The Best Boutique Hotels in Mexico

There is such a variety of accommodation in Mexico that it can sometimes seem a little overwhelming. Maybe you’re used to staying in one of the many hotel chains, or perhaps an all-inclusive resort? We believe choosing one of the stunning boutique hotels in Mexico will offer everything you could possibly want, as well as charming character that you cannot find elsewhere.

Are you thinking about relaxing on the beach around Tulum, exploring one of the many wonderful cities such as Mexico City? Or maybe you want to head into the jungle to explore Mexico’s history?

We’ve put together a list of the best boutique hotels in Mexico.

Hotel Esencia

The Hotel Escencia, originally owned by an Italian duchess is perfectly located near the magical Xpu-ha beach, Yucatan jungle and Playa del Carmen. This boutique hotel is made up of 45 suites which have a combination of stunning sea views, plunge pools and romantic hideaways. You will love how much space this huge estate offers, enjoying peace and relaxation whilst tucking into your free pastries and coffee each morning.

With the option of practising yoga first thing, relaxing on the beach or finishing the day at their renowned restaurant enjoying delicious food, you will want for nothing. It is easy to see why many vote for the Hotel Escencia as one of the best boutique hotels in Mexico.

Acanto Acapulco

The Hotel Acanto is a work of art in itself, with its breathtaking design that turns simple white walls and angles into boutique luxury. Located in Acapulco, you will love exploring the area and everything it has to offer, knowing you can return back your chic and stylish room.

The more luxurious suites have ocean views and infinity pools to add that extra touch of class. The hotel’s restaurant offers delicious seafood with modern twists, whilst adding some extra flair by illuminating the property. Combining luxury with a personal and contemporary feel, you can’t go wrong with the Acanto.

NEST Tulum

When it comes to combining elegance with privacy and service, then this luxury boutique hotel based in the south section of Tulum delivers beyond expectations. One of the smaller hotels on our list with nine rooms available, you will feel like it is your very own sanctuary.

The NEST Tulum offers breakfasts that are tailored to individual health requirements, using only the very best ingredients from around the region. Once you’re up and about, the beautiful beach is discrete and a small slice of paradise for every guest. Each evening the hotel lays on a complimentary happy hour within the on-site bar before you head for dinner or a night out on the town. 

Hotel San Cristóbal

Located in Todos Santos which is about an hour north of the Los Cabos including Cabo San Lucas, the Hotel San Cristóbal is a masterpiece by a well known Texan hotelier. Nestled in a quiet town, every aspect of this boutique hotel has been styled perfectly.

Whether it is the colourful flooring and plants chosen for each of the 32 rooms in the hotel or the luxurious swimming pool, these guys have thought about how to treat their guests. With authentic Mexican cuisine, delicious mezcal margaritas that you will never tire of and helpful staff, it is a great choice for anyone wishing to explore this part of Mexico. 

Haramara Retreat

We’ve added the Haramara Retreat to our list of the best boutique hotels in Mexico because it offers a truly unique experience to travelers staying there. A hotspot for keen surfers and yoga fanatics, you will be staying in villas spread around the 12-acre jungle complex. This retreat lives up to its name, taking you back to basics without losing its magic.

You won’t get much in the way of electricity or luxuries, but there is the option to perform yoga twice a day, get to know fellow guests and celebrate the end of a week with a special bonfire on the beach. One for the more spiritual tourists out there, or simply travelers who wish to get away from the world.

Encuentro Guadalupe

The Encuentro Guadalupe hotel is a boutique hotel that sits pleasantly within the mountains and vineyards of this part of the world. That means for the wine lovers out there, it is the perfect location to discover Mexican wine whilst admiring the stunning surroundings.

With 22 eco-loft style rooms to choose from, the real magic of this hotel is the private terraces where you can sit back with a glass of wine and look out at the stars. Whether you’re looking for that peaceful escape or a romantic getaway in boutique hotels in Mexico then you can’t go wrong with the Encuentro Guadalupe.

Hotel Azul

We love Mexican history and this 19th-century estate houses one of the most colorful, stylish boutique hotels in Oaxaca and Mexico. Despite its historical links, they have modernised it with local art and bright colors. One focal point is a courtyard containing a fountain and cactus, which is a talking point for everyone that arrives at the hotel.

For the art lovers out there, Hotel Azul has its very own art gallery and once you’re done admiring the pieces on display, head up to the terrace rooftop bar for a mezcal. If you’re planning to visit southern Mexico then add this hotel to your shortlist of boutique hotels in Mexico now.

Amuleto

Perched overlooking Bahía de Zihuatanejo, this boutique hotel is a combination of privacy, luxury and location that makes it one of the most romantic options in this part of Mexico. A small boutique hotel with only 6 suites, you will be away from the crowds and each suite has a range of features including infinity pools, terraces, charming decor and comfortable furniture.

Cuddle up with your loved one whilst watching the sunset over the ocean, enjoying a glass of wine or cocktail. Whilst one of the big selling points is its separation from the busy resorts nearby, you can easily explore the area before returning to your sanctuary in the clouds.

Verana

The most remote boutique hotel on our list of boutique hotels in Mexico, the Hotel Verana is located in the small village of Yelapa and the largest town nearby is Puerto Vallarta. From Puerto Vallarta, you take a 30-minute boat ride and then walk up a track to this idyllic hideaway. You’ll stop in your tracks at the breathtaking view of the Bay of Banderas and the coast of Mexico, with each of the 8 suites designed to take advantage of this location, spread around the jungle setting.

Each one is stacked with everything you could ask for but given the location, there is so much to do that they are best used as your base from which to explore. Take advantage of the stunning outdoor location to go whale-watching, hiking through the jungle or kayaking. For those wanting a rest, Verana has a relaxing spa offering a range of treatments.

Ryo Kan Mexico City

It may seem a little unusual and out of place but there has actually been a small unofficial Japanese enclave within Mexico City for many years and this is a fabulous boutique hotel to stay in. The Ryo Kan has 10-rooms so it is perfectly sized for relaxation and privacy, just what you need after a day exploring the bustling world of Mexico City.

The owners have delivered on the detail, with traditional white sliding doors, a zen garden, koi pond and personal robes to wear when taking advantage of the hotel’s baths. Don’t worry though, it has a smattering of Mexican design and features to remind you of the wonderful country you’re visiting. The service you receive at this boutique hotel really does compare with the top boutique hotels in Mexico.

Acre Baja

If you’re a food lover with a passion for local cuisine and ingredients, then the Acre Baja is the boutique hotel for you. It is situated near San José del Cabo, on a farm that has won awards for its food and even makes its own mezcal for you to sip in the sunshine. This hotel is all about using the materials around you, with treehouse suites created with materials nearby.

That doesn’t mean it lacks those comforts and luxuries we expect, such as minibars, robes and comfortable beds. There is a whole host of activities nearby including yoga classes, hiking or simply lounge by the pool if you prefer. If you’re a foodie, then staying at Acre Baja will be a holiday to remember.

Casa Las Tortugas

The island of Holbox has a range of gorgeous hotels to choose from but this boutique hotel is up there with the best. The Casa Las Tortugas is a collection of villas made in the palapa style, combining driftwood, hammocks, seashells and local artisan fabrics. You will have this feeling of staying in an organic, natural location that is one with the beautiful island around you.

They are big on making sure their guests have everything they need, with a small pool and direct access to the pristine beach. We love that they still offer you all the creature comforts a villa requires and even engage with the local community by hosting artists and events.

Azulik

The Azulik is located on a clifftop overlooking the Tulum coastline, with villas that look like pieces of artwork silhouetted by the moonlight. One of the most dramatic boutique hotels in Tulum, they promote the idea of getting away from the hectic world by removing technology from your stay, so don’t be searching for a wifi connection.

Even the dining experience is about connecting with nature, with a collection of nests around the trees making up the restaurant called Kin Toh. Its chef creates some experimental, stunning Mexican dishes that guests will absolutely love. Art is a big part of the Azulik ethos and it has workshops and artists in residence for those wanting to get involved. 

Casa Delphine

The Casa Delphine is located in San Miguel de Allende and it is definitely one of the gems to discover. Owned by a jewellery designer, all 5 of the suites have been crafted to exude luxury, taking advantage of local artists and tradesman. You will find homemade creative additions to each room, gorgeous fireplaces and a balcony to relax under the stars.

This boutique hotel feels secluded and yet spacious, with spaces for cooking classes from local experts. If you’re looking for somewhere to relax after a day exploring, whilst getting to know the local lifestyle then you won’t find a better place than the Casa Delphine.