Aldama 53, Centro
37700 San Miguel de Allende
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The 500-year-old center of San Miguel de Allende remains largely unchanged since the days when the Spanish put up their churches and mansions in in the baroque and neo-classical styles of the colonial period. UNESCO named the area a World Heritage Site in 2008 and now, Hotel Matilda, with its eclectic collection of contemporary art and straight white exterior lines, is right in the thick of the action.
“While the typical hotel in San Miguel de Allende immerses guests in the historical past, Hotel Matilda embraces the lifestyle of today’s travelers and offers them enriching new cultural and personal experiences,” said owner and developer Harold ‘Spook’ Stream. A passionate art collector, Stream filled the hotel with original contemporary pieces. Major works were commissioned specifically for Hotel Matilda, including sculptures by acclaimed Mexican artists Bosco Sodi, Nacho Rodriguez Bach and Aldo Chaparro. A portrait of his mother, Matilda, by legendary Mexican artist Diego Rivera, hangs in the hotel’s lobby. It’s fitting that the hotel shares her name.
San Miguel is an artist community, including many ex-pats, whose art is often shown at the city’s 62 traditional galleries. Just like those spaces, Hotel Matilda provides a blank backdrop for the artworks to be exhibited against. From the lobby to the Spa, walls are a neutral mix of white and graphite shades, leaving space for objects to be enjoyed individually. A similar color scheme pervades in the restaurant, where baby vegetables from Hotel Matilda’s organic farm are served as part of an inspiring ‘farm-to-table’ concept. This organic ethos is complemented by the tequila and margarita tasting sessions run by the hotel’s mixologist, who insists on using indigenous fruit and herbs in every concoction.
Outside, the landscaping concept echoes the local topography , deliberately mixing common and rare species from the region to create a natural array of colors and textures, plus scents that ebb and flow as the seasons pass.
Hotel Matilda’s 32 rooms and suites are divided into five categories. Many Standard Rooms and Junior Suites have balconies and panoramic terraces, while the top-end Owner’s Suites win guests over with grand living areas, soaking tubs in the bathrooms and terraces that look out across the city and the mountains that frame it. All floors, including the bathrooms, are Calcutta marble and the creamy white, brown and graphite color scheme is offset with accents of turquoise and lush furnishings. Custom-designed lighting casts everything in a warm glow, making the spaces works of art in themselves.