About the property
- Guest House500 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
One bedroom private casita 10 minutes from downtown San Miguel de Allende
Casita de los Arcos is spacious and comfortable with a large combined living room, dining area and kitchen. A separate bedroom area can be completely closed off for private space. A single bed in the main room can be added or subtracted as needed. The sofa is large enough to sleep a child comfortably if you are a family of four.
The Casita de los Arcos is topped by a 14 foot boveda (domed brick) ceiling. On one side of the living area is a cozy gas fireplace, and on the other is a full kitchen with a dining area. The kitchen and full bath are finished with traditional Mexican tile. Guests can use the entire 3,000 sq. foot veranda and our front yard. Our home offers a large amount of outdoor space not available in the center of town.
We also rent our main home, which accommodates 8, and a studio casita, for 2-3 people, on the same property.
We are located in the Atascadero neighborhood, one of the most desirable "colonias" in San Miguel. On a hillside overlooking Centro, it has the advantage of being in a quiet, residential neighborhood but still within walking distance from the "Centro". You can walk downhill through charming neighborhoods on cobblestone streets into the heart of San Miguel with its unique mix of Spanish colonial architecture and Mexican charm, its many shops, restaurants and churches. One direction takes you to the main market, and another takes you to the “Jardin” or main square.
After enjoying San Miguel's lively town center, you can return to a quiet and comfortable home. If you don't feel like walking, you can call a taxi. Taxis in San Miguel are plentiful and inexpensive (40-50 pesos per ride, or a bit more when you call one). Taxis serve all of San Miguel, including trips out of town. Public buses are available, but most tourists prefer walking or taking taxis. Taxi drivers are friendly, knowledgeable and many speak English.
Central San Miguel lies to the west of our home, and attractions of a different sort lie just behind us to the east. San Miguel's unique botanical garden, the Charco del Ingenio, protects many indigenous species including 156 species of migratory and resident birds, and 110 species of butterflies; it is a 10 minute walk from our home. Just past the Charco you'll find San Miguel's shopping mall and Cinemex theaters, as well as the famous 'El Tianguis' Tuesday Market--these are a longer walk, or a short taxi ride away. The Tuesday market is an open air market that operates every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. (and a smaller market on Sundays). This is a huge market that has hundreds of vendors selling everything: fresh produce, fish, chicken, CDs, DVDs, clothes, furniture, kitchenware, radios, used car parts, tools, and almost anything else you can imagine.
You can walk walk 12 minutes downhill to reach town, or call a taxi. Taxis in San Miguel are plentiful and inexpensive (40-50 pesos per ride, or US$3.00). You can catch a taxi in town for access to all of San Miguel, or call one from home. Public buses are available, but most tourists prefer walking or taking taxis. Taxi drivers are friendly, knowledgeable and many speak English.
Though not yet furnished, you can take in the views of downtown and the surrounding countryside from our interesting rooftop.
George and Julie Kalmar
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- english, spanish, russian, czech, hungarian, Hebrew
- Calendar last updated:
- May 7, 2018
About George and Julie Kalmar
George and I have lived in Los Angeles for 20+ years. We now live in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. We have two children, ages 13 and 23, and we work in international education and other creative fields. We enjoy sharing our homes with visitors to these three great cities: Los Angeles, San Miguel, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Our home in Los Angeles is an architecturally significant California modern home with original appointments and design. Our home in San Miguel is a spacious, traditional Mexican-style casa, with a large veranda and yard, and an adjacent casita. Our traditional Santa Fe-style adobe casita is located on 13 acres of high desert, 30 minutes southeast of Santa Fe. Like many of our guests, we love to explore the world, and hosting people from all over the world enriches our own experience. We always provide attention that is both professional and personal.
George and Julie Kalmar purchased this Guest House in 2014
Why George and Julie Kalmar chose Atascadero
You can enjoy all the activity of San Miguel's "Centro" and then come home and relax in a tranquil place.
What makes this Guest House unique
Casita de Los Arcos is conveniently located between the Centro, Luciernaga shopping mall, the Charco del Ingenio. Our neighborhood, colonia Atascadero, is quiet and has plenty of parking.
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100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Great quiet casita in the heart of San Miguel
We couldn't have been happier with the casita in San Miguel. The location is perfect, just a short walk to the central historical area where you will find many shops and fine restaurants. The casita was a bit larger than we were expecting and was very well appointed with plenty of seating areas, a very functional galley style kitchen and nice bathroom. The bedroom is off the main living area and partitioned with two glass doors, very nice. We really enjoyed the two separate patio areas. Both were well shaded and provided a nice place to enjoy a cool drink after a day of sight seeing. The humming birds were fun to watch. The streets are very quiet at night and we felt very safe. Often you would see the neighbors out for a walk in the evenings. Our interactions with the homeowner was great. Inquiries were replied to very quickly and they checked with us every day or so asking if there was anything we needed. Very accommodating hosts, they get a 10/10 in making us feel welcome. We highly recommend this casita if you are considering a trip to San Miguel.
Thanks for the kind words, Basil. It was a pleasure to host you and Marisela, and if you're ever back in this part of Mexico, perhaps we can meet up in person!
Felt like home!
We very much enjoyed our stay at the Casita at Los Arcos. The casita was just as pictured- warm and cozy. What you do not see is all the little touches- fresh flowers, bottle of wine, and a kitchen stocked with everything you need. We ate breakfast in most mornings, picking up bread and pastries from one of the wonderful bakeries in town. The washer and dryer is very convenient, as is a line to dry damp towels, bathing suits etc. The shower was heavenly - tons of hot water and great water pressure. The bed was very comfortable- not too hard and not to soft - and with very nice linens. Reading lights on both sides of the bed which we always appreciate.There is a private terrace in the rear of the casita as well as one by the entrance door. And we enjoyed using the large veranda as well. Julie and George were very welcoming and helpful- just the perfect hosts! We walked down the hill most days to the Jardin but taxis were easy to hail and Julie called one for us our last morning to make sure we got to the bus station in time. We look forward to returning and staying longer next time
Thanks Laurie and Stephen! Likewise, it was wonderful to host you and spend time with—surprise—mutual friends! We'd love to see you here in San Miguel again!
Great casita just as pictures show. Hosts Julie and George were wonderful.
We loved San Miguel and the lovely casita on the gorgeous property owned by Julie and George. They were wonderful hosts and we would definitely stay here again. The only issue to be aware of are the large cobblestones on the streets of Altascadora. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes.
We loved having you, Karen and Mike, and glad you survived the cobblestones! They are beautiful but not the easiest for walking! Love to have you back anytime.
Comfortable, friendly accomodation
We were very late arriving after flight delays, but our hosts provided us with food for supper. Not expected, but much appreciated. January, 2018, was unseasonably cold in SMA, meaning that the typically small fireplace in the Casita had trouble keeping up. No worries; our hosts,Julie and George, brought us extra heaters. They are a very friendly and interesting American couple who have recently relocated to Mexico. Highly recommend!
Well located, charming, excellent hosts
Julie and George were excellent hosts. The casita is very private and quiet in the exclusive Atascadero neighborhood. A jewel with traditional architecture, well located, with a 15 minute downhill walk to the central plaza. Easy access to the "Charco del Ingenio" Nature Preserve for walking or running. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will be back!
A delightful stay
We had a relaxing and delightful time in San Miguel. Julie and George were extremely friendly and helpful and always there to answer any questions. The casita was spacious and very comfortable and had everything we needed, including essentials in the kitchen. The house itself was beautiful with its arches and terrace and it was always nice to come back to. When we first arrived it was very chilly but there were heaters in all the rooms in the casita and a very comfortable bed. After a few days it either got warmer, or we got used to the weather, and we didn't even use them. Although the first day the walk down to the center on the cobblestones appeared treacherous, we got used to it quickly and wound up walking down and back up every day. At night, a taxi was less than US$3.00.
The neighborhood was very pretty and very quiet, so it was nice to get out of the city at the end of the day. The Botanical Garden, with its great cactus and other desert plants, was beautiful and within walking distance. It satisfied our desire for a "hike" out of the city. All in all, a great stay.