Art-Themed Boutique Hotel Opens Today in San Miguel de Allende, Hotel Matilda

Located in the Crown Jewel of Colonial Mexico, Hotel Matilda Celebrates the Lifestyle of Today’s International Traveler

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Hotel Matilda ( is an iconoclastic boutique hotel offering visitors to famed 500-year-old San Miguel de Allende an alternative travel experience. In juxtaposition to the spectacular colonial setting and the immersion in this historical past at the other hotels here, Hotel Matilda celebrates today’s lifestyle in a vibrant, gallery-like ambiance filled with contemporary art.

“Our cutting-edge, lifestyle-focused guest experience at Hotel Matilda is defined by an evocative and comfortable ambiance, personalized service, sophisticated amenities, and striking contemporary art that engages and animates guests,” said General Manager Andrés Sanhueza.

To celebrate the opening, Hotel Matilda is offering special opening rates starting at $195, including breakfast, through the end of 2010. For more information and reservations:, 1-800-Matilda, or (011) (52) 415-152-10-15.

Front entrance, Hotel Matilda, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Hotel Matilda offers:

32 rooms and suites: All are luxuriously appointed with artistic touches from Mexican calcutta marble floors and art by acclaimed Mexico City photographer Eduardo Zaylan to fine 400-thread-count linens. Most feature a balcony or terrace, while many boast panoramic views of San Miguel de Allende.

Restaurant Matilda: Chef McDonough’s menu of contemporary international cuisine reinvents traditional American, Continental and Latin American cooking with his own innovative twists using the latest culinary trends. He has gone to unsurpassed lengths to find and procure the finest locally sourced ingredients, including establishing partnerships with artisanal food producers, developing organic gardens and even obtaining facilities to produce locally unavailable food products. Guests may dine indoors or on the patio overlooking lush gardens of indigenous flora and the wall of water flowing down from the infinity pool.

Bar Matilda: The lounge pours premium brands and specialty spirits by artisanal producers, and mixes classic and original cocktails employing the latest in mixology.

Spa Matilda:  The 4,700-square-foot spa focuses on achieving total well-being through a collection of globally and locally inspired treatments and integrated personal care experiences customized to individual needs and preferences. Set in an intimate, tranquil garden environment, it has four treatment rooms including a couple’s room; a spa suite with a steam shower and soaking tub; two patios; an indoor/outdoor Relaxation Lounge with a fireplace for pre- and post-treatment quiet time; and a fitness facility with cardio- and strength-training equipment.

Infinity pool, Hotel Matilda

Infinity Pool: An infinity-edge swimming pool features a deck with lounge chairs and market umbrellas, food and beverage service, and a verdant garden ambience planted with species indigenous to the local area. The pool is anchored by a stunning water feature: water flows out of the pool down a large water wall into the spa garden.

San Miguel de Allende: Located in the central highlands of Mexico about 170 miles from Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its spectacular Spanish colonial architecture and Old World ambience that remain virtually unchanged from centuries ago. In its “World’s Best” awards for 2010, Travel + Leisure named San Miguel the  #1 city in Latin America and the #4 city in the world.

Hotel Matilda Art Collection: In a community renowned for its architecture, art schools and striking landscapes, Hotel Matilda takes this legacy a step further by exhibiting the works of acclaimed contemporary artists. The hotel designed its ambiance to have the feel and look of an art gallery, creating an ideal environment for displaying works in an array of media;  most notable are the energetic and imaginative pieces, commissioned specifically for the hotel, by three emerging stars of the Mexican art world: Aldo Chaparro, Nacho Rodriguez Bach and Bosco Sodi. The art connection, moreover, gave the hotel its name: Hotel Matilda is eponymously named for the subject of a famous 1940’s portrait of Matilda Stream by revered Mexican artist Diego Rivera; the original remains in the hotel owner’s private collection while an image hangs in Hotel Matilda.

Other features and amenities:

  • Wifi: Complimentary wireless internet is available in all common areas; all rooms and suites have wired connections.
  • Canine Club Pet Program: Pets up to 20 pounds are welcomed with special beds, treats, toys, daily walks and more.
  • Green Profile: Hotel Matilda has a truly green profile with everything from photo-voltaic panels producing electricity and solar panels heating water to an automatic lighting system, composting of organic waste and sustainable bath amenities.
  • Indigenous Landscaping: The landscaping complements the green profile by only using plants that are indigenous to the region. Diverse plantings of common and rare species creates a natural array of colors and textures, canopies and lower gardens, and varying scents through the seasons of the year.

Source: P&G Communications


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Susie Albin-Najera is the creator and editor of The Mexico Report, an award winning travel blog showcasing news, deals and resources for the modern traveler. Najera is a writer, author, travel blogger, marketing and public relations specialist and producer. Najera serves on the host committee for Maestro Cares, founded by singer Marc Anthony and producer Henry Cardenas; and on the advisory board for Corazon de Vida, providing aid to children in Mexico. She is also the creator of 'The Real Heroes of Mexico' showcasing community heroes in Mexico and producer of Latino Thought Makers. Najera has been recognized by the Mexican Consulate and Mexico Tourism Board for fostering positive relations between countries and her dedication to showcasing Mexico as a premiere destination. She can be reached at

4 comments for “Art-Themed Boutique Hotel Opens Today in San Miguel de Allende, Hotel Matilda

  1. 2010-09-24 at 7:38 pm

    This looks like a place we will definitely have to visit and take some photos of! Thanks for the article.

  2. Glenda Gabriel
    2010-09-24 at 12:40 pm

    I too, love hearing about new places in San Miguel. We already live on the Caribbean in Mexico so when we go on vacation, it’s usually to San Miguel. It truly is an artist paradise and a decorator’s haven and a mecca for plastic surgery, yoga and holistic healing, theatre, language schools; art schools; fabulous delicious scrumptious food — everything beautiful. If I am looking for a wedding gift or unusual furniture, I can find it in San Miguel. And we choose our accommodations by the best we can find in ‘pet friendly’ — we wouldn’t leave home without them (the critters). What I also love about San Miguel is the ease with which ‘gringos’ can mix with the locals. But the very best thing I love about San Miguel is its reverence for dogs. Hundreds of years ago, it was the dogs who brought the settlers to San Miguel. The dogs found the water – essential for living in that high desert climate. The community of locals and visitors alike, are very active in animal rescue. Of course, I know that it is never enough but I urge anyone reading this note to google SMA and join in that effort. Or just go there, the culture is contagious.

  3. 2010-09-24 at 11:34 am

    Bravo Susie,

    It’s fantastic to know of the various places in Mexico: from rustic to high end. I absolutley love Mexico and look forward to returning one day soon.

  4. 2010-09-24 at 7:39 am

    I love learning about all the new hip posh hotels in Mexico. Thanks for sharing this. I want to go now! :-)

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