Room Mate Valentina
What We Love
- Designer Tomas Alia’s deft touch using primary colors and modular furniture
- Breakfast is served until 12 p.m., perfect for night owls
- The unbeatable location, surrounded by D.F.’s best ’hoods, including Roma, Condesa and Polanco
- Some bathrooms feature deep-soaking tubs
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- The brand is popular with the youthful travel set
- There’s no restaurant, but there's a casual cafe off the lobby
- Free WiFi
The brainchild of three Spanish friends, the Room Mate brand aims to revolutionize the pricey urban hotel scene, offering reasonably priced rooms in primo neighborhoods that are light on unnecessary extras and heavy on of-the-moment, streamlined style. The Mexico City outpost gets the formula spot-on: The 62 guestrooms are sleek and uncluttered, decorated in stark white with pops of primary color, and feature spacious light-filled modern bathrooms, some with deep soaking tubs. Designer/architect Tomás Alía was inspired by Aztec motifs for some of the geometric forms, although the overarching theme is linear modernity. Services are as minimal (as you’d expect with such low rates) – there’s no restaurant – although the casual cafe off the lobby is a welcoming spot decked out Pop Art-inspired colors.
In the Area
While Mexico City can seem daunting for first-timers, the city is surprisingly walkable and easy to navigate, especially if you’re staying in one of the fashionable downtown districts like Roma, Condesa or Polanco. The so-called Zona Rosa is located close to all these desirable ‘hoods, along with the vast and leafy Chapultepec Park, D.F.’s answer to New York’s Central Park. This wonderful green space offers a tranquil escape from the bustle of the city while being at its heart: Don’t miss a visit to Chapultepec Castle, a former imperial palace that today houses the National History Museum. Another must-see: the Museo Rufino Tamayo, a modernist masterpiece dedicated to one of Mexico’s most significant 20th century artists. Stop for lunch in Roma, a bohemian neighborhood home to intellectuals, artists and fashion designers. Perennial hotspot Contramar offers a see-and-be-seen scene par excellence, along with some of the best ceviches in town.
How to Get There
always stay in this hotel when I travel to Mexico City. It is located in Zona Rosa (lots of restaurants around, gay area as well). Very nice hotel with good service. When you need something they will try to help you in the best way they can.
Stayed for 4 nights and found this hotel in a great location, very clean and with very friendly staff who were extremely helpful. The room was large and well appointed, the only downside was the noise from the clubs outside until the early hours of morning. This would probably be deadened if you took a room facing the back. Overall I'd definitely stay again.
I stayed at this hotel with my husband and 2 friends for Dia de los Muertos. We had three rooms in total. On the last day when we were checking out my friend checked the safe where she had been storing her MacBook laptop and Bose headphones, and they were missing. Admittedly, the safe was unlocked, but we assumed that the hotel would prevent anyone from going in the room or that they had trustworthy staff.
We begged the hotel staff in the lobby to help us, and they acted like they didn’t care and said many times it was “impossible” that it was stolen. They either don’t care about their guests, or they’re in on the theft and were trying to shut us down. Later, after my friend remotely locked her laptop and reported it missing through FindMyMac she received a notification that it was still in CDMX and someone was using it.
This experience made all of us feel extremely unsafe. I recommend that anyone reading this stays away from this hotel, and if you do stay there be on guard and protect your belongings.