Guadalajara is the jewel of the Central Western Highlands and one of the most densely populated metropolitan areas in the entire country. This makes it a cosmopolitan hub, with a range of stunning historical architecture providing the backdrop to this diversity. Famed for excellent nightlife, stunning scenery just a stone’s throw from the city limits and great beach resorts, like Puerto Vallarta, nearby, staying in Guadalajara is a non-brainer. Check out our pick of the top 10 cultural hotels.
Ideally located in the Pink Zone of Guadalajara, a favorite among tourists, Villa Ganz Boutique Hotel places you in the center of the action of this vibrant city, as there are restaurants, bars, and art galleries located in close proximity. Known for being the first boutique in Guadalajara, Villa Ganz lives up to its reputation for continuing to be one of the best. Originally an old mansion house constructed in the ’30s, it has ten rooms each as delightful as the last. The charm of the place remains intact, and the ample communal spaces are beautifully decorated, modern with cozy touches. The rooms, each named to pay homage to famed Jalisco author Juan Rulfo, are equally as notable, homely and comfortable.
Another excellently located hotel is LA FE Hotel and Arts, which offers you a budget option for residence in the center of Guadalajara. A beautiful, engaging and inspiring place for travelers, LA FE offers great quality accommodation at low prices. Every piece of furniture in the hotel was designed and produced by local craftspeople. The rooms are minimal, light and airy, simple without being boring or outdated. If you’re looking to interact with the culture of the city, what better place to stay than somewhere that helps boost the local economy” As for exploring, the helpful staff are always on hand to give you the insider scoop.
This architecturally impressive hotel has a wealth of amenities for its clients to take advantage of, including an art gallery, aretesanías shop, and sky bar. Hotel Demetria really does have all you could need under one roof, and it does so with style. Rather than going down the typical route of redoing a colonial or mansion house, Demetria leans towards the ultra-modern, albeit with antiques dotted about the place; think glass walls, clean lines and striking design features, all positioned round a neutral color scheme of blacks and greys. It is also incredibly well reviewed to boot, having been featured in GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, and Travel and Leisure México.
Located in the nearby town of Tlaquepaque, famous throughout Mexico and worldwide for its striking clay artesanías, San Pietro Hotel Boutique is about a twenty minute taxi ride from the center of Guadalajara. But it’s worth the journey. Although, we like to think San Pietro’s location right in the center of this charming, colorful town is one of the best features; San Pietro gives easy access to all the notably cultural, intriguing historical attractions Tlaquepaque has to offer. Boasting a vanguard design in each of its ten rooms, some even come with their own attached patio. Despite falling well within the category of mid-range, price-wise, the feel is very high-end, with attentive service and a beautiful design. If you’re looking for a traditional Mexican B&B, this probably isn’t the place for you.
If you’re traveling on a budget and looking for the perfect traditional Mexican lodging experience, Casa Vilasanta is perfect for you. Excellently positioned between arguably the two most important areas of Guadalajara – the party avenue of Chapultepec, which boast great restaurants and bars, and the cultural, historic center of the city, replete with impressive architecture – Vilasanta is bright and welcoming. Make the most of the spacious central patio to hang out with other travelers and soak up the vibrancy of this casa. As if that weren’t enough, if you’re planning on staying long term, they have great monthly rates on offer too.
Quinta Don José suite | courtesy of Quinta Don José
Another Tlaquepaque option, Quinta Don José similarly positions you in the heart of the town, near all the bars, restaurants and tourist attractions you could wish for, and as well as being family-owned and -run, Quinta Don José is rated the best hotel in Tlaquepaque despite maintaining a solidly mid-range price. What more could you ask for” The staff are helpful at all times and will happily arrange for you to have on-site massages or spa treatments, or even tours of the surrounding areas. Their manicured grounds also display several works by talented local artists, making this a cultural haven in the sleepy town of Tlaquepaque. Don’t miss the chance to dine at their restaurant, TlaquePasta, either.
Casa Pedro Loza Petit Hotel is something special. Featuring eight guest rooms, three master suites and even a luxurious honeymoon suite, no two rooms are the same at this sumptuously decorated spot in the center of Guadalajara. Interior designer Diana Bon, while respecting the original layout and feel of the old mansion house in which Casa Pedro Loza is situated, has added tasteful contemporary touches which bring this boutique hotel right into the present day but without losing that which makes it special. In fact, her design work has made it only the more unique with some suites decorated in muted colors, and others absolute riots of color. It has to be seen to be believed.
Classy, sophisticated and luxurious is how we’d describe Square Small Luxury Hotel. The building itself is of a modern, minimalist style, and has 40 suites and rooms spread over five floors which combine the classic with the contemporary. The design touches are impeccable, and all the materials are of the highest quality; in fact, you might not even want to leave the beds given how comfortable they are. However, the service at Square Small Luxury Hotel has been described as the best feature; concierges are on hand to provide advice, make reservations and generally make your stay in Guadalajara the best it can be.
What better way to get in touch with the culture of a place than to stay in a local family’s home? Hostal de Pablo y Lucha offers just this opportunity, so you can save some money and really immerse yourself in what Mexico has to offer. The family themselves are incredibly friendly, welcoming you and really making you feel at home. However, don’t expect five-star amenities, or incredibly tranquil, peaceful surroundings – the rooms are clean and simple, but popular with young travelers and backpackers. Hostal de Pablo y Lucha is best considered a spot you can use as a base for your exploration of the city.
Casa Fayette is an impressive and recently new entry onto the Guadalajara hotel scene. From the outside, the look could be described as an old colonial villa, yet the décor is eclectic. Described by Casa Fayette themselves as retro, it’s an amalgamation of modern touches (floor to ceiling mirrored walls in the lobby, which pander to the vanity lurking in us all) and cozy, retro inspired decorations. The Casa Fayette terrace is absolutely amazing. Sleek clean lines surround this rooftop pool, which is ringed by plush sun loungers. Fresh and airy, with bold statement colors making obvious the attention to detail paid in Casa Fayette, the bedrooms are equally as impressive.