Condesa and Roma are just two of Mexico City’s coolest neighbourhoods, loved by locals and travellers alike for their modern ambiance, art deco architecture, abundance of delicious cafes and restaurants, along with cultural and fashion hotspots. There are also plenty of quirky boutique accommodation options on offer in Condesa-Roma too; here are eight of the best.
Roma Norte is not just home to several cool bookstores and boutiques, it’s also the location of Casa Goliana, one of the zones quirkiest and most beautiful accommodation options. This early 20th century edifice, which is catalogued by the Instituto de Bellas Artes, is also a relatively fresh face on the hotel scene, having only launched in November 2015. Don’t be put off by this newbie status though, it offers fantastic service in a building that remains true to the architectural era, whilst also managing to feel fresh and modern.
Just off the popular and well-worthy of a visit Parque México you’ll find Hippodrome Hotel, which gorgeously complements the art deco vibe that permeates much of the Condesa district. Geometric patterns, rich colour schemes and classy aluminium touches are just some of the highlights you can find throughout the communal areas and 16 rooms of the Hippodrome Hotel. It makes for the perfect base if you tire of exploring Mexico City, given that each fresh-flower filled suite offers free Netflix and there’s an onsite restaurant, Hipp Brasserie.
La Valise, situated in the aptly upscale yet quirky Colonia Roma, is a small-scale, highly exclusive hotel that boasts just three guest rooms. Each room has its own individual, luxury charm as they were designed by French-born Roma resident Emmanuel Picault. Despite this, the Mesoamerican influence is evident. As you can imagine, this 1920s town house makes for anything but a cheap Mexico City option, but it’s certainly one you’ll be talking about for years afterwards and while there you can enjoy personalised service from nearby restaurant, Rosetta. Small pets are welcome.
A regularly recommended Mexico City accommodation option, Condesa DF is one of those rare, unforgettable hotels that’ll have you coming back for more. Known for hosting plenty of quirky cultural events like Ambulante Festival parties, its design retains echoes of the neighbourhood’s art deco past in the façade, yet reinvents everything with a modern twist once inside. A collaboration between Mexican architect Javier Sanchez and French designer India Mahdavi, there are 40 rooms spread over three floors and a spectacular roof terrace ideal for late afternoon drinks and cultural conversation.
A sublime atmosphere reigns at AR218, one of Mexico City’s most well-known and renowned boutique hotels, with muted tones and lush planters dominating the interior décor. 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, and the eco-friendly credentials only increase the must-visit status of this quirky Condesa hotel.
Situated in the fancy and ever popular Condesa-Roma area of Mexico City, Hotel La Casona is a spectacularly decorated destination if you want a break from the recent trend of ultra-modern interior design. This historic building only has 29 rooms, although each offer something a little different from the last and the small-scale of the place makes the experience just that bit more personal.
If you like swish design hotels then María Condesa might be the ideal spot for you, given that each room was designed by famed Mexican fashion brand Pineda Covalin. Even though minimalist Mexican is the best way to describe the María Condesa vibe, you’ll not be short on all the mod cons like Apple TV and Nespresso machines. So, if you want somewhere to pamper yourself in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Mexico City, this hotel – complete with silk bedding and free mini bar – could be the spot for you.
One of Colonia Condesa’s many 19th century elegant mansions, Villa Condesa was converted into the quirky and cool accommodation option you see today, by a Mexican journalist and his Nicaraguan wife, over the course of three years. Now home to 15 boutique suites which expertly combine traditional stone carvings and wrought iron detailing with modern touches like glass skylights, you’ll be privy to the welcoming, family vibe of this hotel upon arrival – and you’ll get a complimentary beer! Only children over 12 are welcome.