Aldama 53, Centro, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico
Photo courtesy of Hotel Matilda
Hotel MatildaWhen it opened in 2010, this boutique hotel injected a bit of contemporary style to San Miguel’s old town hotel scene—and the accolades have been coming ever since. Set off a quiet side street a block from the lush Parque Juárez, and past a small entry courtyard shaded by jacaranda trees, the hotel has filled its public spaces with modern art and decor, from the video installation wall behind reception and Aldo Chaparro light sculpture in the bar to the works by noted “naked crowd” photographer Spencer Tunick in the hallways. (The one standout note to history is the 1940s-era painting of the owner’s mother, Matilda—the hotel’s namesake—by Diego Rivera that hangs in the ground-floor lounge.) The bright and airy rooms are spread out over a few small structures, with streamlined custom furnishings, lots of glass, plush linens, and Malin + Goetz bath amenities. A small infinity-edge pool sits in the central courtyard, below which lies an excellent jewel-box spa offering Natura Bisse and Tata Harper facials, therapeutic massages, and body treatments using products custom-blended in the on-site apothecary, using fresh ingredients like corn, cocoa, and locally grown lavender; a private hammam rounds out the perks. Enjoy drinks and light bites at the second-floor bar and flavorful meals at the indoor/outdoor Moxi restaurant, featuring menus by celebrated chef Enrique Olvera, of Mexico City’s highly ranked Pujol.