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Reviewed 5 March 2018

We just returned from a 7 night stay (Feb.24-March 3) and had a wonderful week in SMA. Did not know what to expect from a hotel that charges less than half what others in the area do. We were very impressed.

CONS: This small hotel has two very busy streets (in front and back)that it sits on. You will hear the noise outside all hours of the night. I do not know that anything could be done to prevent this. We brought earplugs after reading other reviews and this helped tremendously.
--The room doors do not have any deadbolts or chain locks to give you a sense of security once you are in for the night. The doors and locks are flimsy and should be upgraded.
--There is no central air conditioning or heating. Our room had a great ceiling fan. We also had a portable fan and a space heater. We packed pajamas for both a cold and warm room. We had great weather so our room was perfect. But I could imagine other times of the year needing to put effort into making the room a comfortable temperature.

PROS: The location was AWESOME. We easily walked everywhere and felt safe as two women travelers. The front desk was staffed every time we passed it (day or night). We could walk faster to the Jardin than a taxi could take you with all the traffic. There was a coffee shop across the street and a full service breakfast place (Cafe Monet) right out the back of the hotel. We were also the closest hotel to the Rosewood Hotel $$$$. So the area was full of upscale travelers.
--We were on the top floor in room 8 (two double beds). Our room was clean with fresh white sheets and nice mattresses. We had a traditional brick domed roof and classic Mexican style. The maid kept the room spotless. We had plenty of hot water in the shower. The TV had 4 USA English speaking channels.
--PRICE. We paid less for a week than one night at the Rosewood. It was an amazing value at only $50 a night. After spending a week exploring and peaking into every hotel that would could. I think ours was a unbelievable find. I did not see anything comparable at less than $100 a night. So why pay more when you do not have to? We used all our savings on amazing meals. Drinks at rooftop bars. Really enjoying everything that SMA had to offer.

The Ana Catalina was a classic Mexican colonial hotel in the heart of San Miguel. This place is a gem. Do not let the cheap room rate and lack of reviews scare you away. I almost do not want to review this hotel and keep it to myself.

Room tip: Rooms on top floor do not have windows facing one of the streets, so may be quieter.
Date of stay: February 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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1  Thank Vikki S
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Reviewed 9 June 2017

Pros :
Very well located
Clean
Amazing new mattress in June 2017
Room with a nice table and chair/fridge/microwave
Bottles of water every day
Wi-Fi very good

Cons:
Noisy
Worn down
Hard to park to get your luggage out with the traffic
Looooong time to get hot water
No A/C

Date of stay: June 2017
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Thank Marjo210
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Reviewed 5 June 2017

The hotel is very well situated and only a small walk from everything and anything in San Miguel de Allende. Easily accessible and well-situated. An in house restaurant also allows you to grab a quick bite to eat at any time of the day.

Unfortunately it fell short of my expectations in the following ways:

- The room did not have air conditioning, neither did the rooms' windows have any screens, should one want to open the windows instead.
- Only lukewarm water was available.
- The shower-head only let through a dribble of water and that too was variable as was the pressure of the water.
- The amenities were incomplete.
- The employees clearly prefer you pay cash, as opposed paying by credit card and make a point of telling you.

Overall the hotel however was very clean. The mattresses are new and the beds are very comfortable.

All in all, it's a budget hotel with no particular frills. However, no air conditioning / screens in Mexico and no proper hot water are unpardonable.

I do recommend the hotel for the budget traveller, although I will clearly not return there myself.

Room tip: Call the hotel directly and avoid room No. 1, which opens onto the main street.
Date of stay: June 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Thank Eisosnane
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Old house converted to hotel. Good service, sleep quality suffers a bit because of bad pillows. Not that cheap but, got a good deal online. The best thing is its location. You are at walking distance to everywhere. Wifi is very good. Maybe will return.

Date of stay: March 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled on business
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Thank Tony E
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

This was my second stay at the A a Catalina. Just as perfect as the first. Great, room, bathroom with very hot water, bottled water to drink, and warm blankets. Can't beat price or location. Walking distance to everything.

Room tip: Third floor has best views.
Date of stay: January 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank Kmc5912
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