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We named Guanajuato, Mexico, as one of our Top 10 Value Travel Destinations in 2011, but the colonial town is a smart bet for luxury, too. These boutique hotels offer refined service and upscale amenities in a romantic setting while capitalizing on the city’s unique charm.
Quinta Las Acacias
Housed in a French-style mansion originally built in 1890, Quinta Las Acacias’ main building harkens back to that era with period-style furnishings and photographs of the former residents on the walls. However, you should definitely splurge on one of the Jacuzzi suites in the buildings behind (just avoid La Puerepecha, which has no natural light). You won’t find flat-screen TVs and the Wi-Fi can be spotty but this 17-room AAA Four Diamond property doesn’t disappoint on ambience. Jacuzzi suites start at $275/night, with breakfast included. www.quintalasacacias.com.mx
Hotel Villa Maria Cristina
Another converted residence down the street from Quinta Las Acacias, the all-suite Hotel Villa Maria Cristina presents lovely panoramas of the surrounding hillside from its 13 rooms. The downstairs Therma spa comprises an indoor pool, sauna, steam room, and massage room. This Relais & Chateaux property boasts a guest list to match its pedigree, with past stays by Johnny Depp and the queen of Holland. The hotel recently purchased an adjoining building and plans to add 20-25 more rooms by the end of 2012. Rates start at $290/night. www.villamariacristina.net
Misión Casa Colorada
For the best views in town, book a room at the Misión Casa Colorada; the stunning hilltop location showcases Guanajuato’s many-hued homes and colonial churches. With just six suites, you won’t have much company as you laze in your tiled bathtub or partake in traditional regional dishes on the restaurant terrace. Your personal aerie also won’t make too big of a dent in your wallet – rates start at just $109/night. www.hotelesmision.com
Regular flights to nearby Léon are available on Aeromexico (from Chicago and Los Angeles), Continental (from Houston and Los Angeles), and American Eagle (from Dallas).
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