Dos Casas Hotel & Spa // San Miguel de Allender, Mexico
Dos Casas Hotel & Spa // San Miguel de Allender, Mexico

Dos Casas Hotel & Spa // San Miguel de Allender, Mexico
Dos Casas Hotel & Spa // San Miguel de Allender, Mexico

Dos Casas Hotel & Spa // San Miguel de Allender, Mexico
Dos Casas Hotel & Spa // San Miguel de Allender, Mexico

Dos Casas Hotel & Spa // San Miguel de Allender, Mexico
Dos Casas Hotel & Spa // San Miguel de Allender, Mexico

Dos Casas Hotel & Spa // San Miguel de Allender, Mexico
Dos Casas Hotel & Spa // San Miguel de Allender, Mexico

Dos Casas Hotel & Spa // San Miguel de Allender, Mexico
Dos Casas Hotel & Spa // San Miguel de Allender, Mexico

Dos Casas Hotel & Spa // San Miguel de Allender, Mexico
Dos Casas Hotel & Spa // San Miguel de Allender, Mexico

Dos Casas Hotel & Spa // San Miguel de Allender, Mexico
Dos Casas Hotel & Spa // San Miguel de Allender, Mexico

Dos Casas Hotel & Spa // San Miguel de Allender, Mexico
Dos Casas Hotel & Spa // San Miguel de Allender, Mexico

Dos Casas Hotel & Spa // San Miguel de Allender, Mexico
Dos Casas Hotel & Spa // San Miguel de Allender, Mexico

Dos Casas Hotel & Spa // San Miguel de Allender, Mexico
Dos Casas Hotel & Spa // San Miguel de Allender, Mexico

Dos Casas Hotel & Spa // San Miguel de Allender, Mexico
Dos Casas Hotel & Spa // San Miguel de Allender, Mexico

Dos Casas Hotel & Spa // San Miguel de Allender, Mexico
Dos Casas Hotel & Spa // San Miguel de Allender, Mexico

Modernism meets tradition

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An encounter of modern times and tradition seems a good description for Dos Casas Hotel by Alberto Laposse. Born into an Italian family of bankers, Alberto studied art in Paris. He also learned the art of patisserie, holds a degree in architecture and another in finance and management. He and his brother managed their father’s banking business successfully. As general manager, he floated the family company on the stock exchange and sold it – quite an achievement for someone who was only 40 years of age at the time. Afterwards, he focussed on his personal development: “Something that always interested me greatly is human and spiritual growth.” Alberto attended seminars to the effect in India and New York. For several years, he worked with people trying to find more sense in their lives in places like Mexico City.

In 2004, he bought two 18th-century buildings in San Miguel de Allende. At first, he would spend his weekends there with his two kids. His aim, however, was to turn them into a large, respectful, inspiring complex where tradition and modern times meet. After years of responsible and careful refurbishing, he opened the Dos Casas boutique hotel in 2014. The house has become an elegant, eccentric mix of cool design with a warm, traditional atmosphere.

As Alberto combined elements of colonialism with leather, marble, wood and iron with Bauhaus-inspired art and avantgarde furniture by Le Corbusier and Serge Mouille (to name just two), he and his friend, interior designer Germán Valesco, and a number of local artists and craftsmen have created a unique atmosphere where European design and Mexican charm merge into a new form of expression. There are twelve individually decorated rooms for guests spread over three floors in two houses. Another building features a fascinating spa inspired by Greek thermal baths and therapeutic bathing cures.