Staying in Bill and Heidi’s magical ‘house on the hill’ fed my soul. Their establishment was undoubtedly the most delicious place I have ever stayed in. I’m reluctant to label it a ‘hotel’ or a ‘bed and breakfast’ because it is so much more – an extraordinary treasure-filled home, a celebration of beauty, a living work of art which breathes the warmth and colour and history of Mexico. From the comfy burnt umber leather chairs on the patio, to the rich ochre and rust and slate blue walls, to the intricate inlaid tiles on the stairs, to the ceramic soap dishes in the bathroom, to the folk art and masks on the walls, to the hummingbird feeders outside my door – every detail, every object has been carefully selected and arranged to delight the senses and soothe the soul.
Sitting down to breakfast in the morning was always a pleasure. While I struggled with some of the unfamiliar Mexican dishes, the intimate atmosphere in which the food was served around the communal table brimming with gorgeously crafted crockery, made for a joyful start to the day. As a host, Bill (Heidi was away) was superb. Unflappable, knowledgable, accessible, witty, warm, he quickly averted my contact lens crisis – I’d left mine at home, and seriously doubted whether I would find disposable lenses in the heart of Mexico, but Bill searched and found and went off to collect substitute lenses for me from an optician in town. And when my daughter and I got lost in San Miguel’s maze of cobbled streets, Bill was there, on the phone, cheerfully directing us out of the maze.
Fast forward a few weeks and I’m sipping a latte in a trendy coffee shop in Los Angeles, perched on a square grey cushion, my laptop on a silver grey metal table. The shop walls, inside and out, are grey. Most of the coffee drinkers are clothed in grey. The windows are framed in heavy black metal, while the buildings and the parking lot outside are – grey. Everything around me seems drained of colour and history. All this grey does not feed my soul. I need to go back to Casa de la Cuesta, and contemplate the mysterious power of beauty.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy the warmth of traditional Mexican Colonial architecture, comfortable bedroom suites each with access to outdoor living areas, plus a uniquely personal environment created by Casa de la Cuesta's fine collection of Mexican folk art and crafts. Choose between one of Casa de la Cuesta B&B's six special suites, each with its own artistic folk art theme. Our personal attention and pleasant atmosphere makes Casa de la Cuesta one of San Miguel Allende's favorite destinations. ... more less