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The Guest Suite in this elegant, split plan apartment in the Historic District of San Miguel de Allende (steps from the Angela Peralta Theatre, see Map) - is a small, fully furnished bedroom, with it's own full bathroom. It has twin or king bed flexibility (see Video). It has a desk with chair, an upholstered Queen Ann chair, 2 footstools, 3 lamps, and French doors opening on a flowered balcony over a small garden. Cool in summer, cooler in winter. A heater, a fan, and a white noise machine are provided. It has a well-appointed, full bath and storage space. You will have a Vonage phone, wireless HS Internet, a flat screen TV with basic cable, and use of the washer. All linens (sheets are ironed), towels, paper products, are included. There is purified water throughout the apartment. You enter the complex (please see the Video!) through a courtyard with flowers, trees and a lovely fountain. A doormen provides further security. There is a huge roof terrace with trees, an herb garden, and views almost to Madrid; guests enjoy it for morning coffee, to watch the hot air balloons, entertain friends, and sun bathing. The ambiance of the apartment is north African or Morrocan, so shade is valued and blackout curtains are available at many of the windows for the afternoon sun. I have original paintings and Persian carpets, and the light here is very strong. This is a home, not a hostel, B&B, or pension. Sex, age, and sexual orientation are irrelevant. The primary owner is a large, affectionate Siamese cat. Secondary owner lives in the Master Suite, rarely using the living room and not into cooking. The kitchen is available for occasional snacks. Living room privileges are negotiable. Due to it's location, around the corner from the Jardin, the Guest Suite is ideal for people wanting to get out and get to know San Miguel, the Historic District, and all they have to offer; it isn't suited to people who want to spend a lot of time in the apartment. No subletting, no pets, no smoking except on the roof terrace; overnight guests limited, with prior permission, and at the rate stipulated. NOTE: VRBO requires a 'nightly' rate, but I do not rent by the night. You can stay the days you want to, but your rate will be for a week (or a month). Please, please check the Calendar for availability, and the NOTES (scroll down to the bottom under RATES) for a clearer picture of the Rates.
Flat screen TV, DVD player, HS Internet connection, Vonage phone. Two bedside tables with reading lamps, 6 drawers, a wallet and key shelf, a Safe for valuables, a screen door (in addition to the bedroom door, which locks) should you wish for cross ventilation, or to keep the cat out. There is a desk and chair and bookshelves, as well as a Queen Ann chair for reading.
Each bed has 2 pillows. The walls have a well-known print, an original painting, and a poster of the Parroquia at night. I provide maps, and guide books, an atlas, a dictionary, a thesauras, Juarde of San Miguel, and an Insider's Guide to SMA....moreless
Tub and shower.
Vanity and 3 drawers.
Large bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths.
Upholstered bench to sit on.
2 bath mats
Hand soap, bath soap, shampoo....moreless
Restaurants and cafes are ubiquitous - you'll never get through them all.
There are 2 small foreign film theatres around the corner from me, on Hernandes Macias; the movies change daily. (You can get on their mailing lists or I can send you the week's movies from my email.)
There are classes in most of the arts, cooking, and Spanish.
The second largest English language library in Mexico is a block and a half away; it has a theatre, a cafe, and a large sunny, WiFi'd courtyard.
DHL, FedEx, and UPS all operate here....moreless
The Rosewood Hotel has Pool and Spa facilities available for a monthly membership of $350. It is considered 5 Star, really fabulous. Manicures and pedicures are available all over town. ...moreless
Several outstanding hot springs ar just outside of town. People go for the day,enjoying lunch al fresco; it's like a resort in Bavaria, lots of pools, massage available, nice menu.VERY relaxing....moreless
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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Endless restaurants, films, lectures, concerts, classes in dance, art, language, cooking. Two open air markets and an artisan's market are easy walking distance. Organic Market on Saturdays. Horseback riding to pyramids or just day rides. Day trips to Mexico City, Queretaro, Guanajuato, Pozos, Atontonilco. Sunday House and Garden tours of elegant homes. Beautiful hot springs in the European style, with gardens and lunch.
Year Purchased: 2003
About the owner: I grew up in Michigan on the lake and graduated from the U of Michigan, flew for PanAm, taught school in Latin American, married, and lived for 17 years in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad in the West Indies. My son is a commercial airline captain and lives in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. I have a granddaughter who lives in Barbados. My sister, who is blind, lives here in San Miguel. I have wonderful help - almost family - here: Magdalena, who takes care of my food and the apartment, is one of the most likeable people you will ever meet. I love San Miguel and the Mexican people and feel fortunate every day I'm allowed by the Mexican government to live here.
Why the Owner Chose Centro Historico: The location of the apartment, in my opinion, and for me, is unequaled. (Due to this location, the guest suite will appeal MOST to people who know San Miguel and want 'puro centro'.) I've lived in Paris and in London and this is the closest thing to that type of urban living, without the staggering cost. I'm an urban person and like to walk to most everything - safely and without sweating. I have churchbells, parades, fireworks, people who make eye contact and exchange daily greetings with me; I know my neighborhood and many of my neighbors. My yoga class, offered 3 times a week, is around the corner at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio. There are 3 alternative medicine sources within a block, Starbuck's is around another corner, and if the wind is blowing just right I can hear the mariachi's playing in the Jardin on weekends. San Miguel was recently voted 'Best City in the World 2013' by Conde Nast Traveler; we may not have the Louvre or the Crown Jewels or a Formula One race track, but we've got a combination of lifestyle and climate that is exceptional. Most of the expatriate, permanent residents here literally had the world to choose from and, often, after trying many other famous places, chose San Miguel.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment: There are only so many rooms (B&Bs, hotels, etc.) in this prime location. Most of them start at $100 to $250USD a night - many times the price of the Guest Suite, and there's no living room, and no one to ask questions. People who value comfort, elegance, security, and location, over a slight loss of privacy, really like the Guest Suite.