When tequila spends time in a barrel, it leaves relaxed and more beautiful than when it went in. And now you too can be like that tequila. At the Matices Hotel de Barricas, visitors can stay in giant barrels located amidst Casa Cofradia’s agave fields, aging overnight and emerging fresh and ready to drink some agave spirits.
The hotel rooms (called “aged king” on the hotel website) are inside a number of giant wooden barrels scattered around the manicured agave rows. Each barrel room has a king bed and rain shower, and the view from outside the window looks out over the working farm. It’s the only hotel located on a tequila farm and distillery, surrounded by the sights, smells and sounds of agave harvest. In other words, it’s a tequila lover’s heaven.
Heaven is surprisingly affordable, it turns out. It costs between $170 and $200 per night, depending on which size barrel you choose. But once you’re there and if you’ve got the cash to spend, the world of tequila is at your fingertips. You can embark on night tours, harvest agave, visit distilleries and distill your own tequila. Plus drink straight from the source, naturally. Some of the tequilas that Casa Cofradia makes include Casa Noble, Agave Loco, a spicy tequila, and Astral, a tequila repped by Jonathan Goldsmith, the former Most Interesting Man in the World.
With Tequila Express trains and barrel hotel rooms, visiting Tequila becomes more and more enticing every day. Excuse us while we day dream about aging like a fine añejo in a barrel.