In Mexico City, galleries and museums complement the city’s most uber-trendy hotels to make for a world-class cultural scene. Here’s our pick of the best art and culture hotels in the capital of Mexico – bookable on Culture Trip.
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In a capital as artistically, historically and architecturally rich as Mexico City, art lovers and aesthetes will have a ball visiting fantastic museums specializing in anthropology, fine arts and modern masterpieces while diving into diverse neighborhoods. Visitors to the most populous city in North America also have a selection of hotels to match the city’s high-brow, high-altitude aesthetic, with our pick of the best art and culture hubs in Mexico City.
Hotel 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. Rooms at this boutique hotel come complete with retro-modern design furniture and gorgeous hardwood flooring, bringing a distinct sense of warmth to the mostly black-and-white aesthetic of the rooms. This skyscraper-based establishment is in the high-rise district of Santa Fe, and expansive windows in the bedrooms offer sweeping views of the surrounding area. Hotel Distrito Capital provides a peaceful refuge from the city’s bustling activity.
Las Alcobas, translated as “the alcoves,” is set in a former residence that has been transformed into a series of comfy lodgings. It’s in the upscale neighborhood of Polanco, 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.
This luxury boutique hotel sits on the wide avenue Paseo de la Reforma, modeled after the great European boulevards in the 1860s. Hotel Marquis Reforma is near some of the city’s most important cultural attractions, such as the National History Museum and the Modern Art Museum, while the hotel itself is art deco-inspired throughout. At Los Canarios, one of three superb restaurants on-site, you can enjoy authentic 19th-century-inspired Mexican-Spanish fusion cuisine.
In this Grupo Habita hotel, the culture and history of the area are deeply integrated into the design concept. Downtown Mexico is set in a refurbished, 17th-century viceregal-style building. Antique features, such as vaulted brick ceilings in the guest rooms and ornate iron railings on the main staircase, blend seamlessly with sleek, contemporary furnishings. The resulting space exhibits an unconventional elegance, while down in the lobby and breakfast patio, a captivating fresco by renowned 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.
The brand new Live Aqua Mexico City lies on the distinguished Paseo de Los Tamarindos in the fashionable neighborhood of Bosques de las Lomas. With soft colors and lavish textures, Live Acqua offers an in-room customizable aromatherapy system and a unique dining space serving innovative takes on Mexican cuisine.
Sorrel Moseley-Williams contributed additional reporting to this article.