As one of the most beautiful colonial cities in all of the Americas, as well as a North American expat haven, San Miguel de Allende is certainly deserving of its reputation as a leading tourism destination in Mexico. And while many will be tempted, therefore, to pick a hotel located in the heart of the historic downtown district, an equally compelling case can be made for choosing the luxurious Casa Primavera as your overnight headquarters during your visit.
After a long day of wandering the city’s picturesque streets and enjoying the art, architecture and impressive buildings of San Miguel de Allende, there are invariably two alternatives for the weary visitor: continue walking (or take a taxi) to your hotel — or catch Casa Primavera’s private shuttle to the exclusive compound housing the newly built boutique hotel, outdoor pool and free-standing spa. In less than 10 minutes, the courteous, bilingual driver whisks guests back and forth to and from downtown, with an optional stop at the scenic overlook affording a beautiful view of the colonial gem. Shuttles are conveniently and frequently scheduled throughout the day; moreover, most often the driver will able to pick up and/or drop off passengers at a choice of locations in town.
If you’ve driven to San Miguel de Allende, Casa Primavera is not only more accessible by car than just about any place in town, the hotel also offers plenty of free, secure valet parking. This makes the property the ideal headquarters for those wishing to take some very worthwhile day trips, to the pueblos magicos of Dolores Hidalgo and Mineral de Pozos.
Whether you’ve spent the day exploring in the heart of San Miguel de Allende or elsewhere in the state of Guanajuato, you’ll enjoy coming back to your comfortable room at Casa Primavera. The furnishings and amenities of the 15 guest rooms and 29 suites position the property firmly in the luxury category: every unit comes with a balcony, king-size bed (unless two queens are requested), 32″ LCD TV, coffeemaker, alarm clock with iPod/iPhone docking station, and free wi-fi. The suites have an additional bonus: fireplaces. There is also a fully equipped handicapped-friendly and accessible room.
Casa Primavera’s public spaces are inviting, as well. The spacious courtyard, with centerpiece fountain, is enhanced not only by an impressive colonnade, but also a high-tech feature guests are unlikely to encounter in any other Mexican hotel: a retractable roof! Outside, the enclosed pool area promotes an atmosphere of relaxed intimacy. Meanwhile, the lounge section opposite the bar is another splendid place to enjoy a superbly crafted drink — especially when the fireplace is lit.
Last but not least, the restaurant on the premises offers the utmost in convenience, whether dining under the muted lighting of the distinctive, locally crafted chandeliers, or enjoying an outstanding meal delivered to your room. Chef Juan Carlos Miranda, who apprenticed in some of the finest kitchens in the country, creates culinary masterpieces of Mexican fusion, while also inventing refreshing cocktails inspired by regional ingredients.
Casa Primavera Hotel Boutique Spa
No. of rooms: 45
Text and photos by Buzzy Gordon, who was a guest of Casa Primavera for purposes of review. Booking arrangements by Concierge Online, a Mexican company specializing in providing tourism services.