San Miguel de Allende is a Spanish Colonial-style town in central Mexico that enchants almost all who visit. While there is no beach in sight, like Tulum or Cabo — a common deal-breaker for Americans vacationing south of the border — the destination connects travelers to the country’s rich culture: cobblestone streets, colorful edifices, modish concept stores, local art stalls, eclectic galleries, and posh restaurants are the scene.
When here, stay at Hotel Matilda, a 32-room contemporary masterpiece right near the center of the town, blocks away from its iconic cathedral.
Let’s start with the hotel’s art collection, which, if you ask us, has some of the coolest contemporary art pieces we’ve ever seen: Bosco Sodi, Aldo Chaparro, and Nacho Rodriguez Bach are just a few of the talented masterminds behind Hotel Matilda’s wealth of masterpieces. In fact, there’s even a Diego Riviera piece of art — a portrait he painted of the hotel owner’s mother — hanging in the lobby.
The rooms are adorned with artistic touches, 400-thread-count linens, Mexican Calcutta marble floors, and hanging work by Mexico City photographer, Eduardo Zaylan. San Miguel de Allende is known for its dry air and nourishingly abundant sunshine, which makes rooms’ balconies — almost each has one — the perfect spot for golden-hour lounging.
The restaurant & bar scene here is great, too. The hotel’s main restaurant Moxi’s chic dining room and its patio jetting out to the garden-pool area pairs wonderfully with a menu offering Mexican dishes and international fare, courtesy of illustrious executive chef, Paul Bentley. Also out in the central courtyard is Monkey Bar, an atmospheric spot for sipping cocktails while observing the back building’s pop-out colorful mural—the Fig Margarita is a must-sip. Those who crave ramen can enjoy the hotel’s second-floor restaurant, Mui.
Spa Matilda’s treatments center around a five-fold approach designed to enhance well-being: energy, recovery, focus, radiance, and decompression. All treatments here a wonderful — we love the body scrubs and wraps, especially the Decompress treatment, which uses coconut, vanilla, and lavender scrub.