Hotel Solar de las Ánimas

Tequila, Colonial Highlands, Mexico

At a Glance

  • A unique way to experience a key part of Mexico's heritage in the colonial Highlands

  • Recent addition to the Relais & Chateaux group

  • Luxurious and intimate colonial boutique hotel owned by the Jose Cuervo Tequila family

  • Excellent any time of year with consistent weather and year-long harvesting

  • A 1-hour transfer from local Don Miguel Airport or travel in on the Jose Cuervo Express train

  • Combine with Mexico City, the colonial town of Guanajuato and the Pacific Coast for a Mexican road trip

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The Colonial Highlands are blessed with a spring-like climate year-round so there is no bad time to travel to Tequila. The average day is brisk in the morning, warm and sunny in the afternoon and cool at night. Winter days are warm (15-20 C), although you may require a sweater after the sun goes down. April and May tend to be hot and dry. In the summer temperatures can rise to around 35 C. Expect some brief afternoon showers 3 or 4 times a week from June to mid-October.

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Insider's View

Arrive on a Saturday and journey into Tequila aboard the Jose Cuervo Express and acquaint yourself with the local tequilas before you've even arrived!

For history buffs, you'll find Guachimontones pyramids nearby, discovered only in the 1960s this archaeological sight is derived from Inca times and is well worth a visit.

For a really unique experience, visit the Reserva de la Familia Cellar and blend your own tequila with the Maestro, they will then personalize and brand the bottle - this is something truly unique to display in the drinks cabinet at home!

Cool off in the rooftop pool in the late afternoon and enjoy a beautiful sunset over Tequila's main square

For a fun way to enjoy your Tequila, order 'una bandera' at the bar and find yourself drinking the Mexican flag in a delicious combination of tomato juice, lime and white tequila.

Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation to Hotel Solar de las Ánimas or take a look at our itineraries to Colonial Highlands

Description

Hotel Solar de las Ánimas, located in the heart of Tequila, is a stunning colonial boutique hotel owned by the Mexican Jose Cuervo family, surrounded by UNESCO-heritage Agave fields and featuring the largest private tequila cellar in Latin America.

Hotel Solar de las Ánimas is a luxury colonial boutique hotel with views of Tequila Volcano and the colonial town square, featuring ninety-three guest rooms, a fantastic sky lounge, a rooftop pool and beautiful courtyard pool. Owned by the Tequila Espiritu de Mexico and the Cuervo family, the hotel boasts the largest cellar for tequila tastings in the whole of Latin America and the family distillery is located just across the main plaza. On a Saturday, guests can arrive via the Jose Cuervo Express train, a stunning two-hour journey winding through the Agave fields from Guadalajara to Tequila, framed by the dramatic scenery of the Sierra Madre mountains.

The town is a 'pueblo mágico', a place where Mexican folklore is very much alive and visitors can experience the best of the authentic Mexican highlands. Surrounded by UNESCO-protected agave fields, it is the place to learn about the harvesting process first-hand and the production of premium tequilas. At Solar de las Ánimas, the Tequila Maestro welcomes guests for tequila tastings, and for tequila connoisseurs, we recommend spending time in the owner's private cellar, blending and creating a personalized tequila bottle to take home.

Aside from the Jose Cuervo Express, the Agave fields can be explored on horse back, by mountain bike or on foot. For breathtaking views, take a morning hot air balloon flight to take it all in from the air and enjoy a picnic breakfast among the Agave fields. For golfers, enjoy the views from the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus course located just twenty-minutes away.

At the hotel, indulge in spa treatments at The Spa, unwind by the pool or enjoy sundowners on the roof terrace at The Sky Bar. Dining can be enjoyed in the Restaurant or al fresco with views of the eighteenth century church of Santiago Apostol or the knowledgeable concierge will be able to reserve tables ahead at Tequila's best restaurants.

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Accommodation

The hotel offers 93 guest rooms featuring sumptuous beds with Egyptian cotton bed linen and luxurious bathrooms with ceramic and marble decor. The Superior Rooms feature king or twin beds, the Deluxe Rooms feature two queen beds and large picture windows and the Master King Rooms offer unparalleled views of the agave landscapes and the Sierra Madre and include a bar and wine cabinet. Deluxe Rooms also come with a private terrace.

Childcare

There are no age restrictions at Solar de las Animas and experiences can be tailored so they are child-friendly, using alcohol free cocktails for example. Rollaway beds can be added in all room categories and the Superior Rooms to Master Suites can interconnect. The Sky Lounge is the only part of the hotel which is entirely adults only. Babysitting can be provided.

Facilities

Exotic cocktails can be enjoyed at Bar Chucho Reyes or at The Sky Bar, with panoramic views over the Sierra Madre and a rooftop plunge pool. The restaurant serves contemporary haute cuisine, with chefs infusing the dishes with local flavors of the Mexican highlands.

The hotel features a beauty salon and spa, offering revitalizing massage therapies and body and facial treatments. For those looking to keep in shape, the hotel features a high-tech gym adjacent to the Sky Lounge complete with elliptical machines, treadmills and bikes and everything required to workout as you would at home.

Activities

Explore Agave landscapes with local gauchos on horse back, by mountain bike and on hiking trails. Take a dawn hot air balloon flight to take it all in from the air and enjoy a picnic breakfast among the Agave fields. For avid golfers, there is an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course located just twenty-minutes away. Sample a range of delicious tequilas from a range of distilleries or learn the art of blending your own for a unique souvenir.

Reviews

4

Nikki Trailor (Staff)

I absolutely loved my stay here - the constant scent of sweet agave on the air is mouthwatering and the property is really beautiful. Rooms were comfortable and the rooftop bar was the perfect spot for enjoying the sunset.

I was really impressed with the experiences offered from the hotel, the tequila tasting was great fun and a very refined introduction to Mexico's signature spirit.

Tequila is a charming town which is still very much establishing itself as a tourist destination, service is therefore a little slow at times but Jose Cuervo is doing a lot in terms of improving the infrastructure and training staff. This is the only 5* in town and a great option if you can relax into the leisurely pace of Tequila.

Experiences

  • Balloon flight over the Agave fields

    Fly over the UNESCO protected agave landscapes in the Tequila countryside in a hot air balloon and gain a unique perspective on the dramatic landscapes that surround the town itself.

  • Chocolate and Tequila tasting

    Familiarise yourself with the flavors of Mexico on this two-hour tasting extravaganza, visiting the famous Jose Cuervo distillery before enjoying a mouth watering selection of traditional chocolate and extra aged Reserva de la Familia tequila.

  • Full-Day VIP Tequila Experience

    Get under the skin of the magical town of Tequila on this full-day private experience. Enjoy tasting a variety of premium tequilas made using different production methods and assist the jimadores in the agave fields as they prepare to harvest.

  • Horseback riding in the agave fields

    This three-hour horse-riding excursion will allow you enjoy the unusual scenery of the dramatic agave fields from where the key ingredient for tequila is harvested.

  • Jose Cuervo Express

    Travel in style aboard the Jose Cuervo Express and explore Tequila. This 10-hour rail journey is a truly special way to experience the Jalisco countryside and the stunning agave landscapes in comfort, whilst sipping on locally distilled tequilas.

  • Maestro Tequilero blending

    Experiment with a combination of flavors and scents to create your own blend of tequila on this two-hour course, yours to take away and enjoy once you have devised the perfect tipple.

  • Rappelling in Los Azules Waterfall

    Discover the beautiful Los Azules waterfall hidden deep within lush jungle around 20-minutes away from the town of Tequila. Hike through the trees to reach this magical spot and try your hand at rappelling, the best way to experience the falls.

  • Tequila city tour

    Stroll around the cobblestone streets of Tequila, a charming colonial town in the Jalisco region of Mexico and one of a few 'magic towns'; the streets are alive with history, brought to life by the rich culture and complimented by the namesake drink.

  • Teuchitlán and Guachimontones archaeological site

    Enjoy a guided visit of Teuchitlán and discover its unique cultural heritage before a guided tour of Guachimontones archaeological site whose unusual concentric design was formed in around 350 B.C. Tour lasts approximately 6 hours.

  • The Tequila tradition

    Discover the roots of traditional tequila production and how the drink is embedded deep into Mexican culture. Spend the day with the local jimadores, enjoy tastings and visit the agave fields from where the key ingredient is harvested.

Vacation Ideas

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Location & directions

Tequila, Colonial Highlands, Mexico

Situated right in the heart of Tequila on the main plaza, just a 1-hour drive from Guadalajara International Airport.

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Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation to Hotel Solar de las Ánimas or take a look at our itineraries to Colonial Highlands

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