Cuernavaca Travel Guide
Mexico seems to land more hotels each year on those "best of" lists published by the luxury travel magazines. Clocking in with a score of 87.5 on Travel & Leisure's 500 List is Las Mañanitas in Cuernavaca.
Built in 1955 as a private home, the estate has expanded many times over the years and it is now made up of 32 rooms and suites. (Plus gardens with resident peacocks, as pictured here.) It still retains the feel of an intimate residence, especially if you're booked in a casita with a private pool. Attentive service and fine cuisine have made it a part of the Relais and Chateaux collective since the early 90s.
This is one of those hotels that's memorable enough to make upscale tourists journey an hour south of Mexico City just to stay here. T&L calls it "an oasis of tranquillity, accented by renowned art and formal gardens." Cuernavaca is an attractive colonial city of 350,000, but its main claim to fame for gringos is that it's a major center for immersion courses in Spanish.
Rates at Las Mañanitas are $215 to $482 per night, plus the usual "stick it to the rich man" Mexican taxes of 22.5 percent.
[flickr photo by james]
We kid of course. We bet these men just decided to take a dip in the pool at the La Villa Hidalgo in Mexico City and ended up doing a little routine totally unplanned.
Perhaps they were overjoyed at the warmth of the water as the caption below this Flickr shot states:
You will find that the pool is always heated to a comfortable 88 degrees. Enjoy the sun and a bit of fun in the pool.
Actually if you check out the hotel's entire photostream photostream on Flickr, all the pictures are captioned with hotel advertisements. And we thought it was just fake hotel blogs we had to look out for.
Funny...why do all these pictures have men in them? Ohhhh....