Must-see hotels in Mexico

  • La Joya Hotel

    San Cristóbal de las Casas

    This extraordinary boutique hotel is a visual feast in which every corner contains something interesting and beautiful. The five rooms have been ripped…

  • La Betulia

    Oaxaca City

    There’s good service and then there’s the Betulia, an eight-room B&B with a pretty walled patio where the owners sit and mingle with guests over breakfast…

  • Villas Carrizalillo

    Puerto Escondido

    There’s no shortage of inspired accommodations perched on spectacular headlands on the Oaxacan coast, but the Carrizalillo stands out even on this dreamy…

  • La Posada del Sol

    Tulum

    Using recycled objects found on the property after a hurricane, Posada del Sol stands out for its natural design details and creative architecture. All 11…

  • Heven

    Zipolite

    Heven, at the risk of sounding trite, is pretty heavenly: a beautifully designed walled compound arranged around an infinity pool, lush gardens and…

  • Le Blanc

    Cancún

    You can't miss the glaring white exterior of the aptly named Le Blanc, arguably Cancún's most sophisticated resort. This adults-only retreat comes with…

  • Rancho Encantado

    Laguna Bacalar

    Laguna Bacalar is absolutely beautiful in its own right, so imagine staying at one of the most striking locations along the shore. A typical day on the…

  • Casa Sirena

    Isla Mujeres

    Get the full-fledged B&B treatment in this lovingly restored historic house, where guests get excellent breakfast served in a shady courtyard along with a…

  • Casa Bagus

    San Agustinillo

    Six tastefully designed oceanfront rooms and a breezy open-air restaurant overlook San Agustinillo's most beautiful – and most swimmable – stretch of…

  • Madre Sal

    Chiapas

    Drift to sleep pondering the waves crashing onto the black-sand beach at Madre Sal, an ecotourism project 25km south of Puerto Arista. Named for a…

  • Parador-Museo Santa María

    Chiapas

    You'll feel like aristocracy staying in this beautiful hotel-museum, 1.5km off the road from Comitán to Lagos de Montebello. The restored 19th-century…

  • Finca Argovia

    Chiapas

    This gorgeous boutique hotel on a working coffee farm high in the cool, misty hills north of Tapachula offers comfortable wood-panelled rooms. Here, you…

  • Casa Lecanda

    Mérida

    Behind its beautiful but unassuming facade, Casa Lecanda is a cut above Mérida's other boutique options thanks to attention to detail in both the design…

  • Casa del Alma

    San Cristóbal de las Casas

    This very central, boutique hotel has it all. The rooms, which offer a fine mix of colonial charm and modern comforts, are notable for the floor-to…

  • La Casa del Atrio

    Querétaro

    This pretty spot has morphed from its original three-rooms-in-an-antique-store to a stunning boutique hotel, with 12 rooms built around interconnecting…

  • Casa Ángel

    Oaxaca City

    Deservedly popular, this 'boutique' hostel is run by a friendly, helpful young team and kept scrupulously clean. Rooms are thoughtfully designed and the…

  • Las Palmas

    Bahías de Huatulco

    On a lovely site looking down on little Playa Violín, along the road between Santa Cruz and Playa La Entrega, Las Palmas is a marvelous discovery for…

  • Diplomat Boutique Hotel

    Mérida

    This beautiful, intimate oasis, just southwest of the historic center in a local neighborhood of Santiago, oozes style and charm. The four rooms err on…

  • Hotel Casa de Dan

    Puerto Escondido

    Run by an expat Canadian, these magnificent accommodations just back from Zicatela beach are head and shoulders above much of the opposition. The 14…

  • Posada Yolihuani

    Inland Michoacán

    A converted colonial home with flowering gardens, this tranquil inn has 10 spacious and sunny rooms, each with tasteful decor integrating indigenous art…

  • Hotel Amparo

    San Miguel de Allende

    This sublime hotel set in a painstakingly restored building pleases anyone lucky enough to snag a room, each of which is wildly different. You want…

  • Villa Ganz

    Guadalajara

    Cross the threshold of Villa Ganz and behold a dazzling array of tiles, ferns, candelabras, original art and even a piano. The 10 suites are luxury…

  • Hacienda Chichén

    Chichén Itzá

    About 300m from the Chichén Itzá entrance, this resort sits on the well-manicured grounds of a 16th-century hacienda with an elegant main house and…

  • Nómadas Hostel

    Mérida

    One of Mérida’s best hostels, Nómadas has mixed and women’s dorms as well as private rooms with bathroom. Guests have use of a fully equipped kitchen, as…

  • Las Guacamayas

    Chiapas

    This beautiful and welcoming ecolodge is on the bank of the broad Río Lacantún, one of the Usumacinta’s major tributaries, with the Reserva de la Biosfera…

  • Boutique Hotel Quinta Chanabnal

    Palenque

    The Maya-inspired architecture and impeccable style and service at this decadent boutique hotel will leave you swooning. Enter through heavy wood doors …

  • JM Butterfly B&B

    Inland Michoacán

    The 14 rooms at this rural B&B are bright and comfortable; many feature stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The owners, a Mexican-American couple…

  • Del Carmen Concept Hotel

    Guadalajara

    This hotel in a 19th-century mansion is a great place to stop for a spell. The concept? Nine rooms individually themed around artists from Mexico’s La…

  • Mayan Monkey

    Tulum

    If you want your hostel to be more an all-inclusive place, with spotless beds, private rooms that rival upscale hotels, a swing bar, giant patio/breakfast…

  • Posada La Poza

    Todos Santos

    Boasting ‘Mexican hospitality combined with Swiss quality,’ (meaning we found colorful surrounds and meticulous, incongruously formal service), this very…

  • Casa de las Flores

    Guadalajara

    A popular spot (and for good reason), this colorful guesthouse is positively crammed with high end ceramics, and boasts a garden full of flowers and a…

  • Mesón de Abundancia

    San Luis Potosí State

    Easily one of Mexico's most atmospheric hotels, this 19th-century former treasury building has been wonderfully renovated with exposed stone walls and…

  • La Casa del Encanto

    Barra de Potosí

    For bohemian charm and an intimate perspective on the community, nothing beats this magical space of brilliantly colored open-air rooms, hammocks,…

  • Luz en Yucatán

    Mérida

    Luz en Yucatán has a perfect downtown location, 15 individually decorated rooms, fabulous common areas and a wonderful pool-patio area out back that…

  • Hacienda San Angel

    Puerto Vallarta

    The 19 suites at this characterful hacienda high above the coast are scattered across five buildings that surround a courtyard with fountains. All are…

  • Casona Maya Mexicana

    Tapachula

    This vine-covered and quirkily charming boutique hotel pays homage to Mexican women in history. Guests can choose from 10 sumptuous (if slightly tired)…

  • Kokoyome

    Chihuahua & Central North Mexico

    This rustic lodge makes a memorable setting to reconnect with nature. Amid waterfalls and superb canyon views, Kokoyome is 100% sustainable – with solar…

  • La Paloma

    San Patricio-Melaque

    Original art abounds at this oceanside boutique hotel hidden behind high walls. Singular, comfortable rooms have a kitchen/kitchenette plus terraces, and…

  • Casa de las Bugambilias

    Oaxaca City

    The 10 rooms, all named after flowers, are works of art (equipped with beds embellished with wood-carved or hand-painted headboards); breakfast, with…

  • Picocanoa Rodaventa

    Veracruz

    Just south of the river, adorable, snug thatch-roofed bamboo bungalows (with extra loft beds) and luxurious, spacious safari tents surround a pool and a…

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