Hotel Matilda: San Miguel de Allende’s Edgy, Contemporary Retreat
PHOTO: Spa Matilda Relaxation Lounge. (Photos courtesy of Hotel Matilda)
For generations, ex-pats have gravitated to the colonial city of San Miguel de Allende to unleash their artistic expression in an inspiring environment. Garnering UNESCO status in 2008, the city’s 500-year-old center remains much the same today as when the Spanish erected neo-classical and baroque churches and mansions in the 18th century.
Amid San Miguel de Allende’s colonial-era church spires and terra-cotta homes, Hotel Matilda has added a contemporary vibe as an edgy retreat catering to sophisticated international travelers. But that doesn’t mean the boutique property has unplugged from the art-centric attitude of this renowned crown jewel of colonial Mexico. The trendsetting hotel delivers a chic, lifestyle-focused guest experience highlighted by one-of-a-kind artistic and culinary events, plus the holistic Matilda Spa with its authentic Turkish-style hammam.
“From the outset, Hotel Matilda reveled in being iconoclastic,” said Bruce James, director of Hotel Matilda. “The colonial style has always been de rigeur in historic, 500-year-old San Miguel de Allende. When Matilda opened, however, it unveiled the first and only contemporary ambience, with an interior design resembling an art gallery.” Many of the installations and artwork within Hotel Matilda were commissioned specifically for the hotel.
“The goal was to create an experiential atmosphere that is inspiring, fun and even whimsical,” said James. “The gallery-like ambience is the ideal canvas for the many art events the hotel hosts annually.”
James added that an art-centered hotel is “singularly apropos” to San Miguel de Allende. “This historic colonial town with its virtually pristine Spanish-era architecture has long been a hub of the arts known for its art schools, art galleries and many resident artists,” he said. “Hotel Matilda echoes, reinforces and has come to embody the modern artistic soul of San Miguel.”
The hotel’s 32 designer rooms and suites fall into five categories — Deluxe Rooms, Grand Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suites, Luxury Suites and Owner’s Suites. All are luxuriously appointed with artistic touches, from fine 400-thread count linens and Mexican Calcutta marble floors to art works by acclaimed Mexico City photographer Eduardo Zaylan.
Most feature a balcony or terrace, while many unfold to panoramic views of the picturesque town.
Guests are also privy to an infinity-edge swimming pool, Bar Mui that’s celebrated for its creative mixology and Moxi that showcases the culinary talents of chef Enrique Olvera. Prepared with farm-to-table ingredients, the latter’s menu balances its Mexican soul with an international palate of flavors, presentations, combinations and textures.
Spa Matilda Springs with Fresh Treatment
According to James, integration is both the cornerstone and underlying philosophy of Spa Matilda. The facility focuses on a five-fold approach to well-being — Energy, Recovery, Focus, Radiance and Decompression. Treatments and services are customized to individual needs and personal goals.
“At Spa Matilda … guests embark on meaningful journeys of renewal and well-being characterized by personalized experiences that encompass a wide range of globally inspired therapies infused with local flavor, culture and context,” James said.
“The unique charms and indigenous healing traditions of the region are showcased within the spa’s Apothecary, featuring hand-blended treatment and retail products composed of locally procured artisanal ingredients.”
Themed for spring, Spa Matilda has unveiled a new 90-minute Floral Compresses treatment to ease tension, balance the nervous system, calm muscles and smooth skin. The body and scalp therapy merges lavender, orange blossom, calendula and rose.
“With the seasonal burst of new blossoms, spring is the ideal time of year to offer this unique stress-relieving and balancing treatment that adapts indigenous concepts of tapping the rejuvenating power of flowers,” said James.
In its tranquil garden setting, the 4,700 square foot spa features four treatment rooms, and a wellness studio for yoga and Pilates. A private luxury spa suite elevates the mood with a meditation garden, lounge, steam shower, soaking tub and dedicated grooming area.
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The Agent’s Edge
Through April 30, 2016, Hotel Matilda’s 1 + 1 = 3 package provides your clients with the third night free on stays priced from $524USD nightly. The rate covers all taxes, valet parking and daily continental breakfast.
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