The Best Hotels in Juarez, San Rafael and Santa Maria La Ribera, Mexico City
Stara Hamburgo, Ciudad de México
Colonias Juarez, San Rafael and St. Maria de Ribera are three neighborhoods that are finally getting their due in Mexico City. Juarez has a lively nightlife and is quickly becoming the new it place in Mexico City, San Rafael is home to some incredible turn-of-the-century architecture, and St. Maria de Ribera, fiercely residential, has new hip cafes and hangouts popping up everyday. Here are a few places to stay if you want to check out these up-and-coming spots.
The Four Seasons has that classic luxury that you’ve come to expect from the Four Seasons brand. This hotel has won the AAA Five Diamond Award 17 years in a row and is a favorite for rock stars, millionaires and folks who travel in style. That said the hotel is extremely kid-friendly too, complete with a milk and cookies welcome. A stay at the Four Seasons not only means comfort and style, it is also close to all the major museums and attractions on Reforma Ave and a quick walk to bustling Juarez and Colonia Roma.
For those travelers that want to be comfortable in advance about where they are staying, what’s better than one of the world’s biggest chains, the Holiday Inn? The Holiday Inn Mexico Buenavista in located at the edge of St. Maria, but makes an easy walk to all of the neighborhood’s (and sister neighborhood, San Rafael’s) sites and restaurants. Staying at the Holiday Inn puts you near all kinds of Mexico City public transportation, too. They have a giant swimming pool, a well-equipped gym and the rooms are simply decorated in good taste.
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 31 Mexican states and 1 federal district. 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 recognize the historic value of these magnificent buildings.
A luxury boutique hotel right in the middle of the vivacious Colonia Juarez, Stara Hamburgo is a urbanite’s dream, with incredible rooftop views, an excellent business center, expansive suites and great dining in-house. The rooms are set up as small apartments with kitchenettes and we suggest getting a bottom floor suite to take adavantage of the cool and inviting private terraces on the first floor. Stara Hamburgo is close to all the major attractions and museums along Reforma avenue and a short walk to both the Centro Historico and Colonias Roma and Condesa.
You can relive the decadent past of Hotel Geneve hunkered down in a plush chair in its library, or while enjoying afternoon tea in the glass-ceiling eating nook. Built in 1907, this is one of the area’s oldest hotels, paying homage to its past and many famous and infamous former guests with a mini museum on the hotel’s first floor. Rooms are tastefully and comfortably designed and include a selection of “era-style” rooms with historical memorabilia and artwork. This hotel has always been on the edge of progressive, providing some of the first rooms in the city for women traveling alone.
We love Hotel NH Mexico City for its Lazy Sunday option with free late check-out and longer breakfast hours for us weekend loungers (be sure to ask for it when you check-in). This hotel also has its own theater with nightly performances, with discounted tickets for guests. Rooms are modern and spacious, with a simple color palate and great views of the city. Take a luxurious dip in the rooftop pool or work out in their fully-equipped fitness center open from 6am to 11pm.
Hotel Suites Amberes puts you right in the middle of the action, with the Centro Historico, Colonia Roma and Colonia Condesa just a short walk from the hotel, not to mention all of the Juarez’s great clubs and bars. Their one and two-bedroom suites are nice if your stay in Mexico City is more than just a weekend, as each has a small kitchenette to cook some basic meals for you and your significant other. Add to that an on-site gym where you can workout to a view of the skyline and a business center for conducting meetings and you are all set for a extended stay in CDMX.
Room Mate Valentina is a favorite in Zona Rosa. Brightly colored, with bold and beautiful interior design, the hotel’s motto is “Your pal in Mexico City.” It offers a city guide of important sites to see and good restaurants and bars to seek out. Room Mate Valentina is the most centrally located of all the hotels mentioned here in regards to the Zona Rosa, and is just a short walk from the Museum of Anthropology, the Museum of Modern Art and the Tamayo Art Museum, all on Reforma Avenue.