Fodor's Expert Review Condesa df
Av. Veracruz 102, at Parque España, Mexico City, Quintana Roo, 06700, Mexico See on Map Fodor's Choice
It's all about the details at this still-hip hotel, one of the city's first boutique hotels. Room doors are labeled with black, oversize Roman numerals in white corridors surrounding a central courtyard, where the hotel restaurant serves a delicious mix of Mexican- and Asian-inspired cuisine. Rooms are buffered from restaurant noise at night by a foldout wall that is as impressively designed as the hundreds of other details that make a stay here a real experience.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There is a chauffeured Mini Cooper house car available for guests, but in general, it's both uncool and unwise to appear ostentatious in Mexico City.
Rooms and suites are all different sizes and shapes, many with private balconies or patios, and custom furnishings by designer India Mahdavi. There is 24 hour room service.
Rainshowers and MALIN + GOETZ amenities are nice additions to the chic marble bathrooms.
All the suites have bathtubs.
The lobby restaurant (also a good place for a quick drink or coffee) is surrounded by gorgeously appointed private spaces, and a small library with books on Mexican history and culture. The entire ground-floor area is a great place to meet friends or use as a home base.
Though there are endless dining options at your doorstep, chef Cesar Castañeda serves very good Mexican-French fusion fare at the lobby restaurant, which is also open Sunday nights, unlike most neighborhood restaurants.
Still a hotspot, the rooftop bar has treetop views of the leafy neighborhood that are almost as appealing as the views of the beautiful clientele, a mix of locals and in-the-know tourists. There are also sushi and Japanese-Mexican snacks available.
The best way to get around Mexico City is via Uber or similar ride-share services, like Cabify and the by-women for-women Laúdrive. However, many visitors rarely leave the Condesa and Roma neighborhoods, entirely walkable from the hotel.
Oaxacan chef Rodolfo Castellanos was the winner of the first season of Top Chef Mexico, and Poleo (13-minute walk) is his first Mexico City restaurant. Refreshingly unpretentious by neighborhood standards, La Ostra (9-minute walk) is a popular seafood spot; try the caldo de camaron (shrimp broth) and crab tostadas. Merkavá (5-minute walk) is a modern Israeli restaurant from acclaimed chef Daniel Ovadía.
La Clandestina (5-minute walk) was one of the city's first mezcalerías, offering a wide range of mezcals from that the owner sources from around the country and serves from giant water jugs. Baltra (13-minute walk) is a stylish little cocktail bar with a vague theme of Darwinism and some of the city's best cocktails.
WHY WE LIKE IT
One of the coolest hotels in the coolest neighborhood.