San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Hotel Amparo

Rates per night from$200.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD200.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Close to home

Setting

Colonial cobbles

Boutique bolthole Hotel Amparo is a home-like hideaway on the colourful, cobblestoned streets of San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico. There’s a rooftop restaurant, pretty patio and connected concierge who’ll treat you like one of the family. And every day, the staff host a cocktail hour on the terrace, which is soon followed by another happy 60 minutes, this time filled with free desserts. The central location means that it’s a short stroll to artisan markets, colonial churches and the pink-hued cathedral, but you’ll soon realise there’s no place like home.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Five suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm, also flexible.

Rates

Double rooms from $200.00, excluding tax at 18 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 10% per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast.

Also

Hotel Amparo regularly hosts workshops to immerse guests in the San Miguel experience, ranging from salsa-making classes that start at the market to craft courses with artisans, and tequila and mezcal tastings.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: Bang & Olufsen Bluetooth radio, air-conditioning, minibar, free bottled water and Le Labo bath products.

Our favourite rooms

There are just five to choose from and each has its perks, whether it’s the view of the rooftops from Cielo or the four-poster bed in Rey. The show-stealer, though, is Amparo, for its supersize bathroom (which squares up to the same dimensions as all of the other bedrooms) and freestanding tub.

Spa

There’s no spa, but in-room treatments can be arranged (massages, mani-pedis, hairstyling), as can Pilates and yoga classes.

Packing tips

Bring cobblestone-friendly footwear and an eye for colonial Spanish architecture.

Also

The hotel has no special wheelchair access.

Pet‐friendly

Furry Smiths weighing in at under 30lbs can check into either the Jardín or Fuente suites for US$25 a booking; dog bowls and food will be supplied. See more pet-friendly hotels in San Miguel de Allende.

Children

All ages are welcome, but the hotel is better suited to older children. No little Smiths are allowed in the restaurant after 6pm.

Eco‐friendly

The hotel uses solar power, natural gas and local materials where possible, along with locally grown produce. Almost every member of staff is from San Miguel de Allende.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Choose a spot out enjoying the courtyard for breakfast or up on the roof at Bar Margaret.

Dress Code

You’ll feel right at home, but slippers and smoking jackets are optional.

Hotel restaurant

Bar Margaret, arriving on the rooftop in February, will serve seasonal small plates and more sizeable mains inspired by the cuisines of Spain, Peru and the southern US, with an expertly edited wine list. A breakfast of French toast with berries, house-made sausages, granola or huevos is served in the courtyard, on the roof, at the coffee shop or in the lounge. Amp coffee shop has one of only a handful of La Marzocco coffee machines in Mexico, so don’t miss a small-batch roast from this Ferrari of beverage gadgets (or a pastry).

Hotel bar

There’s a well-stocked honesty bar in the lounge, where you can help yourself to a rotating selection of local beers and imported wines. Mixologists magically appear in time for happy hour every day, when guests can enjoy a complimentary cocktail and Mexican-flavoured light bite (tacos, quesadillas, chips and salsa).

Last orders

Lunch is served between 11am and 2pm. Dinner hours are 5pm to 9.30pm. Amp is open from 7.30am to 5pm.

Location

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Address
Hotel Amparo
Calle Mesones 3
San Miguel de Allende
37700
Mexico

Hotel Amparo is the town of San Miguel de Allende, in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato.

Planes

The closest airport is Querétaro, an hour’s drive away; you can also fly in to Del Bajío airport, 90 minutes by car from the hotel. Hotel transfers are available from both, for a fee.

Automobiles

Hotel Amparo is roughly a three-hour drive north of Mexico City. Valet parking is available for US$25 a night. You’ll be able to get around San Miguel de Allende on foot, but if you want to see more of Mexico, it’s worth hiring a wagon.

Worth getting out of bed for

Once you’ve done some sun salutations up on the rooftop, enjoyed happy hour with the visiting mixologists and lost yourself in a book in the lounge or courtyard, set off for a stroll around San Miguel de Allende. This charming colonial town is best explored this way, since you’ll serendipitously stumble upon galleries, fountains, shops and admirable architecture. Stock up on local arts and crafts to take home at the Mercado de Artesanías two blocks from the hotel. See the Sistine Chapel–rivalling murals at the Sanctuary of Atotonilco, a Unesco site that’s a 20-minute drive from the hotel. And if tequila’s your bag, head to La Casa Dragones for a private tasting in the 17th-century home. The concierge can also arrange vineyard tours, horse-riding, hikes and hot-air-balloon rides. Though a cooling dip will probably be preferable, La Gruta hot springs have a seriously cute grotto. Don’t miss the postcard-famous Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, the cathedral on the town’s main square, a five-minute walk from the hotel.

Local restaurants

Take your pick of the various bars and food-court delights at Dôce 18 Concept House, a former factory in the middle of town. Just off the main square, The Restaurant serves up international favourites such as steak with portobello mushrooms and spaghetti with meatballs. The Luna Rooftop at the Rosewood outpost is the most romantic place in town for tapas, margaritas and cathedral views at sunset. You may be in Mexico, but the Peruvian fare on offer at La Parada is pretty darned good, as are the pisco cocktails. And for something smart, try the creative Mexican cuisine at Moxi.

Local bars

Pat Butcher (and anyone who enjoys a good G&T) would love The Monocle Cocktail Club for its pleasing selection of juniper juice.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Mexico and unpacked their textiles and tequila, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Hotel Amparo in San Miguel de Allende

The conquistadors weren’t exactly friendly invaders, but they left a lasting impression on San Miguel de Allende, a town a few hours’ drive north of Mexico City that regularly graces postcards for its colourful, cobblestoned streets. This colonial city – with its pristinely preserved Spanish structures, rosy-hued cathedral and buzzy arts scene – is home to lots of boutique guesthouses, but few are as stylish as Hotel Amparo. You’d miss the entrance to the homestay-style hotel were you not in on the secret; once you’re through those unmarked doors, though, you’re firmly part of the family. The glamorous private home is in the centre of San Miguel, a short stroll from the cathedral, markets and Unesco-listed streets that make this tiny town in Mexico’s central highlands so popular with second-home-owning Americans. The Texan interior designer is a deft hand at mixing family antiques and modern art (he also did a grand job at chandelier selecting for the main lounge). It’s a home from home you won’t want to leave.

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