15 of our Favourite Hotels Outside Mexico City
Mexico is so much more than tequila, fajitas and sombreros. With a diversity of landscapes, languages, cuisines and indigenous culture, its capital Mexico City, the second largest on earth, is also its vibrant, mad beating heart, with a wealth of historical sites and museums, fantastic restaurants and an exciting arts scene. But it’s not all about Mexico City, that’s why our Gurus have come up with their list of their favourite hotels outside Mexico City.
Mexico City is surrounded by beautiful old towns like Puebla and great weekend retreats like Valle de Bravo, while in the south Chiapas is a lush rainforest state dotted with Mayan ruins and breathtaking scenery and the famous Yucatán Peninsula offers picture-perfect beaches and world-class resorts for those in search of sun, sea and sand. So our Gurus haven’t restricted themselves to recommending the best hotels outside Mexico City which are just outside the city, no, these are some of the best places to stay across the whole country.
Until recently Mexico’s hotel scene was dominated by the big chains in resorts like Cancun but the last ten years has seen a decided shift towards more sophisticated offerings with a handful of hoteliers dominating the design hotel market. Whether the best hotels outside Mexico City you choose are contemporary hotels, exclusive beach resorts or small hotels with a cultural mission, one thing is certain: this fascinating and generous country will not disappoint.
15 of our Favourite Hotels Outside Mexico City
Our Favourite Hotels Outside Mexico City for Ocean Views
Just steps from the ocean off Play del Carmen, Basico is a creatively designed hotel with an excellent seafood restaurant. Expect something halfway between a ship and a factory. Or you might try Hotel Secreto on the Riviera Maya, which has stylish rooms with fourposter beds and limestone floors, and balconies overlooking the infinity pool and then the beach. The Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya is right beside a postcard perfect beach, surrounded by tropical rainforest - it’s sensitively constructed but it also has three restaurants and a high-spec spa.
Our Favourite Hotels Outside Mexico City for Colonial Charm
La Casa de la Marquesa has been converted from an 18th century building in the beautiful, colonial heart of Querétaro. There are 13 elegant, opulent rooms furnished with antiques. Or try El Sueno Hotel & Spa, a relic of colonial Mexico, but a very beautiful one: a centuries old townhouse converted into a chic, 11 room, family-run hotel packed with bold colour and character - think cast iron beds and contemporary art.Or for a modern hotel in a colonial town try Puebla's La Purificadora, which started life as a water factory and is now a stylish 26 room design hotel. The old facades and big, cavernous spaces are wonderfully combined with modern design and there's a great rooftop pool with city views, an excellent spa and a lively restaurant popular with the locals.
Casa Oaxaca is a seven room hotel converted from a charming colonial building, also in the centre of old Oaxaca. Rooms are arranged around a central courtyard and there's a roof terrace, pool and private gardens. This is a great option for foodies, as the chef, and manager, is happy to offer Mexican cooking workshops.
Our Favourite Hotels Outside Mexico City for Mexico’s Ancient Treasures
Casa na Bolom in San Cristobal de las Casas is a charming museum to the Lacandon people, plus a 16 room boutique hotel. Each uniquely decorated room is a treasure trove of indigenous art, artefacts and handicrafts and all proceeds of the hotel go to the Lacandon people. Or you could consider the Parador Santa Maria in Chiapas, is an historic building in an incredibly lush setting. There are just eight traditional rooms with dark, solid furniture, exposed stonework and cool, tiled floors. There’s also a museum and a pool, and you’re close to the archaeological site of Chinkultic.
Our Favourite Hotels Outside Mexico City for Luxury
The Kin Sol Soleil in Quintana Roo is a tranquil, ten room property set on a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach. Atmospheric throughout, you'll find Mexican flavour in the design; think white washed walls, contemporary art and antique furniture. Or the Viceroy Riviera Maya is a collection of private villas, each with their own pool overlooking the ocean, surrounded by tropical forest which rolls into white sand. It’s also got a great spa.
Or try the Las Ventanas Al Paraiso, a luxurious hotel facing the Sea of Cortez and is situated a few miles outside Cabo San Lucas. Each of their elegantly decorated and romantic suites feature marbled bathrooms and a terrace with a telescope so you can properly enjoy the views. And the spa offers pampering is second to none.
Our Favourite Great Value Hotels Outside Mexico City
Parador Santa Maria in Chiapas is a picture perfect historic building set in lush gardens. Traditional rooms feature heavily draped four-poster beds, dark antique furniture, exposed stonework and cool tiled floors. Boasting a serene pool, its own museum and plenty of grounds to explore. Just minutes from Mayan ruins, and rooms start from aorund £60 per night. Deseo in Playa del Carmem is a stylish, modern, 12 room hotel in the heart of town popular with young cosmopolitan folk, and is great value, with rooms starting from £86 per night. Or, for even better value, at around £75 per night, try Mezzanine in Tulum, which is a small but characterful hotel with thatched rooms and a popular restaurant right on the beach.
Our Favourite Hotels Outside Mexico City for Families
Esencia is a boutique hotel at its family-friendly best, with direct access to Xpu-Ha beach and two pools, you will have no end of places relax and play. That is if you can find the time with all the activities on offer! Simply yet stunningly decorated with an excellent menu.
Our Favourite Hotels Outside Mexico City for Foodies
Las Bugambilias in foodie capital Oaxaca is a simple restaurant and B&B with just ten rooms, all decorated sparely, but all with different features - some with lovely traditional bathrooms and some with balconies overlooking a lovely courtyard. Or try the Hacienda Xcanatun, a beautifully renovated Hacienda situated just outside Mérida, close to many Mayan ruins. Well proportioned rooms are traditional in style with high beamed ceilings, antique furniture and tiled floors. Boasting two freshwater pools, a fabulous spa and renowned gourmet restaurant.
The Most Romantic Hotels Outside Mexico City
Maroma on the Riviera Maya is a secluded hotel with a beautiful beach and outstanding facilities, or you might try Hacienda San José in Mérida, which is a beautifully restored 11 room jungle hacienda hideaway with topical gardens, pools, hammocks and a world class spa.
If you haven’t found your ideal Mexican break hotel on our list of 15 of our favourite hotels outside Mexico City you could:
- change track and refine your search to the best places to stay in Mexico City,
- expand your search to include all the best places to stay in Mexico,
- or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
15 of our Favourite Best Hotels Outside Mexico City
Casa Na Bolom 16 rooms from £42San Cristobal de las Casas
A charming boutique hotel and museum of Lacandon people (to whom the proceeds go). A treasure trove of indigenous art, artefacts and handicrafts. Each unique bedroom has a fireplace. Dinner is served at the enormous dinning table under lampshades made of old hats!Local markets - Explore San Cristóbal and its fascinating markets where you can purchase beautiful handicrafts.Great walks - Take a guided tour of mountain villages, where you’ll visit indigenous churches and homes.Full of characterHouse party feel - Be prepared to meet people.Recommended by - I Escape, Fodors
Deseo 12 rooms from £104Playa del Carmen, NOT TO SHOW
Stylish seaside hotel in the heart of town in Playa del Carmen. Its lively location and outstanding terrace with swimming pool and bar make it a refuge for those young and cosmopolitan.Sit-out Terrace - Fabulous decked terrace with lively bar and swimming pool.Swimming Pool - Rooftop PoolCity StyleRestrictions on children - No children.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection
La Purificadora 26 rooms from £120Puebla
This renovated former water factory pays homage to modern design at its best. Its alchemists combined the old and the new with strikingly chic effect. Original facades, sleek lines, and enormous spaces. The restaurant draws a lively crowd and the spa is spoiling.City Style - This edgy and achingly hip hotel is an architectural triumph, a sleek new incarnation of a 19th-century water purifying factory.Designer - Edgy hotel designed by Legorreta + LegorretaSwimming Pool - Glass sided rooftop pool with city views.ContemporaryRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Kiwi Collection
Casa Oaxaca 7 rooms from £130Oaxaca
This Colonial manor turned boutique hotel is only five minutes from the action and offers a courtyard pool, a restaurant and bar. Cool comfortable rooms are adorned with local art. Enjoy the nouvelle Mexican cuisine surrounded by contemporary art works. A truly remarkable experience.Foodies - Chef Alejandro Ruíz has crafted two spectacular nouvelle Mexican cuisine restaurants around organic, fresh & local ingrediants.Local exploring - Oaxaca is famed as Mexicos artistic centre, learn more on one of the hotels tours of local artisan studios.Cooking classes - For a totally unique experience join the market tour and cooking class with one of Casa Oaxaca’s chefs- unbeatable!Sights nearby - Explore the beautiful cloisters of former monastery Santo Domingo de Guzmán.Recommended by - I Escape, Fodors
Basico 12 roomsPlaya del Carmen
Inventive contemporary design and excellent seafood just steps from the ocean on the Playa del Carmen. Neon pink lamps, white concrete walls, floating beds, and swimming pools made from old trucker tires - decoration with humour. A young and fun place to stay.Lively area - Steps from the ocean on the Playa del Carmen.ContemporaryCity StyleViews - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet
La Casa de la Marquesa 13 rooms from £87Queretaro (Centro)
This historic 18th century building is situated in central Querétaro. The elegantly and opulently decorated suites are furnished with antiques and feature wooden floors whilst you can also unwind with an in-room massage after a long day sightseeing. A truly remarkable and uniquely lavish stay!Local exploring - With plenty of sights within walking distance from the hotel you have no excuse not to check out the areaSights nearby - Visit the Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Viterbo, Plaza de Armas or the beautiful Jardin ZeneaOpulentTraditionalRecommended by - CN Traveller, Kiwi Collection
Viceroy Riviera Maya 41 rooms from £305Playa del Carmen
Stunning private villas surrounded by tropical forest and white sands. Watersports abound, delicious fresh fish restaurant, and fantastic Mayan spa to top it all off. A thrill for spa-junkies and beach seekers alike.Beach Life - Whether it's sitting sipping a cocktail on the white sands or kite surfing across the bay- this is a beach bums paradise!Private villas - Private luxury villas only.Swimming Pool - Pools looking on to beachLuxuryRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Fodors
Kin Sol Soleil 10 rooms from £534Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo
A tranquil property set on a beautiful white sandy beach. Atmospheric throughout, find Mexican flavour in the design; think white washed walls, contemporary art and antique furniture. Just steps from the beach and boasting a stunning pool. The perfect place to completely unwind.Beach Life - An authentic Mexican experience on a pristine stretch of beach.Sights nearby - Explore striking Mayan ruins.Views - Great views from hotelRomantic - Good for couples.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso 71 rooms from £614Cabo San Lucas (Cabo Real)
This luxurious hotel faces the Sea of Cortez and is situated a few miles outside Cabo San Lucas. Each of their elegantly decorated and romantic suites feature marbled bathrooms and a terrace with a telescope so you can properly enjoy the views. Visit the spa where pampering is second to none.Sights nearby - Todos Santos is one of the colorful and charming towns and villages easily reached on day trips.Fishing - Deep sea fishing for blue marlin.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Outstanding location
Parador Santa Maria 8 rooms from £61Chiapas
A picture perfect historic building set in lush gardens. Traditional rooms feature heavily draped four-poster beds, dark antique furniture, exposed stonework and cool tiled floors. Boasting a serene pool, its own museum and plenty of grounds to explore. Just minutes from Mayan ruins. Rural bliss.Museums - Visit the hotel's own Museum of Sacred Art set in a converted chapel and displays works of important Mexican artists.Country Escape - An atmospheric country house in a stunning remote location.Sights nearby - Visit the archeological site of Chinkultic just 10km from the property.Great walks - Embark on picturesque walks besides the Monebello Lakes.
Hotel Secreto 12 rooms from £265Isla Mujeres
One of Isla's only luxury boutique hotels. A hidden gem with infinity pool overlooking its own private beach. The chic modern rooms boast floor to ceiling windows and original artworks. The new bar serves up dangerously good Margaritas.Total relaxation - A sleepy tropical island with a laid back charm, spend your days sunbathing, swimming with dolphins or snorkelling the reefs.Sights nearby - The hotel can arrange scooter rentals and tours of the island.Swimming Pool - Infinity pool with spectacular sea views.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - Fodors
Mezzanine 9 rooms from £154Tulum
Trendy barefoot luxury with a secluded beach and tropical gardens. Relax in airy suites and rooms with breathtaking sea views. Enjoy cocktails on the sun terrace or in dappled shade on bean bags. Great water sports and activities on offer. A place to relax in style. Adults only.Honeymoons - Secluded suites boasting Jacuzzis and balconies facing the Caribbean and surrounded by lush jungle and miles unspoilt beaches.Eco break - Environmentally sound, the hotel operates on solar energy, generators, and recycled rainwater.Diving - The reefs just off Tulum’s white sand beaches are home to grouper, small reef sharks and numerous colorful fishLocal markets - Check out the local crafts in Tulum, artisans work with clay, wood, and handmade textiles to create treasures.Recommended by - Fodors, Tablet
Maroma 63 rooms from £367Riviera Maya, NOT TO SHOW
A secluded oasis hotel with beautiful beach and outstanding facilities. This luxury resort is perfect for honeymoons, beach life, and endless pampering. Enjoy tropical relaxation at one of the three hotel pools or explore the area and the many activities on offer.Back to Nature - Set on the fringes of 200 acres of jungle and coconut plantations on one of the most beautiful beaches in mexico- utter bliss!Total relaxation - Indulge in traditional Mayan healing techniques at the spa, or sip cocktails under a palapa overlooking the sea.Diving - PADI courses are available on the reef as well as cave diving in local cenotes, natural sinkholes.Birdwatching - Visit Contoy Island - an uninhabited island which is now a protected bird sanctuary.Recommended by - I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Mr & Mrs Smith
Esencia 10 rooms from £378Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo
Boutique at its best, Esencia has it all: direct access to Xpu-Ha beach and two pools, you will have no end of places to sun yourself. That is if you can find the time with all the activities on offer! Simply yet stunningly decorated with an excellent menu. One for the entire family!GymLocal markets - Nearby X-plor activity park for kids and the young at heartSights nearby - Visit the famous Mayan ruins of TulumKayaking - through the mangroves at Sian Ka'anRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Small Luxury Hotels
Las Bugambilias 8 rooms from £69Oaxaca
A characterful family-run bed and breakfast in arty Oaxaca. The three buildings are uniquely decorated with bright colours, Mexican art and plenty of charm. With large comfortable rooms and a rooftop terrace overlooking the city. Yummy communal breakfast adds to the family vibes.Value chic - Fantastic value for money from this characterful and charming spot, full of quirky Mexican art and family vibes.Eco break - Eco-tourism hotel, members of ConservAgua, a program that promotes the sustainable use of natural resources.Cooking classes - Chef Pilar Cabrera runs the nextdoor Casa de los Sabores Cooking School, learn to master Mexicos inventive and exciting cuisine.Sights nearby - Check out the famous Zapotec sites at nearby Monte Albán, Mitla and Yagul, the Cabreras will happily arrange tours.Recommended by - I Escape
Villa@Merida 7 rooms from £107Merida, NOT TO SHOW
Elegant 19th Century mansion renovation with colonial undertones. Tropical courtyards with fountains, vibrant rooms with four poster beds, arched verandas. A palatial city break.City StyleSpa - In-room treatments.Swimming Pool - Outdoor PoolLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - I Escape, Kiwi Collection
Hacienda Xcanatun 18 rooms from £177Mérida (Km 12 Carretera Progreso Merida)
A beautifully renovated Hacienda situated just outside Mérida. Well proportioned rooms are traditional in style with high beamed ceilings, antique furniture and tiled floors. Boasting two freshwater pools, a fabulous spa and renowned gourmet restaurant. Close to many Mayan ruins. Superb.Spa breaks - A glorious spa offering holistic treatments using indigenous herbs, flowers and honey.Local exploring - Well located as a jump off point for exploring Mayan ruins.Sights nearby - Explore the Mayan cities of Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Dzibilchaltun and Yaxunach.Birdwatching - Find over 100 species at the mangroves in the Celestun Nature Reserve.Recommended by - I Escape
Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa 63 rooms from £403Quintana Roo
A fabulous resort set on a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach. Luxurious rooms feature king size beds, sunken baths, large terraces and the best have private plunge pools. A spectacular spa is worthy of a visit alone and the Med-Mex cuisine is noteworthy too. Beach perfection.Spa breaks - Boasting a glorious spa complete with with self-serve muds, meditation pools and treatments that use local herbs and fruits.Beach Life - Located on a stunning stretch of white sandy beach and backed by lush jungle. Tropical paradise.Diving - Some of the Riviera Maya’s most spectacular reefs are right off Maroma’s shore.Sights nearby - Visit local ruins and cenotes near Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Casa Ticul 20 rooms from £131Playa del Carmen (LT 08 MZ 151 Col Zacil-Ha)
Intimate, adult-only boutique hotel combines traditional looks with contemporary comforts. Bright rooms and the courtyard swimming pool make this an ideal place for exploring by day, and relaxing in the evening. Breakfast is served poolside and is the perfect way to start the day. Great beach spot.Romantic Break - An adults only hotel built for romance, the palatial suites come with private terraces and hot tubs.Swimming Pool - Small outdoor plunge poolRestrictions on children - Adults only.Full of character