Hotel pick: Quinta Real

ZACATECAS, Mexico -- The Quinta Real Hotel Zacatecas, winner of several design awards, is without doubt the most luxurious hotel in town.

Built around the remnants of a 19th century bullring, the property has 46 deluxe suites, each with a big bathroom, writing desk and a sofa. The 10 larger suites have whirlpool tubs, Jacuzzis and separate sitting areas.

All rooms overlook interior gardens and feature TVs, hair dryers and irons.

The public areas include an excellent -- and pricey -- restaurant built in tiers overlooking the bullring; a bar tucked into former animal stalls; and an art gallery and silver shop, both decorated in tiles and Mexican fabrics.

The service at the hotel is top-notch, and guarded parking is free.

For more information, call (800) 445-4565 or visit www.quintareal.com. -- C.H.

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