There are some corners of Mexico that seem to stay perpetually out of the spotlight, even though they have a lot going for them, like the fortress city of Campeche on the Yucatan Peninsula.
If you do head there at some point, you’ve got three fine hotels to choose from. We just updated our review of one of them and reviewed another for the first time, so check out these options for your visit. There aren’t a whole lot of air connections to Campeche from the U.S. and Canada, but you can get an internal flight from lots of other places in Mexico, including the capital and Cancun. You can also get a very comfortable two-hour bus ride from Merida, or if you rent a car you can stop at ruins along the way or take a detour up to the flamingo reserve Celestun.
After your trip, grab a sundowner tequila cocktail, a good dinner, and sleep well in one of these luxury Campeche hotels.
Casa Don Gustavo Boutique Hotel
The latest Campeche property we’ve reviewed at Luxury Latin America is Casa Don Gustavo Hotel. With just 10 rooms, it’s an intimate choice for small hotel lovers looking for that colonial history feel.
All the rooms are suites decorated with period furniture, art, and pastel-colored walls. A private dining room is also appointed with antiques. There’s a small outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi on site, plus spa service and room service on request.
Located on pedestrian-only 59th Street inside the fortification walls that kept out pirates, Don Gustavo is in the heart of the action.
Hacienda Puerta Campeche Hotel
It had been close to a decade since we had set foot in Hacienda Puerta Campeche Hotel and although the bones of it are the same, there have been some tech updates and room refreshes since then. There’s also been a logo change: this was part of the Starwood Luxury Collection that some other hacienda hotels in the Yucatan Peninsula were part of. (Plus the newer Solaz Los Cabos.) Since Marriott swallowed up Starwood, you can now earn or use Marriott points here as well.
Don’t think “hacienda” means you’re way out in farm country though.
The hotel is right inside the ancient walls and ramparts of the city, near a small pirate museum. The buildings on the property were once the home of the wealthy 19th century merchant Don Eligio Guerrero Quero and his wife; the former sold luxury products and wines from Europe. He later expanded his business to include food and henequen (also called sisal and used for ropes and matting), and his was the first soap making business in Campeche.
This is a romantic property for couples, with hammocks hanging over a swimming pool partially inside one of the historic structures. There’s an al fresco restaurant with Yucatecan specialties for a real sense of place. The 15 luxurious rooms in the original hacienda have high ceilings and a strong historic connection, but are set up with all the modern amenities you would expect.
Hacienda Uayamon Hotel
If you are looking for a remote countryside experience outside the bustling city, then book a stay at Hacienda Uayamon, which is a half hour outside of Campeche in an area that was once part of a giant farm.
To give an idea of its former grandeur, the property had its own hospital for workers and this building now houses the hotels’ 12 guest rooms and suites.
The spacious bathrooms have glass doors which open onto a private outdoor whirlpool tub. The décor is formal and sophisticated, with period–piece furniture and dark woods. Each suite also has an outdoor lounge area, cushioned and canopied, creating the perfect place for an afternoon siesta, coffee in the morning, reading, or simply listening to the sounds coming from the vibrant Mexican jungle.
The former chapel has no roof but is used for evocative and unique weddings. The former machine room building houses some of the old machinery that has gone to ruin, which the other side of it houses the swimming pool. Other than lounging by the pool and eating at the restaurant, the main things to do here are walk the property and visit the nearby Mayan ruins of Edzna. If you go at the right time you might have them all to yourself.