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Bedrooms 1
Space 750 sq ft
Property type guest house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property



We found the 'Jewels' nestled in the hillside overlooking San Miguel, above the hustle & bustle but still in Historic Centro. In fact, just next door to the million dollar estate of Pedro Vargas and across the street from the former home of 'Cantiflas', Mexico's favorite comedian/actor of the past. Just a few doors from El Mirador (the city's famous lookout), you needn't come up just for a view of the city, you will have that view from the Jewels, all day, every day. Not from the rooftop, but from inside the suites.

Just blocks from the Jardin & above Juarez Park. From the moment you enter the entry way into the 'Jewels of San Miguel', you are transported from the colorful streets of San Miguel through the manicured garden - lush with evergreens, flowers and a trickling fountain...all sheltered by an overhanging 100+ year old Mesquite tree with the 'Jewel' pendant hanging over the central courtyard. The gardens and fountains are beautifully illuminated at night providing the 'setting' if you will, for each 'jewel'.

Uncompromising attention to detail was given to this majestic property by the previous owner (one of San Miguel's finest architects). Using only the finest materials, master artisans have skillfully crafted your 'home away from home.'

Rarely will you find an upscale rental in Centro that offers this level of style and sensual sophistication, combined with its convenient location and magnificent vistas of Historic San Miguel.


Fast internet (best available)

Purified water

Pastries on arrival

En suite Kitchenette:

(Fridge, microwave, toaster, 4 burner stovetop, oven, sink)

Complimentary coffee

Housekeeper on site

Laundry (light loads, housekeeper cleans, folds & returns to you for a tip)


Cable Television

Incredible streaming entertainment, in addition to complimentary Netflix, worldwide streaming with all stations, HBO, Comedy, History Channel, foreign programming, etc. Like Netflix but with extensive content as well as Movies in theaters now.

More Details

Elizabeth Gordon
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2018

About Elizabeth Gordon

I am a retired airline employee, as such, I've been all over the world and have chosen San Miguel as my special retreat. I emphasize personal service but at the same time, I don't live in San Miguel but have great support staff there on the property daily to assist you.

Elizabeth Gordon purchased this guest house in 2013

Why Elizabeth Gordon chose Zona Centro

When I found the Jewels, it has a natural setting, feels incredibly open and airy and is a quiet refuge from the activities down below but is just minutes away by walking or if you don't feel like walking, transportation is readily available just steps from the Jewels.

What makes this guest house unique

You needn't go up to the roof to see the beautiful view of the city. The property is adjacent to the city's famous lookout, you can have that same view from INSIDE the casita, that's what sets it apart from all of the rentals I've seen in San Miguel. It gets great reviews due to all the touches it has, we don't furnish it with 'rental' type goods, we try to have the best quality furnishings, yet we're not asking high prices, our amenities are what sets us apart. You will be greeted with home made pastries and a steady flow of complimentary coffee. Purified water is supplied in the casitas, and each casita has its own kitchenette,

We try to give added value to the guest's overall experience yet, not burden them with excessive fees and hidden costs. This is why we have free WIFI, Cable, long distance phone service to the US and Canada, complimentary Netflix and Amazon Prime. We furnish purified bottled water and housekeeping once a week with light laundry service if you care for it.

We feel you get the value for your money at the Jewels and on top of that, you get unmatched beauty in your surroundings.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Guest Marcella & Jodi

Date of stay 05/25/13 - 06/01/13

Review Submitted 06/05/13

Our time in the beautiful Casita Topaz was magical!! Elizabeth made it possible for us to feel at home in the most beautiful surroundings. It would be impossible to put into words the magic and peace we felt during our stay. We shall always treasure our time there and yes, we will return again and again to the magic of San Miguel De Allende and to the peace we found in Casita Topaz. So much creativity took place during our time there for we were inspired to paint, draw, write and both Jody and I are ever so grateful we found this wonderful home away from home. Thank you Bebe!! June 2013
Jun 2013
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation guest house rental in Zona Centro, Central Mexico / Colonial Circuit

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , bidet , Glassed in Bathroom on terrace, city view from sunken tub
  • The custom bathroom has a shower and no tub in Casita Topaz and Casita Opal. Casita Ruby has a gorgeous soaking tub in a glass bath that extends onto the terrace and you can see the view of the city from your bathtub.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , It is an open floorplan, quite large, 750 sq. ft.
  • Open floorplan with a Mexican Queen bed.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
Outside of the fact that San Miguel is a UNESCO World Heritage site, it was just named the People's Choice NUMBER 1 DESTINATION IN THE WORLD by Conde Naste Traveller Magazine. We knew it, now the world knows it!


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average rating of 4.5 based on 25 reviews

Loved it

  • 4 of 5

I really liked staying in Topax. It was all on one level and I could just walk out when I got up & see the sunset at nite. Great view and lots of singing birds. I like to cook so the kitchen was ideal. Elizabeth pays great attention to details, like an extra water jug in bathroom. Friendly housekeeper comes everyday to empty garbage baskets, & gardener sweeps terrace.

Good safe location to walk to town & Benito Juarez park; took taxis back up in heat of the day. Wear good shoes as it's cobblestone streets. I highly recommend this quiet jewel. pat

  • Submitted: 30-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Wonderful Experience!

  • 5 of 5

The Ruby at The Jewels of SMA was perfect. It is beautifully appointed, with a sitting area and fireplace, a lovely bedroom with much glass with a lovely view of San Miguel. It also has a large patio. We will definitely return!

  • Submitted: 21-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful relaxing stay in San Miguel

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful stay in Casita Ruby. The apartment was nicely furnished and beautiful decorated. The terrace was amazing, overlooking the city of San Miguel and the lake and mountains beyond. Transportation either by taxi or bus was a snap. We had planned to go on trips outside of San Miguel but we had such a wonderful time in the city and in our casita we decided to just stay in San Miguel. The owner was very helpful with recommendations and ideas for our stay. We enjoyed every minute of it!

  • Submitted: 4-Nov-2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Karen, I would like to thank the two of you for coming down and spending day of the dead in Casita Ruby. I'm so glad you enjoyed yourselves, do come back and stay with us if you should return to the city, we'd love to have you back. Bebe
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Topaz Casita - A bright and cheery retreat in San Miguel

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed two weeks in the Topaz Casita. The apartment was a real pleasure to return to after a day of walking all over San Miguel. We found the kitchen more than adequate for the kind of vacation cooking we were doing and the premises were charming to look upon. The tastefully executed Moorish theme was very much appreciated. I know that a previous review complained of the lighting; but, in my own opinion, the more than ten light fixtures in the unit were more than sufficient to illuminate every corner of the apartment. The apartment south wall (which was virtually all windows) gave truly spectacular views of the city. San Miguel itself really lives up to its hype as a UNESCO World Heritage City, the restaurants are first rate and the art studios and crafts outlets are worth seeing, even if you don't buy anything. And, lastly, the owner of the unit, Bebe Gordon, really went out of her way to make our stay a pleasure and my wife and I would really consider ourselves lucky to be able to rent from her again.

  • Submitted: 2-May-2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very disappointed

  • 2 of 5

This was our 4th trip to San Miguel to rent for an extended stay. This was by far the biggest disappointment of all our previous rentals.

1. The location is on one of San Miguel's busiest street. If you choose to walk to the Jardin be

prepared to inhale a lot of pollution from buses and cars driving by.

2. Be prepared, if walking to do a straight downhill walk to Jardin and straight uphill for return.

My husband and I are very fit and do mostly walking. This uphill walk was ridiculous. Once

you enter the property, then there are close to 30 more steps to Topaz door.

3. The Topaz for extended stay is not what you want. It is in need of a renovation. The

bathroom tile was dirty and looked as though it had not been clean for sometime.

4. The decoration are everywhere and appear old and/or very low quality.

5. For a month stay, the property was not suitable due to location and quality. For what we

paid, we expected so much more.

6. Evening on the outside deck you are facing the sun. The patio is very uncomfortable and


  • Submitted: 19-Apr-2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming Casita

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent the month of January in this sweet little casita. The Moroccan inspired aesthetic was very soothing . The bed is only a double but extremely comfortable. The beautiful widow leading to the patio let in beautiful light during the day and we could even view the fireworks at night not only from the sweet patio but the luxury of our bed! There is a little kitchenette which came in handy for lazy breakfasts or late night snacks. A small canister of coffee and sweet little pies are provided for your first night. The fireplace worked beautifully and kept the casita toasty on chilly evenings. There is a large screen tv with Netflix capabilities which we used on chilly evenings sitting by the fire sipping hot cocoa. The wifi works great! The bath only has a shower but there is plenty of hot water and vanity space. The terry robes provided were wonderful for chilly mornings! I was concerned about closet space but the armoire ,desk drawers, and drawers under the bed provided more than enough. Knowing SMA I was worried the casita might be noisy from being so close to Miradore and the busses. As Bebe, the owner assured me " Topaz is called the tomb" and it was very quiet. The location is great. A bit of a struggle walking up hill at times but taxies are so reasonable and the bus stops just a stones throw away. This location made for fun excursions going up or down and our view from the patio was wonderful. There is a dome obstructing the Parroquia but it's no big deal. The rest of the view is marvelous! The patio furniture is very comfortable. There is a large table and chairs for dining and two chairs with a little table for relaxing. Bebe the owner made sure all our needs were met before and during our stay! I can't say enough about how attentive she was. She provided weekly email info on SMA. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: 20-Feb-2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
150 Miles
Queretaro / 45 min. (QRO) and Leon (BJX) 1.5 hrs.
Car: not necessary

The location is just steps away from the city's tourist lookout, El Mirador, a breathtaking view that you will have from any of the Jewel's private terraces. Quiet, private yet both busses ($.35) and taxis ($2.45) pick you up just outside the street entrance door. Such an easy location to navigate the town. Stay above the fray, the noise and traffic at the Jewels of San Miguel.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation guest house rental in Zona Centro, Central Mexico / Colonial Circuit

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$19.17

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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