Belmond’s “best kept secret”—a historic hideaway in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico—is sporting a new look. The Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada, San Miguel de Allende just took the wraps off a phased redesign helmed by U.S. interior architect Trisha Wilson.
The project encompassed all 37 of the property’s rooms and suites, the relaxed Mexican eatery Restaurante del Parque, the elegant restaurant Andanza, the tequila nightspot The Blue Bar and the Laja Spa, as well as all of its public spaces, courtyards and gardens.
The Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada comprises a cluster of individual casonas dating from the 16th – 18th centuries, with newly redone landscaping that aims to channel the spirit of rural Mexico through its courtyards, fountains, stone archways and orange trees, cycad and agave tequila plants. The refresh added a new Artist’s Corner at Casa Parque, inspired by the city’s local craft scene. There the artist-in-residence, Jose Luis Arias, a graduate of the Instituto Allende, conducts regular guest art classes and city gallery tours. The reimagined Laja Spa includes a fitness studio, three treatment rooms, and rooftop relaxation area.
In terms of accommodations, each of the newly appointed bedrooms and suites has one-off artworks by local talent, as well as Mexican antiques. Many suites have bright pink, yellow, and blue antique rugs, soft furnishings, tapestries, and bed linens, complementing the clay floors and darker-colored walls. The bed head boards, mini-bar frontages, and wooden furniture have been hand-forged and carved using local techniques and motifs.
Many of the rooms have terraces, balconies, or courtyards, which offer the best views of the city’s rooftops and a vantage point from which to watch the sunset. Most rooms now have fireplaces, hearth and lounge areas to relax on cooler evenings.
Many of the bathrooms have brightly colored traditional Talavera bathroom tiles from floor to ceiling and intricately carved wooden vanity units and mirrors.
Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada can be accessed via Mexico City or regional airports Querétaro or Guanajuato-León Airport. A private car transfer from Mexico City can be arranged through the hotel and takes just over three hours and from Guanajuato-León the hotel is a scenic one-and-a-half hour drive away.