What We Love
- Paris DJ Monsieur X curated the music for the rooftop pool bar
- The bathrooms are spa-like, with onyx and stone finishes and C.O. Bigelow bath products
- The rooftop pool bar provides 360-degree views of the desert, mountains and city — plus plenty of shade for drinking and eating between dips in the water
What To Know
- Monterrey is known more for business than tourism, but the hotel provides plenty of opportunities to play
- Temperatures in the desert can top 100 degrees, but dual rooftop pools overlooking the Sierra Madre mountains make the heat bearable
- WiFi is free, making it easy to stay connected
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Grupo Habita’s seventh property combines the perks of design hotels — a celeb chef restaurant, DJ-curated playlists — with business traveler essentials (free WiFi, sleek work spaces). Case in point: Tiny handmade mirrors shipped from India make up a dazzling wall mosaic in the stark lobby, which is outfitted with black wood furnishings, moose antler installations and artwork by fashion designer Rick Owens. The black-and-white motif extends to the guestrooms, where whitewashed walls set off ebony platform beds, the bathrooms are lined with onyx (and C.O. Bigelow bath products), and floor-to-ceiling windows let in plenty of light. The on-site dining bests your average hotel grub at R. of Restaurant, where executive chef Marco Aveces churns out chipotle eggs benedict with chorizo in the morning and short rib barbacoa tacos with salsa verde at night. Without question, the rooftop pool and bar is the star of the hotel: Twin infinity pools offer a bird’s-eye view of the city, desert and mountains, while speakers pump out specially engineered sounds from Paris’s DJ Monsieur X, and a cement canopy provides shade from the harsh desert sun.
In the Area
Most visitors come to Mexico’s third-largest city for business, but intrepid travelers will find plenty to explore. Start in the Macroplaza, where the 18th-century Metropolitan Cathedral is in stark contrast with the Lighthouse of Commerce, a futuristic monument that beams a green laser throughout the city. Stretch your legs on a hike in the surrounding mountains or venture to Matacanes Canyon, named for its porous rock formations, which resemble large showers. It’s home to freshwater springs, underwater rivers, gorges and some 13 waterfalls — take a rappelling tour to descend falls as high as 88 feet. You’ll replace all the calories you burn off (and more) by feasting on the city’s signature dishes: cabrito (roast lamb), frijoles charros (fire-cooked beans with chiles and herbs) and tacos de trompo, another term for tacos al pastor (trompo refers to the rotisserie that cooks the meat).
How to Get There
For any travelers visiting Monterrey Mexico (especially those on business), I would strongly advise to stay away from the Habita MTY property. Don’t be fooled by its location which is in a, by day, presumably quiet location in the neighborhood of San Pedro. Staying at Habita MTY was one of my worst experiences filled with sleepless nights, small uncomfortable room, little amenities and at the end a very noisy, inconvenient location. Bottom line-You will not be able to sleep at night. The hotel is located across the street from the Dembow nightclub which (contrary to their published hours of operation) is open from 9pm-3/4am daily!! Most of the hotel rooms are facing the nightclub which blasts their music all night long! It’s like a concert every night! You literally need ear plugs to tune out the music... Again, you will not get any rest until the next morning. As a business traveler we need rest to have energy for the next day. Well guys you will not get any rest at this hotel... Any serious business executive should NOT stay here! The Habita MTY hotel staff does nothing to address the noise issue, extremely poor customer service for an Autograph Collection Hotel. As a frequent business traveler to Mexico for a large international company and a Bonvoy Titanium Elite member, I would never stay at this property again nor would I recommend it to any of my fellow businessmen and women OR any other travelers seeking a peaceful vacation.
Very nice hotel with personalized service! Rooftop pool is perfect size and great bar however, the staff could be better and take a long time to figure out your drinks. Bathrooms are stunning and really spacious. The breakfast is good and stays open to noon which is so helpful after a late night out. Def staying here again.
No management ok weekends
Old and tired
Springy old bed mattress
Mon functioning equipment
Should not be Marriott partner as it falls very short of achieving an average level of hospitality and quality.
First off, the location is excellent. It's located within a bigger complex with restaurants and stores (I think the Ferrari and or Maserati dealership is located next door), plus everything in San Pedro is a short drive away. This hotel's design is gorgeous, the rooms are comfortable and the views are to die for. I've always been a fan of the smaller boutique type hotels (don't like giant chains).
Coffee is great and I tried the chilaquiles which the waiter recommended, loved them. The staff was friendly and very attentative. Definitely recommended.
This hotel looks modern and while it could do with a little tlc in some places, structurally it is fine - the views from the roof are fantastic and it was a nice place to sit for half an hour in the evening.
However, the staff are quite honestly the worst bunch of people I have ever had the misfortune to discover in a hotel.
There were three (yes - 3) staff on reception who didn’t even bother to look up or acknowledge us when we entered the small lobby on first arriving. Eventually (45 seconds seems like a lifetime in that situation) one looked up and asked if we were checking in? No - i just like to stand around in hotel lobbys with a suitcase for fun. A cold cold welcome.
Thinking it was just a one off, we then discovered the bar staff of the roof - again 3 of them for 4 customers yet they were more interested in chatting amongst each other than - you know - making our drinks that we had to ask several times for. We then ordered food and proceeded to watch them push the plates around on the bar - to each other - while joke arguing about who was going to bring it over. I have never seen such unprofessional handling of food and service in my life.
Add to that, we had to ask three times for the rest of the order - it was shambolic.
If you want to take purely aesthetic pictures for Instagram then this is the hotel for you. If you want one iota of service, avoid this place at all costs.
(sidenote: we raised these issues with a manager (well he was in a suit) who shrugged and said the staff were new. The fish rots from the head down......