The Ten Best Art and Culture Hotels in Mexico City

Ellen Von Weigand

Mexico City is one of the most important international centers in the world, boasting celebrated museums, extensive entertainment venues and one of the more globally popular cuisines. We look at some of the most culturally appealing hotels in the largest metropolitan area of the western hemisphere.

Distrito Capital

Distrito Capital is a branch of Grupo Habita, whose unique, quirky hotel designs reflect the individual character of the neighborhoods in which they are located. Accomodations at this boutique hotel are complete with retro-modern design furniture and gorgeous hard wood flooring, bringing a distinct sense of warmth to the mostly black and white aesthetic of the rooms. This high rise establishment is located in the skyscraper district of Santa Fe, and expansive windows in the bedrooms offer ideal views of the surrounding area. Distrito Capital provides a peaceful refuge from the city’s bustling activity.

Hotel Brick

Hotel Brick is located in La Roma district of Mexico City, a charming neighborhood where history, architecture, culture and nightlife meet. The hotel elegantly combines the features of this nineteenth century English style country house with contemporary design elements by design firm Arch Paola Calzada and Muro Rojo. The addition of luxurious amenities brings this chic space a sense of intimate warmth. The three-starred, in hotel restaurant, Brasserie la Moderna, is run by renowned Chef Richard Sandoval. As a favourite spot among area residents, guests can enjoy a genuine local dining experience without even leaving the premises.

Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico

Originally constructed between 1895 and 1899 as a Trading Center, Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico is the historic Grand Hotel of Mexico City. The central interior space, with its Tiffany stained-glass ceiling, is a prime example of Art Nouveau design, and is considered one of the most exquisite buildings in the country’s capital. This five star establishment also offers the most breathtaking view of the city’s historic center, while the distinguished design of its rooms transports guests to the grandeur of old world aristocratic Mexico.

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The chosen design aesthetic of the rooms at this Grupo Habita hotel emphasises clean lines and natural colours, while floor to ceiling windows suggest a merging of inside and outside. The fourth floor terrace bar and restaurant acts as a quiet escape, where guests can enjoy views of the nearby Castle of Chapultepec and España Park. An additional hotel cocktail bar and lounge can be transformed into a movie theatre, where guests can munch on popcorn or other culinary delights while enjoying the featured films.

Las Alcobas

Las Alcobas, literally translated as ‘the alcoves’, is set in a former residence that has been transformed into a series of comfy lodgings. The upscale neighborhood of Polanco in which it is located, is known for its accessibility to a wide variety of museums and entertainment venues, and is surrounded by designer shops. A positively serene environment has been created by the prestigious North American design firm Yabu Pushelberg, responsible for the refurbishment of the 1950s exterior as well as the sleek, comfortable interior. The guest looking for a truly unforgettable stay can opt for one of the three penthouses, which offer wraparound terraces overlooking the city.

Boutique Hotel de Cortes

Boutique Hotel de Cortes was likely constructed in the seventeenth Century, and shortly thereafter converted into one of the first hospices by the Order of Saint Augustine. An engraving on the façade of this brilliant Mexican Baroque complex marks 1780 as the year in which the structure became a hotel, making it one of the earliest examples of a hotel in the Americas. Rooms decorated in colonial yet contemporary style are ideal for those who wish to be immersed in the history and culture of this remarkable city while enjoying the comforts of modern luxury. At short distance are grand cultural institutions such as the Palacio de Bellas Artes, El Templo Mayor, and The National Museum of History. Meanwhile the attic lounge provides excellent views of the Alameda.

El Patio 77

El Patio 77, built in a grand, refurbished nineteenth century home, is the first eco-friendly bed and breakfast in Mexico City. Eight uniquely decorated rooms reflect the cultures of the 32 Mexican states. The hotel is located in the characteristic area of San Rafael, a once upper-class area that was abandoned in the 1970s, leaving the many nineteenth century French style mansions empty. The area is currently experiencing a renaissance, as people have begun to recognise the historic value of these magnificent buildings.

Marquis Reforma Hotel

This luxury boutique hotel sits on the wide avenue Paseo de la Reforma, modeled after the great European boulevards in the 1860’s. Marquis Reforma Hotel is near to some of the city’s most important cultural attractions like the National history museum, and the Modern Art Museum, boasting dynamic art a culture. The hotel itself combines Art Deco inspired architecture with mahogany woods, and polished modern décor. At Los Canarios, one of three superb restaurants on site, guests can enjoy authentic nineteenth century inspired Mexican – Spanish fusion cuisine. In this glass walled, natural light infused space, caged canaries share their melodies with diners, an impressive detail which adds to the luxury experience of this hotel.

Downtown Mexico

In this Grupo Habita hotel, the culture and history of the area are deeply integrated into the design concept. Hotel Downtown Mexico is set in a refurbished, seventeenth century viceregal style building. Antique features like the vaulted brick ceilings in the guest rooms, or the ornate iron railings on the main staircase blend seamlessly with sleek, contemporary furnishings. The resulting space emits a raw, unconventional elegance. In the lobby and breakfast patio, a captivating fresco, titled The Holocaust, by renowned twentieth century Mexican Muralist Manuel Rodriguez Lozano adorns the wall. Finally, the rooftop, with its scenic bar and pool area, offers picturesque views of the surrounding colonial architecture.

Live Aqua Mexico City

The brand new Live Aqua Mexico City is located on the distinguished Paseo de los Tamarindos in the fashionable neighborhood of Bosques de las Lomas. Live Acqua is designed to appeal to all senses, offering cutting edge décor with a multitude of soft colours and lavish textures, an in room customiseable aroma-therapy system, and a unique dining space serving innovative dishes which highlight the delicacies of modern Mexican cuisine.

By Ellen Von Wiegand