Back in May we posted reviews of the three best hotels in Morelia, Mexico, but I’m just now getting around to linking to two of them from here on the blog.

Both of these are right by the main cathedral, as close as you can possibly get to the center of the city. The top choice in town (unless you want to see the city from a hilltop at Villa Montana), is Cantera Diez Boutique Hotel—lobby pictured at the top. This is an effective marriage of colonial architecture with contemporary style, usually a tough thing to pull off effectively. It’s a beautiful space though, with some of the best rooms in town, and a popular restaurant and bar. See the full review of Cantera Diez.

The other central hotel worth considering is Los Juaninos. Apart from the out-of-place glass elevator in the lobby, this is a colonial charmer apart from the roof. High beamed ceilings, heavy wooden doors, and original shutters that do a great job of keeping out the morning sun and noise. Some look directly at the cathedral, all lit up at night.

The top floor is all about the here and now though, with a striking contemporary design for the bar and restaurant, but with the best view in town, especially when there are fireworks over the church and plaza. See our complete review of Los Juaninos.

Not many foreign tourists get to Morelia, but it’s one of my favorite inland destinations in Mexico. In any other Latin American country this colonial city would be their main attraction, splashed on every tourism brochure. Here, it’s just another fantastic destination in a country filled with them.