San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Hotel Matilda

Rates from (inc tax)$278.12

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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21USD), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Mexicano moderno


Colonial arts hub

Among the Unesco-protected historic facades of San Miguel de Allende, thoroughly modern Matilda (packed with contemporary art and designer décor) sticks out stylishly. Within its unassuming edifice, you’ll find inspiring dining in the elegant restaurant and magnificent massages in the small, chic spa…

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Need to know


32, incuding nine suites.


12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability and a fee (starting at $100 for a check-out time of 4pm). Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $278.12, excluding tax at 28 per cent.

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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD355.99), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates generally include Continental breakfast and a soft drink on arrival. A minimum stay of two nights is required on weekends.


The unassuming Spa Matilda might be small but if packs a purifying punch – descend the stairs in front of the infinity pool and you’ll find yourself in a tucked-away haven of tranquility.

At the hotel

Spa, gym, concierge, library, CDs to borrow, WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, radio, iPod dock, wired internet, blackout curtains, air-conditioning, Malin + Goetz toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Room C15 has possibly the most private of all the hotel’s terraces, overlooking the pool; the bedroom itself is on the small side, but it’s unique and really lovely. The largest suite in the house is C18, with its enourmous private patio ringed with saguaro cacti, lavender, lime and tangerine trees. It’s a peaceful spot, away from the pool.


This is definitely a place for leisurely lounging, not laps: the infinity pool is surrounded by a gently bubbling fountain, palm fronds and beautiful bougainvillea.

Packing tips

Don’t forget your sunblock – San Miguel de Allende’s about 6,000ft above sea level so the sun is strong. And, bring shoes in which you can comfortably navigate the historic town’s often steep cobblestoned streets.


Neither guest rooms nor common areas are easily accessible in a wheelchair.


Pets weighing less than 9kg (20lbs) are welcome in certain rooms for $128 a night. Water bows are provided. See more pet-friendly hotels in San Miguel de Allende.


Unlike the book and musical, this Matilda’s not for kids.


Solar panels heat water for guest rooms and the swimming pool; lights automatically dim to reduce energy use; organic waste is composted; and glass, plastic and paper are recycled. The Malin + Goetz toiletries in every guest room are in large, refillable bottles. Plants used in the hotel’s landscaping are all indigenous to this part of Mexico.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Request a table outside to make the most of the good weather.

Dress Code

Think, what would a modern-art collector wear? Aim for elegant but not stuffy: designer jeans are a safe bet.

Hotel restaurant

In Moxi, chef Enrique Olvera serves up his own take on traditional Mexican dishes, such as huitlacoche tamales with Oaxacan cheese or octopus with pico de gallo sauce and coriander pesto. The menu changes seasonally, depending on the freshest harvest from top local producers.

Hotel bar

There’s no official bar, but drinks can be served in the lobby, around the lounge and out on the terrace.

Last orders

Moxi, the restaurant, is open 7am–10pm.

Room service

During restaurant hours, anything from the menu can be delivered to your room.


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Hotel Matilda
De Aldama 53 Zona Centro, Guanajuato
San Miguel de Allende


The most convenient place to arrive by air is Guanajuato International Airport (; commonly called Del Bajío), 170km from the hotel, which has service from throughout the country as well as several major US cities.


There’s on-site parking (drop your luggage at the front door first) and also valet service.

Worth getting out of bed for

San Miguel de Allende is a Unesco World Heritage Site packed with well-preserved colonial architecture as well as important sites from the Mexican War of Independence, so ask hotel staff about local walking tours if you’d like to learn more about local history. And if you fancy seeing more of the landscape, hot air balloons are the way to go…

La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, San Miguel’s parish church, is one of Mexico’s most photographed, thanks to its inspired Gothic facade – it’s also the town emblem. The laurel-shaded square in front of the church (‘El Jardín’) is a top spot for sitting and watching the world go by (Principal SN, San Miguel de Allende 37700; +52 415 152 0544).

Pick up one-of-a-kind ornaments, jewellery, furniture and other brightly coloured odds and ends made by artists from nearby and throughout Mexico at eclectic shop Mixta (Pila Seca 3, San Miguel de Allende 37700; +52 415 152 7343;

Run by Chef Emanuel Cervantes, Sazon cooking school offers market tours and classes in everything from traditional to cutting-edge Mexican cuisine, all held in the 18th century casa (Hospicio 42, San Miguel de Allende 37700; +52 415 152 7040).

Local restaurants

Boasting probably the sleekest décor in town, bread-devoted bakery and restaurant Cumpanio has an elegant dining room as well as a terrace, where breakfast in the sun is almost unbeatable. The pastries are particularly fantastic (Correo 29, San Miguel de Allende 37700; +52 415 152 2984; Although the Restaurant's name might sound simple, the menu’s a fine-dining fiesta at this smart spot: the traditionally colonial-style setting is beautiful (there are charming tiles even in the kitchen), and chef aims to serve 'global comfort food' (Sollano 16, San Miguel de Allende 37700; +52 415 154 7877; The drinks, tapas and ambience at La Azotea are all wonderful, but the star attraction is the spectacular view of the city (Umaran 6, San Miguel de Allende 37700; +52 415 152 4977;


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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 San Miguel de Allende and unpacked their beautifully etched bottles of local Casa Dragones tequila, a full account of their Mexican luxury break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside/postcard from Hotel Matilda in San Miguel de Allende…

For heritage-filled, Unesco-protected San Miguel de Allende, Hotel Matilda is a seriously stylish stay. While other hotels along the city’s steep, cobblestone street have colonial style in spades, Matilda is their antithesis… it’s modern, slick and very chic but still packed with character.

When you check in, you might find it hard to tear yourself from the mesmerizing kaleidoscopic video installation behind the reception desk, but the art adventure doesn’t stop there: the hallways are hung with contemporary works, and every elegantly pared-down room has black-and-white prints by noted Mexico City photographer Eduardo Zaylan. Outside, he infinity pool is palm-shaded perfection; beyond its edge the small spa is a tranquil hideaway with an expectedly excellent array of world-class massages on its menu. After a night or two here, you’d be hard pressed to find a guest who isn’t happily sighing, ‘Matilda, me encanta.’

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