About This Listing
Private ground floor rooms no stairs in a magical compound, secure, full of birds, flowers, an urban garden in the back patio, close to the center of town Your laundry is done twice a week purified water, gas provided. Rooftop to sun or dine..
The second private room is the Recamera de Oro, the Gold Room. This room has is decorated with Gold Sari Cloth curtains and in the winter a white Matalasse bedspread with large Golden Sari Pillows and for extra comfort a Tibetan Blanket Shawl at the foot
The space is very secure quiet and is full of plants and birds. It is within a complex where there are 5 apartments. The apartment is decorated with Mexican folk art and Textiles.
The check-in time is 2pm and the check- out time is 12 noon.The guest will have access to the kitchen and dining area. The guest will have a 1/2 bath to themselves and will share a full bath with a bathtub and shower. There is also reclining chairs and a dining area on the roof.
Interaction with Guests
I give a hour tour of San Miguel de Allende. I also provide information about health care in the area through (website hidden)
I will provide breakfast for additional fee. For long term guest i ask that you help pay for purified water and gas and in the winter gas for the heaters.
The neighbors are mostly Mexican families that have lived in the area for generations. The apartment is 1 and 1/2 blocks form the main street that leads you into town, a 15 minute walk away. There is a Bakery, Deli Restaurants, grocery stores on the main street called "the ancha" 8 minutes from the apartment.
One and !/2 blocks from the apartment there is access to taxis and buses into town -a 10 minute ride into the central part of town.
Other Things to Note
There is maid who come two times a week who cleans your room and does your laundry. I speak Spanish at an intermediate level and can recommend an extremely competent Spanish teacher for individual lessons at a very reasonable price. I have an urban organic garden and can provide information about where is buy organic produce. I am a Buddhist and can provide information about the Buddhist community in the area. I have one cat who is very friendly.
I expect quest to respect the quiet peaceful nature of the area. No smoking is allowed anywhere on the property. No pets are allowed.
There is a fully equipped kitchen. You may choose to have breakfast prepared for you-all with organic ingredients some of which could be from Patricia’s urban garden. There is a washing machine on the premises and a maid and gardener available weekly.
I stayed in Patricia's home for a week. It is
a very good option for a single woman visiting San Miguel.
The entry garden is lovely with flowers and
singing birds in a neighborhood just off the
Ancha, which easily leads directly into the
Centro district. A bus stop is quite close-by
as is access to taxis.
My room was spacious with plenty of closet
room for unpacking and storing bags. And
very peaceful. I definitely appreciated a long
table in the room, a handy surface for so much.
WiFi was excellent. Be aware there is an
agreeable cat, Fidel, but he does not come
with the room. He has his own spaces.
Patricia is an amiable host, a good listener,
and will not be intrusive. I am rather independent,
but knew if I needed any assistance she would
Should I return to San Miguel, I would hope
"my" room at Patricia's would be available.
Patricia was expeditious in responding to my timely request for booking as I made it shortly before I had travel plans.
She accepted me into her lovely home graciously and frequently assisted me with directions, instructions and a map I was able to take with me and keep as I am considering moving to SMA.
She grows many plants including lettuces, spinach, berries and invites you to partake of them. I had a delicious and healthy salad!
I had some issues with internet connections and Patricia aided me in travel plans with use of her computer and telephone. I could not have made these travel plans without her personal assistance.
She went with me the first night to a local nearby restaurant as I needed dinner and she wanted to make sure I could find my way.
She lives at the end of town and I was able to get my exercise in and partake of the many restaurants and shops of SMA.
I would look forward to returning to Patricia's home for return visit to SMA.
The house was beautiful and very peaceful. Patricia was a warm and welcoming host. She brought me to an ATM when I first got to town and showed me around town to get me situated. When it rained she leant me her own boots so I wouldn't freeze. I had a wonderful time staying with her and would certainly stay with her again!
My trip to San Miguel was to decide if this might be my retirement destination. Patricia was so helpful showing me what life is like for a single woman expat! Her home is comfortable and inviting and I already miss Fidel the cat and the parrot that wolf whistles at me!
My host was welcoming and was very helpful with advice and even took me shopping the first day I arrived as I needed something very specific that day. I found our conversations interesting and her collection of folk art is colourful and a creates a beautiful environment.
The neighborhood was safe during the day but I always took taxis home at night, as I would almost anywhere else in San Miguel except in the immediate centre. The walk to town, once you go back one block off the main road, is beautiful and takes about 20 minutes.
If you like a quiet sleep, away from the crazy business of the jardin, this could be just the place.
Pat was warm and caring. The neighborhood is a family neighborhood and is quiet.
Patricia is welcoming and warm. Patricia has lived in San Miguel for a long time and is extremely knowledgeable about all things San Miguel and Mexico too. She has a lovely home that is filled with beautiful things. The kitchen couldn't be better equipped. The bed is very comfortable and the room and area where the property if located is peaceful and quiet. I really can't say enough good things about Patricia or her home. The rooftop garden/patio, awesome cat, and lovely employees are added bonuses. The convenient location makes getting around San Miguel very easy. I can walk almost anywhere I'd want to go and the bus stop is close by. You really couldn't do better!
About the Host, Patricia
I am going into my seventh year in Mexico and during those seven years I have travel extensively –many many visits to Michoacán and Oaxaca and Puerto Vallarta, Melaque (four hours south of Puerto Vallarta), Merida and Cancun. The way I travel is to be able to focus on my main interest in Mexico which is the Folk Art of Mexico. I had two quarters to go to finish a BFA with an emphasis on Ceramic Sculpture and Life Drawing. So I have gone to the areas where Mexican ceramics are most famous, Oaxaca, Michoacán and in the state of Mexico, Metepec. I have never been a weaver but I am passionate about learning and collecting textiles-Huiples and rugs. I also make jewelry and I collect beads on my travels i.e. amber from Chiapas.
I stay in simple places to save money and so that I know I will be speaking Spanish and getting tips on finding the artist that I might want to speak to and learn from. I love reading book about artisans and how they make their crafts.
In SMA I go to art opening and because there are so many artist here-this is could be a weekly occurrence.
Simplicity lets me meet people easily. I am a psychiatric social worker so I like to listen to the stories about the lives of the artist and I enjoy hearing what drives them to do the work they do.
SMA offers all kind of music from rock and rolls, blues and jazz to opera and classical music all of which I love.
It also has theatre I particularly like the play readers group –they read plays on stage -a very high caliber of acting. And we must forget the Sunday afternoon Poetry group or the Writing conference and Poetry Conference.
There is also dance, salsa, tango all kinds of Latin dances… Flamenco –you can learn it here are just go out and dance.
Of course another passion is organic gardening-I go to the Tianguis Organica weekly to get the veggies that I don’t have in my own garden.
I also enjoy swimming in the local Hotel Aldea pool and going to the hot springs at La Grueta.
Oh let’s not forget the food in SMA! I just had the best Chiles en Nogada at the Bugambilia Restaurant, a wonderful dish of a stuffed poblano pepper-stuffed with ground meat and dried fruits with a white walnut sauce with red pomegranate seeds in top –traditionally eaten on Independence Day September 16th. There is also a gluten free restaurant –the Good Food Café that is amazing!