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
My room was on the 12th floor and considering that the whole Zona Rosa district is quite loud at night, the room was fairly silent (I am not sure if the same stands for the lower floors) - still, you can't go wrong by packing some ear-plugs. The room was nice and spatious, equipped with a hair dryer, not a kettle, though. The breakfasts are quite nice.
The hotel is located in a lively area of Mexico City which can make it noisy at times but the double glazing is very efficient and so dd not affect our enjoyment of our stay at the hotel. All of the staff but in particular Jessica who was on reception were very friendly and helpful. The breakfast was excellent - lots of choice of fresh food. The hotel is located just off the Reforma and about half way between the Centro Historico and Chapultepec areas so both are in easy reach if the hotel by foot or taxi. Our room was very large, well decorated and cleaned very thoroughly each day.
We had an enjoyable 8 night stay at this hotel. Room was spacious and bed was comfortable. The location of this hotel is great, at walking distance to nice restaurants and bars, and close to public transport. We could hear the noise from night clubs throughout the night but it didn't affect us since neither of us are light sleepers. Breakfast was good, simple but had everything we needed. The staff was friendly, and the front desk staff very helpful.
The only thing we noticed from our room was the extractor fan not working and an occasional sewage smell. It didn't prevent us from having an enjoyable stay but it would be nice if this was fixed.
The hotel is right on the main party strip of Zona Rosa with all rooms facing the street. Even with the window closed you will not be able to sleep until 5am as the bars around are extremely loud! Even earplugs only help a bit.
Staff is not very friendly. Rooms are fairly clean, but still hair in the bathroom from the cleaner
Location is great as you can walk to colonia Roma, one of my favorite places in Mexico City!
The Staff is super nice. Bed is super comfy. Loved the pillows! Also the mandarine / orange smell of the soap.
Definitely I’ll stay again when visiting this city. Hopefully soon!