We stayed at the hotel for part of our honeymoon in Central Mexico.
Details: Great location, close to everything...the main square, great restaurants (you have to try Mama Mia), the market and stores, and bars. Flat walk to all of the above, which is rare in San Miguel. 10-15 minute cab ride from the bus terminal costs US$4-5.00 I believe. Multi-level hotel with stairs only, a lovely interior patio for dining, bar, interior restaurant/sitting area, and beautiful rooftop deck.
The good: We paid extra for the suite which included breakfast. A steal for $96.00 a night. When we arrived we were told the restaurant was closed for the week, however, they subtracted the breakfast from our room fee. No big deal. The suite was wonderful...small kitchen, huge living area, huge rooftop patio off of the room, large bedroom with attached bath, fire place, and tons of windows! (see pictures) I believe there were only 2 or 3 other rooms on our floor. The staff was friendly and accommodating. We had a gas leak in our stove which was fixed that day. The interior, fern filled patio is beautiful and exposed to the sky on the top floor where our suite was. Across the street and beside the hotel are bars/restaurants which we enjoyed. A couple of doors down there is a wine and cheese specialty shop which sells purified ice and other necessities. We left our windows (floor to ceiling) open one evening and were greeted by the 'hotel cat' in our room when we returned. She hung out with us for the rest of the evening until we eventually shooed her out the door.
The bad: We were awakened at 5:30 in the morning on a Tuesday to firecrackers which lasted an hour. This seems to be a strange, and common, phenom in Mexico. Church bells ring at all hours and last forever. Some part of the hotel was obviously under construction because there was a horrible banging that could be heard several mornings all throughout the hotel. The room was amazing, however, the bed was hard, water pressure was beyond lacking, and the bathroom was in serious need of updating. I don't want to put specific blame on the hotel, but I did notice numerous small bites on my legs after the first night, which I thought could possibly be bed bugs. I do not know this for sure...and I never thought I would say this, but the rest of the hotel was worth it. The rooms are very light in the morning if this bothers you.
Overall, a great location and hotel for the money if you are not a finicky traveler. I would not suggest it if you want to spend much time at the hotel itself, however, San Miguel is a city where you really should want to get out and about. A side note, they do respond quickly and effectively by email for questions or reservations. We reserved almost a year in advance via email with no credit card or deposit and they had our reservation when we arrived.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the Hotel Mansion Vireyes it will find the amiablitity and the service that you deserved. With an Excelent location, to only average block of the main garden it will able to find the best customized service of Lodging as well as a Great variety of delicious subjects of gossip in the Restaurante of hotel. In the Heart of the Historical center o San Miguel de Allende, we hope to offer you the hospitality that will make it feel right at home. ... more less
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