Boutique property L'otel may not have a Mexican-sounding name, but the exterior aesthetic—a manse covered in vines—is absolutely in keeping with the colonial style of San Miguel de Allende. The same can be said for the interior, which blends the kinds of eclectic influences for which San Miguel is known, thanks to its diverse population of Mexicans and expats from all over the world. Each of L'otel's four rooms has its own savvy design scheme featuring vivid colors and patterns. Bold statement pieces include locally made paintings, oversized decorative pillows, gilt picture frames, and dramatic headboards, as well as luxury touches like Italian linens, silk coverlets, and goose-down duvets. For tech amenities, there's free Wi-Fi, and the hotel has a film and music library from which guests can borrow titles to play on the flat-screen TVs in their rooms. The rooftop terrace is almost unbearably, cinematically romantic, giving guests an incredible view of the colonial heart of San Miguel de Allende. This is also where guests will find a climate-controlled plunge pool.
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San Miguel de Allende is beautiful. Bougainvillea vines spill across the facades of the city’s colonial-era homes, and the cobblestoned streets and narrow alleyways invite wandering on foot, whether independently or as part of an excursion led by a guide. It’s easy to see why visitors are so charmed by this UNESCO World Heritage site, and why so many expats have flocked here to set up new lives for themselves. San Miguel de Allende is also known for its artistic attractions and events, including an annual literary conference, which is held primarily in English. Finally, the city is famous for exceptional food, served at upscale restaurants such as Moxi and 1826, both of which specialize in contemporary Mexican.
Need to Know
Rooms: 4 suites; from $275. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: L'otel does not have a full-service restaurant; however, breakfast and afternoon tea are included in the room rate. The former consists of such items as yogurt, homemade granola, and fresh fruit. For the latter, traditional pastries and sweet treats, such as macaroons, are served alongside guests' choice of tea or an infusion. Spa and gym details: There is neither a spa nor a gym on-site, but a plunge pool sits on the rooftop terrace, and the hotel's front-desk staff can set guests up with loaner bikes to explore the city on two wheels. For guests who simply must have a massage or facial, these can be arranged to take place in-room.
Who it's for: Design-savvy travelers and couples who want a romantic getaway. Our favorite rooms: We can't pick a favorite; each room is so unique and eye-catching, and each has the same set of amenities. High tea: Guests can enjoy afternoon tea on the patio rather than in their rooms.