Casa Hoyos — San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Outside seating area with half egg shaped couches, coffee tables and adjacent couches
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As partial as we are to sleek modernism, we’re particularly fond of hotels whose design and mood speak indelibly of their location and culture.

Case in point is Casa Hoyos in the historical heart of San Miguel de Allende, which architect Andrés Gutiérrez has converted from a fading 17th-century family manor into a sparkling 16-room boutique hotel.

The original footprint is still recognisable, though an internal courtyard which once stored seed and grain has been reimagined as the lobby and rooms.

A palette of desert-bright hues of burnt orange and yellow swathes the graciously proportioned loggias and public spaces, alongside Calaca armchairs by Comité de Proyectos, a liberal sprinkling of mirrored planter pots by Paloma Layseca, and woven tapestries by Meli Ávila.

The rooftop terrace, meanwhile, is the setting for a sunset cocktail of Lavender Sour hit with Meyer lemons, violet liqueur and spiced wine, and paired with shrimp ceviche.

Corridor with small balcony's and railings

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Red round shaped light covers, red and white cushions with black side and coffee tables

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Open air quad with balcony view overlooking

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Room with 2 side tables, lamp fixtures and round window

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Pool area with red recliners, tables and chairs and counter with stools

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14 Mesones Zona Centro
San Miguel de Allende


Daven Wu is the Singapore Editor at Wallpaper*. A former corporate lawyer, he has been covering Singapore and the neighbouring South-East Asian region since 1999, writing extensively about architecture, design, and travel for both the magazine and website. He is also the City Editor for the Phaidon Wallpaper* City Guide to Singapore.