5 Top Boutique Hotels in Guadalajara

5 Top Boutique Hotels in Guadalajara

Guadalajara has a range of boutique properties that reflect the city's upscale ambiance and cater to a varied clientele By: Mark Rogers
<p>Villa Ganz was converted from a 1930s mansion. // © 2017 Villa Ganz</p><p>Feature image (above): The Top Suite at Casa Fayette features a living...

Villa Ganz was converted from a 1930s mansion. // © 2017 Villa Ganz

Feature image (above): The Top Suite at Casa Fayette features a living room and a private terrace. // © 2017 Casa Fayette

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Guadalajara is one of Mexico's most sophisticated cities, reflected in its hotel options, which include boutique properties that can satisfy a range of clients, from businesspeople and culture-seekers to the LGBT market.

Following are five boutique hotels to recommend to clients exploring Mexico's second-largest city. Note: While some of these accommodations are located near Guadalajara's historic district - an area first-time visitors won't want to miss - others are farther away.

Casa Alebrijes
Guadalajara is one of the most gay-friendly cities in Mexico - it's even sometimes referred to as the "San Francisco of Mexico." Casa Alebrijes caters to LGBT travelers and is convenient to the city's main gay nightlife district, about a two-block walk away. Located in the city's historic center, the nine-room hotel, which includes two suites, was formerly a 19th-century home and features attractive rates, especially for the smaller rooms.

Clients can recharge and relax on the first-floor garden patio, which has a fountain decorated with small succulents. Additionally, Casa Alebrijes' owner is an enthusiastic host and can offer insider tips for gay travelers visiting the city.


Casa Fayette
During a recent visit to Guadalajara, I stayed at Casa Fayette, considered one of the hippest, most cutting-edge properties in the city. The 37-room hotel is a Grupo Habita property and a member of Design Hotels, and it was originally a 1940s art-deco mansion. Amenities include a restaurant, a rooftop spa, a pool and a cafe. If you have clients who prefer minimalist, modern design, then this is a good recommendation for them.

Another plus is Casa Fayette's location in the buzz-worthy Colonia Lafayette district, which has the ambiance of a residential neighborhood instead of a commercial area. Colonia Lafayette has great nightlife, art galleries, restaurants, boutiques and cafes.


Clarum 101
The nine-room Clarum 101 has a modern and contemporary veneer, as well as an emphasis on service, and it's a good choice for business travelers seeking a boutique property.

Chic amenities include a rooftop terrace bar and a stone garden, while practical features range from free continental breakfast to express check-in and checkout. Rooms include iPod docks, 32-inch LCD televisions with DVD players and bathrooms with rainfall showers. Clarum 101, located in Zapopan, also offers meetings services.


La Mansion del Sol
La Mansion del Sol, also located in Zapopan, is recommended for those looking for quiet colonial charm in a residential neighborhood with lots of trees and parks. However, it's not a good choice if clients are coming to Guadalajara to explore the historic center, since it's not within walking distance.

The 22-room hotel sports traditional colonial Mexican design while delivering all the standard comforts, including complimentary Wi-Fi access. The hotel's on-site Los Colibries Restaurant serves traditional Mexican fare, as well as international and American cuisine.


Villa Ganz
Villa Ganz, like Casa Fayette, is located in the ultra-hip Colonia Lafayette district and offers a luxury experience. Villa Ganz occupies a restored villa dating back to the 1930s. The 10-suite, two-story hotel names its guestrooms after characters associated with beloved Mexican writer Juan Rulfo, a native of the region.

Nice touches include Wi-Fi access throughout the property, a full-service business center, access to a gym one block away, continental breakfast and house wine and appetizers served each evening.


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