Victoria Alexander

Downtown Mexico

  • Where:Mexico City
  • Why:Pre-MACO Art Fair scouting.
  • When:March 2013
  • Who:My buddy, photographer Juan Guillermo Escobar & Me.
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The Azul Historico Restaurant hides under a tree canopy and has special monthly culinary features. When we were there it was the stuffed chill festival.

The breakfast area. A quite chic place to start the day.

A balcony room with loads of light.

The bedroom.

Life is in the details. I loved the postcard map with an arrow showing where we were in the city.

Check out things to do in the area map - very helpful.

They found this mural hidden under years of plaster when renovating the building.

Vintage chairs and good design in every corner.

The rooftop bar.

When in Mexico >> Drink Micheladas.

A fresh, healthy lunch of chicken in lemon and romero sauce with cous cous, Fideo seco, and salad.

Downtown chilling.

The hostelers have access to the pool for a mínimum cost. It keeps the vibe of the pool young and international.

Downtown blends easily into the colonial architecture of the historic city center and houses the hotel, several boutiques, and three restaurants.

Highs & Lows

  • It is gorgeous! The former 17th Century residence of the Countess of Miravelle counts stone arches and a heavy use of red volcanic tiles as decorative touches.

  • The location is in the heart of the historic center, allowing easy access to tourist attractions and an authentic feel. Stand on your balcony and watch the world pass by.

  • The food and beverage options are superb.

  • Safety is always a firsthand concern when people think of Mexico these days but Downtown is a private oasis in the busiest part of town.

  • - The location of the centro is more historically and visually interesting, but farther away from the trendy nightspots and hotspots in the Roma and Condesa areas.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 46/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Boutique Luxury

  • Vibe

    Colonial Cosmopolitan Chic

  • Location

    In the historic downtown center of Mexico City, recently renovated by Carlos Slim and buzzing with things to do and see.

  • Rooms

    17 rooms with an adjacent chic hostel with 78 sleeping spaces.

  • Music

    None in the lobby, iPod docks in each room with great speakers and acoustics.

  • Year Opened

    2012

  • Designed By

    Grupo Habita

  • Pool/Gym

    The rooftop pool overlooks the Casino Espanol, gilded tops of colonial cathedrals, and the Torre Latino Americano.

  • Restaurant

    Three fantastic visual spaces with solid culinary offerings provide options for guests. The lobby/breakfast area of the hotel is comfortable, quiet, and a good place to make plans for the day. Azul Historico - Chef Ricardo Munoz Zarita’s essencial Mexican cuisine located in the tree-canopied ground floor. Padrino’s - mostly Mexican “antojitos” and bistro food (try the burger)

  • Bar

    Yes - and a good one, on the roofdeck overlooking the historic center and with a KILLER selection of tequilas and mezcales. Do not miss the “Pirita” with Mezcal, jamaica, chamoy, Maracay and a chill/salt rim.

  • Children

    Open spaces and historic cultural bits make this a school lesson on its own.

  • Price

    Middle to luxury - but call for last minute details

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