San Miguel de Allende is one of our favorite colonial cities in central Mexico. With its mild climate, well-preserved architecture, cobblestone streets, impressive gallery scene, fine restaurants and vibrant nightlife, it has grown into a major tourist destination. Since our last visit, a number of hideaways have opened in renovated colonial-era buildings. We stayed at three, but only one made the cut.
The 10 rooms of this cheerful and resolutely contemporary hotel are located on the second floor of Dôce 18 Concept House, home to a selection of fashion boutiques, gourmet shops, art galleries, a private tequila bar and a food hall. Surprisingly ample public spaces include a dedicated bar that doubles as a breakfast room, a mostly white lounge space with a baby grand piano and a roof terrace with an attractive (unheated) checkerboard-tile pool. There is no view, but the loungers are agreeable places in which to relax. Our bright Luxury Suite was comfortable and inviting, with a white-linen sofa, a gas fireplace and a stylish bath, which offered a spacious shower and a freestanding tub in an air shaft open to the sky. But the windows all faced air shafts. Those requiring some sort of view should reserve the Master Suite or Owners Suite, the latter with its own rooftop orchard. For young-at-heart travelers, this property is a fine choice.
From the editor: “Overall, I enjoyed our stay immensely. The staff always greeted us cheerfully and provided helpful service, and the bartender always looked happy to see us.”
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