Hotel Matilda

Aldama 53, Centro, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico

When it opened in 2010, the Matilda injected contemporary style into San Miguel’s old-town hotel scene—and the accolades have been pouring in ever since. On a quiet side street a block from the lush Parque Juárez—and past a small entry courtyard shaded by jacaranda trees—the boutique lodging has filled its public spaces with modern art and decor: Witness the video installation wall behind the reception area, the Aldo Chaparro light sculpture in the bar, and the works by noted “naked crowd” photographer Spencer Tunick in the hallways. (One piece that doesn’t fit the mold is the 1940s-era painting by Diego Rivera of the owner’s mother Matilda, which hangs in the ground-floor lounge.)

Bright and airy guest rooms are spread out over a few small structures and have streamlined custom furnishings, plush linens, and Malin + Goetz bath amenities. Cap a morning spent touring the city’s famous cathedral with a dip in the small infinity-edge pool that sits in the central courtyard, or a Tata Harper facial at the jewel-box spa; body treatments use fresh ingredients like corn, cocoa, and locally grown lavender custom-blended in the on-site apothecary, and a private hammam rounds out the perks. Then enjoy elevated local delicacies at the indoor/outdoor Moxi restaurant, featuring ever-changing tasting menus by celebrated Mexico City chef Enrique Olvera.

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The Spa at Hotel Matilda San Miguel de Allende

It’s hard to imagine a town more suited to spas than San Miguel. From milk and honey body experiences (sounds biblical, right?) to chocolate wraps, the local spa treatments indulge the body and soothe the soul. Most hotels and hot springs maintain spas or offer simple treatments after your soak, but maybe none is as complete as the spa at the Hotel Matilda (pictured here), where, in addition to all-but-edible exfoliation treatments—including coconut-, vanilla-, salvia- or polenta-based—there is a botica (herbal pharmacy) concierge to assist customers with designing their own beauty and skin-care products, selecting and blending the ingredients and scents to the perfect formula.

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