What We Love
- The fabulous views from the rooftop pool and terrace
- Bicycles are available for guests to use
- Many of the neighborhood’s up-and-coming restaurants, shops, and bars are within walking distance
What To Know
- There’s a small pool but it’s more for lounging in than swimming laps
- Free WiFi
- Occasional events held at the pool can mean loud noise until late
- The public spaces are housed in the colonial mansion; the guest rooms in the new block next door
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In 2015, Mexican hospitality group Grupo Habita hired local architects Estudio 5 to remake a colonial mansion from the 1940s into an homage to Luis Barragán, a Guadalajara native. The result: Casa Fayette. Dimorestudio, a Milan-based design firm, turned the interiors into a mélange of colors, with blue-hued glass, lush velvet upholstery, and retro brass fixtures as well as a mix of furniture and pieces from Thonet and Pierre Frey. Bathrooms are Carrera marble, and have clawfoot tubs. The rooftop terrace catches the breeze and the top-floor spa has fabulous city views. Chef Trevor La Presle helms the restaurant (he once worked with Daniel Boulud), which has a terrace, but it’s the gloriously old-school bar with its Mad Men-esque vibe and colorful tropical prints that’s the most tempting.
In the Area
Mexico’s “second city” has tons to offer, from a fabulous culinary scene to a growing number of art galleries. The hotel’s street is quiet, but the surrounding neighborhood of Lafayette is bursting with cafés and restaurants, and it’s just a few minutes’ walk to Avenida La Paz, home to a great nightlife scene. For a cantina dinner, try the Salon del Bosque, which serves traditional meatballs, tacos, and sandwiches in classic environs, or enjoy a more modern meal at Pig’s Pearls, a trendy burger bar with a stellar beer menu. A bike shop/café, Cykel, is just half a mile away; it has a deck for sipping your cappuccino in the sun. Travesia Cuatro, one of the area’s top exhibition spaces, is also just a few minutes from the hotel—and a good place to start exploring the city’s art landscape.
How to Get There
PROs: a place with a soul: an old house and a little tower next to it; kind personell; fine breakfast; 2 bars, terraces, a courtyard and elegantly furnitured living rooms, all interconnected; bycicles to wander around; nice room and bathroom; inspiring furniture and colors.
CONs: the wish to have a seating are in my room forced the selection of a very short bed. The lead-glass walls are in some spots a bit aged.
Conclusions: this is a place that makes you want to spend time at different time of the day and evening in its elegant common areas. It's well done, well run, human sized and yet at good standards.
Great amenities: Good breakfast selection and bar selection that was open late. Delicious drinks at the upstairs bar, relaxing and mellow to sit by the pool (midweek visit). Had a lovely massage. Appreciated the good minibar! Only downside was the minimal gym but at least there was something.
Conveniently located. Helpful and friendly staff - especially the concierge that had some good recommendations. Comfortable room, comfortable bed.
Will definitely be back next time I’m in Guadalajara!
We arrived at Casa Habita on a Friday and at first we were content with the hotel. It’s a small hotel going for the vintage vibe but I feel like the vintage began to just look old. The location is great with tons of cute restaurants and stores with in walking distance.They have a great pool area with a bar and lots of great seating, however it was difficult to find a bartender and my husband had to go downstairs several times to order drinks. The pool was nice but small. I would not recommend it for kids. They had a Great Wall seat in the pool but unfortunately you could not use it with the over grown plants. There was also only one filter working and the water looked cloudy. The rooms are adequate, again the vintage style just began to look a little old. There is no carpet so make sure you bring house shoes. They do provide flip flops but they are one size fits all. There is a tv with cable and a few channels in English. The bathroom could use some work. Essentially the bathroom is just one big open area with only a door to close the whole room off. The shower was a little corner in the room with no door or curtain. The sink was a small pedestal sink with no area to store your own bathroom essentials. They do have a little cart but it’s full of other stuff from the hotel. There are also no towel hangers at the sink or in the shower. They did have a safe in the room which was great. The bed was really comfortable but the pillows were a little hard. The worst part of our stay and why we will never visit this hotel again is after 11pm we heard loud pounding music that continued until 4 am! The music was very disruptive to our sleep. We didn’t say anything the first night because we were thinking the hotel was holding a even but we were wrong. The second night at 11pm the same loud pounding music started and that night continued until 5am! When I called down to the front desk the second night to ask what was going on the girl told me there was a night club behind the hotel that I was hearing and nothing they could do about the noise. Thankfully I wasn’t traveling with kids or I would have packed up and left. Overall I loved the location and I think the hotel could be great if they work out those issues, but for now I think it’s overpriced and I would not recommend it.