Spacous bathroom at Casablanca 7 boutique hotel in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

In the past decade, San Miguel de Allende has gone from a sleepy expat center to a thriving tourist draw for both foreigners and urban Mexicans. New hotels are continually popping up to meet the demand of a city named “the best in the world” a couple years back in a major travel magazine readers’ poll. The latest we’ve added to our list of the best is Casablanca 7.

Housed in a structure that’s 300 years old, design came first in a property that let the walls and arches speak.

Preserving the home’s original structural elements (Moorish archways and classic Spanish Colonial layout) was important to both the owners of the property and their architect Jorge Olivares. They took things a step further by incorporating Moroccan interior décor pieces and a café and rooftop bar with a pan-Mediterranean menu.

This is not a new build like the Rosewood or Matilda and thus there was only so much room for guest rooms. The architect did manage to fit in 10 sizeable ones though, all around a central courtyard that is the current hub of activity. White jasmine and flowering lavender create the backdrop for leisurely meetings, cups of coffee, or breakfast.

courtyard restaurant at Casablanca 7 luxury boutique hotel in San Miguel de Allende

The rooms are stunning in their design, playing off the Spanish Colonial and Moorish elements. Expect artistic rugs on hardwood floors and some baths have mosaic tile and big soaking tubs. The main difference in the rooms, all of which would objectively be described as junior suites, is the size. That difference is not huge though, ranging from 42 to 56 square meters (from 450 to 600 square feet). So you can’t really go wrong booking any of them, enjoying sumptuous bedding, huge cable TVs, fine toiletries, and a minibar with complimentary non-alcoholic drinks.

Casablanca 7 boutique hotel was so new when our associate editor visited that there was still construction going on to finish the roof deck, its restaurant, and other final details. By the time you read this everything should be up and running. With a known international chef at the helm, the new Fatima 7 Mediterranean dining spot should be a big draw. That deck has stunning views since this is “one of the most centrally located luxury boutique hotels in San Miguel.”

Sleep in style right in the center, then stroll out the front door to the heart of it all in a gorgeous small city teeming with life.

See our detailed review of new hotel Casablanca 7 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.