Price Band: $$$
Tags: Sightseeing, exclusive, gourmet, town
Price Band: $$$
Tags: Sightseeing, exclusive, gourmet, town
In a nutshell:
Luxurious boutique hotel in downtown San Miguel de Allende. Guest rooms are housed in a series of beautifully restored colonial houses with courtyard gardens and terraces. Swimming pool, gardens, fine dining restaurant in a pretty courtyard setting.
The Casa de Sierra Nevada is one of only a handful of hotels to capture the essence of colonial Mexico in truly luxurious surroundings. The arrangement of accommodations in several exquisitely restored mansions promotes a tranquil and private ambience.
A stay in vibrant San Miguel de Allende is enhanced by the facilities of the Casa. Guest rooms boast wood burning fires or sunny terraces and room service is maintained with impeccable standards across the quaint cobbled streets connecting the houses.
For a break from the rigors of sightseeing spend an afternoon by the magnificent heated swimming pool, delightfully set in a gardened courtyard.
Connoisseurs will love the gourmet restaurant, one of the most highly regarded in the country, and one of our favorites for its sumptuous decor and refined elegance. But most of all we love the indulgence of the guest quarters, from the deluxe rooms to the finest suites. These are some of the most beautifully furnished rooms we’ve found in a hotel and we particularly liked the luxurious fabrics used for bed linen and curtains.
The accommodations are also enhanced by the pretty courtyards of each house, offering terraced seating and gardens. In our opinion, the suites with private terraces are particularly desirable, but each room at Casa de Sierra Nevada has its own unique flavor and will remain in your memory long after your stay.
The magic of San Miguel lies in its narrow cobbled streets lined with stone mansions and colorful colonial houses. In keeping with its location right in the heart of the historical center, the Casa de Sierra Nevada hides a lavish interior behind the simple facades of typical 16th and 17th century townhouses.
Within these ancient walls lie thirty-seven luxurious rooms and suites, replete with fine furnishings and antiques. Exquisite fabrics with fine embroidery are used in the bedrooms, hand painted Talavera style tiles in the bathrooms. Many rooms have working fireplaces, others boast private terraces with outstanding views over San Miguel’s rooftops. The design of the accommodations follows the original architecture, and so no two rooms are identical in size and amenities.
Summary of room facilities
TV and DVD, wi-fi, Talavera tiled bathrooms
King bed, located in Casa Fuente or Casa Parque, from 150 sq ft.
King bed, located in Casa Principal, Casa Fuente or Casa Caballo, from 150 sq ft.
King bed, located in Casa Principal, Casa Fuente or Casa Caballo, from 323 sq ft.
One Bedroom Suite
King bed, stone fireplace, located in Casa Parque, Casa Fuente or Casa Caballo, from 323 sq ft.
Deluxe Junior Suite
King bed, private terrace or patio, some with copper tub, located in Casa Palma and Casa Limon.
Deluxe One Bedroom Suite
King bed, private terrace or patio, plunge pool, some with copper tub, located in Casa Palma and Casa Limon.
King bed, two terraces, separate lounge, plunge pool, copper bath tub, located in Casa Palma
Guests can be forgiven for their surprise when they arrive at the hotel via a steep cobbled road, coming to a halt outside an old stone mansion. Yet behind the heavy wooden doors it is possible to glimpse the opulent furnishings of the reception room. Checking in by the grand fireplace and winged arm chairs, new arrivals are delighted to be given a ‘house key’ in addition to the key to their own room.
Rooms generally have either a terrace or a fireplace (if you’d like both we’d recommend requesting a Junior Suite or Suite). Note that most of the rooms facing the street fall into the Superior or Deluxe Room category and might be noisier than the internal rooms.
In true traditional style, the guest rooms and suites of the Casa de Sierra Nevada are arranged around the shady courtyards and patios in the first nine of the houses that comprise the hotel accommodation. In the tenth, historical convention is forsaken as a magnificent 60 foot swimming pool occupies most of the ground space.
Some suites have private terraces, but all the house guests can enjoy the tables and chairs arranged in the main courtyards. Colorful bougainvillea climbs the stone walls besides centuries-old fountains and a profusion of terracotta pots. Open the doors to one house and you’ll even come face to face with a life-size wooden horse.
The Junior Suites are very spacious accommodations, usually with a sitting area, a fireplace and a private or shared terrace. The Suites are the largest and most luxurious of the accommodations at the Casa de Sierra Nevada. They often have a separate sitting room or at least a large sitting area with comfortable seating. Sometimes the Suite may instead have an unusual feature such as a huge dressing room and bathroom, or a particularly large and private terrace. Deluxe Suites have a private terrace or patio, and Deluxe One bedroom suites have a private plunge pool.
Dining at the Casa de Sierra Nevada is a memorable experience. Its main restaurant is widely acclaimed as one of the finest in Mexico and features an enticing selection of contemporary dishes with a Mexican flavor.
Choose the indoor restaurant for an elegant and formal occasion – jackets are required and reservations essential. Fine china and beautiful table linen adorn the tables in the main room and service is exemplary. We particularly liked the round table in a small room of its own, just off the courtyard area. It seats eight and, with its subtle lighting, fireplace and paintings, would be delightful for a family celebration or other special occasion.
The courtyard restaurant is colorful and airy, perfect for breakfast or a casual lunch. Rich tapestries and terracotta masks adorn the ochre walls, and the contrast between the fine furnishings and rough stone doorways makes this one of the most charming restaurant settings that we’ve encountered.
A second restaurant is situated at the Parque building. Nestled beneath the colonnades of this mansion house, its menu features Mexican specialties. This building also houses an attractive bar overlooking the courtyard. The adjacent Parque Benito Juárez is ideal for a shady stroll after lunch.
A magnificent sixty foot heated swimming pool is located at one of the houses of the Casa de Sierra Nevada. The pool is surrounded by private walled gardens. Refreshments can be taken at the tables and sun lounges around the pool area and it’s a great place to cool off after a morning of sightseeing.
Nearby airports are as follows:
Queretaro airport – 50 miles, 1 hour 15 minutes
Guanajuato International airport – 60 miles, 1 hour 40 minutes
Mexico City International airport – 170 miles, 3 hours 15 minutes
Guadalajara International airport – 220 miles, 4 hours
The hotel reception is located on Calle Hospicio in the heart of town. From Guanajuato, follow the signs for the center of town and the main plaza, then take a right onto Calle de Correo and a right again on Calle de Recreo. Turning right again at the next junction will bring you onto Calle Hospicio. The hotel’s reception will be on your left.