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Casa Hoyos

San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

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PROPERTY FEATURES

The Premises 

All minimalist concrete punctuated by symmetrical, Andalusian-style arched balconies and geometric tiles, Casa Hoyos is a Wes Anderson movie location come to life (complete with old-school elevator). AG Studio's overhaul of this 18th-century home features lush cacti springing from traditional mirrored planters on every floor, artful, modern details drawn from the Hoyos family shield, and a terracotta-tiled pool terrace where views across the city’s rich palette of rooftops, domes and spires make a fine spot for expertly mixed tequila cocktails any hour of the day.

Casa Hoyos

Mesones No. 14, Centro San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato Mexico

SMITH EXTRA

Compliments of the House 

A glass of sparkling wine each on arrival

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: 3pm. Late check-out can be organised for a fee, where room availability permits. Earliest check-in, 12 noon.
Rates include an American breakfast served daily in the courtyard.

FACILITIES

Massage-treatment room, concierge, free WiFi. In rooms: air-conditioning, smart TV, espresso coffee machine, bottled water, Loredana bath products, bathrobes and slippers.

PACKING TIPS

Sensible shoes for blister-free mornings strolling the colonial city’s cobbled alleyways; a broad-brimmed hat for sunny siestas by the rooftop pool.

CHILDREN

Casa Hoyos is an adults-only property.

SPA

There’s a small treatment room off the main courtyard, where massage treatments can be arranged on request.

POOL

Head skywards, where the small rooftop plunge pool is flanked by loungers, wicker bucket seats and, yes, more cacti. Ceviche, tacos, cocktails and more are served from the terrace bar here from around noon.

ALSO

Casa Hoyos partners with the gym at nearby Boom Fitness, where panoramic views from the treadmills create the illusion of running through the local landscape, but without all the dust and sweat.

Rooms 

Bedrooms at Casa Hoyos are a delicious melange of dusky pinks, gleaming black-tiled floors, oversize frosted-glass porthole windows, vibrant local art and bespoke furniture from A-G Studio. Bathrooms sparkle in old-school turmeric and terracotta, but really up the ante in Master Suites, where the Jacuzzi hot tub is big enough for two – and a couple of large glasses of bubbly.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

Set in the casa’s paved courtyard with its traditional terracotta-coloured walls, snaking vines, huge potted cacti and starlit sky above, As de Guia is a fairly bewitching prospect for an evening meal. Expect a Mexican-tinged menu that prizes local produce as well as fish and seafood from the Gulf of California.

Liquid Bliss 

Rooftop bar Bekeb is fast becoming one of the city’s hottest spots for cocktails, thanks to the imaginative drinks (signature lavender sour or smoked mezcal cocktail served under a cloche, anyone?) and dreamy rooftop views of Parroquia’s pink spires and beyond. And, if the buzz up top becomes more of a roar, guests can retreat to the exclusive-use first-floor patio bar.

Experience the Extraordinary 

The pleasing quietude of the paved courtyard and sunkissed roof terrace make the casa hard to leave. You could easily spend entire days eschewing the cultural wonders beyond the front door in favour of shuttling gently from massage room to patio to rooftop pool. Step outside though, and you’ll soon discover why San Miguel de Allende is so in vogue with in-the-know LA and NYC hipsters right now: colourful buildings in turmeric yellow, sky blue and pomegranate red showcase magnificent Mexican and colonial Spanish architecture along wonkily-cobbled Unesco-listed streets, meaning snap-happy – and high-heeled – visitors won’t get anywhere fast. The city’s main square, El Jardin, more than lives up to its name. Here, perfectly manicured laurel trees provide shade for an afternoon of high-quality people watching, and mariachi bands add a festive atmosphere on weekends. The square is also where you’ll find the city’s most photographed building. Best snapped at dawn or dusk, Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel is a fine Gothic confection in pale pink stone, its soaring towers often earning it not unreasonable comparisons to a wedding cake. San Miguel de Allende morphed into something of a cultural mecca when bohemian artists and artisans gravitated here in their hundreds in the wake of the Mexican War of Independence. You’ll find evidence of this everywhere, but no more so than in the thriving markets where colourful handpainted ceramics, woven tote bags and unique silver jewellery are yours for a song – assuming you barter like a pro. The covered Mercado de Artesanias is open daily, while Tianguis Organico in the Instituto Allende art school is the place to go for artisan foodie treats on weekends – trust us, that fresh-off-the-grill chicken quesadilla oozing cheese will do wonders for your mezcal-cocktail hangover.

Transportation 

Casa Hoyos is a hip urban hideaway set amid rose-pink spires and terracotta domes in the beguilingly baroque Mexican city of San Miguel de Allende, a block from El Jardin, the verdant main square.

Planes 

Guanajuato airport, about 90 minutes’ drive from the hotel, is served by direct daily flights from a number of major US hubs. It’s about an hour from Queretaro airport and just under four hours from Mexico City. Taxis and bus services to San Miguel are available from all three airports.

Automobiles 

Adventure-seekers are in for a treat as the expansive landscape of Guanajuato state – arid desert one minute, rainforest the next – lends itself perfectly to road trips. Hire a car at the airport in Mexico City and meander gently north via the ancient Aztec ruins at Teotihuacán, the city of Guanajuato, and Bernal’s monolithic volcanic boulder, one of the world’s largest. There’s free valet parking for guests a block from the hotel.

Location

Mesones No. 14, Centro San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato Mexico

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