I recently got the chance to tour around the historic center of colonial Mexico, in some of the oldest Spanish settlements in the Americas. This was also the region where Mexicans started their independence movement, plus it was the center of the silver mining that fed the crown, so all kind of tangles and turns over the centuries.

I’ve been looking forward to seeing the Quinta Real Zacatecas for quite a while. This is a truly unique hotel in a great city. It’s built around a former bullring, with the bar in the area where the bulls and matadors used to enter and a restaurant overlooking the whole ring. See our full review of the Quinta Real Zacatecas.

I also got to spend some time at the Quinta Real Aguascalientes. This is not a city that attracts many tourists, but it’s a big business center and it does have a few interesting museeums in town, including the Museo de los Muertos (Museum of the Dead).

See our review of the Quinta Real Aguascalientes.

The Quinta Real chain is a domestic Mexican one that delivers consistently high quality. It’s usually a safe bet that if they have an outlet in a location, it’ll be the best hotel in town.