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Mexico's Five Best Hip Boutique Hotels

Sophistication, style and a touch of class

Playa del Carmen's Best Hip Boutique:

Unique, Boutique, Extra-Ordinary!

Basico Hotel [usually better prices]

Basico Hotel [better photos - lots of them]

Absolute Beachfront - Adults Only - Pet Friendly

Mexico City's Best Hip Boutique Hotel:



Known only by a letter, the “W” Mexico City sits in downtown's trendy Polanco neighborhood, across the street from the National Auditorium and amid upscale boutiques, restaurants and the business district.

Known for modern design and savvy style that draws sophisticated leisure and business guests, the”W” features Solea, their signature restaurant which specializes in contemporary coastal seafood with Mexican and Asian influences. To unwind, guests can mingle in the hotel's living room and red lounge, where vibrant colors, an urban flair, deep couches, games and cocktails entertain guests until the wee hours of the morning. The “W” also features an outdoor terrace lounge, fitness center and the full-service away spa.

Unlike any other guestroom corridors, the 25-story W's corridors feature projection walls with flickering images from around the world, and 237 ultra-modern guestrooms with cherrywood walls contrasting with bright white signature designer beds, down duvets, pillow-top mattresses and piles of pillows. Most guestrooms with king beds have walk-in shower rooms and hanging hammocks. All guestrooms provide dual-line cordless phones, oversized desks, cd and dvd players, minibars, twice daily housekeeping, 29-inch televisions and wireless Internet access. Guest bathrooms feature designer bath products, bathrobes and slippers. Guests needing additional space can reserve the W's lofts and "wow suites."

The “W” provides guests with unique vacation experiences and memories, guests can meditate by one of the indoor koi ponds, dine in a signature restaurant, and relish the blend of sleek design and seductive style.

Huatulco: Camino Real Zaashila

Camino real Zaashila blends the architectural charms of a Mediterranean village with Mexican artistic elements in its setting along scenic Tangolunda Bay. A championship 18-hole golf course is located three kilometers from this property.

Six on-site restaurants and bars include Chez Binni, an open-air, fine-dining establishment that prepares Mexican cuisine, seafood dishes and vegetarian selections. Tempting choices at Azul Profudo include seafood bisque with mezcal, and beef tenderloin with roquefort and chipotle-honey glaze. Beachfront bars offer late hours and scenic settings.

An outdoor pool is sculpted in a series of channel-linked open areas with a beach entry, built-in lounges and a garden island. One end of the pool houses an eight-person spa tub. Palapas along the beach offer shade and are used as shelters for hair-braiding and open-air massage. The resort's recreational amenities include an illuminated, artificial-grass tennis court. There are no water sports available on the beach, but an independent operator at the resort can arrange watercraft, scuba diving and fishing-boat rentals.

The Camino Real Zaashila offers 148 spacious guestrooms and suites in two- and three-story buildings. All rooms and suites feature furnished balconies that overlook Tangolunda Bay. Décor includes tan-marble floors and bathrooms, rose-marble vanities, wrought-iron dining sets, rattan reading chairs with footstools, ivory-toned furniture, brightly painted ceilings and pastel fabrics. 

Guadalajara: Hotel Morales

Hotel Morales is a 19th century property that stands in the center of Guadalajara’s historic district.

An on-site lounge offers live entertainment and serves light fare and beverages. The hotel's restaurant showcases elegant international and Mexican dishes.

A business center offers computers with high- speed internet access, and flexible function space addresses the needs of corporate or social gatherings. The hotel offers fax, photocopying and printing services. The hotel features non-smoking areas, laundry services, and a theater desk where guests can reserve tickets. Additional hotel amenities include car rental services, an exercise gym, a spa tub and a barber shop.

This four-story property features air-conditioned guestrooms and suites that face an interior courtyard, where corridors are enhanced by a series of graceful arches with pillared supports. Room amenities include bathrooms with showers and bidets. Select accommodations contain small refrigerators, safe-deposit boxes and satellite television. Refined décor includes features such as ivory-colored walls and ecru fabrics, crown molding, hardwood floors, dark-toned colonial-style furnishings and live plants. Separate sitting areas feature elegantly designed chairs with complementary fabric coverings.

Expert tip. This hotel is best known for providing lodging to some of Mexico's most celebrated bullfighters. In addition, many personalities from the Mexican cinema golden age have stayed at the hotel, including Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete and Maria Felix. The hotel has served as the gathering site for many of Mexico's famous writers, artists and politicians.



Manzanillo: Las Hadas

The ultimate!

The Las Hadas is positioned on a 65- hectare peninsula north of the port city of Manzanillo.

Fine dining at Legazpi provides views of the resort grounds through arched windows. Paintings by famed artist Fernando Calderon accent the restaurant's white-linen service and red-and- white striped upholstered banquettes. Culinary offerings include international and seafood dishes. Los Delfines specializes in fresh seafood lunches served seaside while El Oasis touts Arabian Nights ambience enhanced by ocean sunset views.

A Bolivian tin magnate opened this resort to the public in 1974, having named it for the nocturnal phosphorescence of seafaring creatures that shone within the deep-sea darkness. The resort offers two expansive outdoor pools with waterfalls and tropical islands, eight lighted tennis courts, a 70-yacht private marina and a championship 18-hole golf course. Activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, pedal boats waterskiing and a volcano tour afford ample entertainment. A gift shop displays Mexican handicrafts, resort wear and sundries.

This resort has 234 bright, air-conditioned guestrooms with private, furnished balconies. Moorish arches and marble floors enhance the guestroom's classic lines. Room amenities include minibars, direct-dial telephones, desks, cable/satellite television and complimentary toiletries. In-room safes are available.

Puebla: Meson Sacristia De La Compania

Meson sacristia de la Compania is located one block from edificio carolino and two blocks from zcalo square in the metropolitan city of puebla, mexico. This property is close to los sapos and el parian markets, while area museums stand one kilometer away.

Meson Sacristia de la Compañía is housed within a 250-year-old building. The lobby displays a fireplace, well-preserved colonial antiques and rustic-style furniture. Hotel décor includes Talavera pottery and gold-leaf door frames.

Breakfasts are complimentary and feature traditional Pueblan dishes. The restaurant serves Mexican and regional Pueblan fare from mid-morning until late evening. The restaurant courtyard features patio-style seating and hosts daily live music.

This property offers function space and complimentary wireless internet access. Leisure amenities include an outdoor pool and massage services.

The front desk is attended 24 hours a day, and hotel staff offer tour assistance, translation services and babysitting referrals.

This single-story lodging offers only eight guestrooms furnished with antiques and newly crafted rustic-style pieces.

The hotel provides complimentary mineral water and traditional Pueblan sweets upon arrival. Individual décor elements include Mexican-tile floors, canopy beds, beamed ceilings, hand-crafted wrought-iron beds, stonework, and hand-carved wooden furniture. Rooms feature cable television and wireless internet access.

Expert tip. An on-site gallery offers an array of antiques from furniture and tapestry to figurines and religious art. Guestroom furnishings are available for purchase.




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