1850 Hotel Guanajuato Mexico

1850 Hotel Guanajuato is located in the centre of this charming colonial city that was declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site.  The city, located at an elevation of 2000 meters, has played a key role in the Spanish colonization of Mexico and in the independence movement afterwards.  In the 18th century, it was the world’s […]

La Purificadora Boutique Hotel in Puebla, Mexico

La Purificadora Boutique Hotel is the new incarnation of a late 19th-century factory long used to purify water for the production of ice. The old building was renovated by the renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta. The hotel is located in the historic center of Puebla, a colonial UNESCO world heritage town on the road between Mexico City and Oaxaca […]

Hotel Eco Paraiso: secluded nature retreat near Merida, Mexico

If you are looking for tranquility in a natural environment but still want a beach holiday, check out Hotel Eco Paraiso set on an isolated beach in a national park (the Celestun Biosphere Reserve) only 1 hour from Merida (Mexico). The hotel prides itself on the pristine beauty of its surroundings (secluded beach, protected national […]

Casa de los Azulejos in Mexico City: delicious Mexican food in an historic mansion

The Casa de los Azulejos in Mexico City looks impressive from the outside with its entire façade covered in blue and white tiles, but inside, it’s a dream. A colonial mansion built in the late 1500s, it is now the home of Sanborn’s, a popular restaurant that serves traditional Mexican cuisine. The best place to […]

Pampano Restaurant in Mexico City: seafood in elegant surroundings

Mexico City is completely underrated. I don’t understand why more people from the US spend long weekends there. Great museums and art, historical monuments and pyramids, lovely parks and fantastic restaurants. On my visit to Mexico City last month, I went to a wonderful seafood restaurant called Pampano (it’s the name of a fish) in […]

Mapplr’s favorite hotels in Mexico City

Since I recently posted my favorite restaurants in Mexico City, I thought I’d add my favorite boutique hotels. One of the challenges I’ve faced when traveling is finding a boutique hotel (or B&B), preferably not part of a chain, but not outrageously priced either. The selection I’ve made here, although small, should get you started. […]

San Francisco chef shares his favorites in California and Mexico

I decided to take a break from my usual habit of listing favorite places around the world to interview Gabriel Amaya, a good friend of mine who is the chef-owner of Olea, a restaurant in San Francisco that serves fresh, locally sourced organic food cooked Mediterranean-style. I met Gabo several years ago after stumbling upon […]