Set in the heart of Baja Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe wine region, Casa Mayoral bed and breakfast makes an excellent base for exploring the area’s culinary attractions. With seven free-standing accommodations, it’s an intimate, boutique experience surrounded by rolling hills and valley wildlife, and full of charm and hospitality.
Owners Adriana and Stefan have spent years building out the property, adding multiple sections of accommodations spread over the sprawling acreage, planting hundreds of fruit trees, and creating lots of cozy areas to sit (or swing in a hammock) and enjoy the view. The end result is a space that feels both chic and rustic, natural and so well cared for.
I stayed with a group of four: my husband and I, plus my mother and sister. My husband and I shared room #2, which is clustered by three other free-standing rooms and located close to reception and the breakfast room.
Our loft-style room had a high wood ceiling, brick walls, concrete floor, and lots of beautiful blond wood accents. There was a queen bed, small sitting area with couch, desk, large bathroom, and our own private deck with patio furniture. Despite visiting in winter, our room was cozy and warm, thanks to both a quality heating system and the large windows that let in ample sunlight and helped heat the room.
My mother and sister stayed in rooms #5 and #6, which share a small building located a 3-minute walk from reception and the other rooms.
Both were decorated in the same style, and similar to my room, with brick walls, concrete floors, and colorful textiles. The spacious rooms had king beds, separate sitting areas, and large outdoor seating areas; my mother’s room also had a small kitchenette and dining area.
We loved heading to one of their rooms after dinner for some social time—without risk of disturbing other guests.
True to its bed and breakfast name, Casa Mayoral offers a fantastic breakfast served every morning until 10am. Guests can choose from the option of the day—chilaquiles, for example—though guests can also order eggs cooked any style, bacon, toast or tortillas, and beans. Every morning there was also juice, coffee, fruit, and cookies, making for a robust and delicious meal that was a perfect base for wine tasting.
While Casa Mayoral doesn’t have a lot of big hotel amenities—there’s no room service or fitness center, for example—it does offer quite a few other services. Guests can arrange an in-room massage, or dinner cooked by a private chef. The owners will also arrange day tours and other transportation.
One minor downside of the hotel also creates its best feature: like most accommodation in Valle de Guadalupe, the hotel is set back off the main paved highway, down a bumpy dirt road. The short drive is slow going, so it takes about ten minutes to reach the hotel once you turn off the main road. But, this also means the hotel is incredibly quiet and feels very secluded, despite being close to all the main attractions. At night, I loved stepping out on my balcony to see the millions of stars twinkling in the dark, clear sky overhead. One night I even heard some coyote pups yapping.
And speaking of animals, the hotel is pet-friendly and has its own resident collection of cats and dogs. My husband and I loved petting and playing with our new four-legged friends, but despite the presence of animals around the property, my mother, who is allergic to cats, never had any adverse reactions.
With welcoming hospitality, a delicious breakfast, cozy and stylish rooms, and a perfect location tucked away—but still close to everything—in wine country, Casa Mayoral is a fantastic, and affordable, base in Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe.
If you go: Room rates when booking direct start at around $75 per night. Check-in is 3 pm. Dogs are allowed but cannot be left alone in rooms. Check rates for your dates online at Hotels.com or Expedia.