Colorful Casita in Col. San Antonio, near Instituto Allende
In our beautiful, colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, the colorful and light-filled Casita Shelby gives you access in 15-20 minutes on foot to the Jardin (central plaza) and all points central. Located in the near-in colonia (neighborhood) of San Antonio, full of its own restaurants, galleries and convenient shops, we are a pleasant flat walk of 3 blocks to the Instituto Allende, 5 blocks to the Parque Juarez, 10 blocks to the Warren Hardy school (one of most popular Spanish schools) and 12 blocks with a slight uphill incline to the Jardin. You’ll be delighted with the wide range of cultural events---lectures and readings, plays and films, Spanish classes, music of every type, fascinating and nearly constant local fiestas, and wonderful impromptu happenings in the Jardin, all in easy walking range You’ll discover beautiful colonial churches and squares, an incredible library—one of our treasured institutions along with our renowned art schools and theatres ---and our richly colonial homes, narrow, cobblestone streets and friendly people. And you’ll find fine restaurants at all levels and of many international cuisines, exercise classes and clubs, hiking and parks, including our 250+acre botanical garden, and numerous balnearios (hot springs) on the edge of town.
The casita (guest house) and its casa principal (main house) are newly built in colonial style with warm San Miguel colors, hand-painted Mexican talavera tile work and colorful folk art. The casita has a fully-equipped kitchen with colorful dishes and full-size stove and refrig, microwave, coffeemaker, all new. The separate bedroom has a queen bed, richly-tiled bath and full closet. The living room has a gas fireplace for those cool winter evenings and a pull-out sofa bed. You’ll have two terraces, one overlooking the lush central garden, with its tiled fountain, separating the casita from the main house, plus use of the rooftop terrace overlooking the churches of San Miguel. Whole-house purified water; linens included; maid service weekly; and laundry facilities downstairs. All furnishings and appliances are new and carefully chosen for style, usefulness, and comfort.
Amenities: Sleeps 1-4. Phone, full kitchen with full-size gas stove, refrigerator, whole-house purified water, microwave, coffee maker, dishes and cookware, gas fireplace, sofa bed, linens provided. Laundry facilities downstairs. 3 terraces. No smoking. No pets.
Activities: (On site or nearby) Spanish and art classes, parks, hiking, gyms and sports clubs, pools, huge selection of cultural events in English and Spanish, local tours, charitable activities. (Consult La Atencion, the weekly bilingual newspaper).
Rates (in US Dollars) Low season…April-June, Sept-Dec ……………………$500/week
High season Jan-Mar, Jul-Aug, December, …$600/week
1 full month low season $1500, high season $1800
Special summer 2014 June $1400 July or Aug $1600, or 3 mos for $4500.
Guests have 2 small terraces and 1 big roof terrace, share front door and laundry.
Interaction with Guests
Casita is quite separate. We can have as much interaction as we both enjoy. We're glad to help with questions and LOTS of ideas for things to do, places to explore, restaurants etc. ( Muriel was a travel and food writer)
Our street is very traditional. We're 2 blocks from San Antonio church with LOTS of fiestas, music, fireworks etc. We're 3 blocks from the Ancha San Antonio with lots of restaurants, cafes, shops, all-night pharmacy, Saturday organic market, craft markets, vegetable and flower stand. Then just a few more blocks to the Jardin.
You can walk almost everywhere, or there are LOTS of taxis for 30 pesos (under $2.50) within the main part of San Miguel and some buses. Pretty easy!
Due to a series of American Airlines snafus, we arrived almost ten hours AFTER our ETA. Despite it being past midnight, Gordon greeted us & got us settled quickly. The casita is located in a handy spot -- a very manageable walk to the Jardin; pharmacy, liquor store, restaurants, etc. just a five minute walk away. The Logans are pleasant hosts, knowledgeable about SMA. And their dog, Noella, is a delight. Played fetch with her every day; it's nice to be welcomed home by a wagging butt.
Lovely apartment in a nice area of SMA. Plenty of hot water, use of washing machine, and your own kitchen! Muriel and George are welcoming and informative and we truly enjoyed meeting them. Great way to experience the city!!!
The colorful casita has everything you could possibly need and more. A highlight of our stay was welcoming in the New Year while watching the fireworks from the rooftop terrace. Muriel and Gordon were very helpful and accommodating. I wish we could have stayed longer!
Muriel and Logan were wonderful in every way - kind, thoughtful, and hospitable. They're easy to talk to and extremely responsive. They're happy to share tips and their knowledge of San miguel. Muriel has thought of every detail to make casita Shelby a great place to stay. The casita is everything as shown in the pictures. It's bright, cheerful, clean, and well equipped with everything you need. It's a really pretty place, too. And to top it off is a wonderful terrace that's all yours to enjoy. It's an easy walk to the Center and restaurants. We certainly would stay there again and would highly recommend it to friends and family.
The colorful casita was amazing!
Exactly how it was described on the add, the location is very good, 15 minute walk to downtown without the noise and a very nice neighborhood.
Muriel and Gordon were amazing host and we had a wonderful time with them.
We definitely recomend this 100%-
Muriel and Gordon are amazing hosts! My sister and I enjoyed are stay very much. They were very sweet and helpful :) There house is so cute and in a great location very central. I would definitely want to stay there again in the future :)
Muchisimas gracias Gordon y Muriel
Casita Shelby is a beautiful and well-appointed apartment in a safe neighborhood approximately 15 minutes from el Jardin. Muriel and Gordon were very kind hosts, and they left a packet of information about San Miguel that included restaurant recommendations as well as many tips for people relocating to the area. They left us some provisions for breakfast - much appreciated!
We really enjoyed the architecture and decor of Casita Shelby, and it was a very comfortable place to stay. There is a small outdoor sitting space outside of the casita as well as a rooftop terrace with a view of La Parroquia.
Muriel and Gordon were very kind to invite us along when they had to run an errand in Dolores Hidalgo. We stopped at a local place for lunch and enjoyed ice cream (including avocado ice cream!) on the square there. We really appreciated their hospitality. We highly recommend Casita Shelby!
I've been living with husband Gordon in San Miguel de Allende, central Mexico for almost 10 years and love it. Visit U.S. only occasionally. We're semi-retired but extremely busy with community development projects and other work----and all the fiestas and cultural events that our wonderful town has to offer----and travel around Mexico----and elsewhere whenever possible.