Valle de Bravo, Mexico

Hotel Rodavento

Price per night from$232.37

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 (MXN3,960.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Fruit of the forest


Mexican wilderness

Hotel Rodavento in Valle de Bravo is a wood-and-steel architectural symphony in a 55-acre forest, home to a glittering lake and swimming pool, rolling hills and an outdoorsy activities centre. Nature-lovers will come over all Wordsworthian here, thanks to the magnificent Mexican scenery; a serene spa, dazzling restaurant and adventurous treehouse casitas add manmade flourishes to the mix, too. Little Smiths won’t ever want to leave, either, thanks to the brilliant kids club and its alfresco expeditions, pizza-making sessions and am-dram theatre productions.

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Photos Hotel Rodavento facilities

Need to know


36, including eight suites.


1pm, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm. Guests arriving early can store luggage and use the hotel’s facilities.


Double rooms from £216.87 (MXN4,594), including tax at 16 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of 4% per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates usually exclude breakfast (MXN$300 daily for the full breakfast buffet, including hot options such as eggs, chilaquiles, quesadillas, beans, sausage and bacon). You can also add on à la carte options.


The hotel’s gorgeous landscaping garnered a gong from the Architectural Digest in 2005.

At the hotel

Scenic forest (55 acres and counting) with a lake; activities centre; kids club; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: Nespresso machine, working fireplace, free bottled water, Rodavento bath products. Each room has a private terrace with forest views.

Our favourite rooms

Play Tarzan and Jane in the King Lofts, which have a clawfoot bath tub and a porch with prime treetop vistas. If you have more modern sensibilities, opt for a Forest Suite and eye up the sleek contemporary decor.


There are two tranquil outdoor swimming pools, one for families and one for adults only.


Prepare to be spoiled rotten in the hotel’s peaceful riverside spa: tempting treatments include the Lomi-Juma massage and the 80-minute Rodavento massage.

Packing tips

Bring kit that’s fit for active adventures – there’s no standing on ceremony in these picturesque parts.


Little Smiths of all ages are very welcome. Babysitting can be arranged with a week’s notice (MXN$200 an hour).

Best for

All ages, but active types will be in heaven here.

Recommended rooms

Any – they all offer plenty of space. King and Deluxe Lofts earn their name via a loft with twin beds, perfect for young explorers.


The kids club – open daily from 9am until 6pm – organises an array of outdoors and sporting adventures (including mountain biking, zip lining, abseiling, fishing, archery, kayaking, stand up paddle-boarding, paragliding, horse riding and climbing). Cookery classes, arts and crafts sessions and mini-theatre experiences are also on offer. Bookworms can dip into the stash of tot-tailored tomes.

Swimming pool

Little Smiths are welcome to splash around the family-friendly swimming pool. Parents should keep a close watch on less confident swimmers, as it’s not supervised.


Children are welcome in the restaurant, which even arranges fun activities for them such as pizza-making sessions.


When the kids club closes, babysitting (MXN$200 an hour) can be arranged. (Book a week ahead.)

No need to pack

The hotel has a stash of books, board games, pencils and crayons and soft toys, plus on-loan bike helmets.

Food and Drink

Photos Hotel Rodavento food and drink

Top Table

The usual rules apply: out by the lake when it’s warm; inside by the windows if it’s not.

Dress Code

Cool camper: pack clothes you can comfortably zip-line across a lake in.

Hotel restaurant

La Cocina de Rodavento is a majestic, lofty-ceilinged, lake-surveying setting for meals. Expect fresh, flavour-packed dishes inspired by the local region and featuring fish a-go-go; don’t miss the pistachio mole or the blackened artichoke.

Last orders

Hotel Rodavento has a pleasingly relaxed approach to timings: breakfast is served until 1pm, lunch till 6pm and dinner til 11pm.

Room service

The full restaurant menu is available from 7am until 11pm, with options tailored to tots, too.


Photos Hotel Rodavento location
Hotel Rodavento
Km 3.5 Carretera Valle de Bravo, Los Saucos
Valle de Bravo

Hotel Rodavento is sitting pretty in Valle de Bravo, a town on Lake Avándaro, west of Mexico City – and a designated ‘Pueblo Magico’ since 2005.


Mexico City Airport is the main international hub, 150 kilometres away (a two-hour drive). Or, fly into smaller Toluca Airport, an hour away by car. Smith24 will happily sort your flights.

Worth getting out of bed for

How long have you got? Hotel Rodavento’s on-site activities include zip-lining, archery, kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, horse-riding, mountain biking, climbing, abseiling and fishing (and naturally the chef will cook your catch for you, once you’ve got it back to boutique basecamp). For quieter moments, hit the spa, pool or hot tubAdmire winged beauties at the Monarch Butterfly Reserve – the hotel will organise your trip. Ask the concierge to arrange a sailing expedition on Lake Avándaro; they know all the best tour operators. Defy gravity by going paragliding in Valle, which is a hot spot for the sport. Go hiking to Cascadas Velo de Novia (Bridal Veil Waterfall); the concierge can give you the requisite directions and tips.

Local restaurants

If you can tear yourselves away from the hotel’s hearty breakfast buffet, begin the day at Italik Cafe on Calle del Coliseo in Valle del Bravo. (You could also buy delicious cakes, breads and savoury pastries from one of the local bakeries.) Soleado is a lively, view-toting lunch spot on Avenida Joaquín Arcadio Pagaza; for dinner, opt for Cocina Española for delicious tapas on Avenida Rosales or elegant Nuestro at La Casa Rodavento, the hotel’s romantic sister outpost. The area does a fine line in street food; ask the hotel staff to recommend the best vendors.

Local bars

Nuestro at La Casa Rodavento aces cocktails – but if you want to join the locals, drink at La Mezca de Valle – and order anything featuring mezcal – on Calle de Joaquín Arcadio Pagaza.


Photos Hotel Rodavento reviews

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 Mexican hotel in the woods and unpacked their hiking boots and mezcal, a full account of their outdoorsy break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Hotel Rodavento in Valle de Bravo

Man’s interplay with Mother Nature hasn’t always been pride prompting. At Hotel Rodavento, though, it most definitely is. The handsome hideaway is an architecturally dazzling addition to the serene, green landscapes: its striking steel-and-wood casitas star stretched-canvas ceilings and light, natural materials. Life here is a happy marriage of the great outdoors and creature comforts – days spent abseiling, zip-lining, paragliding, hiking and horse riding wind down with pampering sessions in the spa and relaxed meals in the restaurant. Nature plays a staring role at both of the above, with herb-packed treatments at the spa and the freshest local produce and fish dominating the menu at La Cocina de Rodavento. Hotel Rodavento also skillfully manages to suit adventurous families and couples alike, offering a wealth of activities for all ages without compromising an inch on style…

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Price per night from $232.37