New hotels are popping up like daisies in Mexico’s wine country, so we’ve sorted through the long list of options to handpick some of the best, and most interesting places to stay. From luxury hotels and glampling to cosy B&Bs and even a trailer park, there are ample choices of accommodation in Guadalupe to suit every traveller and every budget.
$ = <US$100 per night
$$ = US$100 – 200 per night
$$$ = >US$200+ per night
On the wine route
Rancho El Parral
Rancho el Parral offers a peaceful home in the middle of the vineyards. You’ll awaken to the sound of birdsong and the smell of freshly cooked huevos rancheros and brewed coffee coming from the kitchen. The family at Rancho el Parral make all their own jams and preserves from the fruits in the garden, and their lavender patch is where all the homemade bathroom products derive from as well as aromatherapy oils for the bathroom and in the dry sauna. Across the garden is their boutique winery with a two story waterfall inside leading down to the underground cellar. Upstairs is the colourful new tasting room where you can try their latest releases.
Need to know: The four rooms are all within the house, which is located five minutes up a bumpy road in the middle of Guadalupe valley.
Ideal for: Couples and small groups looking for a country retreat close to the wineries.
Carretera El Tigre Km 4 www.ranchoelparral.com $$
Four handsome cabins take full advantage of the view over the valley with wall to wall windows cleverly positioned north and south facing to avoid any direct sunlight but fully enjoy the setting. This boutique family B&B offers an intimate and relaxed stay with private sun decks and a modern wooden architecture. The owner Adriana offers you a map and advice on arrival to help you plan out your journey in the valley, and there’s always someone on hand for recommendations. Each morning Adriana will whip you up a Mexican style breakfast with fresh juice and eggs from her rescue chickens who she homes in her animal sanctuary.
Need to know: Casa Mayoral is just off the main highway, a couple minutes up a bumpy path.
Ideal for: Couples who like to enjoy sunsets from their own patio terrace.
Carretera Tecate-Ensenada Km 88.6 www.casamayoral.com $$$
One of the first wine hotels in the region, Hotel Boutique started out as a family weekend home but has now grown into one of the most significant wine hotels in the region with 21 spacious rooms and a handful of luxury cabins on their way. With a lush garden and swimming pool in the centre of the property, the hotel has a picturesque settling in the middle of the vineyards with their horse stables nearby offering horse rides and equestrian experiences for guests and visitors. On site, there is a popular local restaurant, Fuego, where you can enjoy a sundowner on the roof terrace. Stay for dinner or let the helpful staff recommend other restaurants and wineries around the valley.
Need to know: The new private loft cabins will have a private pool and garden area. Breakfast includes fruit and cereal, warm dishes are ordered apart.
Ideal for: Horse-lovers and couples who prefer to amenities of a hotel and restaurant.
Camino de los Ranchos www.hoteldelvalledeguadalupe.com.mx $$$
This impressive coastal development is on its way to becoming the biggest real estate project in the wine region. With an immense estate behind the coastal hills, a large high-end hotel is planned for next year alongside several private homes. For now, you can stay in the attractive luxury tents that have comfortable King-sized beds, indoor fireplaces and an outdoor private sun deck and shower area. Leave your car at the check-in area and explore the large estate by foot, bike or golf buggy. Circular vineyards and native vegetation are spotted with beautiful shipwrecks taken from the Cortez Sea. Don’t miss out on the lookout point at the end of the estate or the sunset bar right on the sea line.
Need to know: Cuatro Cuatros is 12km from Guadalupe in the direction of Ensenada. Breakfast is not included, but there is a restaurant on site.
Ideal for: Honeymooners and romance-hunters who crave the luxury outdoor safari setting.
Tijuana-Ensenada Km. 89 www.cabanascuatrocuatros.com.mx $$$
One of the most iconic hotel offerings in the valley, Encuentro is the owner’s dream to create an architectural experience among the hillsides and nature of Guadalupe valley. Eco-lofts are dotted between the bolder-covered hillsides offering a close encounter with the landscape and wildlife in a luxury setting. If you splash out on the Eco-Villa you’ll be handed the keys to a beautiful two-bedroom loft with a full kitchen, living area, indoor fireplace and serious telescope; or the Master Suite with a jacuzzi overlooking the valley and a large granite rock as the handsome centrepiece of the suite – it is every geologist’s fantasy. All guests can take advantage of the scenic pool area with an infinity pool dropping off into the valley, a jacuzzi between the rocks, and a peaceful pool bar with light bites and chilled tunes playing all day. Further down the hill is the public restaurant and micro-winery which offer a taste of Encuentro for those who aren’t staying the night here. Hotel guests can get the restaurant menu brought to their room so they can enjoy the beautiful star gazing each night sat by one of the private chimineas.
Need to know: The lofts are located on steep hillsides and accessible only by foot or the hotel transport, called by walkie-talkie. Breakfast includes fruit and toast, warm dishes are ordered apart.
Ideal for: Architecture-lovers, honeymooners and couples looking for a luxury alternative experience.
Carretera Tecate- Ensenada Km. 75 www.grupoencuentro.com.mx $$$
Ruta de Arte y Vino Glamping (Airstream Park)
Cesar bought a couple vintage Airstream trailers for his children to enjoy a unique stay in the outdoors, but as his collection grew, he started offering them up as guest houses on Airbnb. Today the collection stands at eight and you can rest your head in one of them to spend an alternative night in the middle of Guadalupe valley. Each night Cesar stokes up a fire, and will pour you a cold beer or local wine from his makeshift bar where his friends occasionally DJ or play music. Each trailer has a different theme, from pop art to a barbie dreamworld, and if you prefer to stay outside you can bring your own tent too.
Need to know: There’s no wifi and guests share a shower room and toilet. There’s no breakfast or restaurant on-site but Cesar will serve you a coffee and you are practically next-door to one of the best breakfast spots in Guadalupe: Dona Estella.
Ideal for: Vintage trailer park enthusiasts and those looking for a fun, niche night out on a shoestring budget.
Carretera Tecate Km 13 Glamping Ruta Arte y Vino $
Tucked up in the hillsides of Guadalupe, Casa Encinares is a family weekend home that son Arturo transformed into a B&B with several chalets offering 8 rooms all nestled into the green hillside around a deep blue swimming pool and BBQ area. This rustic countryside stay is ideal for anyone that wants to get away from it all and enjoy the peace of the hills with no wifi and only the sound of the birds, or the gentle salsa playing from the kitchen. Arturo and his team cook up a delicious homemade breakfast each morning, and if you request in advance you can enjoy an authentic Mexican dinner with the family.
Need to know: There’s no wifi or phone signal, and you’ll need a hire car – it is 15 mins from the highway. If you are travelling in a group Arturo can tour you around the wineries in his minivan.
Ideal for: Nature-lovers, and large groups who want to enjoy each other’s company without distractions.
Carretera Tecate-Ensenada km 92. www.casaencinares.com $
Other recommended B&Bs:
Adobe: One of the first families to open their home up as a B&B, Adobe has four rooms set around the beautiful colonial-style house with an outdoor restaurant, food truck and boutique winery. $$$
Villa del Valle: Another pioneering home-stay B&B, this artsy villa is also home to a classy restaurant, food truck and beautiful winery housed in an overturned/upturned boat. $$$