Arts District: Dreaming in Green

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

Your own private art residency! Perfect for all kinds of creative types. Comfy bed, private bath, desk, internet, studio use, terrace, Parroquia views.
A sweet neighborhood just 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. Your guestroom awaits you at Casa Lenita, with your own private bath, terrace with trees and plants, comfy furniture, privacy and tranquility. We share the street entrance, but your space is upstairs and separate. (no handicap access) Stairs to the azotea provide 360 views of the Parroquia and surrounding hills, church domes and gorgeous star-filled night skies. Azotea is spanish for rooftop, where you'll fnd furniture and plants, a sweet spot for the first morning coffee, yoga, reading, cocktails and fireworks watching.

Your room features a kingsize bed that can also be made up as twins, plus a beautiful in-suite bathroom, lockable closet for your valuables, Guatemalan and Mexican textiles and art by your host. Plus a bit of the host's huge collection of Virgin of Guadalupes and a library of books by regional artists and more. Coffee, tea, fruit available, and coffee maker is in your room. Glass doors to let in lots of light, lots of luscious trees and plants on the terrace to provide privacy. The only downside is that you just might never want to leave. But leave you must, if you want to enjoy San Miguel and it's shops, galleries, museums, concerts, restaurants, jardines, 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 would 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, meditation, spanish or something else. Need a good masseuse, acupuncture, haircut? 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 walk to both Centro and Fabrica Aurora, 2 min. and just around the corner to Via Organica market, restaurant, Marcia's Black and White Boutique and El Pato art store. The tienda on our corner has produce, and just about anything you need in a pinch.

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

My home is smoke-free, pet-free, scent-free and vegetarian; if you have allergies, this is a healthy and perfect environment for you.

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: 2
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Security Deposit: $200
Cleaning Fee: $25
Check In: 1:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • A delightful stay in San Miguel de Allende. Lena's place is located within a comfortable walk to the historic town centre. Her house is artistically presented with a colourful Mexican flavour. King bed was very comfortable; room cleaned twice a week. Enjoyed our breakfast each day in the courtyard area. Felt comfortable with the shared kitchen and lounge and ability to use Lena's studio when we wanted. Lena was warm, friendly and helpful with advice, directions and ringing for taxi when needed. We felt spoiled with the fruit plate and fresh coffee. Had a wonderful 2 weeks and would love to return.

    April 2014
  • Lovely setting, felt welcomed with little touches such as pitchers filled with fresh water and coffee maker in the room, use of well-equipped kitchen if desired and lovely outside patio, comfy bed and spacious room. I felt at home yet treated like a honored guest!

    February 2014
  • Excellent accommodations! We'll return and stay again if possible!

    February 2014
  • San Miguel de Allende was voted the best city in the world to visit by Conde Naste Readers and did not disappoint. We had great fun in San Miguel. However, the biggest treasure in San Miguel de Allende is not the parroquia. I believe the biggest treasure in San Miguel de Allende is Lena Bartula. She is one fine lady.

    January 2014
  • We enjoyed our stay with Lena very much. The house is lovely, chic and colorful,and the bedroom was just as described, with a wonerfully comfortable bed. The area is very authentic, and a short stroll to the central plaza. Lena was most helpful at all times..

    December 2013
  • Just returned from a wonderful visit to San Miguel de Allende. Our host Lena, was always pleasant and accommodating. We loved our room. Plenty of storage, colorful and clean. The patio just outside was wonderful on sunny days for our breakfast. Thank you Lena for a great stay in your home.

    December 2013
  • This is a lovely place! Don't miss it! I want to come back!

    September 2013
  • This was my second stay with Lena. On my first visit to San Miguel, Lena welcomed my partner and I into her warm, artistic home. I feel in love with San Miguel on that first visit and had to return. I was so excited to stay with Lena again. She is an absolute joy. I feel so lucky to call her my friend.

    Stay with Lena, drink some wine on the rooftop terrace, support Mariposas San Miguel, and let your spirit renew!

    I can't wait to go back to stay with Lena again and again!

    April 2013
  • Lena's place - everything the webpages promise, and more. A warm welcome from Lena herself to start off a 3-night stay at her vibrant home. Lena is so helpful with tips, places to see, eat. Tranquil, restful and very quiet after the sealing off of the street-side window. Doors open to the terrace, steps to the rooftop, views all round. Read the guests comments and go visit Lena - you'll love it.
    Highly recommended.

    March 2013
  • Lena is an awesome host and her house is awesome. My room was cozy and beautifully decorated. The porch and rooftop were a treat to sit out in the sun on. *NOTE* if you stay in the single room which is at the front of the house BRING EARPLUGS. I have never experienced so much loud street noise. But this did not put a damper on my stay by any means.

    January 2013
    Response from Lena:

    Hey Chelsea, Your stay might be quieter next year.... my contractor is coming over on Monday to remove that window on the street side. That will then be a solid wall, which I think will cut out most of the noise. Thanks for helping me finally make that decision, I've been considering it for too long!

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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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