Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada
Colonial Highlands, Mexico
At a Glance
Housed in an eclectic collection of casas centred around beautiful courtyard gardens. Individually-decorated and wonderfully distinctive guest rooms
Colonial style and very atmospheric with vaulted ceilings, impressive stone arches, fountains and flower-filled courtyards and traditional wood furnishings
The impeccable service one would expect from Belmond (the new brand of Orient-Express Hotels)
Perfect base from which to tour the old colonial town and neighbouring Querétaro and Guanajuato
Home to the wonderful Sazon cooking school
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The Colonial Highlands are blessed with a spring-like climate year-round. The average day is brisk in the morning, warm and sunny in the afternoon and cool at night. Winter days are warm (in the 20s C), although you may require a sweater after the sun goes down. April and May tend to be hot and dry. Expect brief afternoon showers 3 or 4 times a week from June to mid-October. Rains are typically heaviest in July and August.
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Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada is an acclaimed Mexican cooking school and boutique hotel housed in a magnificent 18th-century casa in the heart of historic San Miguel de Allende, a charming colonial town in the highlands of central Mexico.
Housing one of Mexico’s most acclaimed cookery schools and an eclectic mix of traditional rooms and suites between four buildings, the Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada provides a homely and charming base in the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende and reflects perfectly the colourful style of buildings which are present throughout the cobblestone streets.
The accommodation comprises 37 deluxe rooms and suites arranged amongst the main building and four colonial mansions dating back to the 16th century. Each room has a distinctive charm with beamed ceilings, warm Mexican tones and regional furnishings including contemporary art, antiques, exquisite fabrics and beautiful Talavera-tiled bathrooms. Suites have a fireplace, oversized bath with separate shower stall and a private terrace with plunge pool.
Cookery courses cover the different forms of Mexican cuisine, including traditional regional specialities and some of the more modern favourites, and are led by highly experienced in-house chefs with a real passion for the diverse local flavours and methods of cooking.
The hotel has two gourmet restaurants and a lovely patio bar overlooking the cobblestone streets, which provides a relaxed setting for pre-dinner cocktails. For pampering, the Laja Spa provides an array of invigorating beauty therapies including massage, facials, reflexology and body treatments.
Please note that the Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada does not accept children under 16 years of age.
Please also note that the rooms and suites at the hotel are divided amongst five different buildings and one of these, Casa Parque, is a approximately a five minute walk from the other four and the main hotel facilities. The hotel can arrange transport between Casa Parque and the other houses if required.
Embracing the original colonial architecture, each manor house has been skill fully restored to provide all the modern comforts while retaining their historic character. At Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada no two rooms are alike; each has its own individual décor, celebrating the spirit of San Miguel de Allende. Characterised by period furnishings and stunning art and antiques, their rooms are decorated in superb fabrics and feature richly coloured Talavera-tiled bathrooms. The hotel offers 37 deluxe rooms and suites.
Children over the age of 16 are welcomed at Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada.
Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada offers a spa, two gourmet restaurants serving Mexican cuisine and regional specialities, bar and world-class cookery school.
Andanza serves traditional Mexican food in an elegant, colonial style setting. You can eat breakfast, lunch or dinner here. The Blue Bar is an intimate and cosy environment where you can enjoy a drink in front of a log fire or out on the sunny terrace.
There is plenty to see and do in San Miguel de Allende which is home to a rich and wonderful culture from the beautiful Spanish colonial architecture, the traditional cuisine and the blend of fine and traditional arts and crafts. You can explore the local area on foot, bike or horse back. The hotel will happily organise and advise you.
Nikki Trailor (Staff)
The Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada is housed in a beautiful traditional building with tons of character and charm. The fact it is spread over several buildings is not too much of an issue as distances are not long but it is definitely something to bear in mind, particularly when travelling in groups as it is difficult to house people together.
The Presidential Suite was amazing and great value - this would definitely be my recommendation if choosing to stay here; the views from the private roof terrace were simply stunning.
Although the food was delicious, the restaurant was uncomfortably hot, even at 10pm at night. Staff were really helpful though and service was spot on, providing mosquito spray when we didn't have any and bringing a fan over to help cool us down.
Spread among five 16th-century houses just a few blocks from the main city square, this hotel is as close as you'll get to top-of-the-line luxury in San Miguel. An official historic landmark originally built as a home for the town's archbishop in 1580, the property now has 33 rooms and suites, furnished with canopy king beds, colonial antiques, Talavera-tiled bathrooms, and private balconies (a few with views of the city's iconic Parroquia cathedral). There's a small spa with a menu of massages and wraps—all at reasonable prices. The swimming pool, currently closed for renovation, should reopen by late 2007.
Mark Beken (Staff)
What I really liked about this Belmond property is the privacy you get. Rooms are scattered between three charming courtyards, with private patios and lovely planting. Although it's probably better suited to a slightly older clientele, it's still a great base from which to discover San Miguel, and the cookery school is THE place to go if you want to brush up your Mexican culinary skills.
Artists of Guanajuato Private Tour
With literature, painting and hand crafts flourishing in Guanajuato throughout the centuries there is plenty to be discovered on this experience which focuses on the creative side of this charming colonial town.
Boutique Vineyards of San Miguel de Allende
Mexico has recently begun gaining recognition for its delicious wines and in recent years has won a number of awards; visit two fantastic vineyards close to San Miguel de Allende and learn about the processes before sampling the final product.
Escondido Place Natural Hot Springs
Relax and soothe your aching muscles with a visit to Escondido Place Natural Hot Springs, a short distance from San Miguel de Allende. Soak in the lily-filled pools and let your troubles slip away to the sound of cascading waterfalls.
Mineral de Pozos
Explore Mineral de Pozos, a mining centre and one of few Mexican 'Magic Towns'. Almost a ghost town, this eerie experience provides a glimpse into authentic Mexico with mysterious ruins and artefacts still to be seen from its days as a thriving community.
Private Artisans' Studio Tour - San Miguel de Allende
Visit galleries and artists' studios in San Miguel de Allende and admire the skills required to create impressive works of art. Observe glass-blowers, rug-makers and painters in action and learn the tricks of the trade first-hand.
Private city tour of Guanajuato
Enjoy a private guided tour of Guanajuato, a UNESCO World Heritage site and former silver mining town. The thriving historical centre is full of interesting shops and architectural gems, its toy box houses adorning the surrounding mountains perfectly.
San Miguel de Allende with Vineyards
Discover the beautiful colonial town of San Miguel de Allende with a privately guided city tour before getting out to a nearby vineyard to sample some of Mexico's award-winning wines, alongside a delicious picnic lunch.
Steeped in folklore and mysterious legends, a traditional Callejoneada is the perfect window into the stories of Guanajuato and its surrounding towns. Weave through the cobbled streets, following a local folk band who serenade crowds with folk songs.
Location & directions
Colonial Highlands, Mexico
Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada is situated on Hospicio, in the town of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico’s Central Highlands, it is easily reached from Mexico City which is 177 miles away.
How to get there
11-hour flight to Mexico City International Airport, followed by a 3 hour transfer to Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada. Alternatively, León Airport is 1-hour 30-minutes away from the hotel or Queretaro Airport is just 1-hour from the hotel.
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