San Miguel Allende, Listed Best City with Best Hotel in the World, Hotel Matilda

San Miguel de Allende in Guanajuato continues to top traveler’s lists! Most recently, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized San Miguel Allende in the magazine’s iconic Readers’ Choice Awards.

San Miguel de Allende took 5th place on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2016 “The Best Cities in the World” List!

San Miguel Allende has made the list several times over the past few years, even grabbing the number one spot in 2013. CNT explains why San Miguel Allende deserved such an acknowledgement:

“Many consider colonial-era San Miguel de Allende one of Mexico’s prettiest cities, and it’s no wonder. Here, you’ll find leafy courtyards, narrow cobblestone streets, and a historic town center from which the Gothic Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel’s pink towers rise high above the main plaza, El Jardín. Located 165 miles northeast of Mexico City in the country’s hilly central highlands, San Miguel has no international airport, but is worth the trek: In 2008 UNESCO recognized San Miguel de Allende and neighboring Sanctuary of Jesus de Atotonilco as World Heritage of Humanity sites.”



Photo by TARYN KENT while traveling with Journey Mexico


Photo by TARYN KENT while traveling with Journey Mexico


In addition to 5th place on the World’s Best Cities List, the boutique Hotel Matilda, located right in the center of San Miguel Allende, was also voted by readers as an outstanding place within the world.

Hotel Matilda took 1st place on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2016 “Top Hotels in Mexico” List and 3rd place overall on “The 50 Best Hotels in the World“!

CNT writes, “Spare and minimalist, this mod fortress is a perfect foil for the colonial grandeur of its neighbors. Check out the hotel’s custom black-and-white prints—an extension of its subdued color scheme—by local photographer Eduardo Zaylan, and the fresh, inventive dishes at Moxi Restaurant (hello, creamy wild mushroom risotto with guajillo and red onion).”

Bruce James, Director of Hotel Matilda, shared that since the opening of Hotel Matilda in 2010, it was always a goal to create a dynamic guest experience unlike any other in Mexico. He shares, “We turned up the volume, not just in San Miguel but in the Mexican hotel scene by evolving Hotel Matilda into a lively cultural and culinary hub celebrated for immersing guests in an exciting and innovative contemporary lifestyle.” Congratulations Hotel Matilda!


More than 300,000 travelers took part in the 29th annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey—nearly doubling last year’s participation—submitting millions of ratings to help create the list of winning favorites. For the full list of 2016 winners, and to see more Mexico winners, go to:



If you’re interested in traveling to Nayarit, browse our sample itineraries below or  contact Journey Mexico today.

Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende – Journey into the heart of Mexico’s independence and revolutionary past by visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Cities of Guanajuato and San Miguel Allende. Also have the chance to visit one of Mexico’s Magic Towns, Mineral de Pozos. Marvel at the colonial architecture and meet local chefs and taste the finest of the area’s cuisine.

Town & Sea: Exploring Magical San Miguel de Allende & Zihutanejo – Discover Mexico’s charms, both land and sea, by exploring the colonial town of San Miguel Allende a for a glimpse into rich Mexican culture, and the beach destination of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo on the Pacific Coast.

Hotel Matilda – , Hotel Matilda celebrates the lifestyle of today’s international traveler and the contemporary Latin art scene. Guests are immersed in a relaxed and sophisticated setting of refined and comfortable accommodations, international gourmet dining, personalized spa experiences and a dynamic art scene.



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