Group expands small-inn collection July 05, 2001 Share 1 -- PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- Mexico Boutique Hotels, an association of small inns based here, added eight hotels to its portfolio. From the northern colonial town of Alamos to Oaxaca in the south, the hotels also add five cities to the group's list of destinations, for a total of 24 hotels in 17 cities."This growth is another step in Mexico Boutique Hotels' objective to bring more access to this niche of hotels, which represent the real allure of Mexico," said company president John Youden.The following are this year's additions:Dating to 1625, the Hacienda de Los Santos is located between the Sea of Cortes and Copper Canyon.This 25-room property is furnished with Spanish colonial antiques, and each room has a fireplace. It also contains four restaurants, a spa and three swimming pools. Rates range from $165 to $325 per night, double.Hacienda San Gabriel de Las Palmas, near Cuernavaca, was constructed in 1529.Stone walls supporting immense barrel vaults have been restored in rooms and public areas.Each of the 15 guest rooms is decorated with period furnishings and art objects.Facilities include a swimming pool, a tennis court, a steam room and lawn games. Rates range from $100 to $190 per night, double.Built in the 18th century, Hacienda Xcanatun, near Merida, features 18 guest rooms with colonial furnishings.Facilities include a restaurant, two swimming pools and a full-service spa. Rates range from $180 to $225 per night, double.The rooms at the Villa Rivera, located one block from the main square of San Miguel de Allende, overlook the towers of the San Miguel Arcangel Cathedral.The rooms blend contemporary furnishings with rustic touches. Rates range from $160 to $220.Villa Montana offers 38 rooms spread among a collection of cottages. Rooms feature locally made wood furniture, regional crafts and folk art.Facilities include a tennis court, a heated swimming pool, a business center and meeting rooms. Rates range from $117 to $225 per night, double.Meson Sacristia de Capuchinas, a 17th century former private home in Puebla, now serves as a seven-room hotel with antique furnishings and a 40-seat restaurant. Rates range from $160 to $185, per night, double.Villa Vera, decorated in contemporary Mexican style, overlooks Acapulco Bay. There are 17 pools (many villas have their own), a racquet club, a full-service spa and a fitness center.Rates range from $165 to $875 per night, double.The smallest property in the group, the Casa Cid de Leon in the historic center of Oaxaca, features four luxury suites in a converted mansion.Each suite is different in layout and decor and features terra-cotta floors, wood-beamed ceilings, hand-embroidered linens and antique furnishings. Rates range from $180 to $220 per night, double.For more information or reservations, visit the company's Web site at www.mexicoboutiquehotels.com.In addition, the company offers an 84-page color directory with resort and destination information, available by e-mailing a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.