Comfortable, Elegant, Affordable, Near El Jardin
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Centro house description
Located in the Centro, and only a seven minute walk to the Jardin, this delightful house is perfect for families, an intimate vacation or for up to three couples, with private quarters for everyone. And unlike many San Miguel homes which are not geared to those of us who like our creature comforts, three fireplaces and heat in every room insures that you'll stay warm during even the cool evenings that may occur in the winter months. The charming garden with fountain and large sun terrace allow for much time to be spent outside enjoying the beautiful San Miguel weather even during the pleasant Winters.
Totally renovated in 2005 and newly painted in 2011, this bright, airy home circles around the central courtyard. Here you can enjoy the splashing of the fountain as you linger over a late breakfast and evening meals. The living room is perfect for an evening with friends and family, just visiting or watching a movie in front of the fireplace after a meal prepared in the lovely Mexican tiled, cozy, yet spacious kitchen.
The home has two bedrooms with double beds on the ground floor. Each has French doors and windows opening out onto the courtyard and a private bathroom with shower. The bright and airy living room opens onto the central patio as well, and features stylish, up-scale furnishings and charming local crafts. There is an entertaiment center in the corner, with cable TV, DVD, and stereo.
The dining table, which sits between the living area and the kitchen, seats up to seven, or you can dine in the garden. In the kitchen broad, tiled counters, major appliances, a pantry, and plenty of light make cooking a pleasure. A couple of stools at the counters enable visitors to cheer the cook on. And if you're missing any ingredients, nearby markets solve the problem.
Up a tiled stairway, is the broad roof terrace with views of roof-tops, cupolas, and downtown church domes. The terrace is tastefully landscaped with Ficus trees, Bougainvilleas and many other carefully selected plants chosen by the owner who is a avid gardener. An afternoon napping under the umbrella on a lounge chair is a must! The master suite, with French doors onto the terrace, has a bedroom with fireplace and queen-size bed. Beyond the bathroom is a study/sitting room with extra closet space, a fireplace, desk and day bed. This room also has a private entrance onto the terrace, in case you wish to use it as a fourth bedroom.
Convenient to the ever-fascinating San Juan de Dios Market, around the corner from the popular Warren Hardy language school, and about a 15 minute walk from the Instituto de Allende, Casa San Juan de Dios is close to everything. After an exciting day of touring, taking classes, or attending concerts, lectures, gallery openings, or going clubbing, you return to the peace and quiet of Casa San Juan de Dios and listen to the splashing of the fountain in your own private sanctuary.
Carmen, the maid, comes to clean and change the linens. She is scheduled for three times a week, but is always pleased to come more often to cook, or to babysit (all for an extra fee). As she speaks English, she is a great resource for information about the town or the market. The property is also professionally managed by an English speaking manager who is on call, in case you have any problems.
Staying in Casa San Juan de Dios will be an experience you won't forget and almost certainly will want to return to as your home away from home, in San Miguel.
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Wheelchair Accessible:
- Non Smoking Only:
- Children Welcome
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7
- Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
- There are two full bathrooms downstairs and one upstairs.
Kitchen & Dining
- Coffee Maker:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Cooking Utensils
- Gas Fireplace:
- Parking Off Street
- Linens Provided
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Towels Provided
- Satellite / Cable
- CD Player
- Video Library
- DVD Player
- Tourist Attractions
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Car Not Necessary
- Rock Climbing
- Fitness Center
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Mountain Biking
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Sight Seeing
- Massage Therapist
- Horseback Riding
- Fabulous Hot Springs, Art and Language Classes, Lectures, Street Fiestas, Sightseeing to Nearby Colonial Cities and Indigenous Villages, Year-Round Parade of Local Fiestas, Fitness Centers, Yoga Classes, Famous Botanical Gardens, Shopping in Fabulous Crafts and Antique Stores, over 90 Restaurants, Music Clubs...moreless
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My husband (who is Mexican), our four children and I LOVED our three weeks in San Miguel in August. We always felt safe in this beautiful city - alone, as a family of six, during the day and at night. The weather was beautiful, warm but never too hot during the day and cool at night. Cynthia's house was a wonderful base for touring the city. We did not need a car. Everything was done by foot or bus (even trips further out, like La Gruta, El Escondido, El Charco and Guanajuato) - with the advantage that we didn't feel too guilty eating SM's amazing food. The house was clean, everything we needed was there and the location right next to the market, pharmacy (you can buy anything from toilet paper to shampoo to chamomile tea) and little mom and pop shop (for milk, toast, eggs) was wonderful. I would go to buy fruits, vegetables, meat, yoghurt (blackberry - one of the best I have ever had), cheese, bread and be back in no more than 10 minutes. Before our trip, Cynthia was extremely nice, responsive and helpful in answering my many questions (and she was right, I did not see one scorpion anywhere!). One amazing experience in SM: we never got sick from eating in the street, and we tried many, many tacos (after 7pm on Insurgentes), Carnitas (in a small shop on Mesones) and a lot of ice cream of amazing flavors like tuna, coco, mamey (at the corner of Canal and Hildalgo). A 'must' for Mexicans visiting SM are the churros from San Agustin on San Francisco - and they are delicious! The only thing we were not so happy about were the traffic and the noise that comes with it, but that might be the prize of such a central location.
- Guest Family of six (VA)
- Date of stay 07/31/13
- Review Submitted 09/12/13
Our stay in San Miguel de Allende
Our stay in San Miguel de Allende
We had a wonderful stay in our "home". The owner was so warm and helpful as we were arranging the trip, and everything was as perfect as it could be. We were able to walk to all parts of the city from the house so for us it was a perfect location. The patio outside was private and beautiful with plants everywhere so we could enjoy ourselves there when we returned from our sightseeing. The inside of the house was as nice as the photos showed - which surprised me. All was as stated. A person was at the house as we arrived from our flight, and she showed us around and helped us get settled in. I'm still talking about it to friends here and planning another trip to stay at the same house. The best part was that I felt it was MY home. While being out for the day, I would say, "When I get home..." I recommend it highly.
- Guest Linda N.
- Date of stay 08/26/13
- Review Submitted 09/06/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, pet owners, adventure seekers, girls getaway, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, sightseeing.
Owner response: Leslie, it was my pleasure! It makes me happy to know that you had such a nice time and enjoyed the house so much. Thanks very much for your kind words, you are most welcome any time!!
Wonderful San Miguel Neighborhood
Wonderful San Miguel Neighborhood
My wife and I spent March '13 at Casa San Juan De Dios. We truly enjoyed the house, the outdoor areas are very private and inviting. Carmen the maid was terrific. We have stayed in many SMA neighborhoods over the past several years, and this one is the very interesting. It is a typical Mexican neighborhood anchored by the Church which is just a block away. We always felt safe at anytime of the day or night. It is a 15 minute walk to the Jardin and Juarez Park so very accessible. The bathrooms are small, but since there were only two of us, we just each had our own. The house is very well equipped. We would certainly stay here again, and for the money the best value we have had in San Miguel. Were we there for Holy Week, and the San Juan De Dios Church and neighborhood is a focal point for many of the cities parades and activities, so it was a wonderful time to be there.
- Guest Les (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
- Date of stay 03/01/13
- Review Submitted 04/02/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, tourists without a car, sightseeing.
This is our first trip to San Miguel, the writing on the listing and reviews of other people truly described our experience. Our family of four and a friend enjoyed very much our stay in the house for two weeks. We are all very happy with our own bedroom because each one has a private bathroom. I am particularly impressed with the high quality cotton linens. It is a blessing to lay on the rocking chair while staring at the sky half covered by the tropical trees. I love the market next block! It is a perfect way to know the local culture. I visited the market almost every day, to get fresh fruits and vegetables. They tasted so much sweeter and fresher than those we got in the supermarket in Montreal. I bought fresh flowers three times during our stay. Every time I bought some, the vendor decorated the bouquet with many little flowers and leaves and it became twice the size, at no extra cost… The house is tastefully decorated and it was very comfortable. Thanks to Cynthia for sharing this beautiful comfortable home.
- Guest Belle (Canada)
- Date of stay 07/09/12
- Review Submitted 07/30/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, adventure seekers, girls getaway, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
The house was just about perfect for my wife and me on our first trip to San Miguel. We went to the market literally across the street regularly and did a tremendous amount of Mexican cooking in the beautiful and capacious kitchen. I read some of the other reviews and we were surprised at how incredibly quiet it was at night. A nearby crazed church bell ringer (always 35 rings, a pause and then one more for good measure) does his thing at 7:30am but no rooster noise (they are down the block). The walk to the Jardin and the center of town is short and easy and we were up and down the hill three times a day. When we had a brief patch of bad weather, the house was a welcome refuge. Dinner by candlelight in front of the three level, subtly lit, burbling courtyard fountain is RIDICULOUSLY romantic. U.S. marriage counselors should be aware of this place. We were very happy to meet you at the hacienda to thank you personally.
- Guest Rob (United States)
- Date of stay 02/01/12
- Review Submitted 03/29/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, tourists without a car.
Owner response: Thank you so much, Rob. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the house and the neighborhood! We enjoyed getting to meet you in person and we hope you'll come back to San Miguel again in the future. How about Dia de Los Muertos?
Love Casa San Juan de Dios
Love Casa San Juan de Dios
Cynthia, I just wanted to tell you how much I love, love, love Casa San Juan de Dios and how much I enjoyed staying there! The photos can't really fully convey the beauty of the house and the peace that you feel there! It felt like my own private sanctuary. The courtyard is stunning with all of the plants and the fountain! I also spent many hours on the beautiful rooftop terrace in the mornings and in the evenings. The kitchen was incredible and had everything I needed to do some cooking when I felt the creative juices flowing (and by the way the dishes are beautiful)! You've done a great job providing all of the modern luxuries, while the decor still has that colonial feel, in keeping with the house! Some friends came by for a visit and said "it's like having your own personal shangri la!" The location, just a few blocks from the Jardin and close to most everything I wanted to do, was fantastic. Also loved the San Juan de Dios Mercado the next block over and the little tortilla shop for fresh tortillas just around the corner on Canal! Carmen was wonderful and so hospitable and Yoko so nice and helpful. Of course I already loved San Miguel and have been there quite a few times, but this is the first time I've stayed in town in the middle of the action! I loved it! Casa San Juan de Dios is my new favorite place to stay! So, I rested and relaxed, ate lots of fantastic food, listened to great music, had a blast, walked and walked and got some much-needed exercise, had fabulous weather (highs about 80 and lows in 50s), spent time with incredible people and had so many other wonderful experiences! It just doesn't get much better than that in my book!! But that's the magic of San Miguel! The only downside is that I never want come home when it's time to leave! No matter how long I stay, it's never long enough! I can't wait to stay there again and have already recommended it to several of my friends!
- Guest gypsy soul (Dallas, Texas)
- Date of stay 07/09/11
- Review Submitted 08/08/11
Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, girls getaway, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, sightseeing.
Owner response: Thank you to all of my guests for the kind and complimentary reviews posted here. My husband Wayne and I are thrilled to open our house up to those who appreciate it and our special neighborhood of San Juan de Dios.
Charming Colonial Mexico!
Charming Colonial Mexico!
Books picturing colonial Mexican houses capture this one to a T. The outside wall opening up into the beautiful interior gardens, the upstairs deck, and the Mexican tile floor (I read about how they make these tiles on my iPhone - interesting) are a few of the special features. We had a wonderful time walking around from this location -- between the Jardin and the Instituto Allende. We went on organized house tours, historic tours, and were driven on a tour just out of town to the newly opened pyramids. In the evenings, it was hard to narrow down a restaurant choice -- we favored a couple which featured music as well as good food. We also enjoyed meeting American ex-pats at lunch and at a 4th of July party -- the local paper lists these activities. The tourist location in the Jardin can give you this English newspaper and a good map.
- Guest Laura A. (Chicago)
- Date of stay 07/02/11
- Review Submitted 07/13/11
Our first visit...
Our first visit...
From our first day in Casa San Juan de Dios, we were constantly referencing the need to return. We were able to get a sense of the many charms of San Miguel de Allende and the surrounding area, while enjoying quite respites on the patio and rooftop terrace. The house could not be more comfortable or appealing. Apparently we were almost too relaxed - as we forgot to add to the guestbook. That will have to wait for another visit. If the weather had not been so sunny and pleasant, and the town not filled with constant diversions and celebrations, we also would have spent more time enjoying the access to wi-fi, great cable, books, and movies. Casa San Juan de Dios is very well equipped to welcome visitors, including the kitchen area - but unusual for us, we were too busy enjoying the local dining options to spend any time making the most of it. As a combined birthday and anniversary splurge, we added an almost 6 hour market tour and cooking class. It was a trip highlight we would recommend to all future guests early in their stay! If less time is available, the market tour solves a great many mysteries and is an invaluable introduction to regional specialties. The secure parking made the decision to rent a car an easy one. Over the course of our 5 night stay, we enjoyed several outings in the area, and still have other adventures on our list for the next visit. We enjoyed a morning in Guanajuato, and two trips to Dolores Hildago that were responsible for our using the extra duffle we always slip folded into the side pocket of carry-on luggage. I know that using the beautiful ceramics (and our new tortilla press and pan!) will help keep the memories fresh until we return.
- Guest Elsie & Al (Washington, PA)
- Date of stay 05/26/11
- Review Submitted 06/08/11
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, adventure seekers, girls getaway, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, sightseeing.
We enjoyed our 6 week stay this past Feb. and Mar. in beautiful San Miguel. Our choice of this property was just what we required. A good location to centre square, even though a bit up hill well worth the walk.The sound and light show at La Parroquia was a not to miss evening special. Taxis are plentiful and only 30 pesos if needed. The property had a lovely courtyard, where we enjoyed a morning coffee or where I could do some painting. The roof top terrace was perfect for reading a good book, and basking in the sunshine. We were next to local market, for fresh flowers and fruit and vegetables. Carmen did an excellant job of cleaning the casa and looking after the plentiful outdoor plantings. She also was very helpful in suggestions for dining and helping us with our Spanish. We loved our stay and hope to return to San Miguel de Allende.
- Guest traveller (Ontario, Canada)
- Date of stay 02/03/11
- Review Submitted 04/22/11
Recommended for: Age 55+, sightseeing.
We were 4 very different vacationers, an artist, a teacher, a dreamer and a tryer of all things edible. The home suited our various needs, was in the middle of a real, unspoiled neiborhood in close walking distance to 70% of this gorgeous, friendly city. The food and service is the best I have experienced anywhere and that includes my beloved Italy. The house is beautiful and spacious with a relaxing patio and courtyard w/fountain. The architecture, art studios, cobblestone streets took us back to a quiter, gentler time that kept us busy when it was our choice, relaxing at other times. Whether your religious or not, the many, gorgeous churches will convert you, if only temporily. Add to that great mountain air, sunny days and very clean streets and you will think seriously about joining the ex-pats in a wide range of imaginative housing options. One note to be aware of. Getting to San Miguel is an adventure in it self. From the Mexico City Airport, you can take a first class bus, then a second class bus and finally a taxi. Inexpensive, but tiring and time consuming. I recommend reserving a limo meeting you at the airport and delivering you to your villa door. The Limo Co. is Viajes. A final note, the exchange rate is advantageous.
- Guest Myra Bell (Myrtle Beach, SC USA)
- Date of stay 08/22/10
- Review Submitted 10/24/10
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, sightseeing.
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Dec 24 - Mar 31
7 night min stay
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7 night min stay
- Refundable Damage Deposit: $100
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Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: We are hands-on owners who are enjoying retirement in San Miguel and the Bay Area, where we live just north of the Golden Gate bridge.
Why the Owner Chose Centro:
My husband Wayne and I fell in love with San Miguel like so many others and especially, the charming neighborhood of San Juan de Dios. The house, approximately two hundred years old has the grace of old Mexico with modern conveniences that make it comfortable. It is a real treasure.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Every room in the house faces the courtyard with the fountain, a real plus! Tastefully decorated, it is both lovely and comfortable in traditional Mexican decor.
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Dining Mexican style, comfortable and elegant.
High ceilings, fireplace and spacious living.
Beautiful green tiled kitchen counters and traditional decor.
Charming master bedroom with fireplace upstairs and easy access to sun terrace.
Downstairs bedroom with hand-carved Calla Lily headboard faces the courtyard.
Pleasant lounging corner of sun terrace.
La Parrochia on a beautiful, warm night.
One of the many dance troupes that come to San Miguel throughout the year.
A cultural delight, folk dancers in El Jardin.
The celebration of Independencia!
The birthday of San Miguel is the last week of September; music and parades!
Tastefully decorated living room with hand embroidered pillows from Oaxaca.
A big, roomy kitchen with everything you need, including housekeeping.
Courtyard with fountain are in the center of the house with all rooms facing it.
Master sitting room with fireplace doubles as fourth bedroom
Downstairs bedroom has full bathroom with Mexican tiles.
Read your favorite book for hours or have lunch upstairs on the sun terrace!
Near the Centro.
The music is so fun!
The streets are so colorful!
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