Las Terrazas San Miguel
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Simply the best
We just returned from a trip to Mexico in which we traveled all over the country. Las Terrazas San Miguel was simply the BEST. Our experience at Las Terrazas was beyond anything a camera can capture or words can describe. We found it to feel as warm and welcoming as home. The casas are beyond terrific and the grounds are beautiful. We had fabulous views from our patio along with the soothing sounds of the water from our patio fountain. The shower was unbelievably terrific! The owners, Greg and Murray, along with the staff ensure all of your needs/wants are met. San Miguel is a wonderful community and Las Terrazas is the place to stay! It is within walking distance from everything. Again, words cannot describe the experience we had at Las Terrazas, other to than to say simply the BEST. We recommend and encourage anyone going to San Miguel to stay there.
Paradise in San Miguel
Las Terrazas is a fantastically beautiful and comfortable home away from home in San Miguel. The cassitas are lovely, spacious and private. Our place provided an island of peace after a great day of exploring this wonderful city. While security really is not an issue in San Miguel, you feel even more comfortable in this walled compound. The owners, Greg and Murray, took great care of us. Don't miss this place. You will want to come back.
You walk into the entrance courtyard and are immediately surrounded by a lovingly tended garden with a softly babbling fountain on one of the terraces. But wait, it gets even better! Our casa we rented (Casa Grillo) carried forward the same loving attention to detail. The décor of the house, the flowers on the table, the food and wine that greets the hungry and thirsty traveler, coffee and muffins for in the morning, the local Gringo newspaper. Ah, perfect, you are home.
The location is great as the casas are just a short downhill walk to Centro and with the map and guidebook that is thoughtfully provided by our host, Greg Johnson, it is easy to find your way to the many places of interest. Need a recommendation on a place to eat? Need to find a tour guide? Greg is very happy to accommodate!
Thank you Greg, I cannot think of a better place to stay while visiting San Miguel. I know that I will definitely be back!
Wonderful Ambiance and Hospitality
The pictures on the website don't do it justice. Las Terrazas are more beautiful than a camera can capture. The location near Centro is perfect - you can walk to any area of interest.
The real stand-out is the hosts. From the moment we arrived Greg and Murray's hospitality was evident. They had thought of everything to make our stay more enjoyable. They provided the local newspaper, a map, and a guidebook. Because we came in late they left us some wonderful food and freshly ground coffee for the morning.
Throughout the stay they were wonderful resources for "insider's information."
They were like friends, if your friends are incredibly welcoming, congenial, and have a fabulous place in San Miguel!!
Arriving at a strange place at after midnight can be unnerving, but the moment our host Greg Johnson opened the door and welcomed us to the gorgeous courtyard at Las Terrazas we were enthralled. Within minutes we were settled in with a glass of chilled wine and midnight snacks listening to Greg describe San Miguel and Las Terrazas. Casa Grillo was marvelous, even more attractive than the pictures we had seen at terrazassanmiguel. Fresh flowers, welcome wine, breakfast muffins, maps and guide books, a great book and video library are just a few of the thoughtful touches. The location is superb, an easy walk to the center of town. The casas are beautifully furnished, with comfortable beds and well-equipped kitchens, and the gardens are wonderful. There are so many places to visit I rarely go anywhere more than once, but Las Terrazas might just be the exception. I certainly recommend it highly. A great place, and a really great value.
A slice of heaven
I recently had the good fortune to spend several days at Las Terrazas in San Miguel de Allende and would rank it as one of the more enjoyable holidays I've spent anywhere -- and that's speaking as someone who has travelled pretty extensively over the past 20 years.
All three of the rental casas at Las Terrazas were fully booked by the time I planned my trip, but Greg Johnson, one of the proprietors, kindly agreed to accomodate me at a very reasonable nightly fee in a comfortable and beautifully appointed guest bedroom, with en suite bath, attached to the main casa (separate entrance).
From the moment I was buzzed through the front door into the vestibule and small entry garden, Las Terrazas felt like a home away from home.
It's clear that this property is well-maintained, cared for and loved by guests and owners alike. The terraced garden rises up several levels past Casa Grillo on the street level, then Casa Mariposa and Casa Colibri on the way to the owners' Casa Aguila at the top. It is a sun-filled space with numerous patios, overflowing with a riot of plants and colorful flowers and the soothing sounds of water fountains and birdsong.
Each of the casas is fantastic -- tastefully decorated, terrific amenities -- with an abundance of windows capturing the natural light and amazing views. Casa Aguila, perched at the top of the hill, has a particularly spectacular panoramic rooftop view of the town and the mountains off in the distance.
Greg proved to be a perfect host -- very friendly, warm, welcoming and laid back, and clearly had established wonderful rapport with all guests. He was extremely helpful and knowledgeable, accessible and always ready with useful guidance and suggestions, without being at all intrusive. I was lucky enough to be invited up to one of his social gatherings one evening, and can attest to the fact that he's also a damn fine cook.
San Miguel itself is a wonderful colonial Mexican town with a small but beautiful and busy central square (the Jardin) across from the amazing church the Parroquia (it resembles one of Gaudi's Barcelona confections), both a mere 3-block walk downhill from Las Terrazas.
Radiating out from the Jardin are many streets crowded with small art galleries, artisans' shops and markets, restaurants, cafes, antiques shops and other thriving businesses.
A few of my favorites: El Pegaso (repeat visitor for lunch and dinner), Petit Fours (European bakery), Tio Lucas (dinner with live jazz), Nirvana (lunch), San Augustin (cafe), Amigos (dinner with live traditional Mexican music), Casa Mia (great sandwiches), El Correo (breakfast)....
For art, there are many places to tempt you, but I particularly liked the works found at Rueffert Gallery (artist Rueffert) on Sollano and at "19", a combined restaurant/gallery (artist Hazell) on Jesus. La Zandunga Tapetes Finos has wonderful rugs made in Oaxaca, and Casa Maxwell carries a wide range of Mexican crafts. Sollano 16, though not exactly representative of local artistry or craftsmanship, sells amazing imported furniture and home accessories. Sazon offers cooking classes (wish I'd had time to enrol) and sells beautiful kitchen accessories (local and imported).
I truly enjoyed a day trip to Guanajuato, another beautiful town 1.5 hours away from San Miguel by bus, that left me wishing I had more time to explore it and other towns in the area.
I look forward to returning to San Miguel, hopefully many times in the future, and would love to have Las Terrazas serve as my 'home base.' I hate to steal the motto from Winners, but "You should go!"
Terrazas is Terrific
Sometimes you think a place just couldn?t get any better, but a return visit to Las Terrazas proved it can happen. New owner/hosts Greg Johnson and Murray Friedman have put their own special stamp of taste and gracious hospitality on this unique three-casa compound just five minutes from the center of the city. The lovely terraced setting is ablaze with colorful landscaping and the casas are beautifully appointed with authentic Mexican furniture and art. A friend and I spent last month in Casa Grillo, a first level two-bedroom apartment with a large, fully-equipped kitchen and gracious living/dining areas that made entertaining a delight if you are so inclined. But it?s the special touches that make Las Terrazas stand out?down comforters for chilly nights; flowers, wine and the fixings for your first breakfast on arrival; invitations to the owners? casa to meet other guests and friends; excellent tips on what to see, restaurants and shopping; friendly, competent staff who do whatever it takes to satisfy your needs . San Miguel is a magical place, and Las Terrazas is the perfect place to experience it. We've already made our reservations for another visit in the fall.
Las Terrazas - magical and serene
We just returned from our first visit to Las Terrazas San Miguel - a magical and serene experience. Las Terrazas is breathtaking in its beauty and comfort - exquisite furnishings, beautiful gardens, terraces, and restful fountains. Greg and Murray are gracious and welcoming hosts. San Miguel de Allende is a special city - the quaint colonial ambience, cobblestone streets, churches with bells that randomly ring, pristine blue skies by day and vivid stars by night, wood carved doors, and outstanding cuisine. Looking forward to our return.
Our lovely Casa
We stayed at Las Terrazas in Casa Mariposa for 2 wks Jan/Feb 2004. It is a little paradise: charming, quiet, tastefully appointed in the Mexican tradition and very comfortable.A large and beautiful patio with an abundance of potted plants and flowers made this an inviting and relaxing refuge.And the sunsets are gorgeous. A mere 5 minute walk to the town center and we were surrounded by everything: shops, restaraunts, art galleries, historic architecture, and the very colorful Mexican people.Greg, our host was extremely helpful, knowledgeable, very hospitable, and warm. He looked after us and all of the other guests well. We will most certainly return, and for a longer stay.
My husband and I stayed at the Las Terrazas in San Miguel for a week in October, 2003. It is under new ownership, and one of the new owners, Greg Johnson, was there. He, as well as their on-site mascot, Fred the Dog, were wonderful :) The grounds are beautiful and very well secured; the room itself plus the newly added water fountain on the patio of the one-bedroom studio was great; and the location of the Las Terrazas is perfect. We would highly recommend the Las Terrazas and definitely plan to stay there when we return! L & E from Texas
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... with a spread of appetizers and vino. We watched the sunset from their high vantage point of San Miguel and enjoyed fun conversation. Teddy and Arden's daughter, Rosie, made me a fabric doll as a going away gift. Erica and her sister were there, and they are always lively. Dinner was delicious; it may be my favorite place to eat in San Miguel.
What a special evening!