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
The brand is popular with the youthful travel set
There’s no restaurant, but there's a casual cafe off the lobby
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Streamlined design with a futuristic edge in the Zona Rosa, one of Mexico City’s coolest micro-neighborhoods
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.