boutique hotels Archive

A Welcome Guanajuato Addition: Casa del Rector

Built into the bones of a 19th-century rectory in the center of Guanajuato City, Casa del Rector Hotel is a well-designed luxury boutique hotel withing walking distance to everything in Centro. I’ve spent three years of my life living in Guanajuato, one of the most interesting colonial cities in Mexico. It’s a relatively big tourist […]

Hacienda San Angel: Beachside Romance

  We recently re-visited one of our favorite boutique hotels, Hacienda San Angel, on Mexico’s beautiful Pacific coast in Puerto Vallarta and it remains one of the best luxury options for travelers with an eye for colonial art and an ache for romance. The hotel is an iconic part of the town’s history. Puerta Vallarta, […]

Another Great Santiago Boutique Choice: Hotel Magnolia

The Chilean capital of Santiago seemed to take its time opening new luxury hotels with character, even as ones in other South American cities kept popping up with regularity. They’ve been making up for lost time the past few years though and the newest upscale boutique hotel is Hotel Magnolia. Like most of the interesting […]

Luciano K Boutique Hotel With History in Santiago

While there are a few big chain hotels in Santiago, Chile, many of the best options are small boutique hotels with attentive service and a story to tell. We recently added a new one to our reviews: Hotel Luciano K in the Barrio Lastarria neighborhood. It’s hard to believe now, but this seven-story building was […]

Casa Kimberly in Puerto Vallarta: From Lovers’ Houses to Boutique Hotel

The Mexican getaway city of Puerto Vallarta has a long history, but what really kicked things off for tourism was when Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor came to town to film Night of the Iguana. The two ended up in two adjacent houses connected by a bridge and now you can stay there—at Casa Kimberly […]

Checking Into the American Trade Hotel in Panama City

As the “crossroads of the Americas” and the “Miami of Central America,” bustling Panama City has plenty of great hotels these days. There weren’t any full-service luxury hotels outside the business district, however, until American Trade Hotel opened in Casco Viejo. Casco Viejo is the oldest surviving section of this city that served as the […]

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