This boutique hotel has been designed with romance and opulence in mind, with the theme of roses and chocolate carried throughout, from the building's pink exterior and the restaurant's brown chairs to the chocolate soaps in the bathrooms and the Belgium truffles in the gift shop. More than a century old, the 2010 remodeling earned the hotel multiple awards, including Best Restoration Project by Architectural Digest. The common spaces here are stunningly attractive,
with clean, modern lines in bright colors and thoughtful touches, like antique ceramic tiles (from the original construction), a small lily-pad-filled pond, and a comfortable library-bar just off the lobby. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, Bose stereos, private outdoor shower-tubs, and espresso machines. The mattress, hand-selected by the owner after eight prototypes, just might give you the most restful night of your life. In a private tower are the three luxury suites, each with its own spacious terrace. You'll also find a sophisticated tequila bar, a wine cellar, and a relaxed terrace bar with views of Paseo Montejo. The spa specializes in individualized, holistic treatments (and of course uses chocolate in many of them). For an extra charge, guests can spend the day at the hotel's nearby beach house, which includes transportation, a private chef, and massage.