Traveling with no itinerary, Guanajuato, Mexico

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Traveling with an itinerary is how most people like to adventure. We flew to Mexico with no plans and decided we would see where we landed. There is a magical feeling of the unknown when flying by the seat of your pants, which is how we ended up in Guanajuato, a desert-vibed town in the hills of Mexico. 

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Located in central Mexico, Guanajuato was founded in 1556 and possesses a rich mining history and an altitude of over 6000 feet above sea level. The town is filled with colonial architecture and rows and rows of colorful houses sprawling along the hillside. 

The town center, where we posted up, is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets, reminiscent of southern France.  Manicured plazas, centuries-old churches, and houses painted in vivid hues provide plenty of eye candy. We spent days wandering the streets, our first day with an extremely knowledgeable tour guide that provided an in-depth history lesson. 

When the sun goes down, the town's plazas come alive. The majority of restaurants have outdoor seating and provide the perfect opportunity to relax, eat, and people watch. The cool mountain air is filled with sounds of endless Mariachi bands that parade through the plazas with crowds of people singing and dancing behind them. 

After days spent exploring this walkable town, it was a pleasure to return to a calming atmosphere. Relaxing by the pool or on the terrace with dramatic views, the Edelmira hotel proved to be the perfect refuge. 

Visiting Guanajuato was spontaneous and magical, proving the best things do come in small packages. Landing in this small town tucked in the valley of the Central Mexican Plateau proved to be both a pleasant surprise and experience.  Can't wait to see where we land next. 

W Hotel Stay, Mexico City

I love being back in my favorite city, Mexico City, with all its different vibes and neighborhoods. The chic and trendy district of Polanco is where we decided to post up. Home to luxury shops and upscale hotels, Polanco is the luxe place to be in this city. The W hotel is located here and was a no brainer when choosing where to stay. Regardless of the city, The W never disappoints.  

W hotel Polanco Mexico City

W hotel Polanco Mexico City

W hotel Polanco Mexico City

The W offers chic contemporary rooms that make it hard to leave. The hotel is full of unique art pieces and exceptional service. Views of the expansive city left us in awe. Floor to ceiling windows gave way to beautiful morning light that blanketed the city. 

W hotel Polanco Mexico City

W hotel Polanco Mexico City

W hotel Polanco Mexico City

The hotel offers room service that includes tons of options, vegan as well. They delivered heavenly meals we enjoyed in our scenic room on the 23rd floor. 

The hotel location is ideal with easy walking access to a shopping area that mimics 5th ave in New York. From Louis Vuitton to Cartier and a host of other luxury brands, Polanco is where you can extravagantly shop till you drop.  

Also nearby Is Chapultepec, Mexico City’s version of Central Park, but two times larger. The park is 1600 acres of greenery, and inside we discovered lakes, a zoo, and the infamous Castle. The perfect way to spend an afternoon discovering nature in the middle of this bustling metropolis. 

Laying in bed, we watched the Mexican flag blow in the wind, the perfect way to wake up with gratitude for this incredible city and hotel. The staff went above and beyond to ensure our stay was a pampered one.  

We already have a love affair with this city, and the W solidified itself as our go-to for future visits. 

Wander & Lust - Our Historical Stay in Mexico City

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Having separately rendezvoused with Mexico City, we thought it seductive to experience this ciudad together. Our shared infatuation with this metropolis solidified it as our next stop. The city’s major must-sees and to-dos were checked off our lists from previous jaunts, leaving us to our own devices. This freedom presented the perfect opportunity to sink in and get to know this city we’re crushing on more intimately. The only planning that took place was where to lay our pretty little heads.

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From large luxury hotels to small artsy boutique stays, Mexico City offers up a multitude of options. Choosing where to stay is quite complicated, in a too many superb choices kind of way. We were craving something unique and historic, confident that Mexico City would serve up both on a silver platter.

Stumbling upon a manor built in the 1500s we knew we struck gold. Casa de la Luz, meaning house of the light, has an intense history along with impressive original architecture. Looking at photos online and reading about the exceptional service forced the booking, however, did no justice nor prepared us for what we were about to walk into.

historical architecture Mexico City

Upon our late night arrival, Abraham, an extremely knowledgeable and swift concierge, greeted us. After having luggage sent to our quarters a tour of the premises commenced, history lesson included. Our jaws dropped the entire way, if not throughout our entire stay.

We learned:

  • -The manor was built in the 1500s by Spanish conquistadors.
  • -The history ties back to Hernan Cortes known for conquering the Aztecs and     claiming Mexico for Spain.
  • -Was once a maternity hospital
  • -Pregnant women are considered to be of the light, hence the name Casa de la Luz.
  • -We had picked the perfect place to stay.

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Casa de la Luz sits in one of the most historical areas of Mexico City, El Centro. A neighborhood composed of 700 blocks of history, making it a UNESCO Heritage Site. Seven centuries of Mexican history hold a place within this historic center built over the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. Casa de la Luz itself is deemed a historical monument and protected by the nation, so here we are.

This manor represents 16th-century architecture built while Mexico was under Spanish rule. Paying attention to every nook and cranny of this magnificent space, our eyes spied exposed stone and brick walls, arched doorways, and intricately tiled floors and windowsills. Indoor courtyards, wrought iron lined stairways, and minimal mid-century furniture filled the space.

hotel stay Mexico City

Our stay was made complete by the attentive and welcoming staff that went above and beyond, defining excellent service. Mornings greeted us with a menu the chef created for our vegan taste buds. Fresh green juices, fruit plates sprinkled with granola, mushroom nopales quesadillas, and almond milk lattes got us fueled to head out and get lost in the city streets. Nights began in the foyer along with a private bartender and his table of tools resembling a science experiment. He gracefully whipped together an oxblood hued, mezcal infused cocktail. He topped it off with fresh rosemary, dried hibiscus, and a lime-y mixture of crickets and spices that lined the rim of the glass. An experiment that tasted like a dream and resulted in a mezcal induced daze that sent us floating off to our dinner reservation.

mezcal cocktail Mexico City

Not sure if it was the magic of all the mezcal, our stay at Casa de la Luz, this phenomenal city, or all of the above, but we got love drunk. This experience left us hungover in love, anticipating our return affair with this magical and historical place.

Con Amor,

H + C 💋

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