La Gruta Spa

La Gruta Spa, San Miguel de Allende: Hours, Address, La Gruta Spa Reviews: 4/5

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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paul b
Wavendon, UK71 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
Nice hot spring, with pools gradually getting hotter. Nice surrounding. They allow you to take water in, but no other food or drinks. You have to buy them in the complex, but they are not over priced.

My only negative are some the pools are under the shade of the trees, which I am sure is a godsend on hot days. The down side is there is tree debris, pine needles, leaves etc, falling into the water. Whilst they provide skimmer nets for GUESTS, to use I saw no employee using the equipment, although there seemed to be plenty of them around.

The other thing I noticed is the opening times say until 5pm. However they start turning off the main flow pipe into the hot cavern at around 4pm. This consequently has an effect on all the other pools, and the water level appears to drop in some of them. They will also not refund any locker deposit if keys are returned after 5pm. So they really want all guests to vacate the y before 5pn so plan your time there accordingly.

Plenty of seating areas, but limited sun loungers.
Written February 3, 2022
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Camilla
Austin, TX3 contributions
Mar 2022
My family and I have been coming to las Grutas since 2007. It has a wholesome charm that is undeniably Mexican - it is not slick like a US spa or amusement park - but hence the magic. I just returned last week and found it more charming and cleaner than ever, with sweet Mexican families and a scattering of tourists enjoying the healing waters, the trees and gardens, even a few friendly resident kitties, and each other. An afternoon spent here is a total reset - and a delight we always take home with us.
Written March 21, 2022
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McTrix
Daytona Beach, Florida, United States198 contributions
May 2022
Get there early to have the place almost to yourself. Also, the thermal waters are best enjoyed, in my opinion, in the cool early morning hours. Since it is not season, not all the pools were open. The main thermal was a treat and we enjoyed a great sauna in the interior pool. It was also a great place to meet people. Food is available and we had a so-so breakfast and cappuccino. If you plan to spend the day, grab lounger in the sun, asap, when you arrive. The massage/spa opened around 10ish and there was already a line when we went to make an appointment.
Written May 4, 2022
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pailin52
pacific grove, california38 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
While these are not bad hot springs, with decent grounds and amenities to hang around, I was appalled at the lack of Covid restrictions they have. They let so many people in, there’s no social distance, people are sneezing, coughing, blowing nose with hands in the pools—it was totally gross. Even I got there early on a Wednesday and it was packed! Kids are loud, people in general are loud, it’s not exactly a peaceful way to spend part of your day!
Written February 23, 2022
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rayman1259
Northfield, NJ37 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
Was excited to go to la gruta and we had planned to have lunch there. However, we stayed a couple of hours and felt that that was enough. Lots of locals and kids and was a little crowded. It was xmas day and expected it to be quiet. Had a nice time, but it was just ok.
Written January 2, 2020
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Mer21maid
Copenhagen666 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
It is clean, the baths were nice and people were behaving reasonably well. If the sun is out (preferably) then you can sit in the sun, so consider bringing sunscreen.
My son and I tried the massage, and it was good, but nothing over the top remarkable.
We also had a bite which was good quality, and the Micheladas were delicious 🥤
Highly recommendable on a sunny day in otherwise cold January 🥶
Written January 22, 2022
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non-hillbilly
Martinsburg, West Virginia6 contributions
La Gruta is a green little oasis on a dry, dusty road. As you enter, you are greeted by seemingly endless rows of potted pansies, geraniums, and other flowers. The pools are small, but so relaxing.

From the main pool, you can venture through a passageway in a stone wall (a little unnerving the first time you go, but you get used to it) into a dark cave, where fresh, hot spring water gushes in every 30 minutes or so. People line up for a soothing massage under the warm waterfall. Sunlight peirces the humid air through gaps in the cave ceiling and lights up the sparkling water.

They have recently added on to the subterranean passageway, creating ever darker and more private hideaways in the water. The whole thing sounds very claustrophobia-inducing, but is actually quite pleasant and relaxing.

Any visitor to San Miguel should make a trip to La Gruta. The bus to Atotonilco and Dolores Hidalgo stops here, or take a taxi. Getting back can be a little tricky, but if you don't mind waiting by the side of the road for a while, you can get a ride back on a bus for only 7 pesos.
Written November 16, 2007
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boulesprouse
Charlottesville, VA84 contributions
Nov 2015 • Friends
Bring your own towels and suits!
We spent most of the day here, enjoying a series of gradually hotter pools. All of the pools were very clean, clear and finished like American pools- if you are hoping for a more rustic experience, this is not quite it- and it is not bathing suit optional. But the cave pool, a domed room reached by wading down a narrow tunnel, is magical. The roof has a few stones missing, so spears of light pierce the dome, a bit of illumination in this misty chamber. Every so often, a powerful stream of water is released- standing under that will counteract days of San Miguel's cobblestone streets!
We hired a taxi driver for the day- he took us to the Atotonilco Cathedral first (highly recommended, the Mexican Sistine Chapel) and then dropped us off at La Gruta, with a return time set. We also took his card, just in case. There is a bus on the Dolores Hildago highway, and the gentleman at the entrance booth called a cab for other visitors.
The outdoor dining room was beautifully shady, and had the added attraction of a local cat jumping into my lap for a quick siesta. The food was good, reasonably priced and whiling away the afternoon in the shade between plunges into the waters was delightful. We also got massages, which were well done- who knew that even more relaxation was possible? Lots of chairs and lounging space, both sunny and shady.
Family friendly, so do not expect tranquility. As the day goes on, and on weekends, the volume steadily increases. Gotta be okay with that. Locker rooms are airy and clean- rent a lock for your cubby.
At current exchange rates, La Gruta is about $10ish for the entry fee. Lunch and the cab ride out were about that as well- keep enough cash for the return trip and a handsome tip for the cabbie who comes just when he said he would. The massage was about $40, and you might also want to buy a drink and just...doze...
A wonderful, relaxing day- enjoy!
Just remember to be considerate of your fellow bathers- everyone wants a few minutes under the waterfall.
Written May 19, 2016
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Robert1969
Colorado Springs, CO45 contributions
Feb 2013 • Couples
This was one of our most pleasant excursions while staying in San Miguel. Nice Spa, a very good restaurant with surprisingly good food, and a relaxed ambiance that made for a terrific day out.
We took the local bus to get there - costs 9 pesos each way and the driver will drop you off right at the entrance on the Dolores Highway if you let him know you're going to La Gruta. The entrance is about 15 minutes out of San Miguel. The bus departs from a rather poorly marked stop on Calzada de la Luz, near the corner of Callejon de Loretto. The bus says "Atononilco" and departs every hour at half past the hour. It looked like you could also flag it down as it made its way up the street heading out of town past the Aurora.
To return to SMA in the afternoon, just walk out to the highway at around 10 past the hour to catch the same bus as it returns from the Sanctuary. Alternatively you can flag down any of the coaches coming into town from Dolores, but be advised that they go to the central bus station in San Miguel so you'll need to grab a taxi to get back into the centro.
The bus trip added a little adventure to the day and the savings (versus taking a taxi) paid for the price of admission...or lunch depending on your point of view.
Written February 16, 2013
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deniseg12345
Natick1,092 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
My husband and I spent about 4 hours here and thought it was a great little side trip out of SMA. We arrived just as they opened and started off with a very nice breakfast. We ate outside on the patio and it was just delightful. Because we were there early, we had no problem setting up a base camp with nice lounge chairs and some shade. My husband had a massage (average, he said) and I hung out between the pools, the grotto. and just walking around the grounds. There are plenty of beautiful foliage and it was all very well maintained. The water in the pools was super clean and nice and warm. Staff was all very helpful and friendly. A very nice time. (Check out my photos - I posted a bunch!)
Written April 5, 2017
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