De Las Ratas 18, Centro, Valle de Bravo
A renown hotel brand in Valle de Bravo now offers a high-end luxury boutique hotel right in the heart of downtown
Valle de Bravo has long been a getaway for Mexico City socialites and moneyed elites. Just a few hours outside of the capital, its temperate climate, manmade lake, and charming cobblestone streets have now been upgraded by boutique shopping, gourmet restaurants, and co-working spaces. A long-time stalwart in the hotel scene is Rodavento, whose expansive Hotel Rodavento outside of town has been one of the top (and only) upscale hotels in Valle de Bravo for 15 years.
Their brand has recently expanded to include two in-town properties, Casa Rodavento and Rodavento Cinco. Casa Rodavento, the more intimate of the two, has just seven rooms, each with its own special extras. While conveniently located downtown, the house is set back on a small alley and once inside barely a car or city noise can be heard except for the peel of distant church bells.
The house originally belonged to the Rodavento owners and while major remodeling has been done to accommodate guests, the feel of a private weekend home is still palpable. Cozy and with touches of rustic hacienda, the rooms are modern but warm, with lots of black steel, warm wooden furniture, and white linens. The central patio has a small, circular swimming pool and a poolside seating area that doubles as a cocktail lounge, shaded from the bright central Mexico sun.
All rooms include Nepresso machines, sparkling and natural drinking water, large TVs, free Wi-fi, slippers, robes, hairdryers, the company's own bath products, and handmade soap.
Super fussy about smells, I didn't love the scents of the Rodavento shower products, but I love that they are in large, refillable bottles—what every luxury hotel should be moving to in this era of climate change and polluted oceans. And the handmade soaps by Binnak were something else altogether—delicious. (Everything is for sale if you want to take some products home). I also laud their choice of refillable, glass bottles for drinking water and the key system that guarantees your lights are out when you leave the room. I did have an attack of eco-guilt for filling up the massive egg-white tub for a soak, but it faded with the glory of the bath.
The hotel's restaurant is run by a young, enthusiastic chef serving Mexican cuisine with seasonal vegetables and local ingredients. I had the intoxicatingly fragrant truffle gnocchi and one of the hotel's signature craft beers made for them by a Mexico City brewery. Both were delicious. There is a concise yet interesting wine list and a menu with perhaps a dozen dishes that includes something for everyone—fish, lamb, pasta, steak and vegetarian options. The upstairs rooftop lounge area is a great place to catch the sunset and get a view from up above the city.
While there is no on-site spa, Casa provides transportation to Hotel Rodavento 20 minutes outside of town for treatments. If you'd rather stay in, they will arrange for a masseuse to come to Casa. The same goes for activities. Hotel Rodavento has a long list of kayaking, fishing, and trail riding activities, among other things, and Casa helps guests to arrange them and transports you. If you are looking for an activity that the sister hotel doesn't offer, the concierge at Casa Rodavento will arrange it for you with an outside provider.
While hotels like El Sanctuario, Hotel Rodavento and Mision Grande Valle de Bravo have long offered upscale accommodations outside of town, it's nice to see Valle de Bravo improving its high-end offerings downtown with Rodavento Cinco and Casa Rodavento. In addition, Casa Rodavento far surpasses its two sister hotels (and most other hotels in town) in terms of their restaurant's menu. The comfort and tranquility at this boutique hotel, plus the great food, make it a great place to hide out for a weekend. The bevy of nearby activities means that if you want to go, go, go, you can easily do that too.
Web Address: www.lacasarodavento.com
Total Number of Rooms: 7
Published rates: $175 – 475
Review and photos by Lydia Carey