El Palomar San Miguel de Allende

There’s no shortage of gorgeous homes-turned-boutique-hotel options in Mexico’s most gentrified town: San Miguel de Allende. That’s a good thing for guests though since every new one ups the bar a bit and keeps the rest from slacking off.

The latest one on the scene is El Palomar, located on San Francisco street near the center of the action. This is no rookie opening that’s going to take years to hit its groove, however. It’s the second hotel from Alvaro Zubeldia, owner of San Miguel’s El Meson hotel and El Correo restaurant.

There are just 10 rooms here, ranging from a cozy single with a view to an apartment for families sleeping six, but all have benefited from a professional designer involved from the outset, with plenty of interesting and whimsical details throughout.

Small interesting touches — lamps made from camera tri–pods and a sink whose base is an antique bike — decorate each room. Two of the suites include a stone whirlpool and another, a luxurious double–headed shower with an open skylight above it.

As with many boutique hotels of this size in San Miguel de Allende, the kitchen is utilized most for breakfast (included in the rates and served where you’d like), though it does serve other meals if you’d like. Since the array of restaurants here is staggering for a city of less than 50K, most guests spend a lot of time eating around town instead—even if they’re at the larger hotels with more facilities.

You’ll want to make use of the rooftop pool and bar at the end of the day though, having a sundowner from the cocktail bar while the sky turns orange and the church domes start to light up. With a terrific view from here, it’s going to be a magical time that will remind you why you came.

Then when it’s time to explore the city, you can walk right out the door from this hotel and be a few blocks from almost anywhere you would want to go.

See our full review of El Palomar luxury boutique hotel in San Miguel.