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Our back-to-back Mexican escapes are two great reasons to sleep around…at nice hotels, that is. Unlike our typical expeditions that straddle two weekends, we’ve split Mexico into two shorter trips – Mexico City Aztec Adventure and Magical Mérida Weekend – that make sublime escapes, but can also be combined for a longer and more immersive adventure.

If you’ve traveled with us before, you know we take accommodations seriously. Read on to see the LGBTQ-welcoming hotels where you could lay your head if you join us in Mexico.

Mexico City Aztec Adventure

Galeria Plaza Reforma, Mexico City

The raucous metropolis of Mexico City is an intoxicating blend of history, culture, madness, and cosmopolitan flare. We’ve found a slick urban property to call our home base, The Galeria Plaza Reforma, where you can rest well and wallow during downtime. It’s set on Paseo de Reforma, modelled after the grand boulevards of Europe. The relaxed vibe of the lobby areas offer wonderful respite. There’s a local restaurant, international buffet, and even 24/7 room service to sate whatever food cravings may hit you…any time of day. And if you want to work out, there’s even a fitness centre.

But our favourite part is the rooftop pool. Sip cocktails, or take a dip and soak in everything there is to love about this city. Don’t forget your swimsuit!

Soak up Mexico City from the rooftop pool. Perhaps the best part of this hotel.
The buffet, like the rest of the hotel, is decorated with warm wood tones and cozy tables.

Banyan Tree, Puebla

When you make a special trek to visit the largest pyramid in the world, you deserve an equally impressive place to rest. On our overnight field trip to Puebla, we’ll stay at the Banyan Tree Hotel (even the name is fun to say).

Revel in the thick stone walls, where suave rooms marry modern amenities with old world charm. Talavera – a type of tin-glazed pottery historically made throughout the state of Puebla – is featured prominently. Enjoy a meal in the restaurant where a farm to table menu captures local flavours. Or grab your sunscreen and head upstairs to the rooftop pool and tapas bar. There’s even a spa and fitness centre.

The rooms at Banyan Tree are so luxe it’s a shame we only stay for a night.
Ooh la la. Brush your teeth in old-world opulence.

Mérida Gay Weekend

Casa Lucia, Merida

While Mérida is quite close to the resort madness of Cancun, this old-world city delivers a completely different vacation experience. Our hotel is a Spanish Colonial building across from Santa Lucía Park. (famous in its own right for the Yucatecan Serenade, an open-air dance featuring live music, held weekly since 1965). The rooms are traditional, with weighty marble details grounding the bathrooms. There’s a an outdoor pool and bar where you can unwind and imbibe. Or take a saunter through the gardens with fountains. You can even treat yourself to a massage in the spa.

Grab a seat at one of the restaurant’s outdoor tables and dine al fresco.
Find a spot by the pool to take a snooze or a dip (ideally not at the same time).

Let us know if you’re tempted by either (or both) of our Mexico City Aztek Adventure or Mérida Gay Weekend trips.

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