11 Best Mexico City Hotels
A crop of new designer digs has arrived in the DF, with style in spades and service to match. Read on for our 11 favorite stays.
St. Regis Mexico City
It's no surprise that the St. Regis takes the crown as the most luxurious place to stay in Mexico City. The New York-based design stars Yabu Pushelberg are responsible for the hotel's marble and onyx guestrooms, which come with private butlers and tech perks like TVs in the bathroom mirrors and bedside touch-screen control pads. What we love best: the morning yoga on the rooftop helipad and the 11-course tasting menu at the acclaimed French restaurant, La Table Krug.
In the artsy Condesa barrio is Condesa df, a hip sleep that fuses Mexican accents with Parisian style. The interiors of the 1928 Art Nouveau building are decorated with local touches like hand-woven rugs from Oaxaca courtesy of French designer India Mahdavi. But if it were up to us, we'd be spending all our time outside on swanky daybeds at the fourth-floor rooftop lounge. It's the perfect spot to sip cocktails while watching the sun set over the Chapultepec Castle and Parque España.
This sleek Mexico City stay has it all: mid-century modern decor, a swanky pool and killer views of Popocatépetl Volcano. Guestrooms incorporate a black-and-white color scheme with charcoal statement walls and bright panel windows that frame panoramic vistas. Creative types gather in the slick lobby or around the 43-foot-long pool to sip añejo mezcal, while upstairs on the fifth floor you'll find one of the city’s hottest scenes, a restaurant helmed by Enrique Olvera (of Pujol fame). Rumor has it stars like Madonna have even been spotted here.
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If you don't like buzzy bars, Busue is not the place for you. By day, the hacienda-style stay in the upscale Polanco neighborhood feels like an oasis. Homey common areas are dressed with ocher tile, exposed wooden beams, wrought iron accents and stucco arches, while guestrooms are done up in a neutral palette of ivory, grey and earthy purples. But come evening, a stylish set takes over the rooftop restaurant and nightclub DIXON, and transform the space into the area's "it" spot.
One thing's for certain: Grupo Habita Hotels has style in spades from the chichi Hotel Americano in New York City to its fleet of Mexico City properties. Take Hotel Habita, which may as well be a contemporary museum thanks to its striking frosted glass exterior and collection of modern Mexican art. Here, you’ll find a bronze mural by Jan Hendrix in the lobby and an abstract black-and-white backdrop by the rooftop pool bar. Meanwhile, on the six-floor terrace, don't miss drinking sundowners and tasting tapas by the 12-foot-long fireplace.
This intimate stay in the ritzy Polanco district has one of the best locations around, just a short walk from some of the area’s hottest restaurants and bars. The slick design (also by Yabu Pushelberg) is all about understated elegance (think: goose-down bedding, custom rosewood furniture). But the real showstoppers are the two on-site restaurants, Anatol and Dulce Patria, where you can tuck into creative plates like duck with black mole sauce and bananas.
Room Mate Valentina
Looking for a stylish steal? This is it. The Room Mate brand’s Mexico City outpost has 62 spacious guestrooms with modular furniture, pops of primary color, and geometric wall textures modeled after Aztec motifs. The funky space by designer/architect Tomás Alía mirrors the lively graffiti art scene outside, in the up-and-coming Juárez hood. See one of the colorful murals over a meal at Amaya, a just-opened restaurant and wine bar helmed by chef Jair Tellez.
Housed in a former palace (now a UNESCO World Heritage site) on the charming, cobbled streets of Centro Histórico, Downtown Mexico blends colonial 17th-century architecture with a new, industrial look. To start, there's the uber-chic patio lounge with lipstick red sofas as well as an edgy rooftop bar and pool terrace surrounded by canary-yellow daybeds. Plus, the hotel's 17 crashpads showcase original volcanic rock walls and high brick ceilings paired with handmade cement tiled floors and blond wood furnishings.
Opened last summer in the Cuauhtémoc neighborhood, Hotel Carlota is a thriving example of contemporary Mexican design, and is the place to see and be seen. The mirrored glass facade leads into a concrete courtyard, where a cool crowd mingles around the narrow, glass-edged plunge pool. Meanwhile, the 36 chic rooms, created by Javier Sánchez's architecture firm JSa, feature custom wood installations, rugs by Lagos del Mundo and a curated modern art collection. As if all this isn't enough to convince you to check in, there’s also a farm-fresh restaurant and boutique design store.
This cool B&B occupies a prime perch above a multi-venue building that houses some of the city’s best new brands, art galleries and eateries. While the eleven spacious rooms are simple, it's all about the inviting common areas. There's a charming breakfast nook (with artisanal brews, of course), a library and even an organic orchard on a small back patio. Our favorite place to hang out? Swinging under twinkling lights in one of the rooftop hammocks.
Mexico City has had its fair share of hip hoods — first came Condesa, and now La Roma has taken the spotlight after a host of trendy coffee bars, design shops and restaurants opened their doors. Following suit, Emmanuel Picault, head of the boutique Chic by Accident, debuted a trio of quirky guestrooms above his concept store in a 1920 French-style townhouse. All three suites are outfitted with wood, velvet and metal materials, but they each have their own quirks. We recommend the Patio room, which has a quaint veranda with a leather swing and an artisanal Yucatecan hammock perfect for curling up with a book, or the indoor/outdoor, top-floor suite, La Terraza, with a king-size bed that can be rolled onto the terrace for sleeping under the stars.