Five Boutique Hotels

When a smaller more intimate stay is required
BY: KT MORGAN

1- Casa Natalia

On a quaint cobblestone street in the art district of San Jose lies Casa Natalia. Voted one of the top 10 hotels in all of Mexico by Conde Nast Traveler readers, the Casa is made up of 19 nicely decorated rooms. The French-inspired Mi Cocina restaurant and oyster bar is co-owned by the chef.  What makes this hotel special is in the details, great beds, tasteful decor, cozy spaces and the attention of the staff. It is in downtown, we no access to the beach.

 

2- Guaycura Boutique Hotel

This classic brick building in the heart of Todos Santos looks like it was built back in the '30's but is in fact one of the newer buildings in this Pueblo Magico. The design is historic but is has a distinctly new and clean feel. From the hip roof top lounge, bar and pool to the colorful tiles, every detail brings a sense of comfort. Speaking of comfort the oversized beds and bedding are wonderful for a restful stay.  They have added an amazing sunset restaurant El Mirador a few miles away and a relaxing beach club called El Faro, also a few miles away, making this a three pronged boutique resort.

 

3- El Encanto Inn and Suites

This is another great option in the heart of the historic zone in San Jose Del Cabo. It was penned in 1998 by 5th generation Blanca Pedrin who grew up in the original house. The warmth of old Mexico will inspire you here. This classic Hacienda style home has courtyards, a restaurant, and even a chapel for weddings. They also have shops, and an art gallery, making this a favorite during the weekly Thursday Art Walk. Lush vegetation and local flowers combine with soft music and water fountains for a deep relaxing stay.

 

4- Rancho Pescadero

Looking for a relaxed vibe, on a quiet beach then consider this enclave in Pescadero. An hour north of Cabo San Lucas and just south of Todos Santos this 15 acre intimate  28 suites are right on the beach. A connection to solitude and nature makes this an ideal choice for those looking for the essence of Baja.  They have an impressive list of awards including Traveler Magazine Best in the World list 2015 and Trip Advisor Hall of Fame 2015. So relax, they have you covered or celebrate in style. Book the whole place and make it a memorable wedding or yoga retreat. The magic of the area is obvious. Of course the food is front and center and can be catered to various needs. However, all that said, it just closed for an 18 month rehab.

 

5- Hotel California Todos Santos

The storied history of this first hotel in Todos Santos needs its own article. This a short description of a classic wonderful hotel. Opened in 1947 at the peak of the sugar era, Mr. Wong ran it until the great drought. Later the hotel and town had become neglected and in 2001, a Canadian couple John and Debbie Stewart, purchased the hotel. After completing a masterful renovation, which would later win numerous awards for design and décor, the original 16 rooms were transformed into the eclectic 11 suite hotel it is today. The restaurant, La Coronela and bar were added and the area of the original gas station became the tienda Emporio, the hotel's boutique gallery/bazaar. Go stay there and ask for room 12. A recent lawsuit by the Eagles only adds to the mystery. Or rather exposes it, as the Eagles won their lawsuit that requires the owners to halt saying their song was about this hotel.

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