I first heard about San Miguel de Allende while reading a book- All Over The Map – back in 2010. It sounded like a dream town, but I knew there was no rush to get there as it had already been more ‘discovered’, so to speak. I knew I would explore it someday.
I was really excited when my friend Megan decided last week she wanted to fly down to Mexico City to see me. It turned out, luckily for me, San Miguel was at the top of her list to check out.
Upon arriving in this photo-worthy city in the state of Guanajuato, I immediately understood why people flock to this Pueblo Magico. From the food galore to beautiful accommodation it’s a great place to relax and explore with ease on a weekend away.
STAY: HOTEL MATILDA
Named after owner and long time resident Harold Stream’s mother, Hotel Matilda expertly combines the beautiful history of San Miguel with a fresh design and state of the art comforts. The architectural gem made me feel at ease on arrival and inspired to create. And if you want to experience the rhythm of the city, it is located just a few blocks walk from the city center.
Hotel Matilda features marble from Hidalgo and Puebla, quarried rock from Queretaro, and custom made furnishings hand-crafted by Mexican artisans. The rooms themselves are generously spacious and adorned with Mexican artwork. Everywhere you turn clean lines surround you as well as a mix of modern Mexican art throughout the hotel from acclaimed and up and coming Mexican artists like Aldo Chaparro, Nacho Rodriguez and Bosco Sodi.
In addition to its support of the local art scene, Hotel Matilda is on the forefront of unique environmental design. You’ll only find plants in the hotel indigenous to the region – both common to rare species – intoxicating your senses as you make your way through the lobby to your room. Solar panels heat the water in the rooms and pool. The pool feels like a tropical garden grows up the side of it.
Each common space is themed vastly different from the lounge, lobby, two bars, and apothecary room just outside of the spa.
The ‘owners suite’ definitely had my favorite view of the city, but also felt equally secluded as it is surrounded by beautiful towering cacti.
This rooftop bar has some of the best views overlooking the famous Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel. The guacamole was tantalizing as was the afternoon sunshine accompanying our Mezcal Margaritas.
The Pink Cafe
This isn’t the name of the actual cafe — I didn’t write down the name of this place and can’t seem to locate it on google maps either, but stumbled upon it on our way to the market. They have the BEST chilaquiles! Located on the beginning of Animas Street if you’re heading over from the center of town. The outside is beautiful bright and pink and Carlos who works in the kitchen is the best chef!
Street Taco Tour
We asked the hotel where to get the best street food, and we found three spots we loved! At the first one, we actually ate quesadillas. At the second two we had pastor tacos. And outside location number three you’ll find the sweetest Churro Man who has been serving them up for over 40 years.
SIDE NOTES: If you’re traveling from Mexico City, the Primera Plus bus is a good option to get to the city. Their direct bus takes about three and a half hours from point to point. Uber also works in San Miguel and is a great option for getting around town. If you can, explore during the week – you’ll find you have more of the city to yourself.
Enjoy your own trip to San Miguel!
I was hosted by Hotel Matilda during our stay, but as always all words and opinions are my own.