Art Retreat - Copa de Oro

House - Private room · Carlos del Castillo, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato 37710, Mexico

Your "cup of gold" art residency! Perfect for all kinds of creative types. Comfy bed, private bath, writing desk, internet, studio use, terrace and views. Located in a sweet neighborhood 6 blocks from centro, close to restaurants and organic market.

The Space

Conde Nast named it the Best City in the World. Beautiful San Miguel de Allende, colonial gem in the heart of Mexico. At Casa Lenita, your guestroom offers your own bath,a community terrace with trees and plants, comfy furniture, privacy and tranquility. We share the street entrance, but your space is upstairs and separate. Stairs to the azotea provide 360 views of the Parroquia and surrounding hills, church domes and gorgeous star-filled night skies.

Your room includes a comfortable queen size bed, internet, tastefully decorated with Guatemalan and Mexican textiles and art by your host. Coffee, tea, fruit available, and coffee maker is in your room. Traditional boveda ceiling, computer desk, lots of windows, you just might never want to leave. But leave you must, if you want to see San Miguel and it's shops, galleries, museums, jardines, cobblestone streets, parades, dancers, musicians, all the things that make this the best destination in colonial Mexico.

This (email hidden)ly but safe neighborhood in Colonia Guadalupe, where kids play in the street and everyone greets you with a smile. Recently we were officially designated as The Guadalupe Arts District, and you will find beautiful colorful murals on the walls as you stroll around the streets. If you like, I can book you a full or half day tour of the studios of our artists in this Arts District. I will also find you a workshop or class to fit your needs, be they art, yoga, or meditation. Need a good masseuse, acupuncture, or something else? Just let me know and I'll get you the info. Want to create your own art, write your novel, present a workshop? My studio is almost always available to you for whatever you wish to work on. Yes, you're very own artist residency without the application process!

We're a flat 5 to 7 min. walk to both Centro and Fabrica Aurora, 2 min. walk to Via Organica market, restaurant and El Pato art store. The tienda on our corner has produce, and just about anything you need.

Two blocks away you can catch a bus or a taxi if you wish to venture further.

My home is smoke-free, pet-free and scent-free; if you have allergies, this is a healthy and perfect environment for you. Sorry, no handicap access.

For more reasons why you will love San Miguel:
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Guest Access

Terrace, rooftop, library, and usually the art studio and kitchen by prior agreement.

Interaction with Guests

Sometimes I'm here, sometimes not. We can be in touch before your arrival so that if I'm traveling, you have a go-to person for all your needs. if I'm here, we can go for a walkabout to show you the hood.

The Neighborhood

My neighborhood, Colonia Guadalupe, has been officially designated as The Arts District. This means there is a large number of artists living and working here, there are street murals and street festivals happening and changing the face and feeling of the community. And last but not least, there is an art store, an organic market and restaurant, and other necessities like hardware stores, tiendas for any kinds of groceries, and we're close to the galleries and stores in the Fabrica Aurora.

Getting around

Urban bus stops 2 blocks from my house, taxis easy to find. First class bus terminal for other cities in Mexico is about a mile away. From airports, you can come to San Miguel via this terminal, on either ETN or Primera Plus, both luxury buses. Or, you can schedule an airport shuttle with BajioGo, whether you fly into Mexico City, Leon, or Queretaro.

Other Things to Note

Please make sure your check-in is before 6 pm. If your flight doesn't allow for that, please let me know and I'll recommend a hotel for your first overnight.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Security Deposit: $200
Cleaning Fee: $25
Check In: 1:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • My husband and I stayed at Lena's casa for three days and really enjoyed our time there. It is located in a local neighbourhood about 10 minutes walk to Centro so great location. There was a tienda on one corner and a lavanderia around the other one, both of which we visited.

    Lena is a gracious, helpful host who has thought of everything to make your stay comfortable.
    Her house is beautifully decorated in bright colours and wonderful art work. She had fresh water, fruit, coffee and tea available in the room when we arrived and it was appreciated.

    We stayed in the yellow room at the top of the house, both the bedroom and bathroom were spotless and beautifully decorated as well. The outdoor space was the same. It was quiet with the normal sounds of the neighbourhood and the church bells to welcome us. We would definitely recommend this AirBnB and we hope to return to spend more time in this interesting town.

    April 2014
  • Lena's house was unique and artfully decorated. We did not meet Lena during our stay, but her house reflected one of a true artist. We stayed at the golden room, decorated with bright and cheerful colors. The bed was comfortable and no detail was spared. From water, tea and fruit to welcome us, to even a hat and a shopping bag to take with us to our walks downtown (only about a 10 minute walk). The terraze was also bright and airy as well as beautiful and comfortable. The neighborhood had some impressive murals.

    March 2014
  • We stayed at both of Lena's rooms at her home/studio. Both rooms were really great! We loved being in the neighborhood and getting a taste of what it's like to live in San Miguel de Allende. Sitting out on the terrace was quite a pleasure to take a break during the day. The rooms are comfortable, and being surrounded by Lean's artworks was a joy. I hope we can make it back soon!

    February 2014
  • Casita Lena was a lovely place. I had the upstairs bedroom and availed myself of the kitchen to make myself breakfast. A real neighbourhood! A short walk from the Centro historical. Everything about Casita Lena was soulful! from her personal art collection to the tasteful decor. Hats off to Lena! Lena's staff were extremely friendly and attentive. San Miguel is an interesting place! especially for anglophones for whom there is much to do. I highly recommend Guanajuato as a side trip while you are in San Miguel. University town with more young people and more Spanish-speaking.

    February 2014
  • Lena is a lovely person and a welcoming host. I absolutely loved my time staying in her place. The room was comfortable, quiet, clean and beautifully decorated. My stay there was just delightful. I look forward to returning for another, hopefully longer, visit. Thanks so much, Lena!

    December 2012
  • My girlfriend and I just returned from a wonderful Thanksgiving trip to San Miguel. Lena's apartment was absolutely perfect for our needs. It was beautiful (even better than the photos!), spotlessly clean and was decorated with such love and charm that it lifted our spirits every day. We had coffee on the rooftop terrace each morning as we planned our lazy days around San Miguel, and were able to watch local firework shows celebrating the Saint of the neighborhood. Lena was so helpful to us (this was our first trip to San Miguel), and her tips and ideas of things to see and others to avoid were great. We even got to see some of her stunning art at a show in town!

    The Colonia Guadalupe neighborhood gives some real local flavor... and seems to always be lively, friendly and welcoming. The apartment was about a 10 minute walk to most things in town and we found ourselves never needing a taxi unless we were heading outside the city limits. We felt completely safe walking at all times of day or night.

    We would definitely return to see Lena and stay in this apartment... and will recommend it to anyone we know heading to San Miguel!

    November 2012
  • We loved Lena's place! The room made us happy with all the colorful decor. The outdoor living space is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the sun. Lena is a very friendly helpful person who is a great host and helped us find some of the best tamales ever. We are already trying to figure out a time to go back to San Miguel and want to stay at Lena's. The location is great and is just a short flat walk to the city center.

    November 2012
  • A heavenly retreat! Everything about this home is beautiful. The location is extremely convenient to restaurants and shops yet it is in a quiet neighborhood. An airy bedroom, a serene courtyard and a terrace to look out to the hills of San Miguel. In the morning you can get fresh squeezed fruit juices from the corner store just a few steps away. Lena was always helpful, providing maps and directions and was attentive to my needs. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

    November 2012
  • Well, just spent a relaxing few days at Lena's perfect home in perfect San Miguel. Lena was a gracious host, making me feel at home, researching some yoga studios on my behalf, and even feeding me an impromptu breakfast when I was stuck with

    The only word of warning I would make is to be sure to bring earplugs. as in all Mexican towns, those dogs do love to hold howling meetings in the night!

    Thanks Lena for everything,

    October 2012
    Response from Lena:

    So sorry you landed here for full moon, Gordon! I will add earplugs to my list of things to bring!

  • I loved staying at Lena's terrace hideaway. It was charming, .clean, comfortable and safe. And Lena made my stay all the more enjoyable by being helpful, outgoing and friendlyl. Can't wait to go back!

    October 2012
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Artist in (my own) Residence
Artist for many years, expat from Santa Fe, N.M. living full time in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I'm an easy guest and some people say a great host. I love meeting new people from all over the world. I don't love big groups, don't party, non-smoker, no drugs, nice radical grandmotherly cosmic space-explorer artist type. I'm happy to show you my San Miguel if you are new to the scene. Sagittarian, feminist, flexitarian, borderline Buddhist / spiritual being just being here now, I love galleries, museums, cultural experiences of any kind. I know the art scene in San Miguel and will happily give you a tour of our neighborhood, the newly designated Arts District of Colonia Guadalupe. My rooms are like your own private artist residencies, so come and explore, create, let San Miguel inspire you. "All art, all the time!"
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