Hotel Matilda

An art-infused enclave in San Miguel de Allende

A haven of serenity and a gathering place for locals and guests, Hotel Matilda pays tribute to Mexico’s artistic heritage with style and substance. You’ll find its sleek white Cubist design, museum-quality art, intimate spa with a hammam and the outstanding cuisine of restaurant Moxi magically synchronize this boutique hotel’s heady sensuality.

Tucked away on a quiet cobblestoned street close to San Miguel de Allende’s central plaza and the unique pink towers of 17th-century church Parroquia San Miguel, the 32-room stay puts you within walking distance of shops, boutiques and art galleries as well as the idyllic Parque Juarez.

On any given day in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, one festivity or another takes place with flute players or mariachi musicians serenading those out for a stroll, providing a vibrant soundtrack for your return to your luxurious retreat.
Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Hotel Matilda sits close to San Miguel de Allende’s center with its classic Spanish Colonial architecture and many of the city’s key attractions, including the much-photographed Parroquia San Miguel, a neo-Gothic 17th-century church known for its soaring pink spires.
  • In addition to the traditional menu of massages and facials (luxe brands like Natura Bissé's vegan Well-Living collection and Cosmydor feature heavily here), Spa Matilda also offers an apothecary, where you are invited to blend your own beauty or skincare products with the help of a knowledgeable apothecary concierge.
  • Be sure to ask at the reception desk for a tour of the hotel’s art collection. Diego Rivera painted the portrait of the hotel owner’s mother, Matilda, now on permanent display in the Library Lounge near the front entry.
  • Visit the Monkey Bar, an upscale outdoor space overlooking the pool and a colorful mural by artist Claudio Limon, or Müi Ramen Bar for light bites and a lively scene.
  • Whether inside at Moxi or dining alfresco by the pool, an evening at this chic spot provides a great way to end a day exploring the city.

Things to Know

  • San Miguel is home to a year-round roster of events, including a respected writers’ conference in February and a Market of Arts & Gastronomy Festival in July. Check the calendar before planning and book your stay well in advance.
  • Bring comfortable walking shoes for navigating San Miguel’s cobblestoned streets and byways. Designer sneakers and cushioned sandals will fit right in at this sleek city-center stay.
  • Save yourself the bother of driving by taking a convenient shuttle from the airport or pre-arranged pickup from the boutique hotel. In town, taxi service is widely available.
  • Just a block from Hotel Matilda, serene Parque Juarez brings a contemplative counterpoint to the city’s lively el centro (center). At the park’s Saturday Art Market, interact with local creatives and purchase an original masterpiece to bring home.

The Rooms

  • Request one of the second-floor courtyard rooms with a balcony overlooking the pool and bougainvillea-covered walls. Reminiscent of the architecture of the Greek isles, the view is all sleek white Cubist shapes softened by flowering vines in brilliant hues.
  • Elegant minimalism prevails throughout the San Miguel hotel’s 32 rooms, with floor-to-ceiling windows, black-out curtains, Egyptian cotton linens, deep bathtubs and toiletries by Malin + Goetz.
  • The rooms and suites bridge old — namely, San Miguel de Allende’s traditional colonial style — with new — like mural walls from Jesus Valenzuela (who did the Müi Ramen Bar mural) and contemporary drawings from local artists Lorenzo + Taquito.

  • For more spacious accommodations, there’s the Casa Armida-designed Owner’s Suite A, which comes with a large living room, a sumptuous bedroom and a balcony with covered sunbeds. Or try Owner’s Suite C, which was redesigned by Namuh and features an expansive terrace.

The Restaurants

  • Moxi takes time-honored Mexican culinary traditions and updates them with unexpected ingredients and artistic presentations. Dine in the stylish dining room or on a patio overlooking the gardens and water wall.
  • Pull up one of the bar stools at the outdoor Monkey Bar to sip cocktails, craft beers and high-end wines.
  • Savor a bowl of comforting noodles with Mexican flavors at Müi Bar, an alfresco ramen bar.

Getting There
Aldama 53, Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
BJX (1 h 40 min)  
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