Mexico City is one of the world’s best tourist destinations, so it’s understandably overrun with some great options for those who want to stay a few nights. There’s plenty to see and do to keep you busy – discover the stunning Palacio de Bellas Artes and Frida Kahlo Museum, or venture outside the city to see the Pyramids of Teotihuacan. However you choose to spend your visit, we’ve got the essential guide to the Mexican capital’s most unforgettable boutique hotels and B&Bs.
One of the Grupo Habita chain’s Mexico City destinations, Distrito Capital in Santa Fe is a sprawling, majestic hotel option if you want to break away from the classic Roma-Condesa area, although it is principally marketed at business travelers. Across the 30 rooms, you truly begin to appreciate the understated cool of Distrito Capital, and the terraces and fifth-floor pool only add to the modernist charm. However, the possibly overwhelming modernity is broken by the choice addition of quirky seventies furniture.
Mexico City’s modern accommodation option pioneer, Hotel Habita has an icy exterior appearance – literally! It looks like a giant ice cube, sweltering in the Mexico City heat and this metaphorical cool also pervades the interior too, which has a stylish boutique vibe throughout, due to the presence of modern art pieces and lush lighting. If you’re into minimalist modernism, the all-white design of this Polanco hotel will be right up your street and the decadent rooftop pool is also to die for. The hotel’s interior is unsurprisingly flooded with light from all angles and features notable works of modern art that make for genuine must-sees.
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 city’s main boulevards. Art deco-styled rooms feature a mixture of mahogany touches and marble bathrooms, while you can take your pick of three on-site restaurants. The real attraction here is the Marquis Spa, where you can relax and rejuvenate in 16,000sqft (1,500sqm) of blissful peace.
Right in the heart of Mexico City’s historic centre, and housed in what was once an Aztec palace, is the aptly named Downtown Mexico, another of the top hotel options for travellers in the capital. However, we especially recommend it for foodies, not just because you’re in the middle of the city’s culinary hub, but because the building is also home to the brainchild restaurant of top chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita, Azul Histórico. Situated on the ground floor, here you’ll find gourmet takes on Mexican staples. Another of Grupo Habita’s excellent Mexico City destinations, Downtown Mexico boasts an impressively intimidating studded door, which opens onto a surprisingly spacious and well-lit foyer. As well as restaurants, there are mezcalerías, chocolate shops and a rooftop bar, so it’s worth a visit even if you aren’t staying there!
Maja Proescholdt contributed additional reporting to this article.