This five-story 1907 hotel, referred to locally as El Génova, has a pleasant lobby whose atmosphere successfully combines elegance and whimsy. Art and antiques throughout the hotel call attention to its history and famous guests, such as Winston Churchill and Charles Lindbergh. Guest rooms are small but comfortable, with (mostly) modern furnishings.
The Hotel Geneve was the first hotel in Mexico to offer a telephone and bathroom in every room, taxi service, telephone switchboard operators, and elevators.
Rooms feature comfortable newer beds, and hand-carved red cedar headboards and furniture. The Vintage Suites are each dedicated to a different famous guest, with furnishings meant to evoke old-school glamor.
YOU SHOULD KNOW For all the gentility of the hotel, it's on a noisy street in a noisy neighborhood, so ask for a quiet room if that's a concern.
Basic but bright and clean, with full-size tubs.
Give yourself time to explore--and later relax in--the grand lobby, which tells the history of the hotel via plaques, art, and antiques from its heyday.
A basic spa, with good massages and a handful of other treatments, as well as a tanning bed and sauna.
Basic and good be updated, but rarely anyone there.
The small, Wonderland-esque Veranda Bistro features a living wall, checkerboard-tile floor, playful accents, and a menu of contemporary Mexican cuisine.
The clubby Phone Bar is ringed by antique phones with a classic London phone booth in the center.
Just blocks from the trendy Roma Norte and Juárez neighborhoods, the hotel is also just one block from the Insurgentes subway and Metrobus stop.
Diminutive Kyo Sushi-Ya (7-minute walk) is the most exclusive, authentic sushi bar in town (with a price tag to match). Havre 77 (7-minute walk) serves modern French cuisine in an old mansion, with a separate oyster bar with oysters from the Baja peninsula.
Fiebre de Malta (11-minute walk) has one of the largest selections of Mexican craft beers in town (and don't miss the delicious hibiscus enchiladas). Try ornate cocktails based on prehispanic themes and ingredients at the underground Xaman (5-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Fans of history and bygone luxury will appreciate the faded glamor of this well-located hotel.