2 Bedroom Elegant Home with Great View in Historical Center
Andy and Dorothy
- english, german, spanish
About Andy and Dorothy
We have lived in San Miguel de Allende for the past 17 years. We are travelers at heart and have lived in Germany, California, Kyoto, Osaka and India. We understand how important it is to feel at home when you are traveling, ie comfortable beds, great cooking facilities and a hot, hot shower. Dorothy and I started our lives together 35 years ago, we had no money but we did have an old yellow Datsun, a tent and a somewhat sketchy camping stove. We graduated then to youth hostels and backpacks to hotels that only Kérouac in his Dharma Bum days could love (as did we) to the style of living that we would now like to offer you. This then, is our new adventure, providing a comfortable beautiful home away from home, for other travelers.
Why Andy and Dorothy chose Colonia Azteca
Casa Azteca is elegant, beautifully decorated with all the comforts of home. The Chef's Kitchen and BBQ area lends itself to entertaining new found friends or just whipping up a cozy meal for yourself. The Rooftop view is a perfect place for your evening beverage of choice and watching San Miguel's sunset.
What makes this House unique
Casa Azteca is only a few blocks up from the main Jardin yet far enough away from the hustle and bustle of downtown to truly give you a sense of peace and quiet.
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We enjoyed exploring from the vantage point of the Azteca neighborhood which felt very much a part of “real” SMA. Had to sleep on first floor most nights because of dogs barking deep into the night but otherwise a beautiful and well-laid out place.
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Great property in San Miguel. Highly recommended!
A beautiful home in a beautiful city.
I travel quite a bit and rarely write reviews, but it would be unfair for me not to praise my family's stay at Casa Azteca. Andy and Dorothy's place felt like home the minute we stepped in. Although they were not able to meet us the evening we arrived, we were met by the housekeeper, Angelica, who showed us around and introduced us to all the features of the place. She also came three times a week to clean up. Andy and Dorothy stopped in a couple of days later for a pleasant visit.
The house is on three floors and every room and hallway is tasteful, furnished and decorated right on point. Wherever your eye lands, you know you are in Mexico. Comfort is the theme. While there I made great use of the outdoor verandas. Although the first floor bedroom is the master suite, with its own bath and walk-in closet, my wife and I chose the third floor bedroom for the large adjoining veranda with a view overlooking the historic downtown. We spent a lot of time out there. I even slept on the veranda one night.
The only warning I would give is that if you have difficulty walking, this place could be challenging. For me, as a healthy mid 60's man, I loved it. It didn't pose any problem. But after a couple of days walking down the cobblestoned hill to town, my wife and her sister resorted to taxis. This was never a problem because taxis are universally available, and cheap (50 pesos/$2.50 US from downtown to the Casa). Uber is now in San Miguel and is even cheaper.
I can wholeheartedly recommend the place and the people - Andy, Dorothy, and Angelica.
Special Property in a Special Town!
Lovely hosts are there to great you and initiate you to the ways and means of SMA--perfect for two couples but my wife and I enjoyed the casa by ourselves.
I have stayed in many different homes over the years I have been visiting San Miguel. Andy and Dorothy were wonderful attentive hosts and their home on three levels is charming. The kitchen is beautifully equipped and all of our needs were met. They even greeted us with a complimentary bottle of wine on our first night. A+. Just make sure that your visitors are spry enough to walk up the hill if not taxis abound.
A great choice. Location and amenities were perfect for us
My wife and I stayed a month at the Casa Azteca and enjoyed every minute. As noted in the description, there are two bedrooms, each with their own bathroom and shower. The separation of the two bedrooms, one on the ground level and the other on the top level is perfect for sharing the house with another couple. The biggest decision we had to make was whether we preferred to sleep on the top floor with the patio and great view or sleep on the ground floor with the enormous walk-in closet and larger bathroom. Except for the week, our son and his wife joined us, we actually did a bit of both. We slept on the top floor while using the ground floor bathroom and walk-in closet. So nice to have choices. The middle floor has the kitchen, a 1/2 bath, living and dining area in an open concept model. There is also a small balcony with a BBQ on this level. BBQs are not available in many rentals and we found this to be extremely useful the odd night we wanted to stay there and cook ourselves. The location is only a short walk from the 'centro' (about 5 minutes), but far enough to avoid the noise and crowds that accumulate there. There are two convenience stores a block away that have milk, yoghurt, beer and many other necessities. The 'mercado' is also close (3 to 4 minutes). There is a bit of an uphill climb back from the 'mercado' or 'centro', but totally doable (both of us our late, late sixties). In fact the walk is recommended considering the tacos, burritos, tequila, cerveza etc. that are available everywhere. This house is in an area where the vast majority of people are locals, who are very friendly. We walked several times (20 minutes) to the botanical garden as it is a relative shortcut over the hills to that area. There is some extra hill climbing to get there, however. Of course, the taxis are plentiful and in-expensive if you prefer that. Many streets are cobblestone, so have good walking shoes. Having a house keeper three times a week is also very nice. She washes the bedding and towels, cleans the floors, dishes etc. Who wants to clean when you are on holiday? The WiFi is probably the best we have had for a long time. There is TV and cable and I hate to admit this, but we brought our Apple TV along for nights when we wanted to stay in and it worked perfectly. Andy and Dorothy are great and very responsive to any questions we had. We highly recommend this place and plan to return.
San Miguel de Allende is a city that manages to be both quaint and cosmopolitan at the same time. Once an important stop on the silver route between Zacatecas and Mexico City, its historic center is filled with well-preserved buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. With its narrow cobblestone streets, leafy courtyards, fine architectural details and sumptuous interiors, San Miguel de Allende is arguably the prettiest town in Mexico.
In 2008 UNESCO recognized San Miguel de Allende and the neighboring Sanctuary of Jesus de Atotonilco as World Heritage of Humanity sites, citing the town's religious and civil architecture as a demonstration of the evolution of different trends and styles, from Baroque to late 19th century Neo-Gothic.
Located in Guanajuato state, 265 km (165 miles) northeast of Mexico City and 96 km (60 miles) from the state capital, Guanajuato city, San Miguel is located within Mexico's hilly central highlands. San Miguel de Allende has no international airport so visitors usually fly into either the Leon/Bajio airport or the Mexico City airport and then take a bus. This is not a major drawback and may in fact add to the city's charm: the sound of an airplane coming in for a landing never disrupts the pealing of church bells, plus the effort required to get here makes it all the more enjoyable.
Walking is undoubtedly the best way to explore San Miguel. A car can be more of a hindrance than a help in town, though it can be useful for day trips to the nearby cities of Guanajuato, Dolores Hidalgo or Queretaro. When your feet get tired, hop on the sightseeing trolley that departs from the tourism office on the north side of the Jardín Principal. After a tour of the main points of interest, it will take you to the Mirador, a lookout point where you'll be able to have a panoramic view of the city.
There is a substantial expat community in San Miguel, so it's easy to find services in English and hotels and restaurants cater to the Americans, Canadians and Europeans who flock here. It is still very much a Mexican town, however, where locals cheerily co-exist with the foreigners who visit or call this city home.
San Miguel is a preferred destination of art lovers. Whether you're an aspiring or accomplished artist, or just prefer to admire the creations of others, you'll be happy here. Studio openings, courses and workshops form a vital part of the thriving arts scene. Galleries, boutiques and shops selling a wide range of art and handicrafts are plentiful so it won't be hard to find souvenirs to take home with you.
San Miguel de Allende has an air of tranquility about it, belying the fact that there is always something happening. This is the perfect city for an extended stay. Take a Spanish course or some art classes and make yourself at home. It is safe to walk around day and night and the climate is pleasant year-round.