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Stylish and Chic Retreat on Sollano in Historic Centro - 2 1/2 Blocks to Jardin!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,450 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Completely Renovated - Like Staying in the Best San Miguel Hotels!

Casa Zenaida combines a wonderful, prime Centro Historico location with the stunning remodel of a late 18th century home. Recent renovation and addition by the Santa Fe, NM. design team of Solterra Design Build, collaborating with the best builder in San Miguel, has produced a wonderful 3500 square foot home which evokes a cool Mexican vibe with a Mid-Century modern aesthetic. Completely done in a neutral palette, Casa Zenaida invites you to relax in elegant textures and stylish touches throughout this beautiful home. The entire house is shaded by a huge Jacaranda tree which blooms twice a year and provides a gorgeous, cooling canopy over everything.

Casa Zenaida is located on Diez de Sollanoin the city's "Golden Corridor". From the cobblestoned street, enter into the original "Sala", with its 15 foot ceiling, tiled floors, plaster walls and high fireplace. An antique Moroccan Beni Ourain rug, down filled linen sofas and leather lounge chairs invite you to escape the hustle and bustle of a day on the town. The Sala also has large flat screen TV and Sonos sound system for playing your own music, or ours. A french door leads out to the courtyard, featuring olive trees, nichos, a water feature and a pretty powder room. There is a powder room in this courtyard. A stairway leads to the second floor Master Suite and Rooftop Patio.

Continue through another set of french doors into the Dining Room with seating for 8. This room features an 18th century Cantera arch, original to the house. Through this arch is the gourmet kitchen, which features a fireplace, a center island, thick mesquite and concrete countertops and some very cool cement tile from Mexico City on the backsplash. Amenities include a 36" cook top, stainless oven and refrigerator, as well as a food processor, blender, toaster, coffee maker and Nespresso Machine with capsules. A large window over the sink, as well as another set of french doors open to the plant filled dining courtyard with a stone topped steel table which seats 8. There is also a Weber gas grill.

Continue through this courtyard up a few steps to the 2 guest bedrooms. The first bedroom has a Boveda ceiling with ceiling fan and stone flooring. A Queen Canopy bed with a memory foam mattress, high thread count cotton sheets and linen covered down comforters, plus German brushed cotton blankets guarantees a wonderful night's sleep. A desk, seating area and nice sized closet complete the room. There is an en-suite bath with marble counters, double sinks and a shower, a large skylight to let the sunshine in, and thick white towels. This bath and all the others feature fluffy bathrobes and hairdryers.

The second bedroom, also with a Boveda ceiling, ceiling fan and stone flooring, has a Linen upholstered Queen bed and the same luxurious bedding. This room has a small desk and also a separate chair. There is ample closet space. Through a set of antique Mexican double doors is the bright bath, with a double trough sink, marble counters and a shower.

Upstairs is the exquisite Master Suite, newly constructed with a lovely stone accent wall, beamed ceiling and a Cantera fireplace. We call it the "Treehouse Suite" because it has large french doors on opposite ends which open all the way to their 7' width. The Jacaranda shades the room and can be seen from every window. The focal point of this bedroom is the Teak four-poster bed, and there is a comfortable seating area and a desk. A walk in closet has plenty of space for a longer term rental, and a wonderful balcony with great seating and romantic lighting is the perfect space for a glass of wine before bed, The Master Bath has vein cut limestone counters, double sinks, a large soaking tub framed by a beautiful window and a shower. There are skylights to let the sunshine in, and french doors leading out to the balcony.

A walkway leads over the first courtyard to the plant filled 700sf rooftop patio, with comfortable seating for 6 and two chaises. A retractable white canvas awning provides shade, and everywhere there are plants and trees: Large Ficus Trees, Oleanders, Lime, Oranges and Figs, plus many other pots of plants. From the patio there are 360 degree views of the city and mountains, and the top of the Parrochia spires just a couple of blocks away. This is a lovely spot to catch sunsets, fireworks and hot air balloons of San Miguel!

Casa Zenaida is located 1/2 block from the Parque Juarez and its many activities, exercise classes and lovely villas. Another block from the park is the Rosewood Hotel and the great rooftop bar La Luna. Three more blocks away is the Saturday Organic Market, which is a must for health conscious San Miguel visitors and locals. Around the corner from us on Aldama is the Hotel Matilda. The Fat Mermaid is our neighborhood bar and is a 5 minute walk. Top-Rated La Parada is a one street over on Recreo. Finally, the glorious Jardin is just 2 1/2 blocks away, with its non stop activity and fantastic people watching. For a perfect, romantic dinner, try The Restaurant just a block and a half away, and don’t forget to pick up a little something luxurious at the adjacent shop, Sollano 16.

Our wonderful housekeeper Paty will take care of your every need 5 days a week from 9-2, including cooking fabulous Mexican breakfasts (you pay for groceries). Extra time is available for an additional charge. It's like staying at the best hotel at a fraction of the price!


Amenities Include:

Purified and Softened Water with UV throughout the house

Wi-fi throughout the house

Sonos sound system

3 Flat Screen Smart TV’s with Shaw cable, Netflix and Apple TV

3 Fireplaces

High Quality Bedding and Towels

Safes in All Bedrooms

Gas fireplaces or Heaters in Every Room

Kitchen Nicely Equipped for Gourmet Meals

Maid service up to 5 times/week included, if desired

Cook for breakfast up to 5 times/week included, if desired. (Guests provide groceries).

Cook for additional meals available for an extra charge.

Gardener 3 Times a Week

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2008
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2018

About Scott

We own Solterra, a Custom Design/Build Company in Santa Fe, New Mexico where we live. We love coming down to San Miguel and decided to try our hand at remodeling a historic property here, with the help of the best local builder in town. We are thrilled with the results, and know you will love staying here!

We also have 4 vacation rental homes in Santa Fe, New Mexico. See Homeaway listings:

Casa Nova - 910740

Casa Monte Sol - 211611

Casa Tenorio - 3012352

Casa Sombra - 3000966

Scott purchased this house in 2014

Why Scott chose Zona Centro

Our home has been remodeled to the highest standards of comfort and convenience. Furnishings are modern and stylish, linens and towels of the best quality, and the location the best in town, on a quiet one way cobblestone street with no parking.

What makes this house unique

From here it's an easy walk to everywhere with very little elevation change. You will be a half block to the wonderful Parque Juarez and the grand houses surrounding it; walking two blocks in the other direction brings you to the glorious Jardin and its gorgeous Parrochia, rooftop bars, coffee shops and round the clock people-watching.

Guestbook comments from the manager

My family and I stayed at the beautiful Casa Zenaida for a week and had an incredible vacation. Every detail of the home is stunning and luxurious. The lovely housekeeper, Paty and manager, David are such nice, welcoming people and made us all feel right at home. Upon our arrival, we were greeted with warm lavender towels. Paty made delicious, traditional Mexican breakfast with freshly squeezed orange juice each morning. The house is centrally located - within easy walking distance to the main square, the Rosewood hotel, and markets. The layout of the house is ideal for guests who want to spend time socializing in the common rooms/rooftop, but also want privacy. I can't say enough great things about Casa Zenaida. I look forward to going back soon! Thank you so much for everything, Scott!


Response from you: Thanks for your kind review. We are very happy to know that you and your family enjoyed Casa Zenaida and SMA. Happy New Year!
Dec 2015
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Zona Centro, Central Mexico / Colonial Circuit

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3450 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • 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
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Ensuite Bath has Double Sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Ensuite Bath has Double Trough Sink
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , Ensuite Bath has Soaking Tub ,Shower and Double Sinks
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Powder Room
  • Heaters, Hairdryers, Bathrobes
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Boveda Ceiling, Linen Bed, Quality Mattress, Ceiling Fan
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Beamed Ceiling, 4 Poster Bed, Quality Mattress, Ceiling Fan
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Boveda Ceiling, 4 Poster Bed, Quality Mattress, Ceiling Fan
  • Bedrooms Include: Ensuite full bathrooms Heat Ceiling fan WiFi
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
Housekeeping provided 5 days/week between the hours of 9am and 2pm. Additional cleaning and cooking services beyond these hours will be charged at a rate of $100 pesos/hour.


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Stylish and Chic Retreat on Sollano in Historic Centro - 2 1/2 Blocks to Jardin!
average rating of 5.0 based on 31 reviews

A dream!

  • 5 of 5

It was the most beautiful home, the kindest staff we will be back very soon!

  • Submitted: 8-Jul-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing & beautiful retreat!!

  • 5 of 5

We all loved casa Zenaida!! Located in a central area, everything is easily accessible. The home is beautiful, modern yet rustic, beautifully decorated and with all the comforts. The beds are comfy, all the plants make it an oasis.

  • Submitted: 3-Jul-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

It was more than we could have dreamed for. Can't imagine staying anywhere else. Paty was the icing on the cake. Thank you for all the attention to detail. Look forward to coming back.

  • Submitted: 22-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning! Attention to detail is apparent throughout. Such tasteful decor and excellent location!

  • 5 of 5

Previous reviews are on target and not in the least bit exaggerated. The owners have thought of everything and they responded quickly when contacted. I cannot say enough about how perfect this home was for our visit to SMA. Location is excellent...can walk almost anywhere. Street is quiet but cabs do come by fairly often, if needed. Décor is stunning and both indoor and outdoor spaces are very comfortable and relaxing. We booked last minute and feel very, very fortunate to have found this home. Paty is beyond gracious and delightful. Such a beautiful, charming and calm retreat, lacking nothing! I am showing pictures and recommending this home to all my friends. Thank you for sharing!

  • Submitted: 15-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This home is done to perfection! Loved our stay with my sister and my daughters for two weeks of perfect weather, location and beautiful San Miguel. The Wongs have done a fabulous job with this lovely villa. Paty, the housekeeper and her sweet daughter are a joy. Paty cooks and cleans and will grab you groceries or whatever you need. She is a gem! Scott and Maika are fortunate to have her, and it makes the stay more than pleasant. I absolutely recommend this home, and just hope nobody wants it next April so I can snag it again!

My second time to SMA and will return next year. The location is perfect and walking distance to both plazas and amazing shopping and restaurants. Don't miss Atrio rooftop restaurant for a special treat and views....Even better than the Luna Bar at the Rosewood Hotel if that's possible... Food is fantastic and as is everything in SMA, much more than reasonable. A few more recommendations would be Quince Restaurant, and for sure Tululu de la Lune for outstanding boots and handbags and clothes. Mostly made in Leon, but the great clothes are from France. The Artisans Market (daily) is the best place to buy silver jewelry and tons of goodies, all made is Mexico. Plan on walking everywhere, but if not, taxis are cheap! Friendly folks everywhere, festivals and weddings and lots of bells from the church! Don't miss this home if you are planning on a visit to SMA. ( just not last two weeks of April!)

  • Submitted: 1-May-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect...down to every detail.

  • 5 of 5

The property is meticulously maintained and decorated-from the bedrooms, to indoor/outdoor living space. They have thought of everything-from bathrobes to umbrellas to phone charging plugs. Patty is awesome as is the cleaning team and landscape gardeners. Be sure to enjoy the roof-top deck-incredible!!

  • Submitted: 22-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Marie, Scott and I really appreciate your nice review! Paty and her team pride themselves on providing warm and gracious service to our guests. And, we're glad you like the charging plugs - we just installed them :-) We hope you and your girlfriends were able to take advantage of some of our fantastic restaurants and shopping while you were here. Come back soon!
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
QRO (Queretaro) or BJX (Leon)
Nearest Barpub
250 Metres
La Serena Gorda; The Restaurant
Nearest Golf
4.2 Kilometres
Club de Golf Malanquin
Nearest Restaurant
250 Metres
The Restaurant; La Parada
Car: not necessary

A block or two away from San Miguel de Allende's most exclusive hotels: The Rosewood, The Matilda and the Casa de Sierra Nevada, we are a half a block away from the Parque Juarez and two blocks to the Jardin.


Rates & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
In Season 2018
Jul 1 2018 - Oct 26 2018
4 night minimum stay
Day of the Dead
Oct 27 2018 - Nov 4 2018
7 night minimum stay
in Season 2018
Nov 5 2018 - Nov 20 2018
4 night minimum stay
Nov 21 2018 - Nov 25 2018
4 night minimum stay
In Season 2018
Nov 26 2018 - Dec 16 2018
4 night minimum stay
Holiday 2018
Dec 17 2018 - Jan 2 2019
7 night minimum stay
In Season 2019
Jan 3 2019 - Apr 12 2019
4 night minimum stay
Easter 2019
Apr 13 2019 - Apr 21 2019
7 night minimum stay
Regular Season 2019
Apr 22 2019 - Jun 30 2019
4 night minimum stay
In Season 2019
Jul 1 2019 - Oct 18 2019
4 night minimum stay
Day of The Dead 2019
Oct 26 2019 - Nov 3 2019
7 night minimum stay
In Season 2019
Nov 4 2019 - Nov 26 2019
4 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2019
Nov 27 2019 - Dec 1 2019
4 night minimum stay
In Season 2019
Dec 2 2019 - Dec 18 2019
4 night minimum stay
Holiday Season 2019
Dec 19 2019 - Jan 2 2020
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$657.25

10% discount for repeat renters.
Discounts do not apply during holidays, special events, and rentals stays longer than 30 days.

Credit Card, Paypal, Check, Cash

Payment Terms and Conditions:
Deposit Payment - 25% of total rental amount is due upon booking.
Final Rental Payment and security deposit is due 45 days prior to the arrival date.
If reservation is made within 50 days of arrival, full payment and security deposit will be charged at time of booking.
If the reservation is cancelled 60 days or more before the arrival date, you will receive a full refund less a $50 Admin fee.
If the reservation is cancelled 45 days or more before the arrival date, you will forfeit the deposit.
If the reservation is cancelled less than 45 days before the arrival date, no refund will be available. You will have the option to re-book within one year of the original reservation based on availability. We will apply 75% of your original rental amount to the cost of the re-booking. If you don’t choose to re-book and we are able to re-book the house for your rental period, we will refund the amount of rent collected for the re-booking, less the 25% deposit.

Damage Policy:
We require a $500 security deposit and do not anticipate any problems and believe that all our guests will respect the property as if it were their own. If the house is in good order with no damage, your security deposit will be refunded within 7 days of departure.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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