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
Great experience with the concierge
The room was very comfortable and interesting design .
I missed the pool and I should have seen it
The hotel is in a mall and not too quiet until late
Overall a nice hotel I would recommend
If you are looking for a basic hotel, this is not the place. But it is fun, a change of pace, and when asked they brought anything you needed. The bathrooms are beautiful and luxurious. I really enjoyed some of the touches like rain shower with full size shampoo bottles and funky furniture.
I like this hotel but it is extremely impersonal. My only interaction with staff was during check in. The room I got had a view of the city and it was well appointed although a bit awkward in its configuration. Could not use the pool due to weather.
Highlights are the breakfast served and the espresso machines in the corridors.
Will be back.
Beds are comfortable, nice views, huge and clean bathrooms... the lobby is a joke. Nice pool but the bar was full with people I guess weren’t even guests... nice little mall next door. The staff is friendly but not very helpful...
Use Uber because in this city taxis are very expensive nowadays, no one knows where this hotel is and taxi drivers are super rude.
Nothing spectacular. Kinda overpriced.
Oh, and when I was checking out they said I had spent 300 dollars in room service, which was a mistake... they didn’t seem to care and simply deleted that from my bill but, what a mistake !
And one more thing... the lobby is tiny and when I was checking in there was a bride taking photos on the front desk... what the...? Kinda ridiculous if you ask me.
I would not stay in this hotel again. My main complaint is that the level of noise from the hallways is beyond anything I've experienced at a hotel. Because each floor is relatively compact and there's no carpeting to be found anywhere, the noise from housekeeping and other guests echoes unbelievably. The housekeeping staff seem to have no awareness of this - they were continually singing and chatting in the hallways and using walkie-talkies, and it was so loud it was like they were in my own room. The hotel also overlooks a shopping center which blares music and has a lot of noise from pedestrians, shoppers, and kids playing in the courtyard. I had to sleep with earplugs both nights just to stay asleep.
Moreover,:I get that this is a 'design hotel', but much of the design seems to be quirky for quirky's sake. The rooms are incredibly cold and monochromatic, and I don't think there's a single comfortable chair to be found in the entire hotel. A few sacrifices to comfort wouldn't hurt.
Pros: the 8th floor rooftop pool / bar is stunning, and the views are incredible. The food in the restaurant / lounge on the 1st floor is great. And the check-in staff were very friendly.