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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One 30-minute Hammam treatment for two and daily American breakfast
The Grand Deluxe 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 Owner's Suite C, with its enormous 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.
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.
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.
Request a table outside to make the most of the good weather.
Think, what would a modern-art collector wear? Aim for elegant but not stuffy: designer jeans are a safe bet.
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.
There’s no official bar, but drinks can be served in the lobby, around the lounge and out on the terrace.
Moxi, the restaurant, is open 7am–10pm.
During restaurant hours, anything from the menu can be delivered to your room.
San Miguel de Allende is in eastern Guanajuato, central Mexico, about three hours’ drive from Mexico City.
The most convenient place to arrive by air is Guanajuato International Airport (www.aueropuertosggap.com/mx; 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; www.mixtasanmiguel.com).
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).
Boasting probably the sleekest decor 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; www.cumpanio.com). 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; www.therestaurantsanmiguel.com). 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; www.azoteasanmiguel.com).
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, the 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.’
Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hotel Matilda’s Guestbook below.
A beautiful, modern slice of heaven in a fabulous location in the heart of San Miguel de Allende. The food is spectacular, the roof-top bar is intimate and the service was fantastic. We will be back.
A loud boisterous party hotel. This is for grown ups.