Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada
The grand dame of San Miguel's ever-expanding collection of luxury hotels, Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada (made up of six Spanish-colonial mansions) exudes colonial charm and laid-back stylishness. All 37 unique, colorfully painted rooms blend historic and modern furnishings, with tables, rugs, and headboards from the 18th and 19th centuries alongside hand-stenciled walls, talavera-tiled bathrooms, and copper bathtubs all made by local artisans. Suites have 12-foot-high beamed ceilings, fireplaces, and hand-carved French doors that open onto a central courtyard lush with geraniums, climbing bougainvillea, and jacaranda trees. There's also a small pool, a temezcal (traditional Mexican steam bath), and a sundeck with city and mountain views. Bonus points: the Blue Bar and Andanza restaurant, both contained within the main facility, are outstanding.