Hotels in Mexico City You’ll Be Talking About Forever

Mexico City is full of memorable attractions, including the Guadalupe Basilica
Mexico City is full of memorable attractions, including the Guadalupe Basilica | © Jorge Duarte Estevao / Alamy Stock Photo

Northern England Writer

Bustling, busy, beautiful Mexico City lives long in the memory. It’s crammed with wonders, from the call of the taco seller to the acrobatics of the lucha libre. So if you want to find a hotel to match, you’ll need somewhere special. These Mexico City stays are so remarkable you’ll be recommending them for the rest of your life.

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1. Gran Hotel Ciudad de México

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The stained glass ceiling and decorative balconies of the four-storey atrium at the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico.
Courtesy Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico / Hotels.com
The Gran Hotel Ciudad de México: the perennial recommendation when you ask for a stylish hotel in Mexico City. And it’s easy to see why. Each of the 60 rooms seamlessly combines mod cons with antique decor and style. And there are bonus points for the central location and the stunning glass-ceilinged atrium.

2. Hotel La Casona

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A hotel suite decorated in pale green with dark wood floors at the Hotel La Casona,
Courtesy of Hotel La Casona / Hotels.com
In the fancy, ever-popular Condesa-Roma area, Hotel La Casona is a spectacularly decorated destination if you want a break from ultra-modern interior design. This historic building only has 29 rooms, although each offers something a little different from the last, and the small scale of the place makes the experience just that bit more personal.

4. Distrito Capital

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The striking marble bar area with black bar stools and contemporary seating at Distrito Capital.
Courtesy of Hotel Distrito Capital / Expedia

One of the best Grupo Habita hotels in Mexico City, Distrito Capital in Santa Fe is ideal if you want a break from the Roma-Condesa crowd. Take a tour of the 30 rooms and you’ll appreciate the understated cool of the hotel; the terraces and fifth-floor pool only add to the charm.

5. Chaya B&B Boutique

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The simple lobby area at Chaya B&B Boutique with a flat-woven Mexican rug reclaimed wood bench and multiple potted plants.
Despite being called a B&B, Chaya is most definitely one of the more spectacular boutique hotels in Mexico City; but book soon, it only has 11 rooms. It’s smack bang in the center of Mexico City, but it’s surprisingly laid-back. A great place to stay if you don’t want to slum it in hostel dorms.

6. Camino Real Polanco

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A large hotel room with king bed and two Eames armchairs and footstools upholstered with orange leather.
Designed by architect Ricardo Legorreta, Camino Real in swanky Polanco is a mix of historical authenticity and vibrant color that evokes the modernist style of well-known Mexican architect Luis Barragán. In fact, the design is so highly regarded, it’s considered a hybrid hotel-museum. It was built for the Mexico City Olympics of 1968, but feels as fresh as ever, while still giving clever nods to the Mesoamerican past of the country. It’s also ideal for families, with babysitting services, spacious rooms – some with kitchenettes – and lots of outdoor space. What’s more, it’s in prime kid-friendly activity territory, a stone’s throw from the Bosque de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Forest) and the Papalote Museo del Niño (Papalote Children’s Museum).

7. Hotel Habita

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The pool deck with a monochromatic marble-design mosaic wall and bar area at Hotel Habitat.

A modern accommodation option pioneer in Mexico City, Hotel Habita has an icy exterior – literally. It looks like a giant ice cube, sweltering in the Mexico City heat, and this metaphorical cool also pervades the interior, which has a stylish boutique vibe throughout with modern art pieces. If you’re into minimalist design, the all-white look of this Polanco hotel will be right up your street. And the decadent rooftop pool isn’t bad either.

8. Marquis Reforma Hotel and Spa

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An outdoor seating area with contemporary furniture and living walls at the Marquis Reforma Hotel.

Indulge in a special stay at the Marquis Reforma Hotel and Spa, one of the top luxury hotels in Mexico City, and ideally located on Paseo de la Reforma – one of the main boulevards in the city. Art deco rooms feature a mix of mahogany touches and marble bathrooms, while you can take your pick of three restaurants. The real attraction here is the Marquis Spa, where you can relax and rejuvenate in 16,000sqft (1,500sqm) of blissful peace.

9. Downtown México

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Dining seating with large, double-sided red couches on a grey-and-white checkerboard tile floor in front of a large fresco mural at Downtown Mexico.

In the heart of the historic center, and housed in what was once an Aztec palace, is the aptly named Downtown Mexico. It’s perfect if you’re a foodie, not just because you’re in the middle of the culinary hub, but because the building is also home to chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita’s Azul Histórico. Situated on the ground floor, the restaurant does a gourmet take on Mexican staples. There are also mezcalerías here, chocolate shops and a rooftop bar, so it’s worth a visit even if you aren’t staying.

10. La Valise

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A contemporary hotel suite with private sun deck at La Valise, Mexico.
La Valise, in the upscale-yet-quirky Roma, is a highly exclusive hotel with just three guest rooms. Each has its own individual, luxury charm designed by French-born Roma resident Emmanuel Picault. As you can imagine, this 1920s townhouse isn’t cheap, but it’s one you’ll be talking about for years afterwards. While there, enjoy personalized service from nearby restaurant, Rosetta. For true decadence, book the penthouse suite where you can sleep beneath the stars.

11. Hotel Carlota

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A stay at Hotel Carlota is unforgettable thanks to its dazzling concrete pool area with glass sided pool and industrial glamour.
Custom furniture, unique art and a selection of excellently curated antiques make Hotel Carlota an exceptional example of interior decor and design. The strangely concrete-centric construction is beautiful rather than austere, and the central pool-lounge area, with bar and restaurants, is to die for. Plus, this is one of a few pet-friendly hotels in Mexico City.

12. Pug Seal Boutique

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The hotel hosts eclectic rooms with old-school charm and modern touches.
If prizes were given for names alone, Pug Seal Boutique would win hands down, although the mansion house in which it’s located is spectacular too. Only eight eclectic rooms make up this teeny spot, with old-school charm and modern touches.

Maja Proescholdt contributed additional reporting to this article.

Looking for more places to stay in Mexico City? Book one of the top boutique hotels. For more affordable options, stay at one of the best cheap hotels in Mexico City. The Mexican capital is full of things to do, so don’t miss out on the must-visit attractions, including its unique landmarks. And you can’t afford to miss the best restaurants in the historical center, either.

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