Need to know
Thirty-two, incuding nine suites.
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 $286.30, excluding tax at 28 per cent.
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.
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.