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Zona Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico
  • Bungalow750 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps3
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay4 nights



We found the 'Jewels' nestled in the hillside overlooking San Miguel, above the hustle & bustle but still in Historic Centro. In fact, just next door to the million dollar estate of Pedro Vargas and across the street from the former home of 'Cantiflas', Mexico's favorite comedian/actor of the past. Just a few doors from El Mirador (the city's famous lookout), you needn't come up just for a view of the city, you will have that view from the Jewels, all day, every day. Not from the rooftop, but from inside the suites.

Just blocks from the Jardin & above Juarez Park. From the moment you enter the entry way into the 'Jewels of San Miguel', you are transported from the colorful streets of San Miguel through the manicured garden - lush with evergreens, flowers and a trickling fountain...all sheltered by an overhanging 100+ year old Mesquite tree with the 'Jewel' pendant hanging over the central courtyard. The gardens and fountains are beautifully illuminated at night providing the 'setting' if you will, for each 'jewel'.

Uncompromising attention to detail was given to this majestic property by the previous owner (one of San Miguel's finest architects). Using only the finest materials, master artisans have skillfully crafted your 'home away from home.'

Rarely will you find an upscale rental in Centro that offers this level of style and sensual sophistication, combined with its convenient location and magnificent vistas of Historic San Miguel.


Fast internet (best available)

Purified water

Pastries on arrival

En suite Kitchenette:

(Fridge, microwave, toaster, 4 burner stovetop, oven, sink)

Complimentary coffee

Housekeeper on site

Laundry (light loads, housekeeper cleans, folds & returns to you for a tip)


Cable Television

Incredible streaming entertainment, in addition to complimentary Netflix, worldwide streaming with all stations, HBO, Comedy, History Channel, foreign programming, etc. Like Netflix but with extensive content as well as Movies in theaters now.


Elizabeth Gordon

Member Since 2014
Response rate:
Response time:
within one hour
english, french
Calendar last updated:
Apr 11, 2018
About Elizabeth Gordon

I am a retired airline employee, as such, I've been all over the world and have chosen San Miguel as my special retreat. I emphasize personal service but at the same time, I don't live in San Miguel but have great support staff there on the property daily to assist you.

Elizabeth Gordon purchased this Bungalow in 2013

Why Elizabeth Gordon chose Zona Centro

When I found the Jewels, it has a natural setting, feels incredibly open and airy and is a quiet refuge from the activities down below but is just minutes away by walking or if you don't feel like walking, transportation is readily available just steps from the Jewels.

What makes this Bungalow unique

It's unique due to all the touches it has, we don't furnish it with 'rental' type goods, we try to have the best quality furnishings, yet we're not asking high prices, our amenities are what sets us apart. You will be greeted with home made pastries and a steady flow of complimentary coffee. Purified water is supplied in the casitas, and each casita has its own kitchenette, We try to give added value to the guest's overall experience yet, not burden them with excessive fees and hidden costs. This is why we have free WIFI, Cable, long distance phone service to the US and Canada, and usage of our Netflix account. We furnish purified bottled water and housekeeping once a week with free light laundry service if you care for it. We feel you get the value for your money at the Jewels and on top of that, you get unmatched beauty in your surroundings.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, It is an open floorplan, quite large, 750 sq. ft.
      • Open floorplan with a Mexican Queen bed.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, shower, bidet, Glassed in Bathroom on terrace, city view from sunken tub
      • The custom bathroom has a shower and no tub in Casita Topaz and Casita Opal. Casita Ruby has a gorgeous soaking tub in a glass bath that extends onto the terrace and you can see the view of the city from your bathtub.

      Location Type

        • Downtown
        • Mountain View


            • Away From It All
            • Romantic


                • Catering available


                    • Linens Provided
                      Housekeeper changes and cleans the casita once per week.
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Housekeeper only.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Electric heaters by request.
                    • Internet
                      Great WIFI in all three casitas, good speed by Mexican standards.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Fireplace
                      Automatic Propane gas logs.
                    • Living Room
                      Open floorplan with living room area.
                    • Parking
                      Street parking adjacent to property, short walk.
                    • Telephone
                      Two phone lines are available, local SMA phones in the common areas at entry and Free USA/Canada long distance in each casita, so you can stay in touch and can be reached.
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      Housekeeper will do light wash on your cleaning day.


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Kitchen
                          small but has everything: 4 burner stovetop oven fridge microwave coffee maker toaster oven available pots & pans dishware separate icemaker
                        • Microwave
                        • Pantry Items
                          Our guests generally don't cook very much so we do give a complimentary coffee canister for arrival week along with sweeteners.
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          Two gas burners, all pots, pans & dishes provided.
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Both indoor and outdoor tables seat six.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Books
                                  Some, mostly about art...
                                • DVD Player
                                  Doesn't play all US DVD's as was bought in Mexico...:-( Is a Samsung Blu-Ray player
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Has both Spanish and English programming and news.
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                  New Samsung 47' Flatscreen LED Smart TV with Samsung apps like Bloomberg News, Huffpost News, Youtube, and our complimentary NETFLIX account to access.


                                    • Balcony
                                      Terrace with Table and 4 chairs, two additional chairs and small hammered copper table. Hammock available by request.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Gorgeous garden area upon entry to the Jewels, surrounding the central courtyard.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • not suitable for children
                                        • smoking allowed
                                          No smoking inside the casitas but it is allowed out on the terraces.
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • botanical garden
                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • library
                                            • live theater
                                            • museums
                                            • restaurants

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • antiquing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • cycling
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • hot air ballooning


                                                            • Outside of the fact that San Miguel is a UNESCO World Heritage site, it was just named the People's Choice NUMBER 1 DESTINATION IN THE WORLD by Conde Naste Traveller Magazine. We knew it, now the world knows it!

                                                              15 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              A Wonderful Experience!

                                                              Jennifer G.Carmel, CA

                                                              The Ruby at The Jewels of SMA was perfect. It is beautifully appointed, with a sitting area and fireplace, a lovely bedroom with much glass with a lovely view of San Miguel. It also has a large patio. We will definitely return!

                                                              Wonderful relaxing stay in San Miguel

                                                              karen r.

                                                              My husband and I had a wonderful stay in Casita Ruby. The apartment was nicely furnished and beautiful decorated. The terrace was amazing, overlooking the city of San Miguel and the lake and mountains beyond. Transportation either by taxi or bus was a snap. We had planned to go on trips outside of San Miguel but we had such a wonderful time in the city and in our casita we decided to just stay in San Miguel. The owner was very helpful with recommendations and ideas for our stay. We enjoyed every minute of it!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Hi Karen, I would like to thank the two of you for coming down and spending day of the dead in Casita Ruby. I'm so glad you enjoyed yourselves, do come back and stay with us if you should return to the city, we'd love to have you back.


                                                              Topaz Casita - A bright and cheery retreat in San Miguel

                                                              Leo P.

                                                              My wife and I stayed two weeks in the Topaz Casita. The apartment was a real pleasure to return to after a day of walking all over San Miguel. We found the kitchen more than adequate for the kind of vacation cooking we were doing and the premises were charming to look upon. The tastefully executed Moorish theme was very much appreciated. I know that a previous review complained of the lighting; but, in my own opinion, the more than ten light fixtures in the unit were more than sufficient to illuminate every corner of the apartment. The apartment south wall (which was virtually all windows) gave truly spectacular views of the city. San Miguel itself really lives up to its hype as a UNESCO World Heritage City, the restaurants are first rate and the art studios and crafts outlets are worth seeing, even if you don't buy anything. And, lastly, the owner of the unit, Bebe Gordon, really went out of her way to make our stay a pleasure and my wife and I would really consider ourselves lucky to be able to rent from her again.

                                                              Very disappointed

                                                              Ellaine M.

                                                              This was our 4th trip to San Miguel to rent for an extended stay. This was by far the biggest disappointment of all our previous rentals.

                                                              1. The location is on one of San Miguel's busiest street. If you choose to walk to the Jardin be

                                                              prepared to inhale a lot of pollution from buses and cars driving by.

                                                              2. Be prepared, if walking to do a straight downhill walk to Jardin and straight uphill for return.

                                                              My husband and I are very fit and do mostly walking. This uphill walk was ridiculous. Once

                                                              you enter the property, then there are close to 30 more steps to Topaz door.

                                                              3. The Topaz for extended stay is not what you want. It is in need of a renovation. The

                                                              bathroom tile was dirty and looked as though it had not been clean for sometime.

                                                              4. The decoration are everywhere and appear old and/or very low quality.

                                                              5. For a month stay, the property was not suitable due to location and quality. For what we

                                                              paid, we expected so much more.

                                                              6. Evening on the outside deck you are facing the sun. The patio is very uncomfortable and


                                                              Charming Casita

                                                              Mary F.

                                                              My husband and I spent the month of January in this sweet little casita. The Moroccan inspired aesthetic was very soothing . The bed is only a double but extremely comfortable. The beautiful widow leading to the patio let in beautiful light during the day and we could even view the fireworks at night not only from the sweet patio but the luxury of our bed! There is a little kitchenette which came in handy for lazy breakfasts or late night snacks. A small canister of coffee and sweet little pies are provided for your first night. The fireplace worked beautifully and kept the casita toasty on chilly evenings. There is a large screen tv with Netflix capabilities which we used on chilly evenings sitting by the fire sipping hot cocoa. The wifi works great! The bath only has a shower but there is plenty of hot water and vanity space. The terry robes provided were wonderful for chilly mornings! I was concerned about closet space but the armoire ,desk drawers, and drawers under the bed provided more than enough. Knowing SMA I was worried the casita might be noisy from being so close to Miradore and the busses. As Bebe, the owner assured me " Topaz is called the tomb" and it was very quiet. The location is great. A bit of a struggle walking up hill at times but taxies are so reasonable and the bus stops just a stones throw away. This location made for fun excursions going up or down and our view from the patio was wonderful. There is a dome obstructing the Parroquia but it's no big deal. The rest of the view is marvelous! The patio furniture is very comfortable. There is a large table and chairs for dining and two chairs with a little table for relaxing. Bebe the owner made sure all our needs were met before and during our stay! I can't say enough about how attentive she was. She provided weekly email info on SMA. We will definitely be back!

                                                              Incredible views and lovely casita in SMA

                                                              Sycrid D.

                                                              Casita Ruby was a wonderful place to stay for our trip to SMA! It was even better than we expected and the photos don't do the Jewels justice. You walk in to a beautiful multilevel courtyard filled with plants, art, a water feature and seating to find the private entry to your casita (there are three). Ruby is so much better than staying in a hotel. Some of my favorite features are the perfect size of the casita, the natural light, and the great tub with a view. The best part, by far, is the large patio with magnificent views. The weather is just perfect and we spent a great deal of time on the patio in the lounge chairs. The hillside location provided the best views of SMA and a quiet break from the activity of the Jardin. I never even heard the guests in the other two casitas. We enjoyed the walk down the hill each morning. The return climb is a bit steep, but we liked the exercise, so we only took a cab a couple of times. I was concerned about the location before arriving because Google Maps isn't entirely accurate for SMA, but Bebe was kind enough to call me and explain exactly where the casita is located. She also gave us some great tips about the town. While cab rides are extremely inexpensive, we chose to walk to the places we wanted to visit. Our favorites:

                                                              La Fabrica Aurora - Galleries

                                                              Mercado Artisanians - Arts, crafts, souvenirs, food

                                                              Aperi - Amazing restaurant and dining experience (reserve a spot at the chef's table)

                                                              Cielo - Coctails and a perfect rooftop patio with an up close view of the Parroquia and the Jardin

                                                              El Charco del Ingenio Jardin Botanico - Beautiful botanical gardens and an easy hike

                                                              La Ventana - coffee

                                                              El Correo - Chilaquiles

                                                              Atotonilco - Sistine Chapel of Mexico, Folk art gallery, & Nirvana resort (about 20 minutes away and well worth the trip)

                                                              Churches - Too many to mention

                                                              Transportation and expert guide - We emailed Martin Juarez before our trip to arrange transportation to and from the airport. His prices are reasonable and he is an extremely reliable tour guide and a great guy. He also took us to Atotonilco. taxi248martin@yahoo.com.mx.

                                                              Parque Juarez - A nice walk through the park on our way to the Instituto Allende

                                                              The Rosewood - Beautiful rooftop patio with great views

                                                              I definitely recommend Casita Ruby. Thank you Bebe!


                                                              Zona Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico

                                                              The location is just steps away from the city's tourist lookout, El Mirador, a breathtaking view that you will have from any of the Jewel's private terraces. Quiet, private yet both busses ($.35) and taxis ($2.45) pick you up just outside the street entrance door. Such an easy location to navigate the town. Stay above the fray, the noise and traffic at the Jewels of San Miguel.

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