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Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada
Lots of hotels promise to help guests “feel like a local,” but this one delivers based on its very setup: The 37 rooms and suites are scattered around various buildings in the UNESCO World Heritage historic old town—including a former nobleman’s mansion and a 17th-century fortress—so instead of accessing rooms through a main lobby, guests are given keys to what look like private homes, creating an immediate “I live here” vibe. Because of the format, rooms differ greatly, with some overlooking gardens, pools, or rooftops and others with perks like outdoor spaces, copper bathtubs, or original architectural details. All feature king beds, locally inspired decor and furnishings, high-end bath amenities, and butler service; in-room massages can also be arranged. Mingle with other hotel guests and locals at the elegant Andanza restaurant (open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner), where menus highlight fresh local produce and traditional flavors, and at the Blue Bar, outfitted with a patio for people-watching and a fireplace for cooler nights. Housed in an 18th-century mansion, the Sazón cooking school offers different classes during the week, including sessions focusing on healthy Mexican cuisine or regional dishes, and a cooking class paired with a tour to the local market.
By Sandra Ramani, AFAR Contributor
Hospicio 35, Centro, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico
+52 415 152 7040