Why was this historic property recently named to both Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List and Travel + Leisure’s annual list of the best hotels in the world? A one-of-a-kind boutique property nestled in the heart of the pueblo mágico – magical town – of San Miguel de Allende, Casa de Sierra Nevada, a Belmond Hotel makes a magical destination shine even brighter.
Casa de Sierra Nevada, a Belmond Hotel
Casa de Sierra Nevada, a Belmond Hotel, comprises six heritage homes in the heart of the historic center of San Miguel de Allende, each with its own unique history and generations’ worth of stories. It’s just the sort of place you’d want to stay in San Miguel de Allende, itself a rich, protected UNESCO World Heritage Site bursting with character and charm.
Exploring the property’s historic rooms and lush terraces before unwinding in a hidden garden by an azure pool is its own treat and the start of an intimate encounter with the incomparable San Miguel de Allende.
The experience continues at the hotel’s Laja Spa, with three colonial-style treatment rooms where skilled wellness practitioners offer treatments combining locally sourced ingredients and ancient knowledge with modern practice.
All In The Details
Belmond provides an incomparably genuine travel experience from the moment of arrival. From thoughtful touches at check-in to the storied decor in the hotel’s 37 unique rooms and suites, the attention to detail and faithful preservation of the hotel’s rich history is felt throughout a stay.
Casa de Sierra Nevada is also home to some of the best restaurants in San Miguel de Allende, including Andanza and Restaurante del Parque. Restaurante del Parque highlights the traditional flavors of Mexican cuisines from Puebla and Oaxaca, while Andanza in the hotel’s main courtyard is renowned for its international dishes using fresh, local ingredients.
At the beginning of the year, Casa de Sierra Nevada opened the new Tunki Rooftop by Handshake. This speakeasy-style spot makes the most of sweeping views of the city and surrounding hillsides and offers an enticing menu of craft cocktails and Peruvian-inspired bites. The bar is the San Miguel de Allende outpost of Mexico City’s Handshake Speakeasy, named among the top three bars in the world.
Stunning San Miguel de Allende
Taking a cooking class at Casa de Sierra Nevada’s Sazón Cooking School is one of the best things to do in San Miguel de Allende, starting with a chef-guided visit to the local market as an introduction to an experience of getting up close and personal to the best flavors of Mexico. The hotel also arranges interactive art workshops with Hermes Arroyo, a world-famous artist from San Miguel de Allende known for keeping alive the art of mojigangas – large-scale papier-mâché figures representative of the region.
The World’s Best
From the garden of Casa de Sierra Nevada, hear age-old church bells ring out across the rooftops of what is considered one of the best cities in the world. Not only is it the ultimate destination for experiencing San Miguel de Allende, it is a destination all its own.
Carley Rojas Avila is a bilingual New York-based travel writer, editor, content marketer, and the founder of the digital travel publications Explorers Away and Home to Havana. Carley is an expert on all things Latin America, the Caribbean, and Cuba, having lived and worked in four different countries in the region. Her writing has appeared on the Associated Press wires and in Travel + Leisure, Yahoo, MSN, Euronews, The Weather Channel, and more. When she's not writing about her travels, find her front row at a Bad Bunny concert, befriending street cats, and taste-testing every pizza in Havana.