A Visit to San Miguel de Allende
Though to many Americans Mexico is primarily known for its beautiful beaches and seaside resorts, it's lesser known interior cities have so much to offer. When my best friend and longtime travel partner, Annie, suggested a trip to Mexico, I immediately suggested San Miguel de Allende. I had heard such wonderful things about the colonial city and UNESCO world heritage site and I knew that the cultural offerings and lovely hotel options would be right up our alley.
We spent our first day wandering the cobblestone streets admiring the colorful, colonial architecture. The city is centered around the impressive La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. The churches tall towers can be seen from most parts of town, if you're seeking postcard worthy photo ops, the views of San Miguel with La Parroquia at its center can't be beaten. Fantastic tours, culinary options and an abundance of fabulous shopping make for a well-rounded trip. We struck a perfect balance between scheduled tours and free time. We enjoyed guided tours both in town and to neighboring areas (a cloistered monastery and the beautiful chapels in Atotonilco were wonderful highlights). We enjoyed a variety of wonderful food and especially loved sampling local fare (my first time trying chapulines or fried crickets!). There are some tourist traps to avoid as well as some smaller restaurants that require reservations well in advance.
San Miguel has some really great hotel options. The Rosewood San Miguel, a gorgeous and large resort, boasts 67 rooms, a fantastic spa, and 2 restaurant/ bars. The Luna rooftop tapas bar offers a lovely way to spend an evening. You can watch the sun set over the magnificent city while enjoying live music and expertly crafted cocktails. The service is impeccable (as is standard with the Rosewood brand) and the resort is large enough to host events such as weddings (San Miguel is a very popular destination wedding spot) and family gatherings.
We adored our stay at Hotel Matilda! The boutique property offers the same luxury as the Rosewood but with only 16 rooms, has a much more intimate feel. Built from the ground up in 2010, The Hotel Matilda features an extensive collection of contemporary Latin art and modern design styles. It also offers a small but wonderful spa, a gym, a wonderful restaurant and beautiful outdoor pool area. It is perfect for couples and those seeking a laidback and stylish escape.
With its fairytale-like setting, vibrant culture, exquisite hotels and delicious culinary options, San Miguel de Allende is a must-see destination. With easy flights to both Puerto Vallarta and Cancun, SMA is easily combinable with a beach destination or with a stay in Mexico City. I offer clients fantastic amenities and perks at both The Rosewood and Hotel Matilda, as well as highly customizable concierge services for tour and restaurant bookings! I look forward to booking your next Mexico getaway!