1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom , Queen Bed, discounted for month's stay
- english, spanish, Enough Spanish
About Janis McDonald
After living in Hawaii for 25 years, I decided it was time to fly, discovering San Miguel de Allende in l999. I have made my nest and now live on my "dream" rancho with horses, burros, chickens and dogs. One of my favorite experiences is being with people who are visiting for the first time. Through their eyes, I fall in love with this magical town once again. Discovering San Miguel has given me the opportunity to live with peace, wonder, laughter and friends. I am here for life!
Janis McDonald purchased this Apartment in 2016
Why Janis McDonald chose Zona Centro
Location, location, location! Centro, 8 minute flat walk to main square. Newly renovated, light and airy. The property is in Centro, very quiet and peaceful, away from the activities of the main square, yet within a few minutes walk. No car is ever needed. Only unit on property so you will have peace and quiet, a true retreat. Single unit on the property.
What makes this Apartment unique
Location, location location! Travel Leisure, 2018 voted best small town to visit in the world; Conde Nast, 2018 voted the best city to visit in the world. UNESCO World Heritage Site, colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, many tourist attractions and local festivals. Huge garden with fruit trees and outdoor furniture, mountain view from rooftop private sitting area, Stay a month at discount rate.
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Children not allowed
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Must check in by 8pm or I will send my employee to meet you, the fee is $30.00
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Location is best thing about property
The casita is located very near La Aurora and Centro which is where we wanted to be and is priced very economically. It is well-equipped with any manner of supplies one might need. The grounds are lovely, the patio outside the kitchen is nice, and if you are up for climbing up a winding metal staircase there is also a rooftop that looks towards the mountains with a swinging chair.
Unfortunately due to incorrectly worded instructions, we used one of the taps on the kitchen sink thinking it was filtered water and only realized this was not correct after three days had gone by when we both became ill. Four days later I’m still paying for that but the owner said she would change the instructions to indicate that a specific tap is the only one that can be used.
The description also says that the unit has complete privacy and it’s true that there is only one casita on the property. However the description does not say is that the owners gym is on the first floor, directly below the casita. During the week (not sure about the weekend) you will hear the metal gate opening and closing or the buzzer going off as the owner and members arrive and leave. Many times people sat at the patio tables and talked with one another or on the phone waiting for class to start or for a participant to finish. The table and chairs are also metal and make a good bit of noise being moved around. This is directly beneath the casita windows so if you are fond of siestas you may need to keep the windows closed. As long as you understand that during the day you may be sharing the outside space with a number of people and the office phone (which also rings in the casita) and other associated noises going on, you won’t be surprised.
There is a television but it is an 18’ screen located in the bedroom on the wall opposite the bed at the height of the top of the closet. We didn’t want to watch the TV sitting on the bed and it was too small and far away for us to see so we used my husbands large iPad which we watched in the sitting area at night. The internet connection was very good.
We found the casita to be quiet at night, not counting the several roosters who live next door (they get up at 6:15 am) but you will have roosters for neighbors anywhere in SMA. We slept well on the comfortable bed.
There are a number of great places to eat and food shops nearby. La Aurora is an easy walk and getting to Centro is essentially flat.
I appreciate your review and regret the misunderstanding about the faucet in the kitchen. This is the first time a guest has made that mistake since the purified faucet is an addition to the sink and very different from the sink faucets.
Regarding the noise, doorbells ring here as well as any other place. My clients do not ring the doorbell as they have keys. Doorbells ring in Mexico for lots of reasons...asking for money or work or wrong addresses. So sorry this disturbed you. My guests have written many reviews, especially about my responsiveness. I am always quick to make things right if I am informed. Since you did not mention noise to me, I was unaware of your issues. As far as roosters go, this is Mexico. I provided Mac Earplugs for guests who have a problem with rooster noise.
My listing clearly states that my one on one private gym is on the property and available to my guests as well as my clients. It is not open to the public and my 1-2 clients who are here at the same time have not caused a problem before based on my prior reviews.
While I am sad to receive a mixed review, I appreciate your thoughts in your experience here. Feedback is always helpful as my desire is for my guests to have a super experience at Casita Aurora and San Miguel de Allende.
We loved our stay at Janis' casita. Clean. Plenty of room. So much better than a hotel!
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. It was wonderful to meet both of you. Come back soon.
I loved my stay at Janis’ casa. It was perfect for just me and would be great for a couple as well. It has everything you need to cook and feel comfortable during your stay. The location is great and walkable. The patios, fruit tree garden in the back, and access to the gym were all a big plus! Janis is very nice, available and quick to address any issues. Can’t wait to come back! :)
Thank you so much for your great review. Come back soon.
This is a wonderful place to stay. I am definitely going back for a much longer stay!
This casita is is great! Lots of natural light all day long, access to a great spot on the roof, super comfy bed, and also big windows throughout the house that have screens so a nice airy feeling. It was also absolutely wonderful to be able to use the gym, which I did regularly. Great location too! Very close to grocery stores if you want to cook your own food in a perfectly equipped kitchen. Or, you are also close to some great restaurants. I am coming back in 10 days and staying for longer, for sure! Great for a couple, or solo.
Dear Annette, Thank you for your wonderful review. As you know, I absolutely loved that you used my gym and enjoyed all the wonderful outdoor space. See you again soon, Janis
My home base in Central Mexico
A nice, simple space that was easily within walking distance of all the stuff I went to SMA for in the first place. Art galleries, lectures, films at the bibliotecha, and of course yoga at Float Sano. Casita Aurora was clean and well proportioned. There is also a really cool roof spot as well as a garden running the length of a football field. AND take a fitness class on property with Janis. Affordable, accessible, and clean...
Quiet, Central location
Lovely private casita, well equipped, great location, easy 10 minute walk to the historic center and restaurants. Bed was comfortable, lots of storage, and very quiet at night. Janis was wonderful and responded quickly to e-mails and questions. The roof top deck was a bonus, great place to enjoy reading a book or a glass of wine at sunset. Thank you Janis for your warm hospitality.
Colonial town in the center of Mexico. Top Small City in the World, Travel/Leisure, 2017, awarded San Miguel de Allende. UNESCO World Heritage Site, colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, hot springs. 10 minute walk to Centro Historical. Casita Aurora is located in CENTRO. Casita Aurora is very quiet, huge garden for relaxing, private with lots of light and air. Take a look at the reviews and come stay with us!