The Quirkiest Boutique Hotels in Condesa and Roma, Mexico City

 Ignacia Guest House is one of the characterful lodgings in the Roma-Condesa area worth a stay
Ignacia Guest House is one of the characterful lodgings in the Roma-Condesa area worth a stay | Courtesy of Ignacia Guest House / Expedia
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14 September 2021
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Condesa and Roma are two of the coolest neighborhoods in Mexico City, loved by both locals and travelers for the art deco architecture, popular restaurants such as Contramar, and cultural hotspots including Casa Lamm. There are plenty of quirky boutique accommodation options here, too. These are the best.

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Condesa Haus B&B

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A simple guestroom at Condesa Haus with dark-wood floors, white walls and a double bed with a leather bedhead
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Condesa Haus sits within a Porfirio-era building typical of Condesa and neighboring Roma. Some of the five rooms connect to private patio or terrace spaces, and details such as wrought-iron bed frames, Spanish tile tubs and stained-glass windows inject extra character. Make sure you don’t miss breakfast, with a variety of traditional Mexican dishes like chilaquiles and huevos rancheros to kick start your day.

Casa Comtesse

Bed and Breakfast
A high-ceilinged lounge at Hotel Casa Comtesse with a red button-back sofa, light-wood floors and a chandelier
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Regal is the word of the day at this quirky hotel. Classified as a historical monument, the 1943 neocolonial-Californian mansion is home to seven rooms, all unique in design. The characterful bed and breakfast is conveniently located by both metro and bus stops, and chef Daniela is ready to whip up whatever you need to get going for the day, whether that’s a plate of fresh fruit or organic coffee from Chiapas.

Hotel Casa Nuevo Leon

A bright, modern guestroom at Hotel Casa Nuevo Leon with a geometric-tile floor, white double bed and light-wood furniture
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The retro-modern design at Hotel Casa Nuevo Leon is easy on the eye, with a clean palette of grays and creams and light wood furnishings running throughout. Upgrade to a suite with a hot tub, and enjoy the sounds of the birds chirping away in Parque México as you take a soak. There is no restaurant, but the hotel is on a tree-lined street filled with stores, and a number of award-winning restaurants are nearby. A stop at El Moro for churros and hot chocolate is a must.

Nima Local House Hotel

A leafy terrace at Nima Local House Hotel, with green patio bistro sets with parasols and cushioned seating
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Feel like you’ve stepped into a friend’s home at this cozy and classically styled four-room hotel. Balcony doors allow natural light to flood in, and neutral interiors create a calm ambience. The property wraps around a communal patio space where there’s an impressive display of plants climbing the walls. In this part of town, you’ll be close to some of the top restaurants in Mexico City, including Contramar and Panadería Rosetta, as well as sights such as the Museo MUCA Roma and Jardín Pushkin.

Ignacia Guest House

A modern bedroom at Ignacia Guest House with an olive colour palette, light-wood floors and four-poster bed
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Each of the five suites here follows its own color palette: the Negra room is filled with striking black details such as floor-to-ceiling marble, while the Rosa room is lined with plush, pink velvet. This impeccably designed bed and breakfast serves hot meals like sopes, tamales and eggs your way every morning, and is close to other Roma must-sees including Jardín Ramón López Velarde and the house where Roma (2018), the Alfonso Cuarón film based in the neighborhood, was filmed. But this high-design hotel feels like a movie set in itself.

Maison Salamanca Boutique Hotel

A covered courtyard at Maison Salamanca Boutique Hotel with a street-art mural, pattern-tile floors and lots of seating
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Playful with a capital P, the rooms inside this French-style mansion in Roma Norte feature giant dots, stripes and slashes slapped on the walls. Fun and luxury come hand in hand here, and the small details don’t go unnoticed. Exclusive Malin + Goetz toiletries are available in every room, and the restaurant serves French-Mexican fusion cuisine using local produce. Get around town by taking the metro line a few blocks away, or hop on one of the bikes for rent from the front desk.

Casa Goliana

A romantic guestroom at Casa Goliana with light-wood floors, antiques and a gray-white colour scheme
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Roma Norte is not just home to several cool bookstores and boutiques, it’s also the location of Casa Goliana, one of the quirkiest and most beautiful accommodation options in the area. This early 20th-century home, which is catalogued by the Instituto de Bellas Artes, oozes a timeless sense of sophistication with modern touches bringing it up to date. The rooms feature beautiful swathes of printed wallpaper, and tiled flooring adds to the character. Breakfast is included, with quesadillas and tamales being some of the favorite morning snacks among guests.

Hippodrome Hotel

A modern lounge at Hippodrome Hotel with a gray colour scheme, plush armchair and tall door leading to an outside space
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Just off Parque México, you’ll find Hippodrome Hotel, which has a striking art deco facade in keeping with the other buildings in Condesa. Inside, the place has a chic and modern feel, with rich purple tones and dusky grays. There are 16 rooms in total, and butlers on hand to deal with any request, from a midnight snack to a martini.

La Valise

A cozy-looking double bed on a wooden outside deck at La Valise, a tree popping over the balcony
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The darling of Mexico City’s boutique, luxury hotel scene, La Valise is a 1920s townhouse converted into a tiny but perfectly formed guesthouse. With only three rooms, you need to plan ahead if you fancy staying here; however, if you do get reservations, the stay is exceptional, and room service comes courtesy of nearby restaurant Rosetta. For true decadence, book the penthouse suite. Here, you will find a king-sized rolling bed that glides out onto your private terrace so you can sleep beneath the stars.

AR218

The side of a luxurious bed and its reclaimed wood side table with glass-based lamp and potted plant on top.
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A sleek atmosphere reigns at AR218, one of the most renowned boutique hotels in Mexico City, with muted tones and lush planters dominating the interior decor. Modern design is the trademark here, yet Mexican touches abound; take, for example, the Talavera-tiled floors, sweeping staircases, sumptuous chandeliers and handcrafted handrails. Throughout the 39 rooms of AR218, the quality is clear, from the matte walls to the sheets. The ecofriendly credentials bag this place extra points.

Hotel Villa Condesa

An open-air dining space at Hotel Villa Condesa with a rectangular pond, wooden tables and lots of greenery
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Over the course of three years, a Mexican journalist and his Nicaraguan wife went about converting this 19th-century mansion in the bohemian neighborhood of Condesa into a quaint boutique hotel. There are now 15 suites with modern interiors and ensuite bathrooms. Some rooms also have balconies. The communal outside terrace is a popular spot with guests, and there’s a restaurant serving an all-day menu and Mexican coffee.

Lauren Cocking contributed additional reporting to this article.

These recommendations were updated on September 14, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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