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Hip Boutique Hotel 1850 in the Center of Guanajuato

Sometimes we review a hotel that seems better than it even needs to be. Hotel 1850 Boutique has the best location in Guanajuato, a historic UNESCO World Heritage Center, and if they had merely been an adequate luxury hotel I’m sure they would have still gotten lots of business. After all, the competition is not [...]

Rio Sagrado Belmond Hotel in Peru’s Sacred Valley

If you remember hearing about a hotel in Peru called Rio Sagrado but that “Belmond” part is a mystery, that’s because this Sacred Valley resort just got a slight name change. The famous Orient-Express company has rebranded itself and is going with Belmond. It’s really just a new logo on the letterhead. In Peru the [...]

Does Your Latin American Tour Include Interesting Hotels?

Because I write about tours and hotels a lot, friends or relatives will occasionally send a brochure or link and ask what I think of a tour they’re about to book. A lot of times the itinerary sounds fine, but the nights’ lodging spots seem like an afterthought. Instead of interesting hotels with a sense [...]

A Tour of Viceroy Zihuatanejo Resort in Mexico

Some luxury resorts top “best of” lists by being consistently great year after year. Now on its third name, Viceroy Zihuatanejo is one of those that keeps pleasing long-time guests no matter what logo is on the sign out front. Through serendipity or magazine assignments I get outside of Luxury Latin America, I sometimes end [...]

New Andaz Papagayo Resort in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

The Andaz brand from Hyatt is meant to be luxury with a playfulness, upscale but fun, well-equipped but laid-back. Their foray into Latin America is a good start, with the new Andaz Papagayo Peninsula Resort in northern Costa Rica getting high marks from our reviewer who was just there. The Papagayo Peninsula is an upscale [...]

A Tour of the Beaches of Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa

Last week I returned to Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa on the Pacific Coast of Mexico for the third time. I’m always glad to get back there. The views are stunning, the beaches nice, and the place never seems too crowded or congested. I brought my family along and we kicked it off right with a stay [...]