This was my second trip to SMA this year, having been enchanted by the place in my earlier visit. At that time, I stayed at the Rosewood, although it was a toss-up between that and the Sierra Nevada. This time, I tried my other option and I'm glad I did. These are two very different hotels, both of which offer their advantages and disadvantages. But both are highly recommendable and worth a visit.
There were three things in particular that would have me returning to the Sierra Nevada--the warmth and hospitality of the staff, the charm of the hotel itself and its proximity to the very center of the town. Dining at the in-house restaurant, Andanza, was particularly memorable, and Jose Luis' market and cooking tour conducted at Sazon is something that I would recommend to anyone who visits SMA. The Sierra Nevada is very charming and for anyone looking to stay in something very reminiscent of a hacienda style of hotel, the BCSN will not disappoint.
I find just about everyone in SMA welcoming so the BCSN has no monopoly on the hospitality market. Still, everyone we met there were friendly and accommodating, which is always a nice thing to experience on holiday. The location, just a block and a half from the center of town, cannot be beat. And my room--large, spacious, done very much in colonial style and the best thing--a beautiful private terrace with a view of the Parroquia. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with that room.
That brings up something that some visitors might have an issue with at the BCSN. The hotel is made up of a half-dozen casas, each centrally located and all charming in their own right. Still, being away from the Casa Principal (where I stayed) meant that to see anyone on the hotel staff, and to eat at their wonderful restaurant and bar, you would have to exit your casa and walk over to Principal. Two of the casas are right across the street so that isn't a major issue, but it nonetheless could be slightly inconvenient for any visitor. Also, with six casas, it is pretty hard to determine exactly what your room will look like before your arrival. The website offers a sense of what some rooms and baths look like, but you are pretty much left to guess what you might be getting, both in location and room. And if baths are important to you, check with the hotel to get a sense of what you might expect. While my room and the adjoining terrace were terrific, the bath itself was odd and dated, and something I would not have expected from a hotel of this quality. But as I don't spend too much of my time in the bath, this wasn't a major drawback...although it might be for some. So when you make your reservations, it might behoove you to check on the location of your casa, the room you may be getting and the bath as well--I'd ask for pictures if possible. Other than that, a great place to stay and I can't see the BCSN disappointing anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A heritage hotel in the Mexican heartlands, Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada evokes the charm of a bygone era. San Miguel is an adventure for the senses. Yet at the very center of this vibrant city lies a safe haven that’s at once connected to the locale and is its own private sanctuary. Swing open our ancient, wooden front doors and the fiesta outside gives way to a siesta-like calm. Water fountains and blooming flowerpots dot the cluster of heritage mansions that make up the hotel. A large pool, fringed with lush foliage and plants, provides the perfect place to cool off. 17th- and 18th-century buildings reveal inner courtyards, terraces and gardens. Here, history is woven into every stucco wall, tiled bath and curved ceiling, all balanced with modern luxuries. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa De Sierra Nevada By Orient-Express Hotel San Miguel De Allende
- Hotel Casa De Sierra Nevada