Villa Maria Cristina
What We Love
- The many romantic spaces, from the balcony with its beautiful mountain views to the patio-side jacuzzi
- Thoughtful touches like fresh flowers, candles, and free bottled water
- The tranquil Spanish Colonial ambience
- A private limo service is available for transfers
What To Know
- The hotel is adults-only
- Pets aren’t allowed
- There are no elevators
- The location isn’t right in the city center, so some attractions may require a car
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
You want columns, ornate wrought iron and hand-painted tiles galore? Well, this sweet 13-roomer sports all of those classic Latin American motifs, but with the added bonus of modern amenities like a gym, rooftop terrace, wine cellar, and jacuzzi. Suites are spacious yet cozy, with high ceilings, warm wood floors, and elegant French furnishings. The restaurant, which overlooks the street and has a fireplace–useful in winter in this part of Mexico–serves up both Mexican and international flavors. There’s also a jacuzzi shaded by a pergola and a spa with a sunken Roman-style pool.
In the Area
This stunning central Mexican city–once an important silver mining town-oozes romance and Old World charm, from the leafy plazas lined with European-inspired cafes to the magnificent architecture, breathtaking hilltop views, and intriguing underground roads. Get the lay of the land on the hilltop bearing the famous El Pepila statue, which overlooks the city, then visit Museo Casa Rivera, the former home of the prolific artist, which contains many examples of his work. Refuel at El Abue, an atmospheric restaurant dishing up regional classics like chiles en nogada, poblano peppers stuffed with pork and topped with almond sauce and pomegranate seeds.
How to Get There
At first we were not so sure if we wanted to stay in a hotel that was not in the center of the city. Once there, we knew we lucked out: Villa Maria Cristina sits among humongous villas and buildings built by the mine owners and the city elite at the end of 1800, some classical, some liberty, very interesting architectures.
The hotel consist of multiple connected villas with gardens, pools, patios, walkways, stairs, different levels. Very fun to walk around and discover all those different areas, The spa is amazing and the rooms and bathrooms are so huge you can get lost. All the furniture is in style with the era and very subtle. Very sophisticated hotel at a relatively very cheap price: the Belmond in San Allende was 3 times more and nothing better than this one.
Being located out of the center has other benefits: no traffic, no noise, no pollution, and plenty of parking everywhere. Impeccable service.
This is the best Hotel I have ever stay in GTO. Staff is very friendly and the rooms have everything you need. The spa and other amenities are spectacular. It is also very well located (short walk to downtown).
We LOVED Villa Maria Cristina! We were happy to stay out of the Centro, and it's only a 20-25 minute walk (or $3 Uber) to the Centro. It's in such a warm, local, quiet, safe, tree-lined neighborhood. The property is breath-taking, each room so special and well-appointed - you really feel like you're staying in a hacienda or villa from another time. The staff are incredibly warm and helpful. The restaurant is superb. It was quite cold so we didn't use the outdoor pool, but we took advantage of the spa (great massage!) with the indoor pool, sauna and steam room, etc. There is only one very small indoor common area aside from the restaurant, and when it's cold it would be nice to have a warm indoor place to relax besides your room, but it's airy and special and unique and we loved every minute.
Beautiful hotel, rooms, and grounds. Excellent location and a wonderful 15-20 minute walk to centro histórico . Service from the staff was excellent and attentive. The staff is top notch and very customer oriented. They truly want to make your stay wonderful. What was quirky about this hotel is that they put a lot of thought in the little details that defines a 4-5 star hotel such as turn-down service, sandals, sauna and steam rooms, beautifully appointed rooms, and even a Nespresso machine in the room. Unfortunately, they overlook the basic comfort details that most 4-5 star hotels execute perfectly before they move on to all those little 4-5 star touches and details. Our shower’s water temperature could not be regulated, either boiling hot or super cold. Our bathroom door did not fully close, no privacy ( due to warped hardwood floors). Our temperature in the room fluctuated from hot to cold. Bathroom had no duct feeding AC/heat so it was very cold. The safe was detached from wall, so we couldn’t use it. There was also no iron in our room. Finally, internet service was non-existent in our room.
I would love to stay here again even with these quirks, due to the wonderful staff but not for the price I paid (250 USD per night) . For this price ( especially in Mexico), I expect an almost perfect execution in all aspects of the hotel.
I have only attended events here and not stayed as a guest but in the six weeks I have come here, the same door knob is still missing on the bathroom door so you cannot lock it from the inside. When the waiter is asked to stay a few minutes longer to serve another round of drinks to the group but disappears with no explanations as to why to find out management is trying to cut cost over customer setvice, it is not a place I want to keep doing business with. Staff as well as locals with connections are very concerned with the new management’s way of making money at all costs over service. Sad change for this beautiful hotel.