Iron House Hostel, San Miguel de Allende

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Quiet, quaint, well maintained, cheap as chips

Really nice. Ricardo the owner is awesome and really friendly. The rooms are clean and well maintained. When I was there SMdeA was pretty quiet though which was a shame as it seemed a nice place, if a bit pretentious with all the American Wall St and Silicone Valley refugees!

Stephen Gibb
2012-05-14
Australia

Great place to stay and a very friendly owner

I have stayed at the Iron House many times over the past three years. I have to travel to Queretaro which is a forty-five-minute drive from San Miguel. I prefer to stay in San Miguel instead of Queretaro and always stay at the Iron House. It is always very clean, comfortable, quiet at night, and Ricardo the owner is very helpful to your needs. Once I went to the hot springs and played soccer on my day off. The wireless connection has always been great on my trips, which is a must for my work. I will continue to go back to the Iron House.

Sully
2008-05-22
USA

Very nice place, close to center

The iron house is a very nice place to stay, it's close to the city center (eight-minute walk), but what makes it special is Ricardo, the owner, who toured me through the bars of San Miguel. Only lack -- there are no lockers.

Chris
2007-08-31
Cologne Germany

A cab from the bus station brings travelers to the bright blue door, the well-landscaped indoor patio laden with bougainvillea, and the warm welcome at Iron House Hostel, this easy-going, ultra laid-back hostel. Our group of three got an incredible deal -- a gigantic room with two sets of bunk beds and a large living area complete with table, chairs, lounge chair, and bookcase stocked with books (mostly in English) and a little boom-box. Our "suite" included a private, two-room bath and a kitchen, although the stove had no gas and the fridge wasn't plugged in. (Probably if a kitchen had been requested, the appliances could have been made workable -- putting us in a self-contained apartment was a last-minute decision.)

Ricardo, who apparently runs this place alone, is as friendly as promised. He has a life, so there isn't always someone on duty -- in fact we only saw him twice in the two days we were there. Therefore it took careful coordination for the three of us to deal with one key, but we found a certain charm in that. The place feels absolutely safe and secure. The floors and surfaces are a bit gritty, but San Miguel de Allende is a dusty place, and what the hostel lacks in spotlessness, it gains in atmosphere.

The sheets are freshly laundered and smell like sunshine, there are plenty of blankets for the cool nights, and the thick, adobe walls make the room a haven of coolness in the heat of the day. There's no breakfast, although there are mouth-watering bakeries and tortillerias between the hostel and the town center. Upstairs from the suite is the common room with large-screen TV, a computer that sometimes has connectivity, the dorm, and a kitchen that has working gas and fridge (though the downstairs guests are locked out in the morning).

The neighborhood is a bit off the beaten path, but it feels safe and friendly, and the center of town is an easy ten-minute walk if you don't get lost. San Miguel de Allende is an "upscale" Mexican town, a little like Santa Fe, New Mexico, in that it is almost too artfully done in harmonious shades of terracotta, cappuccino, rose, salmon, and deep red. The town is prosperous to a fault, in part thanks to its long-standing expatriate population (mostly retirees from the U.S., but also from Europe and Asia, and young artists catering to the large market for home decoration). Don't be surprised that it's easier to find a "hamburguesa" or a crab-stuffed avocado than an enchilada. It's good to escape the trendiness and high prices and just sit back and enjoy the backpacker's funk of the hostel.

Kathryn Kendall
2007-04-24
USA

This is a great place, one of the friendliest and cleanest hostels I've ever been to. Highly recommended!

Clea Sturgess
2006-04-17

My time at Iron Hostel was relaxing and very enjoyable. I booked a stay for three days with plans to stay in San Miguel for a month. I felt so taken care of that I stayed the entire month at Iron Hostel. Ricardo is very knowledable, he can answer any questions you might have, and he makes you feel at home. I truly enjoyed all of the different people I met in my stay there, overall it was an amazing expierence.

Tonia
2006-03-13

Excellent. This is a small hostel, very friendly. I felt like I was a houseguest with Ricardo as the perfect host. Great touches include a very well equipped kitchen, drinking water, good and fast free Internet, and a great shower. Very clean, comfortable beds. If you want to dance salsa or play soccer, Ricardo is your man. I would stay again.

Anonymous
2005-04-15

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!! This place has excellent hospitality and gracious, clean surroundings!! I will always return to this hostel!

Christy, Nebraska
2005-02-27

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