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Agua Azul La Villa, Huatulco, Mexico - Entrance

Staying at Agua Azul La Villa is like being a guest in a lovely private home. Located just one bay (five minutes by car) away from the bustling Tangolunda Bay “strip” of Huatulco, the house is snuggled into the hillside above Conejos Bay—one of nine that the area is known for. T... more

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We have explored the quaint cobbled streets in Taxco many times looking for a charming small boutique hotel. Since Taxco is so picturesque and is a favorite destination for travelers, we have broadened our spectrum and suggest the Hotel Agua Escondida. Its setting cannot be surpassed... more

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Las Alamandas, Costa Alegre

Las Hadas hotel in Manzanillo, the dream of Bolivian billionaire tycoon Antenor Patiño, is world renowned, but only a lucky few know that Patiño’s granddaughter, Isabel Goldsmith, created her own jewel, Las Alamandas, a charming hotel located to the north along the gorgeous Costa ... more

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Amuleto is truly a gem: a tiny romantic hotel tucked high on a densely wooded hillside at the south end of Zihuatanejo overlooking La Playa Ropa beach. Only a few thatched roofs peek out of the trees to announce its location. Although a delightfully rustic ambiance prevails with the u... more

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Set on a hillside with beautiful views of the deep-blue water of Acapulco Bay, Las Brisas offers a romantic getaway. Add the fact that most guestrooms have their own small swimming pool tucked on the terrace (the other guestrooms share a pool between two rooms) and you are in for a sp... more

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If you are looking for luxurious accommodations without sacrificing one iota of charm, the Camino Real is an incomparable choice. Not only is this spectacular hotel a real beauty, but it also boasts the finest location in town—between two of Oaxaca’s prime targets: the zócalo (ma... more

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Spread throughout 27 verdant acres, 19 buildings, and 3 levels overlooking Tangolunda Bay, the traditional white-stucco Camino Real Zaashila is an excellent choice for a family getaway to Mexico’s Pacific Riviera. The property boasts a quarter-mile of exclusive, wide golden beac... more

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Casa Buenaventura, a contemporary white stucco building facing the road is an upscale bed and breakfast built into the hillside above Playa La Ropa—about a 5-minute walk down the road to the beach. It is not until you enter through the wrought-iron entrance and climb up the steps to... more

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The Casa Cid de León is a mirror of the vibrant personality of owner/operator Lety de Cid de León and indeed, each of the four suites follows a theme taken from some aspect of, or time in, Lety’s life. The decoration and design are at once eclectic but delicate, an... more

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The Casa Conzatti, a mustard-colored colonial-style building, is a moderate-sized hotel on the edge of the historic section of Oaxaca. The hotel was the home of Cassiano Conzatti, a renowned Italian botanist who lived in Oaxaca at the end of the 19th century. Grateful for his remarkab... more

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The Casa de La Real Aduana, a charming boutique hotel, is the creation of two artists, Gemma Macouzet and Didier Dorval, who have exquisitely restored one of Pátzcuaro’s beautiful historic buildings into an intimate, exclusive, small hotel. Also on the premises is La Folia Arts Cen... more

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When visiting Guadalajara you must not miss Tlaquepaque, an artisans’ village with fabulous shopping (famous for its handicrafts and colorful pottery) on the outskirts of the city. Though urban sprawl has grown up around it, Tlaquepaque keeps its small-town identity with a central p... more

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One of the most recent hotels to open in the historic center of beautiful Morelia is La Casa de Las Rosas, conveniently located less than two blocks from the main plaza and steps from the Jardín de Las Rosas. This is not your normal commercial hotel, but rather an intimate, friendly,... more

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Casa de Mita is truly a treasure. Tucked on a small peninsula about half an hour’s drive north of Puerto Vallarta, next door to the super-deluxe Four Seasons Hotel, the intimate, tastefully decorated Casa de Mita offers not only a gorgeous white-sand beach and a lovely swimming pool... more

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The charming Casa del Sol is located in the heart of Ajijic, a retirement haven for Americans and Canadians who have chosen this picturesque village for its equitable climate, pleasant setting on Lake Chapala, and proximity to Guadalajara. Your exceptionally gracious hostess, Cathy Ro... more

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If you are looking for a moderately-priced place to stay in Pátzcuaro, yet don’t want to sacrifice charm, La Casa Encantada makes an outstanding choice. Housed within an 18th-century adobe mansion—located just a block from Pátzcuaro’s magnificent Plaza Don Vasco de Quiroga—L... more

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CLOSED AS A BED & BREAKFAST Located just a short walk from the beach, Casa Frida is an intimate bed & breakfast with a casual, bohemian charm, tucked away in a corner of Barra de Potosi, a tiny fishing hamlet south of Zihuatanejo. Your gracious hosts are Annabella Martinez,... more


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Superbly located in the heart of town, the Casa Oaxaca offers an old-fashioned style of personal service and a sophisticated, gentle refinement—far beyond what you would expect in such a tiny hotel. This simple, unadorned, bright-blue, stucco house is typical of the buildings fo... more

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This lovely all-suite hotel, featured in the movie “When a Man Loves a Woman”, is built into the rocks of a tiny peninsula that juts into Zihuatanejo Bay. A short walk down a small lane leads to Zihuatanejo’s superb La Ropa Beach. La Casa Que Canta (the house that si... more

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The lavish, Moroccan-style Casa Velas is located within Marina Vallarta, a beautiful Marina development close to the airport. Though it primarily appeals to those looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, just minutes away are Puerto Vallarta’s wonderful restaura... more

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The Casa Vieja is a well managed, very friendly, moderately sized hotel with an excellent location in the historic section of town, just a short walk to the central plaza. The exterior exudes a rustic charm with its creamy white façade, enhanced by blue trim and accented by a red-til... more

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From the moment I saw it from afar, I immediately fell in love with the Casitas de Las Flores. This cluster of adorable, brightly painted casitas—tucked on a wooded hillside overlooking a beautiful small bay—doesn’t look like a hotel at all, but more like a charming, tiny, pictu... more

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Palenque is a “must-see” site for all who are enthralled by Mayan ruins, so it is not surprising that the Chan-Kah Resort Village (the closest good place to stay near the ruins) is extremely popular—with both individual travelers and tour groups. Although the hotel i... more

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Dolphin Cove Inn studio with king bed

Dolphin Cove Inn is a gem. A real discovery if you are looking for a well-priced, charmingly decorated place to stay with breathtaking views that can’t be surpassed anywhere in Mexico, not at any price. Enhanced by impeccably groomed gardens and brilliant displays of bougainvillea, ... more

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If a larger, traditional hotel with more amenities appeals to you, the Flamboyant Español is an excellent choice (part of the Holiday Inn chain). The location is perfect—surrounded by shops and restaurants, just steps from the central plaza. Its single-story façade... more

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The luxurious Four Seasons is larger than hotels we normally feature, but there is no way we could possibly not share this gem with you. Although it has many guestrooms, the ambiance is one of a small, intimate, boutique hotel. We love it! Don’t expect to drop by to “take a look... more

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Hotel Hacienda Los Laureles Spa, Oaxaca, Mexico - Facade

The Hacienda Los Laureles Spa is a boutique 5-star hotel is located on the outskirts of the city of Oaxaca about a 10-minute taxi drive from the heart of town in an area called San Felipe del Agua. You would never know you are in a separate village since Oaxaca is so spread out that t... more

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Puerto Vallarta’s beaches are jammed with high-rise resorts catering to those seeking action. If instead you prefer an intimate hotel that exudes refinement, old world charm, genuine hospitality, and outstanding quality, the Hacienda San Angel reigns supreme. The hotel is not on the... more

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The Hostal de La Noria has a prime location just two blocks from the zócalo (main square). From first glance, you see that this handsome, deep-pink-colored 17th-century mansion with white trim and wrought-iron balconies oozes authentic, old-world charm. You walk through the fro... more

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Los Juaninos Hotel

Hotel Los Juaninos’ central location, right across from the plaza and the cathedral, is perfect for exploring the streets of Morelia. This small boutique hotel with 33 rooms, once the Episcopal palace and then the Royal Hospital of San Juan de Dios, opened its doors in 1986, wit... more

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When we first visited and fell in love with Las Hadas many years ago, it was a small hotel, comprised of just a cluster of low cottages snuggled around a pristine, palm-ringed beach. Over the years the hotel has grown and can no longer be classified as the small, intimate type of prop... more

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Part of the fun of the Majahuitas resort is just getting there! Located on the coast just south of Puerto Vallarta, the hotel is reachable only by boat. It’s a beautiful cruise from Boca de Tomatlan, ending at a small cove with a pristine beach backed by jungle and the bungalows of ... more

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Uruapan is well known as the avocado capital of the world, but the congested downtown area is not too pretty and lacks any historical ambiance. However, the pine-covered hills surrounding Uruapan are lovely and on the outskirts of town is a real prize—the 1315-acre Eduardo Ruiz ... more

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Dating back to the 17th century, the handsome Hotel Mansión Iturbe has a rich history. In 1830, it was given as a dowry gift by Francisco de Iturbe to his daughter, Paca, when she married Francisco de Arriaga y Peralta; and the home has been in the same family ever since. It has now ... more

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Guadalajara is a huge, bustling metropolis, but secreted within a few blocks of its heart is a section with a rich Colonial heritage. This Centro Histórico is the highlight of Guadalajara, and if you want to be within steps of its architectural wonders, the Hotel de Mendoza mak... more

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Meson Doña Paz, a very special hideaway north of Manzanillo, was the home of the developer of the community of Isla Navidad, which features the beautiful Grand Bay Hotel. In this gated, deluxe complex is a superb 27-hole golf course, a marina, a number of homes, and condominium... more

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If you want to be within walking distance to the picturesque heart of Guadalajara (called Centro Histórico), the moderately-priced Hotel Morales makes an excellent choice for accommodations. It is located just three blocks from one of the city’s treasures—its 16th-century cathedr... more

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If you yearn for a secluded, supremely luxurious hideaway just steps from one of Mexico’s finest beaches (Playa La Ropa), nothing can surpass El Murmullo, a sister hotel of the beautiful La Casa Que Canta. This tiny, four-guestroom, boutique-style hotel looks like something feat... more

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If you have a deep interest in the culture of the indigenous people of Chiapas, make a beeline for Na Bolom. For many years—before there were scarcely any hotels in San Cristóbal—Na Bolom (House of the Jaguar) is where archaeologists, researchers, writers and artist... more

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Founded in 1605, San Sebastián del Oeste is an extremely picturesque village tucked high in the mountains with narrow cobblestone streets lined by white adobe houses with rustic red-tiled roofs. This remote, long-forgotten hamlet was once the most important silver and gold mining tow... more

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Hotel Las Palmas, Zihuatanejo, Mexico - Patio

Over a rough road, fifteen minutes from Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport and five minutes from the fishing village of Barra de Potosi, is the Hotel Las Palmas, a romantic hideaway owned by Shari and Scott Crawford who, while on an around-the-world tour, conceived the idea of l... more

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The Parador del Dominico is a well-located hotel that can be depended upon for quality and service. The hotel rooms are all similar in style and furnishings and, although it is perhaps not quite as quaint as some of our other hotel recommendations in Oaxaca, it has the advantage that ... more

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The Parador San Juan de Dios, which opened as a hotel in 2003, is the creation of Marío Uvence Rojas, one of the directors of the Na Bolom foundation. It is located on the edge of town (about a 30-minute walk to the central plaza), but for those who like to be removed from the ... more

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Quinta Don Jose, Guadalajara

Quinta Don Jose is an ideal place to stay if you prefer a hotel outside of Guadalajara in Tlaquepaque—famous for its picturesque plaza and excellent shopping. Its quaint cobbled pedestrian streets are lined with stores that abound with colorful things to buy, most of which are made ... more

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Crowning a gentle hill in an exclusive residential area called Punta Diamante, the Quinta Real exudes perfection in every detail. From first glance, the hotel (whose entrance is flanked by two stone guardian angels) is splendid—obviously no expense was spared to create a masterp... more

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For many years we searched throughout Guadaljara for the perfect hotel, but sadly never found it. Happily, all that has changed, and dramatically so. With the opening of the Quinta Real, Guadalajara now has a hotel that is an absolute jewel: one that instantly captured our hearts. Con... more

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Truly a grand-class resort on an intimate scale, the Quinta Real is the jewel in the tiara of hotels that crowns Oaxaca’s Riviera. If you’re seeking an experience wherein every desire is anticipated by a staff that outnumbers the guests two to one, and every detail of your... more

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La Quinta Troppo - Zihuatanejo, overlooking the beautiful bay

CLOSED AS A HOTEL When one heads to the tropics for a vacation, falls in love with the sun and sea, then contacts the home office to tell them, “I’m never returning!” the Aussies say, “He’s gone troppo.” This is how the outstanding small hotel, La Quinta Troppo, acquire... more


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When visiting Mexico’s incredible Monarch butterfly sanctuary, Rancho San Cayetano is definitely the place to stay. But don’t limit your visit to migration time—the Rancho San Cayetano offers a tranquil retreat year round. The hotel has a superb setting in 12 parklike acres that... more

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Puerto Escondido, long a favorite destination for surfers and those seeking a laid-back beach vacation, is far removed in mood from the upscale resort of Huatulco, a deluxe resort on the coast about 115 kilometers to the east. The beach at Puerto Escondido is very nice, punctuated wit... more

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The most recent addition to the enticing selection of fine accommodations in Pátzcuaro is the lovely La Siranda Casa-Hotel. The owners, Manuel Rodriquez Arriaga & Isabel Lange, purchased the property in the early 1990s with the idea of some day opening a tiny, exquisite hot... more

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Verana is a truly unique resort: a secluded hotel that has an intriguing blend of primitive simplicity and subtle sophistication. A 35-minute drive south from the Puerto Vallarta Airport to the tiny fishing village of Boca de Tomatlán, a half-hour boat ride to Yelapa, followed by a 1... more

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The Viceroy Zihuatanejo (formerly The Tides) which began in the late 1970s as the dream of a German engineer, Helmut Leins, evolved over the years to become one of Mexico’s finest boutique hotels. The property remained under Helmut’s loving care until 2007 when it was acquired by ... more

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The Villa Carolina, a well-designed, all-suite, small luxury hotel, is located on the hillside above Zihuatanejo’s most popular beach, Playa La Ropa. Guests use a special exit from the hotel to walk down the road that leads to this superb beach. The architecture creates a sense of s... more

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Villa Ganz is situated close to the historic central area of the city. Many of the homes here are colonial mansions that have been wonderfully restored as shops and upscale office space, or in this case, as a boutique hotel. Villa Ganz opened its doors in 2001 after undergoing a compl... more

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Snuggled on a hillside overlooking Morelia lies one of our favorite inns, the charming Villa Montaña Hotel & Spa. For many years it has been known as one of the finest small hotels in all of Mexico. The entrance sets the mood of refinement and good taste with an enormous st... more

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The Virrey de Mendoza, a wonderful hotel exuding old-world refinement and understated elegance, has an unparalleled location looking across the picturesque Armas Square to Morelia’s exquisite cathedral. The original building was a simple stone home constructed in the 16th centur... more

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