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Traditional Casita in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type guest house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

George and Julie Kalmar
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish, russian, czech, hungarian, Hebrew
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 27, 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.


Atascadero Guest House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full bath, includes a standing shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen bed with doors that close for privacy. A single bed is available for placement in the main room of the casita, for an adult or a child. An additional child can be accommodated either by sleeping on a sofa that converts to a small bed, or on the large sofa.
  • Books
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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average rating of 4.8333335 based on 12 reviews
New York

A delightful stay

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great casita just as pictures show. Hosts Julie and George were wonderful.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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Bracebridge, ontario

Comfortable, friendly accomodation

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Well located, charming, excellent hosts

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Calm, clean, quiet

  • 5 of 5

The casita is nicely furnished with thoughtful touches, such as candles and sunblock. We found it to be a lovely place for our getaway. Julie and George are accommodating without being intrusive, and were there when we needed help or suggestions.

It's a bit of a schlep from the Jardín, and all uphill on the way back, but we were OK with that, once we found the route that avoided the street with the steps (!). We liked that it is close to the Botanical Gardens and in a quiet neighborhood. All in all we had a perfect stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize

Beautiful property in a lovely neighborhood

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I loved the casita at Arcos de San Miguel. It is architecturally appealing and well lit, with brick boveda ceilings and rounded windows. The furniture is classic and attractive. The casita is connected to the villa, owned by a lovely expat couple who lives there with their teenage son. The owners, Julie and George, were very helpful throughout the entire rental planning process, and when we were staying at the casita. The property itself is expansive. We had access to the yard and a lovely sitting area. Atascadero is a safe, quiet neighborhood with many lovely homes. We felt as if we were actually living in San Miguel, given that we had a spacious casita in a nice neighborhood, with delightful neighbors to assist us...

One of the major complaints that I heard from expats who live in town is that when you live too close to town it is very noisy, given the festivities that regularly occur. Fortunately, the casita at Arcos is far enough removed from town that it was very quiet. We were never bothered by firecrackers or loud music.

The only downside is that the 15 minute walk into town is downhill, on cobblestones. It is an interesting, attractive walk. But we always took a taxi back to the casita, given how steep the road is. We NEVER paid more than $3 for a taxi. Usually they charged $2 or $2.50 per ride. But I'd recommend that anyone who stays here bring comfortable walking shoes with a heavy sole. Forget about high heels or flimsy shoes! Actually, it doesn't matter where you stay in San Miguel, you will need good walking shoes. It is the type of town where you walk everywhere. It's beautiful, the streets are narrow, and you'll usually get somewhere faster if you walk. The traffic can be intense, given how narrow the streets are. But the drivers are amazingly polite. The local drivers give walkers the right of way most of the time.

Since we visited in late November into December, it was chilly in the evening. But the casita has a nice gas fireplace in the living area, and heaters in the bedroom and bathroom. So we were always comfortable when the temperatures dropped at night.

The open kitchen area was perfect. We had planned to cook more, so actually stocked the frig with fresh produce. But the restaurants are so outstanding in San Miguel, and the cost to eat out so reasonable, that we typically only had our breakfast, with fresh local coffee, at the casita. And we were able to reheat the leftovers from the various meals.

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Ann! What a thorough and thoughtful review! We enjoyed meeting and hosting you and Mike, and look forward to seeing you when you are next in San Miguel!
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Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.