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100 Small Romantic
Hotels & Places

Come discover 100 of the most romantic small hotels and places in the world.

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Romantic Places in Mexico

North Pacific Coast, Baja California

Baja’s narrow peninsula features sheer cliffs, desert sands, mission towns and fishing boats.

Wine Country, Guadalupe Valley, Baja California

An hour’s drive south of the California border is Guadalupe Valley, Mexico’s premier wine country. Located near Ensenada, Guadalupe Valley is home to olive orchards, simple farms and boutique wineries. The narrow arid valley—5 miles wide and 14 miles long—is cooled by ocean breezes filtering down over the hills. Caution: only the main road is fully paved; a sturdy truck or SUV is advised for navigating the bumpy riverbed side roads.

Adobe Guadalupe

Domicilio Conocido, Baja California, Mexico

This hacienda-style b&b, winery, restaurant and horse stables is owned by a retired American couple.

T: +52 646 155-2094. 6 rooms. US$ 150-
www.adobeguadalupe.com

La Villa del Valle

Guadalupe Valley, Baja California, Mexico

A stylish inn with pool overlooking 70 acres of vineyard and orchards owned by expat Brits. Known for its restaurant.

T: +52 646 177 1484. 6 rooms. US$ 175-
www.lavilladelvalle.com

Todos Santos

Avoid the hotel and condo time-share resorts on Baja’s tip and stay midway between Paz and Cabo San Lucas in Todos Santos, one of the original locations of a Jesuit monastery. An artist’s colony since the late l980’s, it is quaint and tropical, with a considerable amount of colonial architecture and lots of bougainvillea. Like the rest of Baja, most of its beaches are more suitable for surfing than swimming (undertow).

Todos Santos Inn

Todos Santos, Baja California

An American has lovingly transformed this colonial building into a beautifully furnished inn

T: +52 612 145-0040. 8 rooms. US$ 115-
www.todossantosinn.com

Posada LaPoza

Todos Santos, Baja California

Restful seaside retreat overlooking sand dunes and the Pacific Ocean, located several miles outside of town.

T: + 52 612 1450400. 7 rooms. US$ 150-
www.lapoza.com

Rancho Pescadero

Near Todos Santos, Baja California

Fun boutique hotel on 15 acres with two miles of beachfront. You can surf, yoga, hike or just hang out around the pool. Located 12 minutes south of Todos Santos.

T: +52 612 135-5849. 12 rooms.
www.ranchopescadero.com

Hotel San Cristobal

Playa Punta Lobos Carretera Federal N°19, Km 54+800, Todos Santos, Mexico

In 2017 Austin-Marfa hotelier Liz Lambert opened this stylish modern hotel.

www.sancristobalbaja.com

T: +52 612-175-1530

Central Pacific Coast, the Mexican Riviera

Includes Guadalajara, capital of Jalisco, and the resort town of Puerto Vallarta.

Casa de Las Brisas

Playa Careyero

Located north of Puerto Vallarta, this lovely beachside villa is secluded away from the crowds. It was built, owned and operated by an American architect.

T: +52 322 225-4364. 6 rooms. US$ 285-
www.casasdelasbrisas.com

Verana

Yelapa Jalisco, Mexico

Secluded romantic getaway overlooking Bay of Baderas. Created by Hollywood production and set designing couple, it is a small, personal hotel with a unique concept and feel. The enchanting property includes its own indoor-outdoor spa. Near pretty fishing village of Yelapa, 20 miles south of Puerto Vallarta.

+1 (800) 530-7176. 8 guesthouses. US$ 480+. 3 night min.
www.verana.com

Mahajuitas Resort

Nr. Puerto Vallarta, Bay of Banderas, Mexico

Arrive by boat to this secluded 18 acre hideaway on the beautiful Bay of Banderas. The resort is mostly solar powered—no t.v.’s or telephones—and dining is by candlelight.

T: +52 322 15808. 8 rooms. US$ 236.
www.majahuitasresort.com

Colima, Central Coast

The charm of old Mexican can be found in Colima’s traditional villages and its countryside of brooding volcanoes and pretty Pacific Coast beaches.

Hacienda de San Antinio

Comala, Colimo

A restored stately 1876-era hacienda set in 470 acres of landscaped gardens and organic coffee plantation at the foot of a sometimes smoking volcano.

T: +52 312 314-3143. US$ 650-, includes meals
www.haciendadesanantonio.com

Southern Pacific Coast

Luxury hotels and quaint seaside villages. Includes Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, an idyllic beachside town on Mexico’s Pacific coast, favored by writers, artists and actors, away from the high rises of Acapulco and Ixtapa.

La Casa Que Canta

Camino Escenico, Playa La Ropa, Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico

A terra cotta pleasure palace set on a hillside overlooking the sea. Made its movie debut in the 1990’s with ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’.

T: +52 755 47040. US$ 295-
www.lacasaquecanta.com

Oaxaca

A favorite destination of European travelers, magical Oaxaca is Mexico at its most authentic and spontaneous.

Casa Oaxaca

407 Call Garcia Vigil, Oaxaca, Mexico

This small, yet exquisite 200 year old in-town villa provides its guests with style and seclusion.

T: +52 951 44173. 6 rooms. US$ 124-
www.casaoaxaca.com

Central Inland Mexico

Colonial cities that reflect that soul of Mexico.

San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuanto

The crown jewel of Mexico’s colonial cities. Enriched by Guanajuato’s silver mines in the 1700’s, then preserved in benign neglect, it is a vortex of physical beauty, grand architecture and folk arts.

Casa Schuck

Garita 3, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuanto, Mexico

Large colonial villa built with old-world style and sophistication as a private family compound, now a luxurious b&b.

T: +52 415 20657. 6 suites. US$ 115-
www.casaschuck.com

Casa de Liza

Bajada del Chorro 7, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuanto, Mexico

Owned by an American expatriate artist, this restored colonial estate has elegant suites and antique-filled villas.

T: +52 415 27040. 10 colonial houses with 37 suites US$ 209- www.casaliza.mx

Hacienda Las Trancas

San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuanto, Mexico

450 year old Hacienda and ten walled acres of lush gardens lovingly restored by an American artist and her husband. Located in a safe, small village mid-way between San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato City, you can horse-ride, mountain bike and swim here or just enjoy the friendly hospitality of the owners and their staff. The Hacienda was once the center of a vast million acre estate.

T: + 52 418 182 9500 Hacienda. 50 rooms. US$ 340-, all inclusive. www.haciendalastrancas.com

Guanajuanto

Strolling troubadors and mariachi bands, leafy romantic plazas, narrow winding alleyways, museums and university students. Set in the rolling highlands of central Mexico, Guanajuato is the birthplace of painter Diego Rivera.

La Casa de Espíritus Alegres

Guanajuanto, Mexico

Just outside town, the house is a nucleus of a complex rescued from the ruins of Hacienda da Trinidad, an enormous silver mining operations. Under the care of artists since the 1950’s, it has an extraordinary collection of folk art. The inn is a perfect base for exploring the lively beauty of Guanajuato.

T: +52 473 31013. 8 rooms. US$ 95-
www.casaspirit.com

Querétaro

The Otomi, the Tarasco, the Chichimeca and the Spanish lived peacefully together in the Querétaro‘s capital city. A world heritage listed site, Querétaro is notable for its many extravagantly adorned civil and religious baroque monuments dating from its golden age in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Mesón de Santa Rosa

Querétaro City, Mexico

300 year old colonial hotel centrally located on the Plaza de Armas.

T: +52 442 224 2623. 24 rooms. US$ 113-
www.hotelmesondesantarosa.com

La Casa de la Marquesa

Madero #1, Querétaro, Mexico

Built as a private residence in 1756, it is famous for its carved stonework and moorish influences.

T: +52 42 12 00 92. 25 rooms. US$ 150-
www.lacasadelamarquesaqueretaro.co

Patzcuaro, Michoacán

Lovely Michoacán’s most picturesque city and one of Mexico’s most exquisite and soulful towns.

Posada La Basilica

Patzcuaro, Michoacán

Rooftop views overlooking town square and Lake Janitzio.

T: +52 43 421108. US$ 125-
www.posadalabasilica.com.mx

Mansión Iturbe

Portal Morelos #59 Col. Centro C.P. 61600, Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

The inn dates back to the 17th century. Rooms are decorated with antiques and Purepechan Art; the majority have a private balcony overlooking Vasco de Quiroga Square.

T: +51 434 3 42 03 68. 14 rooms. US$ 95-
www.mexonline.com/iturbe.htm

Morelia, Michoacán

The capital city of Michoacán, Morelia is a world heritage site known for its pink quarry stone and historic structures, including an 18th century cathedral, one of Mexico’s largest.

Villa Montana

Patzimba No. 201 Col. Vista Bella, Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico

Country elegant hill-top villa set in four acres of gardens five minutes outside of Morelia. Decorated with Spanish colonial furniture, oil paintings and native folk art.

T: +52 443 314 02 31. 38 rooms. US$ 250-.
www.villamontana.com.mx

Mexico City & Environs

History, archeology and colonial cities.

Las Alcobas

Polanco, Mexico City

Originally a private residence, this Yabu Pushelberg-designed hotel is now a calm retreat located in the upscale neighborhood of Polanco. It is near the Soumaya Museum which features the vast art collection of one of the world’s richest men, Carlos Slim.

T: +52 (55) 3300 3900. 35 rooms. US$ 275-
www.lasalcobas.com

La Valise

Tonalá 53, Colonia Roma, Mexico City

1920’s townhouse hotel designed by French expatriate Emmaneul Picault who owns the stylish shop below the rooms. Colonia Roma started at the turn of the last century as an aristocratic enclave of wide boulevards and stately homes built in the beaux arts style; this changed with the 1910 Mexican Revolution. Later artists, writers and revolutionaries arrived like William S. Burroughs and Fidel Castro. Now this hip, trendy, gentrifying area is attracting some of the old families along with a new way of creative types.

T: +52 (55) 5286 9560, 3 rooms. US$ 350-
www.lavalise.mx

Morelos

Rich in archeological treasures, including the world heritage site Xochicalco.

Hacienda San Gabriel de Las Palmas

Nr. Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico

Commissioned by Hernan Cortes as a monastery in the 16th century and commandeered by Emiliano Zapata as his headquarters during the war of independence, its balconies overlook hundreds of royal palms, flame trees, and vast corn and sugarcane fields. Has horses, tennis and a pool. Very romantic.

T: +52 734 80636. 12 rooms. US$ 120-
www.hacienda-sangabriel.com.mx

Caribbean Coast, The Yucatan

Mayans ruins and white sand Caribbean beaches. Mexico’s Caribbean coast with beautiful beaches and Mayan ruins. Ignore the disco driven tourist crowds and mega resorts in and around Cancun and head south towards the small thatch-roofed hotels and palapas, coral sand beaches and former coconut plantations found near Tulum.

Maroma

Costa Maya

Situated on one of the last bits of wild coast between the high rises of Cancun and the Mayan ruins at Tulum. Eco-sensitive and low density, set on 540 acres of a former coconut plantation.

T: +52 98 74 47 29. 36 rooms, US$ 410-
www.maromahotel.com

Esencia

Playa Xpu-Ha Beach, nr. Playa del Carmen, Yucatan, Mexico

It has beachside views of the sunset and Cozumel Island. Esencia’s main building was originally an Italian countess’ home.

T: +1 713 528-7865. 29 rooms. US$ 325-
www.hotelesencia.com

Coqui Coqui

Tulum, Yucatan, Mexico

One of multiple residences/inns owned by landscape architect/model/perfumer Nicholas Malleville and accessories designer Francesca Bonato, this residence features handmade furniture and thatched roofs, combining fashion-chic with bohemian-cool. Located on a quiet white sand beach.

T: +52 1 984 100 1400. 6 rooms. US$ 230-
www.coquicoquiperfumes.com

Yucatan Haciendas

These recently restored haciendas were part of working estates that included sisal factories, silver mines, workshops, chapels and schools.

Hacienda Temozon

Nr. Celestun, Tulum Peninsula, Mexico

Probably the most splendid of any hacienda in the Yucatan ­ Presidents Clinton and Zedillo met here in 1999. The rooms come with ceiling fans, air conditioning and traditional Mayan hammocks.

T: +52 999 923 8089. 35 rooms. US$ 220-
www.haciendatemozon.com

Hacienda Santa Rosa

Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

A beautiful oasis found at the end of a long dirt road. The complex of buildings include a candlelit chapel and a well stocked library.

T: +52 999 910 4852. 11 rooms. US$ 220-
www.haciendasantarosa.com

Hacienda Katanchel

Mr. Merida, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

A 17th century colonial hacienda, 15 miles from Merida—the gateway to great Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá, Uxmal and Cobá—with 33 separate “pavilions” set in a staggeringly beautiful jungly garden. The 740 acre property includes Mayan ruins, horses, tennis, a pool and spa.

T: +52 99 23-40-20. 33 rooms. US$ 200-
www.haciendakatanchel.com