Case de Sierra Nevada is an exquisite boutique hotel set in a cluster of beautifully restored haciendas. We stayed in Casa Limon (Hospicio #44), in suite #441. The bedroom has a large period bed, and the bathroom has Talavera tiles and a brass bathtub/double sink. Really pretty. The whole aesthetic experience, in fact, is lovely!
The other part of the experience is a truly sincere staff that cares immensely about making the stay happy and comfortable. The concierge, Ricardo, worked with me before we arrived, and was extremely helpful in planning all the details: booking guides, restaurants, etc. The chambermaid was so warm and kind, genuinely interested in making our stay as nice as possible.
In terms of what we did, here're some suggestions:
- The mask museum was great; you need a reservation, ask Ricardo to make it for you. The couple who runs it - Bill and Heidi - are very knowledgable.
- Walk around a lot, and pack sturdy shoes that allow you to handle steep cobblestone streets.
- A Nopales salad at the El Rincon de Don Tomas in the Jardin was great.
- Ceviches at La Prada (Peruvian) were great, but they don't take credit cards, and that annoyed us greatly.
- Sunset from the terrace of the Rosewood was nice, but it was cold.
- In November, the days started being cool, warmed up in the afternoon, and got quite cold at night. Pack according to the weather expectations.
- The mole at the patio in Mama Mia with live music was great the night we arrived.
- Moxi was a good restaurant, but not the ambience we were looking for.
- Fabrica la Aurora is an experience - beautiful space - but the Art is not sufficiently interesting.
- Prices at boutiques seem to be quite out of whack.
- The new Tao gallery has good stuff, right around the corner from the hotel.
- Ricardo arranged a guide to take us on a walking tour. I recommend hiring a guide for 2-3 hours one morning. You see a lot, and hear lots of charming stories.
- We also took a guide to visit Guanajuato and Dolores Hidalgo. Nice day-trip, not a must. San Miguel is the real jewel.
- Also Known As:
- Casa De Sierra Nevada By Orient-Express Hotel
- Casa De Sierra Nevada By Orient-Express Hotel San Miguel De Allende
- Hotel Casa De Sierra Nevada
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa De Sierra Nevada is a mixture of 16th to 18th century Spanish colonial buildings, located one and one-half blocks from the cathedral and main city square of San Miguel de Allende. Its 37 rooms and suites are spread amongst six colonial mansions.Each casona, or mansion, which features five to seven guest rooms or suites, is unique. Many feature outdoor courtyards with fountains, small gardens and al fresco corridors. Guests do not have the feeling of being in a hotel at all. Rather, they are integrated into the town itself, making for a true cultural immersion. ... more less
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