@yahoo.com
www.casaquetzalhotel.com

Hidden behind elaborately crafted wooden doors, this restored townhouse's five suites and two rooms are decorated with unique ethnic and artistic themes. The Karma Suite has Indian carved-wood furnishings and woven textiles, while the Zulu Suite's bronze figurines and kente-cloth linens and pillows come from Africa. The expansive Pacifica Suite is big with honeymooners; it has a whirlpool tub and rooftop terrace. The hotel has a spacious second-floor patio for evening dining, and the staff can arrange for tours of La Gruta (the local hot spring) and other area attractions.

$200-$299
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Casa Rosada Hotel
12 Cuna de Allende
San Miguel de Allende
Mexico
Tel: 52 415 152 8123
info@casarosadahotel.com
www.casarosadahotel.com

Set literally next door to the Parroquia, Casa Rosada has terraces with stunning views of the church's dome and spires. Once the home of Diego Rivera's daughter, this 16-room gem is set around verdant terraced gardens and has period touches such as terra-cotta floors and king-size wrought-iron bedsteads, along with more eclectic elements like '50s French-style sofas, Middle Eastern rugs, and East Indian art. Even if you're staying elsewhere, drop by to visit Xapai, the hotel's friendly bar and Mexican restaurant.

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Casa Schuck
3 Bajada de Garita
San Miguel de Allende
Mexico
Tel: 52 415 152 0657
casaschuck@yahoo.com
www.casaschuck.com

San Miguel's oldest B&B is centered around a lush courtyard of jacaranda trees, geraniums, and bougainvillea. Originally built in 1966 as a private home for Connecticut escapees Charles and Gladys Schuck, the property now has ten guest suites done up in cheerful colors like orange, bright green, and aquamarine. Each contains a huge tiled bathroom, towering 12-foot ceilings, working fireplace, and French doors. The common rooftop terrace has plenty of space for sunning, as well as views over the city's rooftops, churches, and the distant Bajio Mountains. Traditional Mexican fare is offered at the onsite lunch restaurant; the cozy heated pool is a welcome relief after a long day of sightseeing.

$200-$299
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El Mesón
80 Mesones
San Miguel de Allende
Mexico
Tel: 52 415 152 0580
elmesonhotel@prodigy.net.mx
www.elmesonhotel.com

As much a work of art as a hotel, this modern 15-room inn attracts architecture buffs and art lovers with its retro stamped-tin walls, curlicue ceiling murals, and antique bentwood chairs. The design combines elements of traditional San Miguel—stone walls and arched windows—with more contemporary touches, such as white lacquered dressers and cherrywood vanities around silver sinks. The modernist style, with open closets and shelves, demands a certain level of tidiness, while patchwork duvets and goose-down comforters on the beds and soft-glow reading lamps on the nightstands make for a cozy ambience. Paintings from the adjacent gallery adorn the guest rooms, along with black-and-white family photos. Some two-story suites overlook the circular pool set in a brick courtyard. The neighborhood is chockablock with restaurants and bars, making it a convenient base for those in search of nightlife.—Maribeth Mellin

$400 or more
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Hotel Matilda
53 Aldama
San Miguel de Allende
Mexico
Tel: 52 415 152 1015
info@hotelmatilda.com
www.hotelmatilda.com

The talk of the town and a magnet for chic chilangos (from Mexico City), this edgy boutique hotel a few blocks from the Jardín takes San Miguel's art rep to a new level. Paintings, photographs, and sculptures from Mexico's finest contemporary artists fill spare, white spaces in two Cubist buildings with 32 rooms and suites, plus a spa, restaurant, and sophisticated bar. Spencer Tunick's photo of thousands of nude people gathered in Mexico City's Zócalo wallpapers the lounge restroom; a reproduction of Diego Rivera's The Archer and a portrait of owner Harold Stream's mother join works by Bosco Sodi, Nacho Rodríguez Bach, and Aldo Chaparro in the library lounge and bar. Visuals aside, it's the comforting details in the graphite-and-white rooms that make Matilda so delightful. Low beds with padded-leather headboards are dressed in Vivenda 400-thread-count linens and cashmere throws; wall-length white lacquered countertops act as desk space with all necessary outlets and cables plus a 42-inch flat-screen TV; large Calcutta-marble bathrooms are outfitted with freestanding tubs and stocked with Malin+Goetz toiletries. An aromatherapy hammam and heavenly chromotherapy tub augment the spa's more standard treatments. Best of all, there's none of that too-cool-for-you snootiness so common to hip hotels.—Maribeth Mellin

$199 or less
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Posada Corazón
9 Aldama
San Miguel de Allende
Mexico
Tel: 52 415 152 0182
posada.corazon@gmail.com
www.posadacorazon.com.mx

Step through a doorway behind the Parroquia into old San Miguel, where mansions once commanded acres in the heart of the city in the 18th and 19th centuries, and you'll find this elegant inn, which certainly fits in with the neighborhood's historic heritage. Guests share roaming privileges with the cats, dogs, and roosters that wander among the giant ficus trees, clumps of cacti, citrus groves, and sculpture garden. Six bright, airy rooms with slick tile floors, somewhat lumpy beds, and private baths with showers are located in a stone house designed by the architect Leonardo de la Canal, a descendant of one of the city's founding families. Nonguests can ring the front entry bell and enjoy delicious organic breakfasts in a window-walled library.—Maribeth Mellin

$400 or more
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Rosewood San Miguel de Allende
11 Nemesio Diez
Colonia Centro
San Miguel de Allende
Mexico GTO 37700
Tel: 52 415 152 9700
sanmiguel@rosewoodhotels.com
rosewoodsanmiguel.com/en/index.cfm

Far grander than the colonial mansions of old, Rosewood's 67-room boutique hotel is constructed of local rose-hued limestone and has creaking hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, arched porticos, and fountains galore. Polished wood desks with leather blotters, velvet couches, Oaxacan woven rugs, and beds piled with throw pillows give the rooms a baronial flair. Baths with deep tubs set in arched niches can be closed off for privacy by heavy sliding wood doors, while glass-paned French doors open onto balconies with views of the city and the ornate steeple of San Miguel's iconic Parroquia. The main restaurant, 1826, showcases chef Carlos Hannon's locavore Mexican cuisine, while tables at the Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar are in high demand when sunset lights the cityscape aglow.—Maribeth Mellin

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