Valle de Bravo, Mexico

Cinco Rodavento

Rates per night from$164.93

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (MXN3,375.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Shout from the rooftop

Setting

Magical Mexico

A couple of hours west of Mexico City, Cinco Rodavento is a boutique bolthole for travellers in the know. The Mexican government has gone around deciding which of its towns is magical, and the cobblestoned, lakeside town of Valle de Bravo has had that honour bestowed. There’s a rooftop restaurant, petite pool and crowd-drawing cantina west, along with stylish bedrooms and slick staff helping to make your stay mágico. Cocktails and ceviche are the order of the day – and in a fishing community, that’s never a bad idea.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

29, including five suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm, also flexible.

Rates

Double rooms from $164.93 (MXN3,375), excluding tax at 16 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of 4% per booking on check-out.

More details

Rates don’t usually include breakfast (from 300 pesos a person).

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, valet parking. In rooms: free bottled water, tea and a kettle, Nespresso coffee machine, flatscreen TV, hair straighteners, beach bag, sun hat, wellies, air-conditioning, speakers.

Our favourite rooms

Some of the rooms have an above-average amount of beds – handy if you’re travelling en masse (or just like a different bed every night). We loved the King Studios for their four-poster beds and private balconies, but, predictably, the Master Suite’s terrace wins the outdoor-space competition hands down. For the best views, opt for a room higher up the hotel.

Poolside

There’s a small heated pool up on the roof, with a full-circle view of the lake, town and mountains.

Spa

Cinco Rodavento doesn’t have its own spa, but you’re are welcome to use the one at sister property Hotel Rodavento. Gym classes are held on the rooftop.

Packing tips

Valle de Bravo is a cobblestoned town popular with quad-bikers – don’t forget to bring suitable clothing if you’re planning to climb onto one, and slip-proof shoes.

Also

The restaurant and garden are accessible for wheelchair users, but the rooftop pool and bar aren’t; one room has been adapted.

Pet‐friendly

Dogs weighing in at under 25lbs can book room 29 for $30 a night. A dog bowl and mat will be provided. See more pet-friendly hotels in Valle de Bravo.

Children

Over-12s welcome.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Out on a squashy blue seat in the garden at Cinco or admiring the lake from the edge of Rüf.

Dress Code

Make yourself up, Frida Kahlo style.

Hotel restaurant

Cinco is a contemporary-cantina restaurant by the garden. Since Valle de Bravo is a fishing community, you’d be a fool to skimp on the ceviche. And it’s not just the fish that won’t have travelled far – much of the produce is local. Breakfast will be healthy and homemade, but there are plenty of more indulgent Mexican options on offer, too; chicken tacos at 9am, anyone? Food is also available up on the Rüf.

Hotel bar

Even if language wasn’t your strong point at school, you can probably guess what Rüf means – yes, the buzzy bar is on the roof, with a petite pool and views of the town thrown in. Snacks (all manner of tostadas and tacos) are served all day. There’s also a bar at Cinco.

Last orders

The restaurant and bar are open from 7am until 11pm; midnight from Thursday to Sunday.

Room service

Anything from the menu can be delivered to your room.

Location

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Address
Cinco Rodavento
Calle 5 de Mayo #111, Santa María Ahuacatlán
Valle de Bravo
51200
Mexico

Planes

The capital’s international airport is 93 miles away; the drive should take a couple of hours. Hotel-arranged transfers are USD$200 each way ($700 if you can only be seen in souped-up wheels). The airport in Toluca is 50 miles away; transfers for the hour-long trip are the same price.

Automobiles

If you’re up to navigating Mexico City and the winding, cobbled streets of Valle, valet parking (150 pesos or $9 a day) awaits at Cinco Rodavento.

Other

Private jets can land at Toluca. There’s also an aerodrome in Valle de Bravo.

Worth getting out of bed for

Rüf and Cinco will keep you well fed and watered, but there’s a pueblo mágico to get out and explore. This one’s got the largest Buddhist stupa in the west and a craft marketHead over to sister property Hotel Rodavento to plan your programme for exploring the he Monte Alto reserve. The concierge can arrange hiking, biking, paragliding, watersports, zip-lining, kayaking on Lake Avándaro and archery. It’s a good idea, especially if you don’t speak Spanish, to leave the activity arranging to the hotel, who will guide you to the best vendors. If you can see its towers from your room and want a closer look, wander down to the Parroquia de San Francisco de Asís church in town.

Local restaurants

This may be Mexico, but there are a lot of Italian restaurants in town – though the edible highlights here are the street food; the hotel will guide you to the best carts. Try Italik Cafe for brunch, or hit up one of Valle de Bravo’s bakeries. Soleado, Cocina del Mundo on Avenida Joaquín Arcadio Pagaza offers assorted international dishes but with a Mexican twist. And for delicious tapas, don’t miss VE Cocina Espanola on Avenida Rosales.

Local bars

The locals of Valle are a lively bunch – join the fun at La Mezca de Valle on Avenida Joaquín Arcadio Pagaza.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Mexico and unpacked their coffee and chocolate, a full account of their lakeside break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Cinco Rodavento in Valle de Bravo

If your vision of Mexico is somewhere full of spring-breakers, Valle de Bravo probably isn’t the town for you. For those looking to get off that track, listen carefully. This close-knit fishing community just a couple of hours’ west of Mexico City is one of the country’s best-kept secrets. Set on the shores of Lake Avándaro, the pueblo mágico has winding cobblestoned streets, pretty villas and lots of lively eating and drinking establishments – though you’ll be hard pushed to find somewhere cooler to hang out than at Cinco Rodavento’s rooftop pool, restaurant and bar. Back at ground level, Cinco offers a garden setting to enjoy its posh-cantina fare. The staff will treat you like family, guiding you to the best street-food carts and activity arrangers in town, and listening out for special ways with which to surprise you. Leave the sombrero at home.

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