Mexico City is on the rise. As a trending global travel destination, now is the time to explore its cultural heritage, culinary prowess and ancient history. But what if you don’t want to rough it? What if you’d prefer a homely vibe alongside adventure?
One suggestion would be to expand from your typical hotel or hostel to find a holiday home that offers both local character and creature comforts. Even in the most exotic destinations.
To help you find your dream home away from home, Booking.com dug into its own internal data. First, the data experts divided recommendations by Booking.com customers into three travel topics; culture, history and cuisine. Then, having whittled down the hotspots, a property recommendation in each destination was added.
Instantly recognizable as the home of the eponymous spirit, Tequila is a firm tourist favourite for that reason. Museums are dedicated to its tradition of distilling the blue agave plant, which has been produced since the 16th century, and tours of distilleries are very popular.
If you want a homely feel while on holiday, these cosy cabins provide just that. Little details like pots of flowers on the wooden porches, printed curtains and embroidered quilts summon up Little House on the Prairie-esque idyllic images. Hard to believe you’re in Mexico but step outside the property and you’ll realize you’re well-placed to explore Tequila’s culinary and cultural offering.
As the capital of the Yucatán Peninsula, Mérida has long been the manifestation of the region’s vibrant culture. It’s an especially attractive city, see its main plaza bordered by important-looking churches and fancy mansions. And it’s home to Yucatán’s best museums and galleries, documenting the area's history from the Mayans to the Spanish conquest through to the present day. Sampling the spicy flavours in the cheap, local eateries is a must. As is visiting the markets and bustling downtown district.
Considering its central location in a popular Mérida neighbourhood, Casa La Hacienda is an impressively spacious and serene holiday home. It feels contemporary but with a strong Mexican theme - patterned tiles, distressed, auburn-coloured walls and worn wooden shutters feature alongside avant-garde furniture and lighting. The courtyard garden is a mini tropical oasis shaded by palms and ferns, with royal blue walls and a stunning stone plunge pool.
Mexico City is a history-lover’s treasure trove. Just northeast of the city you’ll find the ancient Teotihuacán temple complex of imposing pyramids laid out on detailed and fascinating geometric and symbolic principles. One of Mexico’s most photographed sites, walking down its Avenue of the Dead and gazing up at the Pyramid of the Moon feels humbling for revealing the power of the Teotihuacán civilization. Then there’s Mexico City itself. A fast-paced and colourful place, it has numerous historical attractions, including the mesmerising house of Mexican artist and feminist icon, Frida Kahlo. Admire its peaceful parks, colonial remnants and murals around every corner.
This boutique B&B sits deep in the Coyoacán district, culturally significant for its bohemian and fiercely independent attitude. A number of restaurants and cafés can be found around the neighbourhood’s main square and the park Jardin Centenario is an enchanting place to wander and contemplate the legacy of locals Leon Trotsky, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Back at the B&B, the rooms are of an elegant aesthetic. Each piece of concept furniture seems worthy of a place in a gallery but you won’t forget you’re in Mexico thanks to old regional maps on the wall and the odd rustic clay-coloured chair.
- The data experts looked at recommendations for cuisine, culture and history. Destinations included had to have over 50 recommendations.