It’s not every day that you get to sleep in the shadow of an original work by Pedro Friedeberg, arguably Mexico’s greatest Surrealist master.
But La Valise San Miguel de Allende, which debuted in September as the latest addition to the celebrated La Valise hotel collection, teems with his art—specifically, fanciful carvings that adorn the walls of its alluring common areas and six sumptuous suites.
For Yves Naman, founder of Namron Hospitality, La Valise’s parent company, opening an outpost in San Miguel was a natural next move: Given its rarefied reputation as an international arts center, it dovetails nicely with the brand’s ethos of laid-back luxury imbued with an inimitable sense of place. The city left an indelible impression on him after his first visit nearly two decades ago: “I was amazed by how you feel as though you’ve traveled 300 years back in time,” he says.
Naman was determined to find exactly the right spot for La Valise’s next location, following Mexico City and Tulum. “When I first saw the estate, I was most struck by Friedeberg’s creations,” Naman recalls. “We couldn’t believe the scale of the art and the property’s uniqueness, and instantly knew it was perfect for the La Valise brand.”
Tucked away behind a vermillion facade on a pedestrian cobblestone street steps away from El Jardín—the city’s leafy main square—the hotel, which was five years in the making, is an intimate and inspired alternative to San Miguel’s larger, higher-profile luxury resorts like Rosewood and Belmond.
San Miguel Times