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
Bad experience overall. I am a Marriott loyalist and this hotel shouldn’t be offer Through the app. The clerk in the front desk was terrible he gave us the wrong room and then he wanted to give us a room with no AC. He made us wait 1/2 hour. Room too expensive for what you get.
Am a member of SPG ( Now Marriott) and accustomed to first rate service at SPG hotels...
However, I was totally taken aback with the Habitat Hotel. Worst experience ever...Noise from adjacent bar,expensive,terrible sheets, beds( slept on floor!!), room smelt like fresh paint,bath was crooked( unbelievable) charged my AMEX $100.00 US for unknown causes and to boot Mr Julio Granillo who is Gral Mgr was not helpful at all and quite the opposite....Never again...
Shame on you Habitat...
By the way, my friend was planning a weeding reception using the hotel as an option and he canceled...Small world.
Upon check in , didn't recognize Marriott Platinum Elite status and there was no discussion of a room upgrade; room is functional but "cold" and I put "cold" in "" because the thermostat didn't really work and it was very hot in my room. Staff is minimal and the hallways aren't very clean. I would qualify overall construction of the hotel as sub par - the air comes through the windows. Breakfast is basic continental; other nicer, yet less expensive hotels in Monterrey are much cleaner, functional and better breakfast options. I chose this hotel as a Marriott property and to get points, but I won't stay here again and I would NOT recommend this hotel.
We stayed there for 4 nights. The hotel is pretty cool and modern but there is a huge lack on attention and warmth.
The service at the restaurant and welcome desk is very poor and they fail at a lot of small things that cause a bad experience staying here.
Also they just focus on the modern and minimalist point and forget about the basics, everything here is like a brain game. One can spend a huge amount of time just trying to figure how the light, ac and coffee machine works, there is not instructions or any help.
My point of view is that design is not everything, it’s just a part of a package. Friendly staff, functional room is the most important and they are really missing that.
The design of this place is amazing, but is not really funcional. I had a hard time trying to find how the lights works, there is so many light switches that are workless.
The bed is to low and the phone is right next to the bed, but the phone cable is too short, it is impossible to use it