Quebrada #101, Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato State, Mexico
Opened in 2004 on the site of what was––you guessed it––two houses, this elegant boutique hotel with only seven rooms offers the most luxurious experience among the dozens of small inns and B&Bs in San Miguel de Allende.
Located three blocks from the Plaza Principal, this small hotel goes well beyond the do–it–yourself ethic of so many otherwise attractive converted houses in the area. While you do have to get buzzed in the front door the first time, after check–in your run of the place is accompanied by attentive service and a steady refrain of "Can I get you anything?"
That means managers and staffers wear a lot of hats at Dos Casas, but they wear them well. As the situation dictates, they'll play bellhop, taxi flagger, cocktail waiter, or concierge, doing it all with a smile and a flourish.
The restaurant and wine bar had only been open a few months when I visited, but locals were already mentioning it frequently as one of the best spots in town for dinner. The evolving menu makes the most of fresh ingredients from the area as well as mixing in international dishes such as risotto with porcini mushrooms and grilled tuna with Vietnamese spring rolls. At the end, the warm chocolate cake with berries and dulce de leche takes 20 minutes to prepare but is well worth the wait.
The intimate wine bar is separate from the restaurant. It offers a deep collection of bottles from various countries, but also offers two different whites and reds by the glass each evening. The walls of both rooms are covered with photographs of Mexicans who have made a great contribution to the arts over the past century: painters, singers, composers, directors, and actors.
There are several additional public rooms for lounging, including a reading room with a public computer and a roof terrace with lounge chairs, an oversized sofa, and enchanting views at night.
The seven plush rooms at Dos Casas comprise one standard, three suites, and three master suites. Each one is distinct in its layout, furnishings, and fabrics, but with impeccable quality of materials throughout. The regular suites have a sitting area, fireplace, and desk, while the master suites have a separate living room, and a private terrace. The prime three–level Casas Suite has its own private sauna and a whirlpool tub for two outside on the rooftop terrace.
All the rooms are larger than the norm, however, with double–vanity baths to match. They come with a long list of quality amenities: free wireless Internet access, robes, L'Occitane en Provence toiletries, and flat panel TVs for a start. Fluffy robes, high thread–count sheets, and high–end mattresses cocoon you in comfort throughout your stay. The architects and designers who put everything together at Dos Casas were obviously talented and thorough; almost any direction you look in the public areas or rooms, there's a sign of extra care and attention to detail.
With a polished bilingual staff, extraordinary accommodations, and now one of the best restaurants in the city, this member of the Small Luxury Hotels group has vaulted to the top of the heap.
Web Address: www.doscasas.com.mx
Total Number of Rooms: 7
Published rates: $240 to $465 including taxes
Review and photos by Timothy Scott.