From Tequila, Jalisco, to Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, there are endless destinations to be a tourist in your own country.
Although cities like Tulum, Puerto Vallarta, and Cancun are popular vacation spots for a reason, there are luxurious hotels in Mexican towns other than those mentioned that are definitely worth checking out, as these places offer a quieter sense of luxury that doesn’t skimp. in culture or gastronomy. From Todos Santos, in Baja California Sur, to Tequila, Jalisco, our country is full of hotels worthy of the dreams of any escapist.
When we think of brutalist architecture, our minds may think of beautiful and captivating places in the summer in Mexico, but there’s something about them that doesn’t exactly scream luxury; perhaps it is the very nature of brutalism. However, architects Rubén Valdez and Yashar Yektajo have designed a hotel that is as brutalist as it is charming and luxurious above all else. Paradero, one of the most striking Mexican village hotels in the country, sits on five flat acres in Todos Santos and is surrounded by family farms and the Sierra de la Laguna.
Of his creation, Valdez says, “The idea was to create a sequence of spaces that would allow guests to rediscover the landscape. The aesthetic of the entire place—from the restaurant to the outdoor living room—came out of the landscape,” maybe that’s why it’s all earthy concrete that’s softened by plush neutral seating, pale fabrics that dance in the gentle breeze, and delicious aromas wafting from the open kitchen throughout the property.
With 35 suites —some of which have up to 2,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor space and rooftop terraces with hammocks over the entrance— Paradero has mastered the boutique feel.
Hotel Solar de las Ánimas
At the base of a dormant volcano in the heart of Tequila, the 93-room Hotel Solar de las Ánimas is like sleeping in a time capsule that happens to be equipped with contemporary amenities, including two heated swimming pools (one of them in the rooftop). Ranging from a spacious library with plush leather Chesterfield sofas to the royal suite that lives up to its name, each of the Creole colonial-inspired spaces is authentically Mexican. In addition, the fact that it is adjacent to the Church of Santiago Apóstol and located in one of the coveted Magical Towns of Mexico does not in any way detract from its charm.
Cuernavaca is home to several places worth visiting, such as the 16th-century Palacio de Cortés, whose walls feature murals by Mexican artist Diego Rivera; the centennial Cathedral of Cuernavaca, or the Borda Garden, with its constant art exhibitions. However, before you pay homage to the city’s heritage, don’t forget to make your reservation at the 23-room Las Mañanitas hotel. Housed in a Mexican colonial-style structure, the centerpiece of this boutique spot is the gardens, which are home to exotic birds that come and go. Another hallmark of the pink hotel, which glows fiery fuchsia when the sun goes down, is the art. The walls are adorned with works by local artistssuch as José Luis Cuevas, Vicente Gandía and Francisco Zúñiga.