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When deciding where to stay in Mexico City, go boutique. In the country’s cosmopolitan capital, there are dozens of hidden-gem hotels, particularly in achingly cool neighborhoods Condesa and Roma. Stylish, character-filled rooms with thoughtful touches make you feel as though you’re staying at a trendy friend’s house, and with less guests to dote on, the staff can pay more attention to the little things. You’ll also get a more authentic experience of what it’s like to live there, compared to a generic chain hotel. Warning: you may fall so hard for your home-away-from-home you’ll have to be dragged kicking and screaming from your room when it’s time to check out. Here, our absolute favorite boutique stays in Mexico City.
Best Overall: The Red Tree House
In the heart of the hip Condesa neighborhood, The Red Tree House is the dictionary definition of a boutique hotel. Comfortable guestrooms — roughly the size of those in NYC and San Francisco — are polished and decorated with Mexican art and textiles. The 1930s building that the Red Tree House calls home formerly housed writers, painters, actors and other free spirits. Today, what takes the boutique a step above the rest (it’s consistently rated the best B&B in Mexico City on Tripadvisor) is the intimate, congenial atmosphere. The hotel prides itself on fostering a true sense of community; the boutique's slogan is “staying with friends,” after all. Hotel staff is exceptionally warm, helpful and knowledgeable about the city, and every evening there’s a complimentary wine hour (FYI, it's more like a couple of hours) in the leafy courtyard, where hotel guests can mingle before heading out for the night. Time and time again, guests of The Red Tree House are known to leave with new friends.
Best Budget: Casa Comtesse
This elegant eight-room property in Condesa offers unbelievable value. A former mansion built in the 1940s, Casa Comtesse is classified as a historical monument by Mexico’s Instituto de Bellas Artes (Institute of Fine Arts). Each of the Art-Deco rooms is bright, light and filled with unique Mexican art. King-size beds, complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-screen televisions with Netflix — and even deep-soaking baths in some rooms — are nice touches you might not expect at a hotel where rates start well below $100 per night. A traditional Mexican breakfast, which changes daily, is served from 8 to 10 AM. The friendly Casa Comtesse staff can arrange taxis, tours or dinner reservations for guests. Chapultepec Park, museums and a Metro station are only a short walk away.
Best Design: Hippodrome Hotel Condesa
Luxurious without being overdone, this chic 16-room property, on one of the most sought-after streets in Condesa, was designed with the style-conscious traveler in mind. Sleek, modern furniture and geometric patterns balance the circa-1931 building’s original Mexican Art-Deco features, which have been carefully maintained. It’s the thoughtful comforts and perks that make Hippodrome Hotel a Mexico City favorite. In your room, you’ll find Sonos speakers, a TV with Netflix and fresh flowers, and guests receive complimentary access to the Qi Wellness Center gym just two blocks away. If you’re looking to splash out, the Executive Suite Terrace room has a private balcony with views over Condesa. The hotel is in a beautiful spot opposite leafy Parque Mexico and surrounded by the best of sophisticated Condesa’s restaurants, bars and boutique shops.
Best for Families: Chaya B&B Boutique
Even with its prime location in the historic center — just a 10-minute walk to the Palacio de Bellas Artes through Parque Alameda — Chaya B&B Boutique is a calming oasis from the hectic pace of Mexico City. Housed in a renovated 1920s building, Chaya B&B offers 11 bright, airy and spacious rooms (several with two queen beds, making it a great option for families), most of which offer views of the park. There are several common spaces to hang out in: a hammock area, a plant-filled terrace with views of the city and a tranquil courtyard with an organic orchard. Complimentary daily breakfast (continental and Mexican), reliable Wi-Fi throughout the property and bilingual 24/7 staff are the icing on the cake of this boutique hotel which offers a happy, hassle-free visit to Mexico City.
Best for Romance: La Valise
Hidden away on a quiet street in the trendy Roma district, this high-design boutique hotel is the best for a romantic weekend away. At La Valise there are only three rooms, so you’re guaranteed privacy and minimal disturbance. Fancy sleeping under the stars? Book the La Terraza room where the bed can be rolled out onto the deck. All three rooms exude next-level luxury with high-quality furniture, exquisite art, hardwood floors, deep-soaking bathtubs, divine-smelling products by Baja Botanica and generously sized terraces complete with hammocks and swings. If you can tear yourself away from your room, you won’t have to go far for a culture hit. The hotel is surrounded by art galleries, cafes, bars and fashion boutiques. Oh, and only children over 12 years of age are permitted.
Best Luxury: Las Alcobas
From the moment you enter the opulent lobby at Las Alcobas and are whisked away to your plush quarters, the superior staff is there to anticipate your every need (maybe even before you do). Thirty-five rooms, decorated in understated luxury, are decked out with stylish furniture, comfortable beds, high-quality Italian sheets, flat-screen televisions, BOSE speakers, rainfall showerheads and deep-soaking tubs with hydrotherapy jets. Perks include a ‘wake-up’ service of coffee, tea or a smoothie brought to your room in the morning, and a nightly turn-down service (you’re likely to find your shoes shined and an indulgent treat on your pillow). There are two on-site restaurants; fine-dining modern Mexican eatery Dulce Patria is consistently ranked as one of the best restaurants in Latin America under chef Martha Ortiz. The neighborhood, Polanco, is one of the most upmarket in the city. Shoppers will love the proximity to boutique stores and international luxury brands.
Best for Nightlife: Condesa DF
Condesa DF is the epitome of cool. The trendy 40-room luxury hotel draws a hip, young crowd who sip on artisanal cocktails or work on their laptops in one of the buzzing communal spaces. Rooms have classic Art-Deco features like French doors that open onto tranquil balconies and are filled with custom furniture and modern fittings. Stylish marble bathrooms are equipped with Malin + Goetz products and soft, fluffy towels. In the evenings (especially on Friday and Saturday nights) you'll find the terrace bar at Condesa DF is one of the hottest places to be in Mexico City. Guests sit at the bar or gather on comfy couches and day beds to enjoy the upbeat atmosphere. There’s even a small pool, and the four-story building’s location — just steps from Parque Espana — means you’re among the treetops. Facilities include a business center, gym, hot tub and steam room. On-site restaurant El Patio, which serves up a fusion menu of Mexican, European and Asian cuisine, and the hotel spa live up to the hype. While children are permitted, this one is best left to adults.
Best for Business: Hotel Distrito Capital
Favored by in-the-know business travelers, high-rise Hotel Distrito is in the heart of the Santa Fe business district. The hotel offers minimalist rooms with all the mod-cons you’d expect: working desks, reliably strong Wi-Fi and panoramic views over the surrounding city and mountains. The sleek 15-meter pool is perfect for doing some laps before a day of meetings while at night, the terrace around the pool turns into a bar that attracts a sophisticated crowd. Hotel Distrito also offers a conference room equipped with a work table, TV and projector. Anything else you could need, such as restaurants, bars, stores, banks or gyms, you’ll find conveniently close by. Hungry, but too tired to leave the hotel? Restaurant By Patricia Silvera is a modern fine-dining spot with a contemporary Mexican menu. Insider tip: the Royal Suite has a fireplace, huge living space and a bathtub with epic views of the city.
Best City Center: Hotel Downtown Mexico
Smack bang in Mexico City’s historic center, hotel Downtown Mexico is two blocks from the Zocalo, the city’s most important historic square. Concealed by an unassuming three-story stone façade on a busy street, hidden behind the wall is an oasis in the city. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed building has a rooftop terrace with a pool, bar and jacuzzi which offers views of the area’s ornate architecture. There’s also an airy semi-outdoor lobby and breakfast area. Old meets new in 17 rooms guestrooms, which are modern and chic but still pay homage to the building’s history. Original high ceilings (which make the already generously sized rooms feel even bigger), exposed brick and concrete walls ensure the 17th-century building’s essence remains, while mid-century furniture and uber-modern bathrooms deliver contemporary luxury. Most rooms have modest wrought-iron balconies that overlook the street or an interior courtyard. Azul Historico, a restaurant where locals and visitors alike come for exquisite Mexican cuisine, can be found in the ground floor courtyard.