Beautifully designed things naturally catch our eye. That's why the unique architecture of these top-rated Readers' Choice Award hotels deserve all the attention we're about to give them.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (left)
"There can't be another property in the world like this hotel," a mixture of sixteenth-to-eighteenth-century Spanish colonial buildings with "gorgeously upscale" individually decorated rooms dispersed throughout six casonas (or mansions) half a block from the town square. Many have stucco walls, curved ceilings, tile baths, polished copper sinks, and private patios—"a great place to enjoy wine by the fireplace." Andanza serves European cuisine with regional influences, while Casa del Parque's menu is heavy on Mexican specialties. Sazón, the cooking school and boutique, teaches "fun courses on Mexican cuisine." Laja Spa uses a rose-blossom exfoliant during its facial, and "the sculpture garden and pool are amazing."
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