Best Small Luxury Hotels of the World in Mexico

Each year, more than 1,000 independent boutique hotels apply to become a part of the Small Luxury... READ MORE
Each year, more than 1,000 independent boutique hotels apply to become a part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World portfolio. However, only 5 percent are invited to join the brand, meaning travelers can expect quality amenities, inviting atmospheres and impeccable accommodations when staying at an SLH-affiliated hotel. What's more, mystery inspectors visit the brand's 500-plus properties annually to ensure that guests are experiencing the highest standards of service and value. This brand markets itself as a champion of hidden treasures, so no two Small Luxury Hotels are alike. However, one consistent perk of the SLH brand is the free-to-join INVITED program. This three-tiered benefits system includes rewards like room upgrades and free breakfast. Most importantly, this brand gives customers options: Its portfolio includes everything from family-friendly historical inns to adults-only resorts with Michelin-starred restaurants. Keep in mind, most of the brand's hotels are located outside of the United States, with numerous outposts in Europe and Asia. You can explore several Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties on our Best Hotels rankings.

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    La Casa Que Canta
    Zihuatanejo
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 626 reviewsTripAdvisor (626)

    With plenty of seclusion, a wide range of amenities and outstanding customer service, La Casa Que Canta is a compelling pick for travelers seeking an off-the-beaten path getaway. Perched along the Pacific Ocean about a mile south of central Zihuatanejo, this resort boasts a spectacular infinity pool that features postcard-worthy coastal panoramas, as well as a saltwater pool surrounded by craggy cliffs. The accommodations are just as impressive: Filled with wooden furniture and Mexican artwork, each room offers complimentary wireless internet access, a fresh fruit basket and an expansive terrace equipped with a table, chairs and sun loungers. If you're willing to splurge, past visitors recommend upgrading to one of the pool suites, which boast their own private infinity pool. When you're ready to venture beyond your well-appointed digs, La Casa Que Canta offers complimentary activities, such as snorkeling and cooking classes. Golfers will also appreciate the two nearby courses, while luxury-seekers will enjoy soothing treatments at the on-site Clarins Spa. As for dining, the resort also houses Mar Y Cielo, which serves traditional Mexican specialties like red snapper, grilled octopus with risotto, and churros, while Luz de Luna, La Casa Que Canta's bar, offers zesty margaritas and striking Zihuatenejo views.

    Zihuatanejo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 626 reviewsTripAdvisor (626)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
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    Casa Velas
    Puerto Vallarta
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1757 reviewsTripAdvisor (1757)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Adjacent to the Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport, Casa Velas, Puerto Vallarta's main structure resembles a Spanish hacienda estate. Guests are consistently wowed by the grounds  the landscaping and infinity pool of the Ocean Club evoke a sense of calm that visitors adore. That serene feeling extends to the SPA Casa Velas, where you can indulge in a revitalizing holistic massage or an anti-aging facial. Meanwhile, Casa Velas' restaurants, Ocean Club and Emiliano's, serve up Asian-inspired fare and traditional Mexican dishes. Once you're well-fed, bed down in one of the resort's suites; each room comes appointed with a snack-filled minibar, down comforter, cable TV and L'Occitane bath products. If you're looking for a little extra luxury, you may want to spring for a Grand Class Suite, which offers a private plunge pool and terrace. Beyond the resort's relaxing atmosphere, past visitors are also quick to compliment the warm and welcoming staff.

    Puerto Vallarta
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1757 reviewsTripAdvisor (1757)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique
    Playa del Carmen
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2209 reviewsTripAdvisor (2209)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Catching up on some quality rest and relaxation comes naturally to guests staying at the Blue Diamond Riviera Maya. This relatively small adults-only resort – which has just 128 rooms and suites – sprawls across beige sands and sits roughly 6 miles north of central Playa del Carmen. Blue Diamond Riviera Maya keeps things simple and classy – guest suites come outfitted in crisp, white decor with rich wood accents, floor-to-ceiling windows and a terrace or garden, not to mention high-end amenities like outdoor bathtubs, 42-inch flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, and in some rooms, private plunge pools. Guests love the look and feel of Blue Diamond Riviera Maya, but they're even more impressed by all that's included in the room rate. A stay at this all-inclusive resort covers not only access to three pools, three restaurants and beachfront concierge services, but also includes access to an 18-hole golf course, yoga classes and a fitness center. What's more, the property features the Spa by Blue Diamond, which offers unique therapies like seaweed wraps and hot stone massages.

    Playa del Carmen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2209 reviewsTripAdvisor (2209)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel de la Soledad
    Morelia
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 447 reviewsTripAdvisor (447)

    If you're the type of traveler who values a hotel's appearance and history just as much as its amenities, then consider a stay at the Hotel de la Soledad. Occupying a charming 17th-century building and situated only half a block from the impressive Morelia Cathedral and the Plaza de Armas, the hotel proudly reflects its heritage without forgetting modern conveniences. Recent guests say the hotel blends elements of the building's original structure with contemporary touches and recommend booking a room overlooking the jungle-like courtyard. Accommodations are outfitted in clay, stone, wood and colonial-period art, while suites boast BVLGARI bath amenities, living rooms and, in some rooms, fireplaces. Visitors are also quick to recommend La Capilla Restaurant for its peaceful ambiance; however, if you're in the mood for casual bites, travelers suggest exploring Morelia's main square. But before heading out on the town, lodgers recommend enjoying a refreshing libation in the verdant courtyard.

    Morelia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 447 reviewsTripAdvisor (447)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    La Zebra Beach Hotel & Restaurant
    Tulum
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1253 reviewsTripAdvisor (1253)
    Free WiFi
    La Zebra Beach Hotel & Restaurant is a 4 star hotel located at Carretera Tulum a Boca Paila Km 8.2 Ejido Pino Suarez in Tulum. It has a 4.5 overall guest rating based on 1253 reviews.
    Tulum
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1253 reviewsTripAdvisor (1253)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Villa Maria Cristina
    Guanajuato
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 226 reviewsTripAdvisor (226)
    Free WiFi

    Located in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Guanajuato, Mexico, Villa María Cristina is a boutique Small Luxury Hotels of the World mansion. Featuring Catalan mosaics, French cast iron columns and suites that are connected by a complex of terraces, patios and gardens, this all-suite property is filled with romantic Old World charm. However, modern amenities abound, including a movie theater, a kids plunge pool, a fitness center and a spa with steam baths and saunas. The 38 suites – including one private villa – are outfitted with Roche Bobois furniture, marble bathrooms, free Wi-Fi access, minibars, Bang Olufsen stereo equipment, original artwork and 500-thread-count linens. Some suites have private terraces with Jacuzzis that overlook Cerro de la Bufa (Bufa Hill). The hotel also boasts two restaurants: Teresita Restaurant, a fine dining eatery that serves gourmet Mexican cuisine, and Colombaia Restaurant, which serves breakfast, pizza and grilled seafood near the outdoor swimming pool. Additionally, there are two on-site bars, one of which serves sushi, and an extensive wine cellar. While the cuisine and service received high praise, several guests suggested requesting a room away from the eateries, as the noise can travel into the suites.

     

    Guanajuato
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 226 reviewsTripAdvisor (226)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Senses Riviera Maya by Artisan - All Inclusive - Adults Only
    Playa Paraiso
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 507 reviewsTripAdvisor (507)
    Free WiFi

    According to recent guests, this boutique, adults-only hotel situated 13 miles northeast of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, could use some improvements. Common complaints among lodgers included slow service at the pool bar, as well as some maintenance problems inside the rooms. And while the food served on-site was consistently delicious, some added that the limited selection gets old after a few days. But despite these gripes, several past travelers admitted that Senses Riviera Maya By Artisan's location by the Caribbean Sea was breathtaking. You can enjoy this splendid view at all hours from your room's private sea-facing balcony. Previous visitors were also impressed with each accommodation's spacious layout. Plus, all rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs, Nespresso coffee makers and L'Occitane bath products. The all-inclusive rate covers additional in-room amenities, such as free Wi-Fi access and a bottle of wine, as well as most meals at the restaurant, yoga classes and daily transportation to central Playa Del Carmen. The hotel is also home to an infinity-edge pool overlooking the beach. Plus, a clothing-optional section is available on the rooftop deck.

    Playa Paraiso
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 507 reviewsTripAdvisor (507)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Stara Hamburgo
    Mexico City
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 49 reviewsTripAdvisor (49)
    Free WiFi

    Surrounded by shopping, dining and entertainment venues, Stara Hamburgo sits one street removed from Mexico City's bustling financial district. Standard in-room amenities at this 60-room boutique hotel include 55-inch smart TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi access, iPads, marble bathrooms and private balconies or terraces with garden or street views. Recent guests note that the accommodations are huge and nicely decorated, but they let in a lot of outside noise. Past patrons also warn that parties on the property can go until the wee hours of the morning. Exploring the hotel, you'll find a spa, a gym, a library and a boutique shop that sells local artwork and products made by Mexican entrepreneurs. There are three restaurants on-site for when you get hungry. Luna Bistro serves organic, international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meanwhile, Roof Garden offers meals throughout the day on the hotel's rooftop terrace. For lunch and dinner in an 18th-century building with large windows and stone arches, take a seat at Five's Urban Cuisine Restaurant. Stara Hamburgo is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World family.

    Mexico City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 49 reviewsTripAdvisor (49)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi