Casa No Name

San Miguel de Allende, Central Highlands, Mexico Book from Book from £233 per night

Bohemian glamour is the name of the game at this art-inspired boutique hideaway in San Miguel de Allende's historic quarter
Despite its moniker, there is one name writ large throughout Casa No Name – that of Deborah Turbeville, the acclaimed 70s fashion editor-turned-photographer (known for her collaborations with Vogue, Chanel and Valentino) who called this Mexican haven home. Her spirit infuses the place, from the cobbled courtyard to the Indian archways. With only six rooms, it’s an 18th-century sanctuary aimed at 21st-century sophisticates looking to sample the myriad delights of San Miguel de Allende, recently named by Travel and Leisure as ‘Mexico’s most enchanting destination’. Casa No Name is also the only hotel in town considered a World Heritage Site by Unesco, thanks to a biblical fresco made by Antonio Martínez Pocasangre in 1812.

Though we're yet to see the hotel for ourselves, we're confident it ticks all the boutique boxes: stunningly designed bedrooms, rooftop bar, spa, even a library boasting more artworks than books. But for most visitors, it’s the centrality to San Miguel de Allende itself that truly appeals. Step outside, and within a dozen paces there are countless art galleries, markets, bars, restaurants, historic churches… Step back inside and it’s a holistic retreat; quirky yet stately, romantic yet contemporary, informal yet tirelessly chic.

So after a hard day’s culture-vulturing, don that designer kaftan, swish that Gin Mare cocktail, dip your toes in that magazine-ready hot tub, and feel totally fabulous.

Information provided by Casa No Name on 14/07/2020.

Cleaning and hygiene
Enhanced and coordinated daily sanitation and prevention protocols, such as increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting especially high touch points. Staff training, staff protocols and back of house measures in place and enforced including wearing of masks and gloves. Room housekeeping only when guest is absent; rooms disinfected twice daily; rooms deep cleaned following guest departure. Towels and bed linen laundered at high temperatures.

Common areas
Social distancing in place. Bathrooms in common areas cleaned 8 times daily. Disinfecting mat at hotel entrances. Maximum capacity for the hotel's common areas; Arcos del mural (main courtyard) 10 people, Jardín de Lorca (backyard garden) 4 people, Skybar Olivia 20 people. All areas systematically disinfected after each use. Disinfectant solution available in all common areas. Gel dispensers periodically cleaned and disinfected.

Food and drink
All items and equipment in common use are eliminated (cruets, saucers, oil cans, sugar cubes). Continental breakfast served individually, eliminating the buffet-style bar.

Other
Temperatures monitored on arrival. Cashless payments encouraged. Hotel vehicles disinfected.

Highs

  • Location, location, location. San Miguel de Allende has been an artistic magnet for nearly a century and you have the cream of Mexico’s – and the world’s – art history literally on the doorstep
  • The town's nightlife glistens with live music and buzzing cocktail bars
  • Apparently, service scores high here: understated but detailed
  • The rooftop bar (which happily also serves tapas) is locally renowned as one of the town’s coolest hangouts. You have VIP access!
  • You won't need a car to get around the city

Lows

  • You’re in the middle of the action, and there have been some reports of noise carrying to rooms from within the hotel - but earplugs are provided
  • San Miguel de Allende is becoming increasingly gentrified. There’s a debate about whether it’s losing its original charm
  • No children under 13 allowed, a plus for those seeking romance and grown-up sophistication

Best time to go

Hard to call. San Miguel de Allende is often referred to as 'the home of the eternal spring'. November until April is considered high season; temperatures are hottest but aren't overwhelming. Summer is mild but rainy. Autumn is when the tourists invade but when the local festivals explode with life. Winter isn’t really a thing.

Our top tips

Whatever the season, we've heard the nights can get chilly so pack an extra layer, and also bring something stupidly glamorous. This is a small town with big friends – you never know where the night will take you.

Great for...

City Style
Romantic
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 6
  • Breakfast + other meals on request
  • Only children aged 12 years and over are accepted
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Laundry service
Room:

Rooms

There are six rooms in all, each with their own individual characteristics.

Aura is on the second floor and has its own private terrace. Naia, on the ground floor, has a glass floor that looks down into an 18th-century tunnel. Deborah's Suite was, as the name suggests, Deborah Turbeville’s bedroom and still has its original four-poster bed frame. Anan features artworks by Turbeville herself, while Ambu has its own private terrace. Neha is a private room that can be accessed independently and has its own gorgeous internal view over the courtyard and terraces.

All rooms come with their own heating, Smart TV, Nespresso coffee makers and safety boxes.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

There's no onsite restaurant, but breakfast and Sunday brunch are served. During the day, rooftop Bar Olivia offers snacks and small plates. You can also have a romantic dinner in the courtyard or bar, provided you book four days in advance.

But there are a host of restaurants within easy walking distance. Recommendations include Aperi, a chi-chi but relaxed seafood eaterie, which is on the expensive side but worth it; El Pato Barbacoa y Mixiotes is at the other end of the price scale and also raved about (banana-leaf-wrapped lamb cooked in a pit is the go-to staple).

If you want to be truly in the know, sashay down to the ramshackle rooftop of Baja Fish Taquito – you won’t find any frills, you will find the best shrimp tacos this side of the Rio Grande. All said, this is San Miguel de Allende – hungry doesn’t happen.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • San Miguel de Allende came to fame as an artists’ enclave and that ethos still – just about – holds. It’s unapologetically artistic, from the upscale galleries to the street-level market hawkers.
  • And the markets must be explored. You’ll have to fillet the tourist tat from the real finds, but check out the hand-painted porcelain, bespoke jewellery and food stalls.
  • History buffs should explore the (somewhat camp) Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, the archaeological ruins of Canada de la Virgen, or the more recent offerings of Santuario de Atotonilco.
  • If you insist upon something more active and earthy, a trail ride through the Boca de la Canada canyon or a riding tour at Rancho Xotolar will soon get that out of your system.
  • Though there's no pool back at the hotel, there is a hot tub on the roof terrace, so you can exercise your drinking arm at least.
  • Unwind with a warm river stone or aromatic herbal massage. Private yoga classes are also offered.

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets
  • Well being
  • Yoga

Kids

Casa No Name isn't suitable for younger children, so only allows those aged 13 and over.

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Aura and Deborah can both fit an additional bed.

Kid Friendly:

Location

Casa No Name is in the historic centre of San Miguel de Allende, in Mexico's Guanajuato district.

By Air
Queretaro Intercontinental Airport (90km away) and Guanajuato International Airport (95km) are the closest - both have regular domestic links from Mexico City (271km).

From the Airport
Airport transfers are available from Queretaro, Guanajuato and Mexico City airports, or you can hire a car and self-drive. See our car rental recommendations.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Querétaro Intercontinental Airport 90.0 km QRO
  • Guanajuato International Airport 95.0 km BJX

Other:

  • Beach 528.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

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