Rosewood San Miguel de Allende
There was some trepidation among locals when Rosewood first announced its plans for this resort—which, at 13-plus acres, is by far the largest in the UNESCO World Heritage Site town’s cobblestoned street–lined historic center. But it didn’t take long after the 2011 opening for any fears to be allayed, and for the hotel to be embraced by both residents and repeat guests. Much of that is due to the true sense of place found behind its pink-hued walls, from the materials used (including the same limestone used to build parts of the old town) and the decor (much of it crafted by local artists and artisans) to the beloved ladies who’ve been making fresh tortillas and sopes at breakfast since the hotel was under construction. Designed to feel like a hacienda, the resort’s 67 rooms and seven multibedroom townhouse residences (some of which are available to rent) are scattered around intimate courtyards and gardens, many featuring art and sculptures; a large outdoor pool, vast lawn (popular for weddings and events), rotating indoor art gallery, and a spa featuring treatments inspired by Mexican healing traditions are also on-site, while programs such as the Art Concierge help engage guests with the destination. The cuisine is also a big draw: Indulge in traditional pastries and sweets at the café; savor reimagined Mexican flavors and learn about Mexican wine at the gourmet restaurant; try a tequila tasting at the beautiful bar (which turns into a sushi-and-craft-beer spot on the weekends), or join locals for the popular Sunday brunch. Launched in 2017, the state-of-the-art, garden-set kitchen/bar/dining space is an idyllic spot for cooking classes with the personable chef.
By Sandra Ramani, AFAR Contributor
The Best Stay in San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de Allende is arguably the most beloved of Mexico’s colonial cities. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, San Miguel has a heady mix of art, music, culture, and colonial Spanish architecture from Baroque to Neo-Gothic. The city's love for art is apparent with its abundance of eclectic galleries, music festivals, and annual celebrations. Evening rooftop views of the sunset are sublime and the city boasts some of the most gorgeous boutique hotels in all of Mexico. The San Miguel de Allende trip offered by AFAR Travel Advisory Council member John Clifford includes accommodations in a suite at the Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, daily breakfast, and a $100 credit at Sense, the Rosewood’s spa, for $1,739 per couple. Book now!
By John Clifford, AFAR Travel Advisor
Nemesio Diez 11, Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico
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