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Dos Casas–San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Quebrada #101, Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato State, Mexico

Quite possibly San Miguel's top choice for luxury boutique hotels, Dos Casas now has an excellent fine dining restaurant and has expanded its space for an even better guest experience.

When I asked the waiter at Áperi, Dos Casas' intimate fine dining restaurant, what he suggested off the menu he told me the suckling pig with crispy skin, orange marmalade, and meat jus. He went on to explain what he liked about it.

While this might seem completely normal to some, it's not always what you find in the food and beverage industry in Mexico. I can't count the times I have told everything on the menu was good or times when my server couldn't come up with a wine pairing for my meal.

This was just one facet of many that made my stay at Dos Casas particularly good—each member of the staff was well informed, friendly without being fake, and sufficiently attentive while leaving me to my peace and privacy.

The rooms and facilities are extremely well-maintained despite the hotel's 14-year history in San Miguel, helped by a freshening up of the interior decor in 2013 that shifted the look of the hotel ever so slightly away from colonial towards modern.

The golds, greys, creams, and whites that now grace the rooms and common spaces are complemented with industrial light fixtures, several select contemporary art pieces, and classic furniture styles that would be comfortable in any era.

The original seven rooms of the hotel have expanded to 12 including a two-floor annex property across the street that has the feel of a separate, private apartment (with Jacuzzi and complete kitchen), but with full hotel services at your fingertips. All of the rooms are ample, regardless of room category. Particularly nice are those suites that have their own private terrace and Jacuzzi under the stars. Several also have new retractable bathroom roofs for a wash with a view. The master suites have separate living areas and bedrooms, making them feel extra spacious.

Room #6, up a set of stairs coming off the main patio, has a separate second floor terrace and Jacuzzi, with a great view of San Miguel's main church. I highly recommend rooms with a private terrace (only a few don't have them). The luxury ratchets up several notches when you are enjoying a beer at sunset on your own private terrace with a view of the San Miguel rooftops.

Other amenities include bathrobes and slippers, quality bath products, high-thread-count sheets, luxurious mattresses, flat-screen TVs, a reasonably-priced minibar, safe, and a Nespresso coffee machine (though the coffee is not complimentary).

The hotel's restaurant Aperi has become one of San Miguel's new favorite gourmet restaurants, and while it would be impossible for it to ever live up the hysteric buzz that exploded when they opened, young and talented chef Matteo Salas has created a menu of dishes that are intentional, well presented, and delicious. And, as I mentioned previously, the service is impeccable.

The hotel's small bar at the street front is really just a place to pass the time while you wait for your dinner reservation, or to stop in for a quick nightcap before heading up to your room. The real action is on the hotel's main patio, whose high stone walls and wrought-iron balconies give it the feel of an old English Inn, complete with doves during the daytime. The roof here is also retractable but there is indoor seating for dining on cool nights.

For breakfast you have the option of ordering off their al a carte menu or being served the gourmet tasting menu. With more than five courses the tasting menu is more like a heavenly brunch than simple breakfast. On my visit there was a raspberry sorbet and yogurt fruit bowl, mimosas, Mexican chilaquiles with serrano chile, charred onion and fresh cheese, eggs fried in truffle oil, and flambéed French toast with fresh berries.

The hotel belongs to an umbrella group along with various other San Miguel businesses including the French-style bakery Cumpanio, the restaurant Jacinto 1930, and the Los Olivos Hotel. Activities and amenities cross business boundaries with the offer of a cooking lesson and market visit with one of their chefs, or a bag of pastries and breads from Cumpanio as a parting gift at the end of your stay. They also arrange private tours of all kinds in and around San Miguel.

For its warmth and ambiance, this is one of my favorite boutique hotels in San Miguel. The luxury here is done right, with a focus on details and quality over flash and finery.

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Total Number of Rooms: 12
Published rates: $372 to $744 including taxes

Review and photos by Lydia Carey.

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