The place to stay in San Miguel de Allende

the place to stay in San Miguel de Allende

Where to stay in beautiful San Miguel de Allende? Stay where I do – at my mom’s !  It’s private, centrally located – and the value is phenomenal ($28 USD per night).

Here is a video I shot of the patio and room. Everything that you see in this video is your private domain when you stay here (my mom lives down below).

Below: the entrance to the room

the place to stay in San Miguel de Allende - entrance

Below: The room. I love the tree out front, there’s always dappled sunlight in the room and it never gets hot. 

the place to stay in San Miguel de Allende - room

Below: the private bathroom.

the place to stay in San Miguel de Allende - bathroom


Below: Your patio and the stairs that take you down to the main floor

the place to stay in San Miguel de Allende - patio and back stairs

Location: In the pretty Colonia Guadalupe neighborhood of San Miguel de Allende. Across the street, a minute away, is Via Organica, a great food store and restaurant (our favorite neighborhood restaurant) where everything is organic. Great pizzas, burgers, pastries, even home made beer. Excellent food, cosy atmosphere.  There is little supermarket about 3 minutes away. Also right across the street is a fitness center where you’ll hear Latin music and screaming women a few times a week (usually 3 times a week, from 8am-9am). You might be tempted to join them.

Proximity to the center: The house is a 10 minute walk to San Miguel’s main square and is even closer than that to the Artisans market where you can buy all kinds of Mexican arts and crafts. An easy walk up Hidalgo which is full of restaurants and stores.

Guest access: The whole of what you see above. You get wifi, can do laundry (washing machine is down the stairs, under that blanket in the photo above) which you can hang up on the clothesline on your patio. There’s a kettle in the room and tea/coffee, as well as bottled water. Sorry, there’s no kitchen with the room but if you just have a few things to store in the fridge my mom will gladly let you. The access to the 2nd floor is through the main entryway to the house. Very, very safe and secure.

Rules: My mom is an older lady who enjoys meeting people. She’ll help you with everything you need and might even show you around if you ask her. Please: no smoking and no parties – it is a quiet, peaceful neighborhood.

But the best reason to stay in this room? Well, I stayed here. How many people can say they slept in the same bed as Bbqboy? 😉

If you’re interested in staying here, there are two ways to book:

1) Through Airbnb. You can look the the profile of the room and reviews here. If you’re an Airbnb user you can book with the link.
2) Want to book directly? Comment below or write me at and I’ll write you back with my mom’s email address.



I’ve previously written about San Miguel. But here are a few photos to get you excited. It really is a beautiful town.

beautiful san miguel de allende in photos


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  1. Well this certainly beats a standard blog review of a hotel that’s for sure!! Love the family support here – did you receive a complimentary stay at your Mum’s? 😀 Also loved your cheeky last sentence about giving your readers the ultimate reason to stay in this property! But in all seriousness, for anyone who is planning to visit San Miguel de Allende, this does sound like a really great value accommodation option!
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    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Ha, thanks Shikha. Of course it’s free for me 🙂
      It really is great though and one of the reasons I think I love San Miguel is my mom’s new house. I love staying there. Reminds me of when I was a kid and had mom cooking for me – except now I have my own room upstairs and she serves me beer.
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      • Happy to learn you are Mexican. I love Mexico actually, I visited a few times (but not enough!) I plan one of these days to go back to Quintana Roo (Campeche), but I wish to visit the central Plateau too! I speak decent Spanish too , not only”amigo” and “muchas gracias”!

  2. Looks like a great place to stay Maybe it will be featured on TripAdvisor travellers’ choice awards soon 🙂
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  3. It’d be fun to stay at your mom’s house Frank, I’d get her to spill some of your childhood stories, lol. I’ll definetly stay with her when the day comes that I get to San Miguel.
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    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      I wouldn’t recommend it Paula if I didn’t think it was really a great base to see San Miguel while saving money. I just don’t like spending a lot of money on accommodation, especially if I’m exploring much of the day. I’ve seen some of the prices in San Miguel and they’re a bit crazy…

  4. Haha! would be something to say one slept in the same bed as BBQ boy..haha! Lovely place and that terrace is massive. I wonder the secrets mummy would spill about her boy once plied with margaritas! 🙂 😉 . Such a pretty town.
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    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Yes, that could be a selling point, right Kemkem? Make it like a Bbqboy museum: “and this is the side of the bed Bbqboy usually sleeps on, and that’s the chair Bbqboy puts his computer on..”. I’ll have to give mom that idea 🙂
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  5. I lived in San Miguel in 1963-64 as a child. I visited again for the first time in 2012. The town has spread out into the desert, but I could still find my way around the inner colonial town. I’d love to return for a few weeks sometime to take an intensive Spanish course (want to brush up on my grammar and vocabulary). I’ll keep this post for when the time comes.
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    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Hi Suzanne. Interesting about your childhood. I’m sure it would be pretty unrecognizable now. My mom showed me this new, really trendy indoor market in an exclusive building right off the Jardin. You wouldn’t believe it could be Mexico, looks like Beverly Hills. It’s gotten very popular, but not just with tourists – with artists who come for classes and expats who want a change in scenery. Very hip.

      Anyway, I hope you make it one day 🙂

  6. Well I’ve slept in the same bed as Catherine Zeta Jones, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Queen Victoria (not all at the same time) so why not BBQ boy?! Looks like your mum has a fab little place over there, and I love the colours, so ‘Mexican’! Have to ask about the picture of the naked lady and the goose though, doesn’t give you strange dreams?
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    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Thanks Heather. Actually a lot of my mom’s inspiration (she painted many of those) are African from her time there. But the colours so similar you wouldn’t know at first glance.
      I can sleep through anything, no fat lady or goose is going to interrupt my sleep.
      PS what goose? After looking at the photos again I don’t see a goose. Maybe you mean that guy playing the flute?
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  7. San Minguel is in Mexico I presume? This place looks amazing!
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  8. I did a double-take at first thinking, “Of course staying with Mom would be a way to save money” and then thinking “Now why is she charging him?” Ha, the joke’s on me! Love the colorful room and what a value for the money. We spent several months in the Yucatan area of Mexico in 2013 at the beginning of our travels but never did make it to central Mexico – I’d love to go back for some more traveling and San Miguel de Allende would be at the top of my list!
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    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      San Miguel is beautiful. I travel with my mom once a year and that’s why I’ve been to San Miguel a few times. Central Mexico is great and I’m a big fan of the weather.

  9. Hell yeah I’d stay where BBQBoy stayed. That’s a moment in history and I bet your mom is a lovely person.

    I’ve read a lot about San Miguel de Allende, I need to add it to our ever growing never ending list of places we’d like to visit.
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    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      San Miguel is great as an introduction to Mexico. I call it Mexico-lite. It is incredibly pretty and has everything an expat would need. We love travelling – but I’m actually jealous of my mom’s setup there, she’s got a great place.

      If you can ever visit, do. And go see Guanajuato which is just a little over an hour away.

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