July 26, 2018

Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada, in the heart of Mexico, emerges from a phased redesign as one of the inner city’s most beautiful and timeless retreats—where around every corner of the property the rich local culture is reflected through its art, interiors and gastronomy. Rural Mexico is channelled through the property’s lush landscaping—as guests wander through shady courtyards, past sparkling fountains and under stone archways adorned with orange trees, indigenous cycad and agave tequila plants. Appointed by Belmond to oversee the interiors is famous US interior-architect Trisha Wilson who has lead an expert team on the redesign of 37 rooms and suites, traditional relaxed Mexican eatery Restaurante del Parque, elegant restaurant Andanza, tequila nightspot The Blue Bar, inner-city haven Laja Spa, plus all public spaces, courtyards and gardens within six historic mansion houses.

Uniquely formed off a cluster of individual casonas dating back from the 16th-18th century, the hotel contributes to the bohemian street life of San Miguel de Allende; providing travellers a calming sanctuary in a city bursting with contemporary galleries, quirky shops, vibrant food markets and characterful bars and eateries. Constructed like a piece of art; every feature and design detail is a one-off and has been carefully restored or handcrafted locally to ensure the property’s 400-year history is respectfully celebrated. The charming old-world swimming pool, nestled within historical walls and lush gardens, has been visually enhanced with the addition of fresh white tiling and the planting of new flora and fauna—creating a unique oasis for rest and reflection.

Distributed within the casonas are the newly appointed bedrooms and suites. Each is unique and filled with one-off artworks by local talent and Mexican antiques. Many suites feature bright pink, yellow and blue antique rugs, soft furnishings, tapestries and bed linens—complementing the authentic clay floors and darker-coloured walls. The high level of craftsmanship can be best appreciated in the detail of the bed head boards, mini-bar frontages and wooden furniture has been hand-forged and carved using local techniques and motifs. Many of the rooms boast terraces, balconies or courtyards, which offer the best views of the city’s picturesque rooftops and a vantage point from which to watch the spectacular sunset. Most rooms now boast fireplaces, cosy hearth and lounge areas to relax on cooler evenings. The exceedingly spacious bathrooms are impressive works of art in their own right – with many featuring brightly coloured traditional Talavera bathroom tiles from floor to ceiling and intricately carved wooden vanity units and mirrors. 

Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada can be accessed via Mexico City or regional airports Querétaro or Guanajuato-León Airport. A private car transfer from Mexico City can be arranged through the hotel and takes just over 3 hours and from Guanajuato-León the hotel is a scenic one-and-a-half hour drive away.