Hotel Guaycura sits in the town of Todos Santos, one of Mexico's so-called pueblos mágicos, or “magical towns.” One of the reasons for this designation can be seen right on-property at the hotel itself: the building it occupies dates back to the 19th century. Other period buildings in the town include a number of trapiches, or sugar mills; Todos Santos' early fortunes were made from the sweet commodity. Design details in the rooms also evoke an earlier era, with exposed wood beams in the ceiling, handcrafted headboards on the beds, and, in some rooms, vintage copper bathtubs. All rooms have free Internet, L'Occitane toiletries, and flat-screen televisions with DVD players.
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Todos Santos is a laid-back Baja beach town that combines colonial charm with natural beauty. Hippies, artists, and surfers are particularly attracted to Todos Santos, all citing the town's beautiful light and its magical energy as reasons to visit. The combination of desert, mountains, and ocean provides outdoor lovers with lots of options for activities, including aquatic sports, hiking, and horseback riding. The town also has art galleries and farm-to-table restaurants. For a bit more action, it's a 40-minute drive to Los Cabos, where the towns of San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas offer more of a party scene.
Need to Know
Rooms: 14 suites; from $158. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: El Jardin Restaurant is open every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; a bar and a rooftop lounge are also on-site. Spa and gym details: Hotel Guaycura has a spa that offers the usual range of massage treatments. A gym is available in a separate complex that is not on the same property.
Who it's for: Travelers who want the central location of a hotel in town. Our favorite rooms: Villa Guaycura is a stunning room, with floor-to-ceiling windows that give a panoramic view of the sea. It also has a full kitchen and a private plunge pool. Let there be light: Ground floor rooms tend to be dark, so ask for upper rooms, which give more light.