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Best Overall: Quinta Real Guadalajara – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Guest rooms and suites have a rich antique flair, with thick patterned carpets, plush furnishings, and marble-lined bathrooms."
Best for Families: Hotel Balneario San Juan Cosalá – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"At the on-site water park, kids can play in several swimming pools with twisting water slides, a lazy river, and splash pools."
"This four-story building is built around an open central courtyard, covered with tiles and a three-tiered stone fountain centerpiece."
Best Traditional Boutique: Villa Ganz Boutique Hotel – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"An indoor patio filled with flowers and plants, natural light, and a fountain is a great place to lounge away the afternoon."
Best Local Character: La Villa del Ensueno Boutique Hotel – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The brightly-hued tile patterns on the walls and sinks of the bathrooms make the ambiance feel authentically Mexican."
Best for Singles: Hard Rock Hotel Guadalajara – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The social focal point of the hotel is the rooftop lounge and infinity pool, exclusive to hotel guests and featuring unbeatable views."
"Unwind with a variety of massages, from specialist deep tissue, sports therapy, holistic, and pre-natal treatments."
Best for Romance: Quinta Don Jose Boutique Hotel – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Although there are a variety of rooms, the Poolside Master suite offers the best experience for two, with its granite spa tub and a King bed."
Best Modern Boutique: Hotel Demetria – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Furnishings are a blend of classic and modern styles, with free-standing stone bathtubs, hand-carved armchairs, and velvet sofas."
Best Overall: Quinta Real Guadalajara
Comprised of brick and stonework buildings set amid immaculate gardens and courtyards, the Quinta Real Guadalajara is a five-star property that captures both the historic and contemporary character of Guadalajara, a city where one can soak in traditional murals and rich urban sites.
Guest rooms and suites have a rich antique flair, with thick patterned carpets, plush furnishings and marble-lined bathrooms. The gardens are filled with palms, lawns with statuary, and lush ivy climbing over the hotel façade. Framed by aged stone archways and with an ornamental fountain set in the middle, the pool is a great place for photos.
Hotel facilities include a spa and wellness center with a Jacuzzi, where guests can get massages or work out in the fitness room. In addition to a restaurant and bar, the hotel has 24-hour room delivery and services including laundry, limousine transfers, and concierge assistance.
Best for Families: Hotel Balneario San Juan Cosalá
With open waters surrounded by forest-clad mountains, families staying at the Hotel Balneario can trade the busy city landscape for the natural setting of Lago de Chapala, Mexico’s largest lake.
Located just an hour from Guadalajara, the property has amenities for both adults and children. At the on-site water park, kids can play in several swimming pools with twisting water slides, a lazy river, and splash pools, while parents can relax in the thermal hot springs full of dissolved minerals with therapeutic properties. The highly recommended six-pool circuit will bathe guests with vinegar, salts, coffee, and soy milk before finishing with a mud wrap. There is also a Jacuzzi tub and a temazcal steam room.
Elsewhere around the grounds there are grassy areas with sun loungers, barbecue facilities, and lake views. The 36 guest rooms are basic, but comfortable. During their stay, guests can enjoy local cuisine like tortas and pozole. Be sure to grab hand-mixed margaritas provided by the casual Coco Bar.
Best Location: Hotel Morales Historical & Colonial Downtown Core
Located in the heart of downtown Guadalajara, the Hotel Morales Historical & Colonial Downtown Core dates back to 1888 and offers visitors a perfect base for exploring the sights, shopping, dining scene and nightlife that this city has to offer. This four-story building is built around an open central courtyard, covered with tiles and a three-tiered stone fountain centerpiece. The building rises up in a series of columned stone archways and walls painted in a warm, muted yellow, with walkways lined by ornate cast-iron railings.
Guest rooms, although more modern than other areas of the hotel, are cute and comfortable. There is a small heated pool, set in an outdoor courtyard covered with checkerboard tiles, a spa that offers massage services, and a workout room with weights and aerobic equipment. The hotel restaurant offers delicious local dishes and the bar provides entertainment with a pool and foosball table, board games, and a small library/book exchange.
Best Traditional Boutique: Villa Ganz Boutique Hotel
As a lovingly preserved mansion dating back to the 1930s, the Villa Ganz Boutique Hotel is notable for its way of blending cozy hominess and elegance. The marble staircase and columns of the lobby give a stunning first impression of the property, and each of the guest rooms has individual décor of antique furnishings and oil paintings, adding to the historical flair.
Most suites have bathrooms with two-person bathtubs and showers, while the penthouse suite offers a deep Jacuzzi tub. There are also plenty of common areas for relaxing in, from living rooms with couches and artworks to a salon with crystal lamps, iron candelabras, and fully-stocked bookshelves. An indoor patio filled with flowers and plants, natural light, and a fountain is a great place to lounge away the afternoon, and a terrace with red clay floors and adobe walls has views into the courtyard gardens. The dining room is where guests go for buffet breakfast in the mornings and drinks from its bar in the evenings.
Best Local Character: La Villa del Ensueno Boutique Hotel
A well-preserved complex of colonial buildings separated by courtyards and ancient tiered fountains, the La Villa del Ensueno Boutique Hotel is a delightful place to base oneself in the city. The soft yellows, oranges, and creams of the guest rooms create a warm and welcoming vibe, and the antique hardwood furnishings offer a bit of sophistication. The brightly-hued tile patterns on the walls and sinks of the bathrooms make the ambiance feel authentically Mexican.
In the courtyards, painted in cheerful golds and sky blues, guests can find deck loungers and a small pool, or soak in the Jacuzzi which is set in a plant-filled courtyard. The property also offers the convenience of 24/7 reception and a bellboy service to help out with luggage. There is also a daily breakfast service and coffee bar in the dining room. And during their stay, guests can browse through paintings, vases, and other artworks for sale in the small art gallery.
Best for Singles: Hard Rock Hotel Guadalajara
A flashy new addition to the local hotel scene, the Hard Rock Hotel Guadalajara lives up to the brand’s lavish rock 'n' roll reputation. The social focal point of the hotel is the rooftop lounge and infinity pool, exclusive to hotel guests and featuring unbeatable 360-degree panoramas of the surrounding city. The bar serves light bites such as sushi, pizza, and salads and pours an impressive selection of mezcals, cognacs and whiskeys.
For more substantial food, the Sessions restaurants serve a solid selection of contemporary American and international dishes. But when the rooftop closes, guests gather in the lobby bar to continue the evening into the small hours of morning.
After a long night, guests can refresh with a massage or cleansing treatment at the spa where they can choose from a full range of wraps, detoxes, facials, and even sound vibration therapies. Rooms are spacious, airy, and have a cool retro vibe thanks to the reds and purples of the carpets and velvet couches.
Best Spa: Hilton Guadalajara
Among the luxury hotel scene of the city, the Gaia Spa at the Hilton Guadalajara stands out for its range of revitalizing treatments. Guests can unwind with a variety of massages, from specialist deep tissue, sports therapy, holistic, and pre-natal treatments, to more relaxing options that use rain drops, warm herbal bags and hot stones. Guests can choose ingredients such as chocolate, red wine, clay, and coffee for exfoliating body scrubs and masks. Beauty services like waxing, hair styling, manicures, and pedicures are also offered. The spa offers changing rooms and a steam room to allow guests to prepare for their treatments.
Another reason to stay at this hotel is the beautiful rooftop terrace featuring a pool and padded sun loungers and where guests can sip on cocktails while taking in sunset views of the surrounding skyline. For the best room views, suites come with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows for uninterrupted city vistas.
Best for Romance: Quinta Don Jose Boutique Hotel
Small and secluded, the Quinta Don Jose Boutique Hotel offers a tranquil refuge from the crowded streets of downtown and is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a slower pace of life. Although there are a variety of rooms, the Poolside Master suite offers the best experience for two, equipped with a granite spa tub and a King bed with a luxury gel mattress topper. For small groups, the Poolside Loft has two king beds and a Jacuzzi tub. These rooms also offer excellent access to the grounds, which has a graceful pool, lawns, carved stone fountains, and ornamental trees strung with pretty lights.
The highly-acclaimed restaurant serves home-cooked Mexican and Italian cuisine and serves as a festive place for live music every evening. Guests can also enjoy a specialist tequila bar with dozens of bottles of Mexico’s most famous spirit.
Best Modern Boutique: Hotel Demetria
Constructed in a dramatic style from glass, hardwood, and dark stone tiles, Hotel Demetria stands apart from the crowd for its breathtaking modern design. With stunning views overlooking the surrounding area, the hotel has eight different types of rooms and suites that offer a range of luxury experiences—from couples’ rooms with a private spa tub to suites with spiral staircases and wall-to-wall views. Furnishings are a blend of classic and modern styles, with free-standing stone bathtubs, hand-carved armchairs, four-poster beds, and velvet couches.
By far the best part of the property is the rooftop pool terrace, where a floating series of steps leads down to a scenic sun deck made from polished timbers, lined with plush day beds and a square-shaped pool cut into the center. A nearby dining room serves a buffet breakfast in the mornings before converting to an à la carte restaurant and bar.