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Colonial living at Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada

Where to stay in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico?

For a luxury stay, check out the Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada.

Just don’t look for a cookie-cutter hotel building.

Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada Review: The boutique hotel is one of the best hotels in San Miguel de Allende.
The boutique Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada is one of the best hotels in San Miguel de Allende

Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada review

Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada
Welcome to the Casa de Sierra Nevada!

The 37 rooms and suites of this San Miguel de Allende 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 private pool suite, we had to cross a cobblestone street to get to the hotel’s reception and restaurant.

Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada
A casona or colonial mansion housing guest rooms

Individually decorated rooms

Every room is different at Casa de Sierra Nevada
Every room is different at this San Miguel de Allende hotel

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 rooms have copper bathtubs, others have fireplaces – all are sumptuous

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.

You can see San Miguel de Allende’s iconic pink church from the pool

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.

We're more shower people, but this copper tub does look inviting, right?
We’re more shower people, but this copper tub does look inviting, right?

Spa and cooking school

An eclectic array of ceramics, paintings and kitchen ware is for sale in Sazon
An eclectic array of ceramics, paintings and kitchen ware is for sale in Sazon

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.

Sazon at Casa de Sierra Nevada
Sazon’s kitchen boutique shop

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.

At a glance: Casa de Sierra Nevada review

Rooms: 37 room and suites in 6 Spanish-colonial mansions

Restaurants: Restaurante Del Parque and Adanza (2 restaurants)

Spa: Yes

Location: In the heart of San Miguel de Allende

Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada, Mexico

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Recommended reading: Don’t miss our ultimate Mexico travel guide (it’s packed with crazy useful travel information!)


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Photo credits: 6 to 9 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Remaining images the Belmond, San Miguel de Allende


About the authors:

Janice and George Mucalov

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents.

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Grace

Monday 22nd of December 2014

This a gorgeous spot! I love how vibrant and colourful it all is.

alison

Saturday 18th of October 2014

I fell head over heels for San Miguel. Many people poo poo all the expats there, but to tell you the truth, I barely noticed. I was there with my daughter and a friend and just had the best time. Now I want to get back with my husband and Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada looks like just our type of place - dripping with lots of local flavor!

Amy Lynne Hayes

Tuesday 14th of October 2014

Looks so quaint! I love spots like that - always filled with so much character and charm. The cooking classes would be an excellent option for taking home a bit of local flavor. ;)

Irene

Tuesday 14th of October 2014

What a fabulous find in the heart of this wonderful colonial town!