Cutting-edge design in colonial San Miguel

San Miguel’s Hotel Matilda takes its lead from the art world. The public areas are swathed in an eclectic mix of art works that range from Diego Rivera’s painting of the hotel’s namesake (and owner’s mother), Matilda, to bathroom walls covered in Spencer Tunick’s photos of naked crowds.

Spread across three small buildings, the hotel, which centers around a chic pool and top-notch restaurant, just oozes design cool. A weekend haven for a trendy crowd who comes to stay or just to visit the bar, Matilda is a modern, electric place to be in San Miguel de Allende.

Tucked away in a narrow, colorful cobblestoned street by a pretty park, the luxury hotel is a quiet hideaway despite being just steps from San Miguel’s main plaza. Its location is ideal for exploring the city’s shops and bars if you can lure yourself away from the hotel’s pool, spa and top-class restaurant first.

The Rooms

Earthy wood, metal and leather design elements are coupled with Egyptian cotton linens and soft fabrics, giving the rooms a high-style feel with luxurious comforts. All rooms come with king-size beds as standard, as well as large TVs and iPod docks.

The bathrooms, separated from the bedroom by a large sliding wood door, feel like an urban loft. All come with double sinks, and most have deep tubs located behind a thick curtain for private, steamy baths. Malin and Goetz amenities add to the hip luxury vibe.

Larger rooms and suites come with private sunbathing decks, four-poster beds and walk-in rain showers.

The Food

Chef Enrique Olvera presides over Moxi with his trademark panache — expect traditional Mexican flavors with unexpected internationally inspired twists. The beef tenderloin with mushrooms, kalamata olives and pickled cactus is a unique and perfect mixture of flavors, as is the shrimp burger served with tartar sauce, guacamole and fried potatoes.

Have one of the hotel’s signature martinis, made with Casa Dragones tequila, for an extra local-inspired indulgence.

The Spa

Tucked away under the San Miguel de Allende hotel, Spa Matilda features an apothecary where you can select and create your own beauty and bath products.

The spa boasts a hammam steam room that seats up to four people. Here, choose from a number of different experiences, all-encompassing services that combine treatments to fit your need to feel energized, relaxed or focused.

Tired after exploring the city? Opt for the special San Miguel leg treatment, which includes an exfoliating scrub and leg mask to ease weary muscles. Active types can enjoy the small gym area or take a private yoga class.

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