Pros

  • A short 10-minute drive from historic San Miguel de Allende
  • Beautiful colonial-style building with inner courtyard
  • Simple rooms with flat-screen TVs -- some are air-conditioned
  • Outdoor pool with hot tub and separate children's pool
  • Traditional Mexican restaurant; plus breakfast for a fee
  • Family-friendly facilities like playground and games area
  • Full-service spa and a basic fitness center
  • Business center with meeting and event spaces
  • Free Wi-Fi and on-site parking
  • Room service (limited hours)
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Cons

  • Fee for breakfast
  • Not all rooms have air-conditioning
  • No safes for valuables
  • Fitness center is tiny, with dated equipment
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Bottom Line

This three-pearl, 22-room boutique hotel is housed in a colonial courtyard building and has a family-friendly vibe. While it's located in San Miguel de Allende, the historic city center is about a 10-minute drive from the property. Rooms are cozy and simply decorated with dark wood furniture, and all include flat-screen TVs and pristine en-suite bathrooms. Family-friendly facilities include an outdoor pool with a separate children's pool, plus an indoor/outdoor playground and games area with ping-pong. Other facilities include a hot tub, full-service spa, fitness center, and traditional Mexican restaurant serving an American breakfast for a fee. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. Couples seeking a romantic atmosphere should consider rates at the nearby Hotel Nena instead, which adds a free breakfast and rooftop pool with city views.

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Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Pool
  • Spa

Oyster Hotel Review

Arcada San Miguel

Scene

Simple colonial hotel with a bit of Old-World charm that's suited for families

Arcada San Miguel is a mid-range option that's set away from the noise of the busy city center. This family-run property has a relaxed atmosphere that's popular with families, though some couples also stay here. The old Colonial-style building has a whitewashed facade, while interiors are bright and centered around an airy inner courtyard with potted green plants, colorful stained glass windows, and a glass roof that allows plenty of natural light to flood in. The lobby is spacious, with tiled floors and white walls, and gives a clue as to the low-key historic character of the property. There are a few seatings areas with wooden furniture, plus antiques and traditional paintings hanging from the walls. The restaurant is similarly decorated and has original arched-brick ceilings, while the outdoor pool provides a peaceful spot for guests to cool off throughout the day.

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Location

On the outskirts of San Miguel de Allende, a 10-minute drive from the historic city center

This hotel is located about a 10-minute drive from San Miguel de Allende's historic center. Bus lines and taxis are easy to find. The area is quiet and peaceful, with a few grocery stores and taco stands within walking distance, though plenty of cafes, shops, restaurants, and bars can be found within the city center. Downtown is famous for its cobblestone streets and colonial architecture, and there are plenty of attractions for tourists to visit like Parque Juarez, Jardin Allende, and the iconic Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, a neo-Gothic 17th-century church known for its towering pink spires. The city of Guanajuato is about 50 minutes away by car, while Guanajuato International Airport is around a 90-minute drive from the hotel.

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Rooms

Simple, traditionally decorated rooms with flat-screen TVs; some featuring air-conditioning

Arcada San Miguel has a total of 22 traditionally decorated rooms centered around the hotel's bright interior courtyard. All single or double rooms are spacious and fine for a short stay, decorated with neutral tiled floors, white walls, and simple dark wood furniture like work desks and closets. The patterned bedspreads feel a little old school, and contribute to the overall mid-range vibe. Even so, everything is well kept and clean. Standard in-room amenities are basic and include flat-screen TVs, phones, and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms have air-conditioning, while others feature only standing fans. Guests should note that rooms lack balconies, safes, and electric kettles or coffeemakers. Bathrooms are clean and well-sized, and all are equipped with marble-effect countertops, walk-in showers, and free basic toiletries.

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Features

Family-friendly with outdoor pool, kids' playground, games area, spa, Mexican restaurant, and free Wi-Fi

The hotel has an impressive amount of facilities for a relatively small property. There's a medium-sized outdoor pool with a hot tub and separate children's pool, surrounded by sun loungers and shady umbrellas. The traditionally decorated restaurant serves Mexican cuisine, plus a breakfast with with coffee, juice, bread, eggs, beans, and chilaquiles for a small fee. There's also a relaxed bar on the ground floor offering a selection of beverages and indoor seating areas. 

Kids are well-catered for with a big indoor/outdoor playground and games area, while adults can kick back with a facial, massage, or body treatment at the relaxing Temazcal Spa. There's also a semi-open fitness center, though it's tiny and has dated equipment and no free weights. The business center includes spacious meeting rooms, as well as several airy event spaces. Hotel services include a 24-hour front desk, laundry, airport transfers for a fee, free on-site parking, and free Wi-Fi. Room service is available, though hours are limited.

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Babysitting Services

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Basic Television

  • Business Center

  • Cable

  • Children's Pool

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Fitness Center

  • Gameroom / Arcade

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Room Service

  • Spa

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