Published October 14, 2007
Running of the Bulls
Bullring Boutique Hotel in Mexico
There are two kinds of people in this world: those who run from the bulls, and those who stay overnight in
Once upon a time in Mexico, the Plaza de Toros San Pedro, North America's largest bullring, hosted epic
bullfighting matches in colonial center Zacatecas. Centuries later, the toros
have departed but the
theater is alive and well—and, as all obsolete architectural landmarks should be, renovated into a
The five-star result, the Quinta Real Zacatecas
, is a modern torero
's paradise. The
still-intact arena El Ruedo serves as a gorgeous central patio, with cobblestones and fountains overlaying
the hoof-stomped floor where the bulls once ran. Encircling the ring are 49 spacious suites which, with
vaulted ceilings and antique furnishings, are as Old World extravagant as...well, bullfighting itself.
After a day exploring the winding streets and cable-car lined hills of the mining village, head ringside for
the best meal in town: The former VIP stands now hold the three-story La Plaza restaurant, featuring haute
Mexican cuisine and picture windows overlooking the ring. And since any self-respecting bullfighter knows
how to get a little down-and-dirty, end the night at the Botarel Bar, built into the animal
hold—nothing says atmosphere like low ceilings, exposed brick and bullpen-close quarters.
Keep the red flag at the ready.
Quinta Real Zacatecas
Av. Ignacio Rayn 434 Col. Centro
01 (492) 922 91 04