Our Favorite Hotel
After he conquered Mexico, Cortés retired to Cuernavaca. Forget trying the first, consider the second.
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There is a saying in Mexico that you never know what hides behind the walls. The blank faces of the high walls surrounding the elegant hotel-restaurant Las Mañanitas in Cuernavaca give no hint of the oasis on the other side, like this interior patio. With only fifteen rooms/suites, Las Mañanitas is an intimate, people-sized place. Our favorite experience here is the first meal of the day, served with the special care in keeping with the hotel’s name, which means “little mornings.” You can take breakfast by the pond with the flamingos or in the individual gardens nestled into one of the five patio suites. Before dinner, enjoy a cocktail in the salon, with its massive wooden armchairs and sofas. For evening meals a semi-outdoor dining room looks out over the large tropical garden where the hotel’s menagerie of cockatoos, peacocks, monkeys, and other unlikely pets gather. With its handmade Mexican tiles and furniture throughout and its gracious service, Las Mañanitas is the next best thing to visiting a hacienda of prerevolutionary Mexico. Once you step inside its walls, you may never come out into the world again.