The charming and historic town of San Miguel de Allende captivates the senses with its colorful colonial buildings and lively arts and culinary scenes. Music is everywhere, and the air is fragrant with flowers and herbs from the town’s many rooftop, balcony and courtyard gardens.
Opened in February 2011, Rosewood San Miguel de Allende was crafted by local artisans with the look and feel of old San Miguel de Allende who endeavored to capture the essence of Mexico's most beloved city. The hotel pays homage to San Miguel de Allende's storied past while staying true to Rosewood’s philosophy of providing guests with a memorable experience of unparalleled luxury and understated elegance.
Awash in the warm, saturated hues so favored by the city, and complemented by colonial-style arches, artisan ironwork and hand-carved wood adornments, the hotel is reminiscent of a grand hacienda, blending in seamlessly with the town’s historic buildings.
The warmth of the people and the sheltered setting of this town in the mountains of central Mexico have captured the hearts of visitors for centuries. Founded in 1542 by the Franciscan monk Fray Juan de San Miguel, the missionary town of San Miguel el Grande was an important stopover on Spain's silver route.
San Miguel de Allende is considered a remarkable example of 16th-century Spanish Colonial Baroque architecture. It also played a vital role during the Mexican War of Independence. To honor its famous son and national hero, Ignacio Allende, the town renamed itself San Miguel de Allende in 1826. In recent decades, the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside, the quality of light and the town's unique ambiance have drawn artists to study, work and settle here.
San Miguel de Allende was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 for its colonial authenticity and cultural integrity, and for the excellent condition of its historic downtown (Centro Histórico). With respect and reverence for the history, culture and creativity of San Miguel, the hotel embraces Rosewood’s A Sense of Place philosophy and reflects the town’s existing charm, scale and architecture.
Rosewood San Miguel exhibits an extensive and spirited collection of contemporary Mexican art throughout its public areas. The collection consists of works by prominent artists active in various regions of Mexico as well as a few expatriate artists who have made San Miguel their second home.
The paintings of these artists reflect the rich cultural landscape and vibrant colors of Mexico. Most of the artists represented in the collection have shown their works in museums in Mexico and abroad. Combined, their art creates both a collective expression of Mexico and an intimate experience of each artist’s unique visual vocabulary. Their works draw on a complex history of imagery, from the Pre-Hispanic, Colonial, Escuela Mexicana and Post-Revolutionary eras to the 20th-century European and North American vanguard.