This colonial Mexican city is the capital of Jalisco, a state best known for its blue agave and tequila production, as well as traditional Mariachi music. The annual Guadalajara International Film Festival and Guadalajara International Book Fair are both huge in the Americas, attracting many visitors. But this is also a fantastic place if you want to venture inland and discover real Mexican culture, shop for authentic artisan craft pieces (especially the Tlaquepaque neighbourhood), explore colourful street markets and tuck into incredible tacos. And of course, you must visit a local distillery to sample the national spirit.
Quinta Real Guadalajara
A pretty, pink stone, ivy-covered façade first greets guests staying at this all-suite hotel. A step inside reveals period furniture, fireplaces, exposed original walls, oversized arty pottery and grand pianos. Ideally located between the downtown and the airport in a residential area, its amenities include a deep blue pool with a water fountain and jacuzzi, lush gardens, a fitness suite with a beamed ceiling and a gourmet restaurant. Bedrooms are equipped with marble bathrooms, robes and slippers, a pillow menu and Salvatore Ferragamo bath products. The largest of Quinta Real’s suites has three bedrooms.
Casa Habita Guadalajara
Grupo Habita chose an early 20th-century mansion house in the trendy Lafayette district as the home for their latest launch back in 2015 – Casa Habita. Dimore Studio then worked its magic to create 37 art-forward suites. There are two distinct areas of the building, each with its own personality – the newer of the two houses the bedrooms and spa. On the rooftop are a swimming pool, bar, terrace and chill-out areas, plus there’s an indoor restaurant serving Mexican comfort food. Guests can borrow bicycles for free to explore Guadalajara sustainably while staying at Casa Habita.