Hotel Antigua Villa Santa Mónica
Before becoming well-known on the tourist and expat scene, San Miguel de Allende
was a favorite getaway for artists, from Mexican writers and painters to golden age Hollywood stars. One of that era’s most notable hosts was opera singer/poet José Guadalupe Mojica, whose 17th-century hacienda now houses this charming boutique hotel. Spread out around a flower-filled courtyard, the 14 accommodations include standard rooms, junior suites, and suites—though no two are the same, so even in the entry category you might find a fireplace, second-floor loft, canopy bed, or original stone wall, while suites kick it up a notch with oversize bathtubs set near a second fireplace, or private terraces with views of the cathedral. Antiques and handcrafted furnishings abound, as do stories about the villa’s illustrious former guests. Set alongside the central courtyard fountain, the restaurant celebrates authentic Mexican flavors—and serves brunch until 1 p.m. daily, for mornings that are off to a slow start.