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
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
The place is nice. The rooms are clean and staff friendly. There’s a lot restaurants and bars nearby. There’s an interior parking lot. Nice pool and bar on the rooftop. Not well soundproof. So there’s a party with music till 2 or 3 am. Nice but not my kind of place.
The rooftop bar and pool with views over the city in one direction and the mountains in the other is unforgettable.
The bathroom has a louvered window to the bedroom so doesn't fell cramped
but I found the standard bedrooms a little too small. There is a shopping mall behind the hotel with a very good restaurant, like only one minute away
HABITA MTY is a design jewel; but has gone down on almost all aspects, it just to be a perfect example on how to pay attention to detail and customer satisfaction.
Now days is not well kept, many things looks old and worn out (old towels, power outlets broken, paint drops on windows, thrash from previous guests, ashtrays not cleaned etc).
It´s a shame and hopefully HABITA MTY will get back on track and MTY would appreciate the hotel and the Plaza where is located that seems to be struggling as well.
Still I plan on keep staying there unless things get worse or no improvement is done by MGMT.
Reception was not the most warming welcome you may expect. Restaurant Staff; some of them good some not.