Colorful, colonial San Miguel de Allende, Mexico isn’t just a favorite destination for American retirees and sun-seeking artists and yogis; the charming city is also a smart stop for Airbnb aficionados. While San Miguel’s cosmopolitan (and tourist-friendly) shops and restaurants make it one of the country’s more expensive cities, its private home rentals are surprisingly affordable—we’re talking room rentals starting at just $10/night. Or you could rent an entire luxury casa overlooking the city for significantly less than the price of a hotel room in most American cities. Book a flight for the city’s famous Dia de los Muertos celebration, or plan a winter getaway to enjoy its mild climate.
1. 2000-plus-square-foot house 2. Case de la Paz 3. Two-bedroom garden-level apartment 4. Expansive home 5. Casa Canela Fina 6. Casita Linda 7. Petite apartment 8. Contemporary casa 9. Casa Guadalupe 10. La Barda Azul.
Erica Jackson Curran is a former alt-weekly editor turned moonlight freelancer based in Richmond, Virginia.
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This 2000-plus-square-foot house in the exclusive Balcones neighborhood has two bedrooms, two and a half baths, and plenty of outdoor living space with dramatic views of the city and the Sierra Madre mountains. Just a 10-minute walk from the city center, the house is equipped with amenities like a gourmet kitchen, a private garage, a housekeeper and gardener (twice a week), and seven fireplaces.
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Known as the Casa de la Paz (House of Peace), this studio has a master suite with bath, terraces, outdoor dining, and breathtaking views. The owners and their pups live in the adjacent house, and there's an on-site massage room (massages can be booked on request) and studio space for classes.
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Decorated with indigenous artwork and textiles, this two-bedroom garden-level apartment is part of a house with two additional rental units. (Larger groups may want to consider renting the entire place.) There's a sunny living area, a large kitchen and dining room, and a private courtyard. Host Sharyn describes the neighborhood as a "real down-to-earth Mexican neighborhood," not "Gringo-oriented." You'll find local mercados twice a week and authentic restaurants nearby, and the city is about a mile away.
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With two bedrooms and two stories, this expansive home is located in the quiet Colonia of La Palmita, about a 15-minute walk from the city. The open floor plan includes an eat-in kitchen and living space plus loft bedrooms, and there are seven terraces and a lush garden to maximize outdoor time. The house is cleaned twice a week.
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The modern, loft-style Casa Canela Fina is on a cobblestone street just a block from San Miguel's main square. The striking kitchen blends stone countertops with reclaimed wood cabinets and Mexican tiles, and local artwork decorates the main living space. The king-sized bed is located upstairs in a loft area, where the rustic wood look continues in the large master bath. A rooftop deck offers views to some of the city's main sites.
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With bright orange and turquoise walls, vibrant tile work, and flamboyant textiles, Casita Linda doesn't shy away from color. Situated a short walk from the center of town, the apartment is part of a larger complex that offers access to a rooftop terrace with a Jacuzzi and a space where private yoga classes can be booked by appointment. Host Howard is a self-described foodie who can point you to San Miguel's best eateries.
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On a budget? This petite apartment has rates averaging just $16/night. It has a full-sized bed, a tiny kitchen with a bar area for eating, and a shared patio space. It's a 10-minute walk from the town's main square. Past guests describe it as "super bonito" and "todo perfecto."
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On the other hand, if money is no object, consider booking this three-story contemporary casa, where the private solar-heated pool is the main attraction. (Rates currently average $360/night.) Both bedrooms have king-sized beds, and there's also a large open living area, an organic garden, maid service, and a rooftop terrace with, you guessed it, stunning views.
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Casa Guadalupe is a two-bedroom home in the heart of historic downtown. The quaint kitchen opens up to a small indoor living area, and there's lots of outdoor seating space as well as a shared rooftop terrace. An additional unit can be rented by larger groups. Maid service (laundry included) is provided three days a week.
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With a wall of windows in the main living space, San Miguel's famous light streams into La Barda Azul, which is in a private gated community. The apartment is decorated with colorful furnishings and folk art, plus there's a shared garden with an aviary and fish pond.