About the property
- House7534 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 nights
2 Bedroom Elegant Home with Great View in Historical Center
Casa Azteca is a gorgeous Mexican influenced two-bedroom house for people who want to be able to walk into town, but be located somewhat out of the hustle and bustle of el Centro. Situated partway up the hill above the main Mercado, yet still within the boundaries of San Miguel's Historical Center, this sunny and bright charming house is constructed on three levels and offers all the amenities of a home away from home.
From the entryway, the ground floor level of the house features the master bedroom and its cozy sitting area with a fireplace, described by one of our guests as the most beautiful and comfortable bedrooms she has ever slept in. The king size bed has a pillowtop mattress, fine sheets and comforters. A large walk-in closet is next door to the double-sink bathroom with its colorful tilework, polished cement counter tops and large bath- shower.
At the end of the entryway, framed by a beautiful arch is an oasis garden area with a large date palm and plants open to the sky, bringing lots of light into the master bedroom.
Up the staircase, you come to the main living floor of the house, complete with a second fireplace, flatscreen TV, a built-in DVD player and a CD player with iPod docking station. The well-outfitted kitchen with its polished cement counter tops and center island includes everything you will need for the most simplest meal to hosting the most elaborate dinner party. This then opens onto a sunny terrace with chairs and table along with a barbecue station. A dining area and half-bath are also on this level. This great room has wonderful light throughout the day, which is not all that common in most San Miguel homes.
One more level up and you find the second guest bedroom, as well as a sunny roof terrace with vistas across San Miguel's historic Centro toward the western sunset. Five of San Miguel's famous churches are visible from the terrace, but you may prefer simply to relax with a good book on the lounge chairs and enjoy the afternoon sun. This bedroom has another queen size bed, also with pillowtop mattress and fine bed linens, plus an en-suite bathroom.
The house rental includes the maid services of Angelica 3 times a week, wireless Internet connection for your own laptop, cable TV , and local Telmex phone service.
Guests must be 25 years or older to rent and stay in Casa Azteca. Family's with their children are of course welcome. Please be advised we have a four person maximum rule for Casa Azteca this does not include babies. If this rule is violated there will be a $50.00 per night, per person charge. Contact us now for more information about our house or San Miguel.
Andy and Dorothy
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- english, german, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- May 26, 2018
About Andy and Dorothy
We have lived in San Miguel de Allende for the past 17 years. We are travelers at heart and have lived in Germany, California, Kyoto, Osaka and India. We understand how important it is to feel at home when you are traveling, ie comfortable beds, great cooking facilities and a hot, hot shower. Dorothy and I started our lives together 35 years ago, we had no money but we did have an old yellow Datsun, a tent and a somewhat sketchy camping stove. We graduated then to youth hostels and backpacks to hotels that only Kérouac in his Dharma Bum days could love (as did we) to the style of living that we would now like to offer you. This then, is our new adventure, providing a comfortable beautiful home away from home, for other travelers.
Why Andy and Dorothy chose Colonia Azteca
Casa Azteca is elegant, beautifully decorated with all the comforts of home. The Chef's Kitchen and BBQ area lends itself to entertaining new found friends or just whipping up a cozy meal for yourself. The Rooftop view is a perfect place for your evening beverage of choice and watching San Miguel's sunset.
What makes this House unique
Casa Azteca is only a few blocks up from the main Jardin yet far enough away from the hustle and bustle of downtown to truly give you a sense of peace and quiet.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
A great choice. Location and amenities were perfect for us
My wife and I stayed a month at the Casa Azteca and enjoyed every minute. As noted in the description, there are two bedrooms, each with their own bathroom and shower. The separation of the two bedrooms, one on the ground level and the other on the top level is perfect for sharing the house with another couple. The biggest decision we had to make was whether we preferred to sleep on the top floor with the patio and great view or sleep on the ground floor with the enormous walk-in closet and larger bathroom. Except for the week, our son and his wife joined us, we actually did a bit of both. We slept on the top floor while using the ground floor bathroom and walk-in closet. So nice to have choices. The middle floor has the kitchen, a 1/2 bath, living and dining area in an open concept model. There is also a small balcony with a BBQ on this level. BBQs are not available in many rentals and we found this to be extremely useful the odd night we wanted to stay there and cook ourselves. The location is only a short walk from the 'centro' (about 5 minutes), but far enough to avoid the noise and crowds that accumulate there. There are two convenience stores a block away that have milk, yoghurt, beer and many other necessities. The 'mercado' is also close (3 to 4 minutes). There is a bit of an uphill climb back from the 'mercado' or 'centro', but totally doable (both of us our late, late sixties). In fact the walk is recommended considering the tacos, burritos, tequila, cerveza etc. that are available everywhere. This house is in an area where the vast majority of people are locals, who are very friendly. We walked several times (20 minutes) to the botanical garden as it is a relative shortcut over the hills to that area. There is some extra hill climbing to get there, however. Of course, the taxis are plentiful and in-expensive if you prefer that. Many streets are cobblestone, so have good walking shoes. Having a house keeper three times a week is also very nice. She washes the bedding and towels, cleans the floors, dishes etc. Who wants to clean when you are on holiday? The WiFi is probably the best we have had for a long time. There is TV and cable and I hate to admit this, but we brought our Apple TV along for nights when we wanted to stay in and it worked perfectly. Andy and Dorothy are great and very responsive to any questions we had. We highly recommend this place and plan to return.
We just finished a 2-month stay at Casa Azteca, and hated to leave! In the many years we have been coming to San Miguel, this was our best rental experience by far. The house is in a quiet (for Mexico!) neighborhood, with glorious views of the city from the top floors. It’s a short downhill walk into town, and convenient to several small tiendas, as well as the larger Ignacio Ramirez market and Artisans Market. The house is lovely - nicely decorated, light-filled, warm in the cooler days of January, and very cozy. We often cooked in, and found the kitchen to be very well equipped, even for baking. The house is just as pictured in the description - the two bedrooms are beautiful, especially the upstairs room, which is bright, sunny, has a nice attached terrace with incredible views. And the beds are extremely comfortable. Andy and Dorothy, the owners, are great! So nice to have a bottle of wine and roses waiting upon our arrival, and “landlords” who make it their business to take care of their renters. We will be back!
Beautiful setting in vibrant neighborhood
We really enjoyed our stay at Casa Azeteca. We are cooks so we enjoyed being near the Mercado, so that we could go each day and purchase fresh what we needed. Yes it as steep trek up the street, but if you are not prepared for walking and sometimes steeper inclines then San Miguel really isn't for you.
We were there over the Christmas holiday, and from the upstairs patio we enjoyed watching all the fireworks and listening to the neighborhood kids play break the piñata.
Even though it was just my husband and I we used every inch of the casa. My husband really enjoyed his afternoon siestas in the downstairs bedroom as it was the darkest and coolest room. We both enjoyed the upstairs bedroom at night so we could sit on the patio and watch San Miguel go to sleep and wake up again. If you don't like the sound of life being lived (church bells, roosters, children laughing, dogs barking, people working) you probably want to rethink visiting. Christmas eve and Christmas night were very vibrant but the rest of our stay was quiet for San Miguel standards...
Our hosts were awesome. We didn't need them but they were easily reached if we would have.
Still “a hike” away from Centro but sometimes that is good
We did enjoy our retreat. Perfect for 2 couples. Mostly bright in the daytime but kind of dark street at night. We are not late-night people so that wasn’t an issue. Beds very comfortable. Kitchen well-stocked (2nd floor) and we spent a good bit of our down-time there. Would recommend to owners to remove the pots in the way of the city view (and sunset) on both terraces. Good place for yoga on top floor bedroom. Can’t put toilet paper in toilets so would also recommend a “covered” trash can. I know, I know its Mexico and the plumbing is old. Would also have liked the option of brighter lighting on the first floor. Had to go to the kitchen area to put on my makeup. Nice to be able to make your own coffee and have a bite of breakfast at “home”. Owners were COMPLETELY accommodating, these are just upgrading suggestions.
This is a great, reasonably priced property, within walking distance of everything you want to see when you are traveling to San Miguel.
The property was exactly as described, and the pictures do it justice. We stayed at beautiful Casa Azteca for a week, and I can see why the Watson's get rave reviews. The home is very functional, great reading material in the downstairs master closet, everything you could want in a kitchen, and the views from the balconies, especially the third floor, are breathtaking.
The one thing I was not prepared for is the walk back UP the hill to Casa Azteca from the center of town. Make sure you take good walking shoes, and even those will take a beating. The cobblestones are large and hard to walk on, especially up hill, and sidewalks are extremely narrow. Cab rides are very inexpensive from the center of town, 50 pesos as of last week, but well worth it.
A Home Away from Home
We couldn't have picked a better place for our 2 week stay in beautiful San Miguel de Allende.
The lay out of the casa is perfect to guarantee privacy with one super spacious bedroom on the first floor and the other on the third, with kitchen and living room on the second.
The house is very tastefully decorated and everything you could possibly need is at your beckon call. We prepared wonderful meals in this neat kitchen, with fresh ingredients we purchased a mere 6 minute walk down a picturesque cobblestone hill at a most colorful local farmers market.
A real treat is the roof top balcony that overlooks all of SMA , we spent quite a lot of time up there, relaxing and enjoying the view.
The Owners of this house Andy and Dorothy are absolutely delightful as is Angelica, the house keeper, who keeps the place meticulously clean.
San Miguel de Allende is a city that manages to be both quaint and cosmopolitan at the same time. Once an important stop on the silver route between Zacatecas and Mexico City, its historic center is filled with well-preserved buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. With its narrow cobblestone streets, leafy courtyards, fine architectural details and sumptuous interiors, San Miguel de Allende is arguably the prettiest town in Mexico.
In 2008 UNESCO recognized San Miguel de Allende and the neighboring Sanctuary of Jesus de Atotonilco as World Heritage of Humanity sites, citing the town's religious and civil architecture as a demonstration of the evolution of different trends and styles, from Baroque to late 19th century Neo-Gothic.
Located in Guanajuato state, 265 km (165 miles) northeast of Mexico City and 96 km (60 miles) from the state capital, Guanajuato city, San Miguel is located within Mexico's hilly central highlands. San Miguel de Allende has no international airport so visitors usually fly into either the Leon/Bajio airport or the Mexico City airport and then take a bus. This is not a major drawback and may in fact add to the city's charm: the sound of an airplane coming in for a landing never disrupts the pealing of church bells, plus the effort required to get here makes it all the more enjoyable.
Walking is undoubtedly the best way to explore San Miguel. A car can be more of a hindrance than a help in town, though it can be useful for day trips to the nearby cities of Guanajuato, Dolores Hidalgo or Queretaro. When your feet get tired, hop on the sightseeing trolley that departs from the tourism office on the north side of the Jardín Principal. After a tour of the main points of interest, it will take you to the Mirador, a lookout point where you'll be able to have a panoramic view of the city.
There is a substantial expat community in San Miguel, so it's easy to find services in English and hotels and restaurants cater to the Americans, Canadians and Europeans who flock here. It is still very much a Mexican town, however, where locals cheerily co-exist with the foreigners who visit or call this city home.
San Miguel is a preferred destination of art lovers. Whether you're an aspiring or accomplished artist, or just prefer to admire the creations of others, you'll be happy here. Studio openings, courses and workshops form a vital part of the thriving arts scene. Galleries, boutiques and shops selling a wide range of art and handicrafts are plentiful so it won't be hard to find souvenirs to take home with you.
San Miguel de Allende has an air of tranquility about it, belying the fact that there is always something happening. This is the perfect city for an extended stay. Take a Spanish course or some art classes and make yourself at home. It is safe to walk around day and night and the climate is pleasant year-round.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
If you wish to stay three months or longer we have an all inclusive discounted price of $3500 USD per month. You must be 25 years or older except for children with parents - families welcome. Check in no later than 6pm. Please be advised we have a four person maximum rule for Casa Azteca this does not include babies.If this rule is violated there will be a $50.00usd per night, per person charge.