Checking in at Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada?
Don’t look for a cookie-cutter hotel building.
Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada
The 37 rooms and suites of this Belmond hotel are housed in 16th to 18th century, colonial-style casonas or mansions.
The casonas are sprinkled about (close together) in the heart of UNESCO-listed San Miguel de Allende.
From our suite, we had to cross a cobblestone street to get to the hotel’s reception and restaurant.
Individually decorated rooms
Rooms and suites have high timbered or curved ceilings, talavera-tiled bathrooms, original paintings and stone, tile or hardwood floors.
Each room is individually decorated.
Some have wood-burning fireplaces and freestanding beaten silver or copper tubs.
Prime rooms have decks with unbelievable views of the colonial town’s rose-hued rooftops and tolling bells of La Parroquia church.
Organic lavender-scented bath products and fast, free in-room WiFi are other nice touches.
We hit the jackpot with our one-bedroom suite. It was tucked away in “Casa Limon,” which is built around a garden courtyard with a 60-foot pool surrounded by lawn.
Our suite had an indoor/outdoor shower and large copper tub.
We also had a private walled courtyard with lounge furniture and a stone plunge pool.
Spa and cooking school
Casa de Sierra Nevada’s Laja Spa has a Temazcal (a type of stone sweat lodge) and offers shaman-led purifying rituals.
And you can take cooking classes at Sazon, its highly-regarded culinary school.
Local living feeling at Casa de Sierra Nevada
The location of this Belmond hotel is ideal. Just a couple of blocks from the Gaudi-inspired La Parroquia church and central square, it’s an easy walk from shops, restaurants (great bakery around the corner!) and most of San Miguel’s attractions (like its playful Toy Museum).
And that’s perhaps what we loved best about Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada.
Instead of staying as guests in a could-be-anywhere hotel, we felt like we were living in an historic apartment (minus the kitchen) right in San Miguel.
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Photos 3 and 7 to 10 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Remaining images courtesy the Belmond, San Miguel de Allende