|Endemico, Valle de Guadalupe|
The powers that be have kept development in the Valle de Guadalupe at a perpetual tease--when someone says this year's going to be big, as was the tone in 2010--one hotel opened up, and then the region gained two restaurants--that's frenetic activity in the ruta de vinícola
. It used to be there were two nice places to stay in the Valle de Guadalupe, and now there are five, and that's all that's happened in the last thirteen years I've been coming to Mexico's wine country. Wineries have sprouted up much faster than places to stay, and apart from the few upscale stays, there are a half dozen mid-priced options or so, and one inexpensive motel that has a heater you have to prime, and could double as the Bates Motel.
There was a buzz a couple of years ago that the Hotel Habita Group from D.F. was coming to the Valle de Guadalupe, and had big things in store for the region--Grupo Habita is a luxury brand of boutique hotels found in several major cities in Mexico, with one of their hotels located in Chelsea, New York, the Hôtel Americano. The Encuentro Guadalupe property was stalled for a year before finally opening in the spring of 2012, and in a very short time the Hotel Endémico eco-lofts have been featured in nearly every travel publication and design magazine for its natural, sustainable, and sleek architecture. But what's it really like? After a couple of famous stays I can say that this is the place to be for doing the Valle de Guadalupe in style while staying in touch with its weathered elegance.More »