A cozy studio apartment set high above San Miguel, yet only 10 minutes from the heart of the town. An elevator takes you to your 4th-floor nest with its small kitchen and bath.
Perched high above San Miguel, you'll have a panoramic view of the historic area, just minutes away. (Don't worry, there's even an elevator!) Features the best view of the many Jardin fireworks shows and morning hot-air balloons with rolling hills in the distance. A large private terrace and covered patio makes this ideal for artists and writers. Your own private elevator makes access easy.
Inside the penthouse, a double bed and plenty of closet space assures comfort for a single person or couple. Includes separate bathroom with shower and small kitchen with breakfast bar, microwave, mini frig and gas stove. All utilities and high-speed internet included. Very quiet, safe neighborhood, convenient to shops and transportation. Off-street parking available. Very sorry but no pets allowed.
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Interaction with Guests
Owner (with cat) lives downstairs so any problem is dealt with promptly.
The penthouse affords a birds-eve view of the typical streets of San Miguel. You'll watch people pass by far below while enjoying the panoramic vista of our historic town center or, if you prefer, our gorgeous hills in the distace.
Taxis and buses are readily available about one block away.
No pets allowed. No smoking inside unit. Quiet time is 10 pm to 7 am with no loud noise allowed.
I can't really review the Penthouse apartment as we ended up not staying there. We were asked to consider changing to another apartment because the owner had friends that he had already promised the Penthouse to. He said that one of the friends was ill and that it would likely be their last visit. We agreed to take a different place and we were to get a $50. refund. We ended up staying an extra day and calling it a wash.
When we arrived at the other place we were told that there were water issues with the Penthouse. I believe this was true since we saw water work going on in the streets. No mention of the friends, but maybe they couldn't come because of the water issues.
We arrived at the other place in the evening and David, the person who lived downstairs, was super welcoming and friendly. However, the first thing I noticed was that the place was extremely dirty. The bathroom sink and shower had not been cleaned in a long time. I wore my socks in our room and the bottom of the socks were filthy after one evening. I should have complained immediately about the state of things, but didn't.
Later in the week when some backpackers moved into the other upstairs room and we ended up sharing the bathroom (I had been told that no one else was staying in the upstairs and the bath would be ours) I did complain. I received a nice apology but was told they had been very busy and had not attended to the cleaning. In my view, cleaning a place between guests is essential no matter how busy one is.
I felt like we were staying in a youth hostel. This is a lesson to me to be more careful in the future. We had a great time in SMA in spite of this.
This is a great little apartment with fantastic views back over San Miguel. It's perfect for courting the muse or those just wanting to kick back for a while.
The bed is comfortable, the shower hot, the patio magnificent and for someone with reasonably simple tastes, this apartment above the Shelter Theatre has everything you're likely to need at a very reasonable cost.
John and his compadre David have been consistently welcoming and helpful and I've enjoyed the whole experience so much that I've booked the place for a whole year in 2015. I think that probably says it all.
The views are incredible. The deck is charming...though I didn't get to use it much because it rained during most of my stay (apparently welcome rain as there had been a long dry spell). Through the many large windows, I could see storms rolling in from the south and east Very dramatic.
There's a (slow) elevator to the penthouse in case you arrive with heavy suitcases or groceries.
The Wifi didn't work when I arrived, but John was available by email to help me get it ironed out by the second day. It wasn't quite as inconvenient as I might have expected because there are internet cafes and free Wifi hotspots everywhere in San Miguel de Allende.
Have fun in "SMA"!
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I am a retired English teacher and financial analyst, living in San Miguel and managing my small cabaret theater. I am active in local theatrical productions and enjoy writing and producing shows both for Shelter Theater and others in town. I lived in Japan for many years and so speak good conversational Japanese. Nihon-no okyakusan, irashai!