Need to know
17, including three suites.
2pm, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, noon.
Double rooms from $233.75, excluding tax at 19 per cent.
Rates usually include an American breakfast.
Architect Salvador Reyes Rios is behind Rosas & Xocolate’s historic good looks. There’s an artful muddle of old and new: floors covered in original tiling mingle with French doors, suspended staircases and state-of-the-art mod cons such as Bose sound systems. Ceilings soar 20-feet high, natural light streams through the double-glazed windows and antique columns showcase the building’s pedigree.
At the hotel
Chocolate shop, gym, library and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: air-conditioning, a hammock, flatscreen TV, Bose sound system with CD and DVD player, iPod dock, minibar with espresso machine, L’Occitane bath products and locally made rose-and-chocolate soap.
Our favourite rooms
Walls have been finished with a Mayan technique using a mixture of the chukum tree resin and plaster, resulting in a sleek, warm-hued surface. We loved Rooms 3 and 12, both high-ceilinged Deluxe Suites. Room 6 is right next to the Moon Lounge, so pass on this one if you’re seeking quiet nights. Every room has its own outdoor tub fit for two on an interior terrace.
Edged by palm trees and set in the interior courtyard, the pool is designed with cooling dips in mind, rather than sporty laps.
Bring your sweet tooth: the hotel’s chocolatier, Mathieu Brees, creates gourmet Belgian and Mexican chocolate confections. Be sure to bring your bikini/beach shorts for trips to surrounding cenotes or a dip in the Gulf of Mexico.
Smokers can light up in the restaurant, bar and on the suites’ terraces. Try one of the hotel’s xocolatherapy treatments, which feature locally produced pure cocoa paste in facials and massages.
Although the hotel is more geared towards adults, babysitting can be arranged for US$10 an hour (give 24 hours’ notice), and little ones are allowed in the restaurant.