"I had the good fortune to stay at Casa Heloc in May 2015 and its magic is still with me.
In summary, Casa Heloc is a beautiful, gracious home in a vibrant small city. This is no bland, vanilla gated community rental – Casa Heloc captures the imagination, fills you with life, and resides in your heart.
First, the basics: Casa Heloc appears just as pictured. The home is colorful, airy, comfortable, very clean, and has an excellent flow. The kitchen is well-appointed and there is a washer and dryer/laundry area outside the kitchen. There is a good television and wifi. Bedrooms are on the second floor, and each bedroom and the office has a full bath. The gardens are beautifully well maintained. The courtyard teems with life and color, and the rooftop patio has a breathtaking panoramic view of the city and mountains.
The location sits just above the center of town and it is very easy to walk, taxi, or bus to town and beyond. We used the water cooler for drinking, cooking, and brushing our teeth, and the restaurants in town use filtered water, so dining was safe.
The extras: Casa Heloc is full of authentic Mexican art, crafts, and pottery. Each bathroom has a different talavera pottery sink. The hutch has an ample variety of talavera dishes and bowls.
The art is a mix of traditional crafts, such as Huichol string art, and modern paintings by local artists. The homeowners are attentive to client needs and are very keen on providing a gracious experience, such as greeting us with a gorgeous fresh flower display, and my arrival happened to be timed with the arrival of new, extremely soft, luxury towels.
The magic: Casa Heloc is a vacation destination unto itself... The vibrant art, extensive book selection, and Mexican décor keep the vacation rich and interesting when you are inside the house... Hummingbirds live in the trees in the courtyard and visit feeders in planters next to the French doors – we spent many early mornings and lazy late afternoons in the livingroom, watching "hummingbird TV" just outside the window… Casa Heloc is located in town, so the sounds of church bells and family pick-up soccer games sweeten the air… Firework displays on the rooftop patio… Parades...
The people of San Miguel de Allende are courteous and friendly. The taxi drivers navigate the steep, narrow, hilly streets with adroit patience and humor.
Casa Heloc far exceeded our expectations and we fell in love with San Miguel de Allende. We intend to return!"
Guest: Eileen C.
Date of Stay: May 2015
Review Submitted: June 8, 2015