Friday, June 14, 2024

Tradition meets modernity at Hotel Real de Minas in San Miguel de Allende

When it comes to finding high-quality accommodation in this enchanting UNESCO World Heritage site, the region’s largest and longest-standing hotel – Hotel Real de Minas – provides a wide range of features.

Situated just a short walk from the bustling main square and San Miguel de Allende’s main attractions, shops and restaurants, it’s an ideal base for exploring all the city has to offer. The hotel reflects the rich cultural heritage of the city with its colorful facades, intricate tile work, delightful courtyards and gardens and even an old bullring; without a doubt, the most original event space in town! 

Hotel Real de Minas is not only a 214-room hotel, it is a favorite event space in San Miguel de Allende. (Courtesy)

We talked to one of the fourth-generation owners from the illustrious hoteliers, Grupo México Real, about the contemporary upgrades that have enhanced this classic Mexican hospitality experience.

“Our mission is to provide as many top-notch amenities and services to our varied clientele; the family, the business traveler, the adventurous tourist and the younger travelers that are flocking to our beautiful city,” says Isabella Castro. “We have 214 fully equipped and spacious rooms – including air conditioning, TV and work space –  from the standard to the superior suite. And we’re pet friendly!”

Castro highlights the grand lobby, salon and bar as an airy and relaxed area to hang out and enjoy drinks and eats.

“We’re honored to host music, traditional dance and entertainment on special evenings,” she continues. “Guests can savor our traditional Mexican cuisine as well as international dishes, and the breakfast and Sunday brunch bar, offering a variety of dishes and fresh local fruit juices, is a popular scene!”   

The serene pool at the Hotel Real de Minas. (Courtesy)

You’ll know you’re in Mexico, and not just your average small city hotel, because the authentic cultural flavor is in the details: the vibrant murals, artwork and the exceptional warmth and attentiveness of the staff. 

“The staff here go the extra mile, whether it’s helping with transport, tours, reservations or local know-how. We want to provide the full Mexican experience!” Isabella says.

The hotel has hosted the renowned international tango festival, and even the occasional ballet performance. 

“We celebrate our city’s rich artistic heritage, and take pride in sharing our country’s unique cultural gems. That extends to our family’s museum-quality art pieces on display, and the architectural and design features.” 

The old bullring is a unique event space. (Courtesy)

The hotel is also well-equipped to host both intimate and large scale events. With eleven spacious and versatile rooms, your family gathering or business meeting, wedding reception or corporate conference can be gladly accommodated, and their professional event planning team ensures a seamless production from start to finish. 

“Forty-five years ago, my grandfather foresaw the future popularity of San Miguel and set about creating a magnificent space that could expand and evolve to suit the changing times. Whether you want to host a garden party, entertain clients, plan a romantic getaway or family holiday, he wanted to appeal to Mexican nationals and the influx of curious international visitors. And he wanted to celebrate the best of Mexico. We’re proud to be one of the founding hotels of San Miguel, one that has modernized with the times.”

Additional perks, perfect for kids and adults alike, include a spectacular pool, set in the central garden area, a gym, spa and billiards, as well as the welcome convenience of an on-site pharmacy and shop.

Zeferino restaurant is popular with locals as well as visitors. (Courtesy)

You won’t want to miss the stylish and spacious restaurant, Zeferino, which offers classic Mexican fare, and is popular with visitors and locals. The neighborhood also offers a plethora of new bakeries, cafes, bars and stores. Right opposite the hotel, you can bask in the peaceful flower-filled beauty of Parque Guadiana and check out the organic market, Mercado Sano, which hosts the popular outdoor food and crafts market every Saturday.  

Your stay wouldn’t be complete without enjoying cocktails on the roof-top terrace, which boasts views of the city’s iconic landmarks, including La Parroquia church, and the dramatic mountains behind which the sun sets magnificently every evening. 

Delicious Mexican fare served at Zeferino restaurant. (Courtesy)


San Miguel de Allende is a mecca for international visitors, and many of those are fast turning into residents! Voted “best small city in the world” three times by Condé Nast Traveler, it retains a certain magic that enticed explorers decades ago. 

Hotel Real de Minas is an integral part of the city’s notable history that still draws in the “cool crowd”. As popular as it’s been with Mexicans for decades, it has now become a mainstay of the influx of new international travelers.  

Without a doubt, this hotel should be top of your list for charm, comfort, character and the authentic San Miguel experience.  


Henrietta Weekes is a writer, editor, actor and narrator. She divides her time between San Miguel de Allende, New York and Oxford, UK. 

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