Two of the most popular neighborhoods in Mexico City, Roma and Condesa, have a swath of cozy, quaint, and luxurious boutique hotels to choose from. These neighborhoods blend together, from Condesa to Roma Norte to Roma Sur, but have distinct personalities, parks, and hangout spots. They also contain some of the city’s most interesting hotels, in areas where you can walk out the door and join the locals for dinner or drinks.
Nima Local House Hotel
You won’t even know that Nima is there if you don’t know exactly what you are looking for. The hotel is housed inside an old 20th-century mansion that blends right in to the rest of the lovelingly restored facades on Colima street in North Roma. The house has four gorgeous rooms, each with a king-size bed and balcony that are a blend of antique and artisanal chic. The size of the hotel means extremely personalized service. Also, despite it’s limited space there is a small spa in the hotel and the rest of the Roma, including its excellent restaurants and the Rio de Janiero Park just steps away, is at your fingertips here.
For those who crave privacy and a secret getaway in a central spot, Nima is your choice. Rooms run from $405 to $445. Tip: Book far in advance of your trip, they fill up quickly! Check rates at Hotels.com.
Red Tree House in Condesa
Long a favorite among the U.S. and Canadian crowd, the Red Treehouse is probably the most popular B&B in the Condesa neighborhood. Folks love the cocktail hour each night where guests can mix and mingle and the fact that the staff has excellent English skills. They have a dozen or so rooms, each with its own style and vibe, but everything encompassing a kind of urban hominess. Several rooms face the central garden and some have patios that face the street, rooms are comfortable but not overly grandiose in size. Their treehouse room is a tiny penthouse perfect for one.
The location can’t be beat, right near Amsterdam and in the heart of the Condesa. With two lounges and two eating areas there is always someone, somewhere, to talk to and if not, pet their kindly old labrador who is usually splayed out in the foyer. Rooms run from US$95- 270.
La Valise Mexico City
One of the smaller options in the neighborhood, La Valise doesn’t skimp on luxury, with three decked out suites that each serve as galleries for some over-the-top art pieces. Each suite — El Patio, La Luna and La Terraza — are uniquely designed with a touch of Art Deco urban hip. They have luxurious marble tubs, lots of living space, and big beds to stretch out on. The suites include coffee and tea makers and free wi-fi, and each has an nice outdoor space either facing the street or the center of the building. The third-floor terraza suite has a bed that rolls out onto the patio for sleeping under the stars.
The hotel is tiny, so no spa or gym or restaurant, but they do provide room service by Rosetta, one of the city’s best restaurants, and lots of concierge options. Rooms are all around $400 a night. Check prices here at Expedia.
Ignacia Guest House
One of the Roma’s newest additions to this list, Ignacia Guest House is a 5-room boutique hotel with a sophisticated elegance that includes lots of books on the shelves, art on the walls, and interesting retro furniture throughout — the interior design here has won awards. They offer a robust traditional Mexican breakfast and also have a happy hour each evening for guests.
They share space with Casa Jacaranda, an excellent cooking school where you can sign up for intimate classes with Beto and Jorge, cooking their grandmothers’ recipes. The location is one of the quieter ones on this list, in a very residential area of Roma, but still an easy walk to anywhere you want to go. Rooms run $248 – $352 a night. Check rates online here.
Hippodrome Hotel Condesa
Housed inside one of the city’s most beautiful (and well preserved) Art Deco masterpieces, the Hippodrome Condesa has four categories of rooms — Deluxe, Deluxe Superior, Executive Suite, and executive Suite Terrace — that differ mainly in bed size (the first two are queen) and room size (they get progressively larger as you go up, although it’s not a drastic change).
The decor is modern, comfortable, but not as quirky or unique as some of the others on this list. They have a small cafe in the same building and a tiny lobby that can be a little dark. My suggestion, if light and space are important, is the Executive suites which both have sunny little terraces. Another killer location right next to Parque Mexico Park. Rooms run from US$190 – $554. Check rates online at Expedia.
Probably the largest on this list, Condesa DF still retains a small hotel vibe and yet is easier to book with more options. I suggest one of the rooms with a view of Veracruz street. I think these are the most luxurious and beautiful. Warm wooden accents, cozy blankets and shawls, and an overall sense of antique pleasure still combine nicely with the contemporary design of their first floor restaurant and all the art scattered throughout the hotel.
They have a lovely terrace on the roof with a great view of the Parque Espana across the street. Again, this location is right in the heart of it, an easy to walk to bars and restaurants, but also residential and quiet on the actual street where it’s located. (Added bonus: photographer Tina Modotti lived next door once upon a time). Rooms run from $270 to $610. Book online here.
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