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Be Tulum is a hippie-chic hotel located right on the beach in Tulum. Spacious guest suites feature local limestone, bold Bisazza mosaic tiles and cowhide rugs. Room facilities include iPod docking stations with ground floor suites having private terraces with a pool and upper floor suites having balconies with jacuzzis. There is an on-site restaurant and a cocktail bar on the beach.
Casa Azul Hotel Monumento Histórico is a magnificent historic hotel located a few steps away from the iconic Paseo de Montejo. Built during the 19th century, the hotel was declared a Historical Monument of Mexico. Under the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz, the boom of the henequen plant gave the area a new source of wealth and prosperity. The community celebrated this success by constructing many new magnificent buildings, including what is now the Casa Azul.
This house built in 1914 in Mérida’s García Ginerés neighborhood was lovingly restored by Mexico City furniture dealer Claudia Fernandez and turned into an intimate six-room hotel. Fernandez, whose discerning eye has helped drive interest in midcentury design (both by Mexican and international designers), has created spaces that are at once inviting and understatedly spare.
Totaling just 15 rooms, Tiki Tiki feels as much like a Miami apartment building as it does a boutique hotel, due in no small part to the sizable rooms, the courtyard pool, glass-block windows, perforated surfaces, slatted wood, and a steady diet of blues and greens colluding towards a rewarding aesthetic eyeful. Of course some rooms come with indoor hammocks, the better to idly thumb through a paperback while drinking in the patterned tilework and floods of equatorial light.
This tucked-away beach bungalow borders the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve at the very end of the beach road, evoking the Tulum that existed when the property first debuted over a decade ago. There’s no pool or flashy beach club at Olas Tulum, and that’s exactly what makes it so charming. With only eight suites, arriving here feels like you’re visiting the home of a dear friend. It’s the type of place where you make genuine connections, both with other guests and the staff.
Top creatives in their field gathered to create this secluded, five-room oasis. Something like a hotel-concept store hybrid, Tulum Treehouse is a celebration of modern Mexican design. A sleek, minimalist respite, the concrete property is built centered around a pool and open-air kitchen (run by Noma alum, Edoardo Fiaschi), the guesthouse includes a working studio with an outdoor ceramics kiln for artists in residence and a shop by Xinú, the top Mexican perfumery.
The new hotel is housed within the historic ‘i421 Live District’, formerly known as Conjuto Aristos, dating back to 1961. Designed by famed architect José Luis Benlliure Galán who is credited with bringing Art Deco architecture to Mexico City, the building was named a Mexico City Heritage Site and is considered a true masterpiece of Mexican architecture.
Originally built as a private home in 1700, Hotel Meson de Jobito served brief tenures as a market and horse stable before opening as a public hotel 1993. The original colonial architecture still remains—along with some original locals. Visitors have reported images of miners showing up to look for gold, as well as the sound of horses walking.
Named for the sugar cane grown in its home state of Veracruz, the Azúcar is a bohemian chic hotel overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The hotel has 20 low-slung thatched-toof bungalows, all in an intense white-on-white colour scheme, with private terraces, each with its own locally made hammock for naps or reading sessions cooled by the sea breeze. Public spaces are mainly open-air, including the library, a spa area and a restaurant.
Mexican pride is at the heart of this design hotel in the revived, Unesco-listed city of Puebla. Constructed from the remains of a historic mansion and tile factory, it’s filled with paintings and sculptures by Mexican artists, with top Mexican cuisine served in a restaurant with views of the city and volcanoes beyond.
While parts of Mexico are famously overdeveloped, the Pacific coastline of Oaxaca is not. This stretch of south-facing beach, spanning the villages of Mazunte and San Agustinillo, is spectacular, and the towns are lively but not crowded, off-the-radar but not impossible to reach. And while the beginnings of a luxury travel scene are present, they’re tasteful and restrained — a description that suits Zoa perfectly.
Pug Seal’s pocket-sized boutique B&Bs feel like perfect little secrets in the vastness of Mexico City — in the compact historical center of Oaxaca City, however, a 20-suite boutique hotel looms larger. Not to worry: Pug Seal Oaxaca is just as tranquil, just as residential in atmosphere as its cousins in the capital, designed as it is around a central courtyard decorated with colorful murals.
Set within a curved tower, Hotel Habita Monterrey is a homage to modernism. The hotel features a dramitical rooftop pool and bar with vertiginous views over the city and valley. The on-site restaurant serves Mexican cuisine. Guest rooms feature an iPod docking station, a video game system, a tablet, a minibar and air-conditioning. Bathrooms come with tubs and Aesop toiletries. Business center and 24-hour security.
Casa Kimberly stands high above the Bay of Banderas, a white-stucco relic of the romance between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, which began in this very city. Burton bought the house for Taylor in the Sixties, opposite his own, and both properties now operate as a nine-suite hotel.
Part of Mexico's celebrated design-led Grupo Habita, Guadalajara's Casa Habita is a boutique hotel housed in a 1940s Art Deco mansion and a newer modernist high-rise annex. The "return to retro" vibe mixes traditional local textiles and ceramics with glassy screens for a distinct early-20th-century flair. The hotel is located in the booming Lafayette district.
Opened: January 2023. The 13-bedroom hotel is an integral part of an inspired paradise rooted in intention, pleasure, and good design that is also home to private residences, organic farms, a beach club, pickle ball courts, and freshwater bio pool, plus workspaces, a recording studio and a media arts hub soon to come.
Architect Andrés Gutiérrez has converted a fading 17th-century family manor into a sparkling 16-room boutique hotel. The original footprint is still recognisable, though an internal courtyard which once stored seed and grain has been reimagined as the lobby and rooms. A palette of desert-bright hues of burnt orange and yellow swathes the graciously proportioned loggias and public spaces.