Why not experience a traditional Mexican festival in San Miguel de Allende? Baroque Travel arranges a stay at Hotel Matilda so you can enjoy Dia de los Muertos
Every year in Mexico, people celebrate Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, a chance to get together and pray for those friends and family who have passed on and support their spiritual journey. This year, Dia de los Muertos falls on 1 and 2 November, so if you’re planning to visit Mexico at that time, you can join the celebrations that include parades, art installations and interactive cooking classes.
There are numerous locations where one can celebrate Dia de los Muertos in style, but our choice for 2017 is San Miguel de Allende, a UNESCO Heritage Site in its own right, home to various important sights including locations from the Mexican War of Independence as well as some very well preserved Colonial architecture. Aside from its rich history and stunning architecture, this colorful town is famous for its great food.
On Dia de los Muertos there will be a market, Expo Catrinas, held at the venue La Casona in San Miguel de Allende, where one can pick up all sorts of dresses and festive hats as well as plenty of food and drinks. The highlight is the annual Catrinas Parade, which winds through the town’s main streets and ends in the main square. If you like, you can enjoy a traditional Mexican buffet and open bar at the popular Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar.
And where should you stay? We’ve found the perfect luxury destination, Hotel Matilda, known for its modern, edgy décor. The town is an artist’s haven and this exceptional hotel fits right in with its contemporary décor and eclectic modern art pieces. Although many of the pieces are temporarily on display and rotate, there are signature pieces of art that are on display permanently, too, such as a portrait of the owner’s mother, Matilda, after whom the hotel is named, which was painted by Diego Rivera. This stunning piece hangs in the lobby of the hotel, welcoming guests from all over the world.
The hotel also boasts a very famous gourmet restaurant, Moxi, that it owns in partnership with Mexico’s most celebrated chef, Enroque Olvera. Gourmet dinners are thus as much a part of a stay at Hotel Matilda as the exceptional art pieces hanging on the walls.
Hotel Matilda offers just 32 spacious rooms including 9 suites, all with oversized en suite bathrooms with both shower and bath, 100 percent Egyptian cotton linen on the beds, flat screen LCD TVs and automatic lighting with dim control. Other facilities include an infinity pool, gym and a holistic spa with indoor/outdoor relaxation lounge and an authentic hamman.
The hotel is a lively place throughout the year, as it also holds various special events including DJ dance parties, exhibitions by noted artists, art festivals, tequila tastings… you name it. No wonder Travel & Leisure named it Best City Hotel in Mexico! Hotel Matilda prides itself on being pet-friendly, so if you want to bring your pooch with you, you can, as long as he or she weighs less than 20 pounds! Certain rooms are pet friendly, and water bowls are provided.