Hotel Review: Dos Casas Hotel & Spa, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Entrance, Dos Casas

By Henry Feintuch on 7 February 2019
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The remote city of San Miguel de Allende, 170 miles (274 kilometers) northwest of Mexico City, was founded in 1542 by San Miguel El Grande, a San Franciscan monk. The city was a focal point of the Mexican war for independence from Spain. It was renamed after Ignacio Allende, a hero of the independence movement. Today, the region is home to more than 72,000 residents including a large U.S. and foreign expatriate community.

Visitors can drive or take a bus from Mexico City; or fly into Guanajuato International Airport as we did. A several hours stop – or longer – to visit Guanajuato City – a World Heritage Site – is well worth the detour before completing the 90-minute, 48 mile/77 km ride to San Miguel de Allende.

The Dos Casas Hotel & Spa property, which opened its doors to guests in 2004, was created by connecting two 18th century colonial houses. It was remodeled ten years later by Alberto Laposse, an architect and baker, whose management group owns Dos Casas and another hotel – Casa de los Olivos – as well as the Aperi restaurant (more below) and Panio bakeries.

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Mexican interior designer Germán Velasco collaborated with Laposse to create the hotel’s updated take on Mexican colonial style. The use of materials, including stone, marble, wood, leather, steel and brass, help to generate a warm and modern environment. Furniture throughout the hotel is inspired by iconic forms from the 1940s and 50s. The hotel’s collection of contemporary art helps to create a view of modern Mexico with a casual yet sophisticated look.

THE ROOM

Dos Casas has 11 rooms and suites in the main building plus a three-story townhouse around the corner on Umaran Street with its own entrance. Our Signature Suite was quite large (667 square feet or 62 square meters) and housed many hidden special features.

The king-sized bed floated in the front of the room with its headboard to the left the entryway. The bed had a firm and extremely comfortable mattress and soft 400-thread count cotton sheets. The leather headboard backed up against a colonial style wooden desk area with a small table and chairs nearby. Two bright LED lights sat high above the table overhanging the bed. The foot of the bed was a few feet from a bank of built-in cabinets for clothing (drawers and hangers) and large-screen TV set.

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