About This Listing
Beautiful light-filled 1st floor apartment in a magical compound nestled in a canyon 4 blocks from the Jardin (main plaza). Private patio and garden. Fully equipped kitchen. Internet. WiFi.Cable. Parking. Pet friendly.
Beautiful light-filled 1st floor apartment in a magical compound nestled in a canyon 4 blocks from the Jardin (main plaza). Private patio and garden. Fully equipped kitchen. Internet. WiFi.Cable. Parking. Pet friendly. It is like living in the country yet you are just minutes away from the heart of San Miguel. There is a spectacular 4th floor terrace for seeing the sunset or sunbathing with a gorgeous view over the churches and mountains. Casa Dharma is just a few minute walk from Juarez Park, The Rosewood and Matilda. A lovely apartment with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. Colorfully and comfortably decorated. Historic colonial design and lovely Mexican colors and charm.
You are surrounded by an incredible array of many excellent restaurants, shops, art galleries, and lovely sights just minutes away, as well as many other interesting and fun things to do!
Patricia has lived here for over 30 years and is a gracious and helpful hostess. She can help you design a retreat or vacation depending on what you are looking for. Her specialty is in Wellness & Healing and Tibetan Buddhist retreats. She can also set up local sight seeing tours, hot springs outings or set up culinary, art or cultural tours.
Services available on site include therapeutic massages, manicures and pedicures.
The Local Markets are Ignacio Ramirez which is a few blocks from the apartment. Bonanza and Espinos are good grocery stores nearby. Mega is the largest grocery store a taxi ride away.
We would love to have you come and stay with us! Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.
You have access to the garden and 4th floor terrace with a spectacular view of the town and canyon.
Interaction with Guests
I live on the property and love assisting my guests in whatever they may need. I aim to be invisibly available. I can also help you plan personal retreats.
Our location is very special. We are tucked away on a cul-de-sac. Close enough to the action yet removed just enough to provide a sense of spaciousness.
There are taxis and buses available throughout town.
Please let us know in advance when you will be arriving so that we can figure out the best way to get you the keys. Please be respectful of others in the compound. It is OK to party but do so quietly after 12 am. Please lock all doors when you leave the building. If you lose your keys please let us know immediately.
The unit is as described by Patricia. If you want a quiet and natural setting away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown, this is the place for you. The furniture is comfortable and the kitchen is well stocked. Even though there are a few other rental units within this gated compound, the property remains serene and introspective. Renters are allowed to use the host's upper terrace for incredible views of the city. It's a few blocks walk to the beautiful Juarez Park and about a 15 minute walk to the Jardin. Yes, there are cobblestones to negotiate so don't wear heals. Patricia was very nice and accommodating during our stay. FYI, there are 3 large, but friendly, dogs that live on-site.
I am still travelling and can only provide a brief review of my experience at this property but I will post a more comprehensive review on trip advisor when I'm back home.
First I should tell you that I am the owner of a B&B in Canada and know about customer service. I can assure you that I will never set foot on this property ever again. I was looking forward to my 2 month stay at Casa Dharma & was also very excited to meet our host Patricia. What a disappointment, if only on 1 level, I could have lived with it but the entire experience was a pure disaster. Upon our arrival the place was filthy & our host Patricia was not responsive of our questioning about the situation. In fact we were told by our host that she was not on holidays, bottom line folks, do your own research, read between the lines & I wish you luck if you stay there!! She's in it for the money, nothing else.
The place should now be clean as I just left and demanded some clean up. I am in touch with airbnb and will provide a full report including the fact that when we arrived, Patricia didn't bother paying for propane so during the cold season we were left in the cold for 2 days, not hot water, could not cook our own meals and really, no apologize.
Going back next year but nowhere near any of Patricia's properties. I should also tell you that the night before I left, Patricia asked that "the kind thing to do would be not to sent a review".
Again, do your research folks!
I had suggested to Elaine that the kindest, most compassionate, wise and respectful thing to do would be not to review each other. But she chose not to follow that advice. She is the most difficult guest I have ever had in 33 years. She is passive aggressive, aggressive, ungrateful and is a poor communicator. She is rude and inconsiderate, and was not only to me but to my helpers. One of them asked if she ever smiled. I do not recommend her. She is a person that sees the cup half empty rather than half full. If she was so unhappy here I don't understand why she didn't just ask for a refund and go on rather than harm all of us. Her arrogance was astounding. Until now I have never had to write a negative review.
And as far as the propane goes it was another first in 33 years of being a landlord. While everyone else in San Miguel was dressed in winter attire: ski hat, scarves, down vests and woolen jackets, Elaine and her guest were inside in shorts and barefoot. You can imagine how much gas that took. It caught me off guard and by the time I found out that she had ran out it was a Saturday afternoon and the gas company that I use could not come until Monday. Many people are in and out of my home and they were all equally shocked to see people dressed for the beach in the midst of winter. I never paid for so much propane in my life. It was abusive. Or, Elaine could have said that she was unable to dress in winter gear and that she needed to use a lot of propane and would be willing to pay for at least part of it. If I had a need like that, that is what I would have done.
Elaine was right on the cleaning. My housekeeper was losing her sight and ashamed to admit it. We parted ways peacefully and I have a new helper who is doing a great job.
I have been in service my entire life and apart from that I have been a landlord. No one in my community of 30 plus years would ever agree with Elaine that "She's in it for the money, nothing else." Her judgement of me is fierce. She never asked or wrote to say that she had some needs and wanted to discuss them. She preferred to be unkind.
I have many reviews and most of them positive. Yes, sometimes things go wrong, and especially in Mexico, they can be out of my control. I do the best I can. There are some people, like Elaine, that it doesn't matter what you do right, it will never be enough. They will complain rather than appreciate.
I am deeply saddened to have to write a review like. I never have had to before.
I have also never met anyone like Elaine. The negative energy that she emits was harmful to my team of helpers who had to walk by her a lot. If I had known what kind of person she is, I would have known that I needed to ask her to leave at the beginning. Now I know. When a guest is barefoot and in shorts in the midst of winter on my propane bill while the rest of us are dressed in winter gear it might be a sign that something is off. Or having all of my helpers ask what was wrong with her could have been a sign too, but I missed it. I am sorry I didn't confront her poor behavior at the beginning. That was my mistake and I accept it. Thank you Elaine. You have taught me about a new kind of personality that I have never encountered. I can be nothing but grateful.
Wonderful location and a lovely property. We received a friendly welcome from our host. The two bedrooms were well-appointed and clean. The kitchen was well equipped and clean, but we did not use it very much as we dined out most days. The bathroom was adequate but the door did not close properly and the showerhead needs replacing. The entire apartment need a high cleaning or at least dusting. We had a wonderful visit and would certainly stay there again.
Great location and property. Patricia was responsive and easy to get in touch with.
We had a most enjoyable experience staying at Patricia's home. We arrived late at night and she stayed up to greet us and make us feel welcome. Her home is centrally located in town so we were able to walk everywhere. Bring good walking shoes as the house is up a hill and the streets are all cobblestone. We ate out every night at the wonderful restaurants and actually lost weight from all of the walking. San Miguel is a safe, beautiful and charming town. The amenities were comfortable and she was available to answer any questions we had about the area. The house was cool in the evening even with the heaters so bring slippers. We would definitely go back. Thank you Patricia for a wonderful experience.
Our stay at Dharma was very pleasant. The space is just beautiful with a cultural feel. Fruit and water was provided as well as gas heaters which made it very comfortable esp in the colder evening/nights. Our 4 legged guards and companions, Kali and Pema were so sweet! They were a bonus on our stay here. The house is located about 5 blocks away from the center, which gave it a more quiet peaceful surrounding, since it seems the city center can be loud since we could hear the music and fireworks when we up on the rooftop terrace. Patrica was a sweet lady and greeted us with hugs. Would stay here again if back in town.
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About the Host, Patricia
I am a co-founder of The Wellness Institute of San Miguel de Allende (WISMA), a non-profit center dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of cancer patients and others seeking healing. I lead short and long term personal retreats as well as provide end-of-life care.
“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson