For a town that was once in danger of becoming a ghost town, San Miguel de Allende has really found a new life when it became a great place for foreign retirees, artists, writers and tourists. This caused the focus in San Miguel de Allende to be catering to outside visitors and residents rather than agriculture and industry.
It is home to a number of art and cultural institutes such as the Escuela de Bellas Artes and the Instituto Allende. The Baroque/Neoclassical colonial structures still draw people in from all over the world. Both the nearby Sanctuary of Atotonilco and the well-preserved historic center of San Miguel de Allende are World Heritage Sites.
Best budget hotel – Best Western Hotel Monteverde Express
For those wanting to see San Miguel de Allende on a budget, the Best Western Hotel Monteverde Express offers one of the best ways to do so. With a recent renovation in 2010, all of the guestrooms at the hotel are relatively modern and include complimentary toiletries, hair dryers, and showers.
The Best Western Hotel Monteverde Express is located close to the Temple of Immaculate Conception, the Cultural Center, Bellas Artes School, and Angela Peralta Theater. Each morning guests are able to pick up a complimentary breakfast as well.
Calle de Volanteros 2, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico
Best luxury hotel – Belmond Casa De Sierra Nevada
For those wanting an authentic Mexican experience, look no further than this cluster of historic buildings in the heart of the city. As the night falls, the courtyards are lit by lanterns, giving the traditional wooden doors, stone arches, and leafy gardens a very special feel. It is even possible to learn to create traditional Mexican treats at Sazón – the hotel’s own cooking school
It is possible to pick up some of the finest art pieces throughout Mexico at the Boutique at Sazón. These include pieces from local artisans that range from paintings to linens and from handcrafted glassware to pottery.
Hospicio 35, Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico
+52 415 152 7040
Best spa hotel – Hotel Matilda
For those who want to relax and unwind throughout the day, Hotel Matilda offers one of the best spas that you are going to find in Mexico. The hotel is located directly in the heart of the city and is close to the Santa Cruz del Chorro Chapel, Juarez Park, and Zocalo Folk Art. Even though there is a full-service spa, a bar/lounge, and an outdoor pool, most people staying here are probably fa more interested in the spa amenities.
There are four different rooms available at Hotel Matilda, including rooms for couples. A few of the offered services include body scrubs, body wraps, facials, and massages. There is also a Turkish bath/hammam and spa tub available.
Aldama 53, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico
+52 415 152 1015
Best boutique hotel – Casaluna Hotel Boutique
The Casaluna Hotel Boutique is located in the historical district of San Miguel de Allende. It is close to the Cultural Center and the Temple of Immaculate Conception. This hotel is a colonial-style guesthouse surrounded by fountains, courtyards, and charming gardens. The La Parroquia Church and main square of San Miguel de Allende are within walking distance. At a mere 15-minute drive, you can make your way to the hotel’s organic ranch, where you can enjoy cooking classes.
Calle Quebrada 117, Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico
+52 415 152 1117