Villa Maria Cristina Guanajuato

I’m visiting hotels in the colonial heartland of Mexico this week and just spent a couple nights at Villa Maria Cristina, which has been the finest hotel in town since its opening near the end of ’06. (It nudges out its neighbor a few blocks away, Quinta Las Acacias, which I’ll also be reviewing for Luxury Latin America’s listings.)

Villa Maria Cristina is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels organization and hits all the right notes in terms of architectural integrity and attention to detail in the rooms. Linking together old and new construction on the prestigious Paseo de la Prensa street, it blends together in a series of patios, stairs and railings. (Lots of stairs, which is Guanajuato in general; if you’ve got a bum knee, say so when making reservations so they’ll put you near the one elevator.)

There’s a lot packed into the space, including a spa with an indoor pool and hot tub, a patio with Jacuzzi that faces a mountain, and a good upscale restaurant with a pocket bar featuring fine tequila. Spacious rooms have all that you would expect, like high-end mattresses and linens, but also Bang & Olufsen phones and satellite TV with far more English channels than usual. Plus something so rare in a luxury hotel that I was shocked to find it: free WiFi!

Watch for the review in a week or two in the Mexico listings, but if you’re heading to Guanajuato soon, book a room, junior suite, or master suite through this direct link at Small Luxury Hotels. Published rates are $180 to $390 including taxes and continental breakfast.

UPDATEReview of Villa Maria Cristina is now posted.