San Miguel de Allende, Mexico Meeting Planning Overview
Located in the state of Guanajuato, at the heart of Mexico's Colonial highlands, San Miguel de Allende is a thriving cosmopolitan destination. The city's cultural wealth is reflected in its Baroque architecture, music, art galleries and schools, restaurants, writing workshops and festivals, which occur throughout the year. San Miguel de Allende's quaint pastel colored buildings are home to many international residents, and the well-preserved Colonial heritage creates a unique meetings in San Miguel de Allende in which to host weddings, incentive trips, small conferences and exclusive meetings.
The nearest international airport to San Miguel de Allende, Aeropuerto Internacional de Bajio, is located 78 miles away in the city of Guanajuato and has direct flights to and from Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles, as well as major national destinations. The city is accessible either by car or by bus and the major bus companies servicing San Miguel de Allende include ETN, Omnibus de Mexico and Primera Plus.
San Miguel de Allende hosts 18 national and international cultural events each year. Hotel venues in San Miguel de Allende include 19 meetings-friendly properties with a total of 850 guest rooms. The Real de Minas San Miguel de Allende is a 5 Star hotel that offers 215 luxury rooms and suites. The hotel can host events of up to 800 people and boasts 8,522 square feet of events space as well as 6,456 square feet of exhibition space. The hotel restaurant can seat up to 100 people and parking is available for 150 vehicles. Alternatively, the Hacienda Taboada is a luxury property that offers 70 rooms and suites and can host events of up to 500 people. The hotel has 4,842 square feet of event space and a restaurant, which can accommodate up to 110 guests.
San Miguel de Allende's main plaza, which is best visited on foot, epitomizes the city's Colonial heritage and has been designated as a national monument, due to its distinct neo-Gothic parish Church, superbly restored Colonial mansions and variety of unique restaurants, shops and boutique hotels. The Instituto Allende is one of Latin America's largest schools of fine arts and is responsible for putting the city on the international radar. It offers classes in crafts, fine arts, weaving and Spanish language. For nature-oriented activities, the El Charco del Ingenio botanical garden features walking trails through local flora-filled environments, and the city's surroundings offer outdoor activities such as mountain biking or horseback riding. The destination is also home to three golf resorts, several spas and natural springs.