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Fodor's Expert Review Hotel La Casona

Av. Durango 280, at Cozumel, Mexico City, Quintana Roo, 06700, Mexico See on Map

This captivating hotel is an elegant, understated former mansion, registered as an artistic monument by Mexico's Institute of Fine Arts. From its small, sunny patios to its sitting room, the hotel's interior conveys the spirit of the Porfiriato. The owner loves classical music and has added such whimsical touches as a trumpet turned into a lamp in one room and a portrait of Richard Strauss in another. The two-story hotel building, with its salmon-color facade, looks out onto a quiet tree-lined street.

Bicycles are available for guests.

room

Following a musical theme, all rooms are decorated with vintage style to match the building's era, with decorative molding and hardwood floors. Some will find it charming, others outdated and grandmotherly. Smoking rooms are available.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Each room is a little different, so ask to see what's available before confirming.

bathroom

Some bathrooms are spacious and skylit with clawfoot tubs, others are cramped and dark.

lobby

The building's charm is immediately evident on entering the hotel; there are various sitting areas with books, art, and various curios.

spa

No spa, but a very small steam room is available, though not always operating.

gym

Very small fitness center with steam room.

dining

The lobby restaurant is open 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. and has a surprisingly good wine list.

drinking

The lobby restaurant has a small 4-seat bar which is a good place to relax between neighborhood outings.

LOCATION

Getting Around

Located where Roma meets Condesa, the hotel couldn't be better situated for travelers who want to spend time in those fashionable neighborhoods. Polanco, Centro, Juárez, and Chapultepec Park are short drives away. The Sevilla subway stop is three short blocks away.

Restaurants

Pehüa (4-minute walk) uses the best local ingredients and modern techniques to make traditional dishes like corn esquites, pork al pastor, and lobster gorditas feel entirely new. Contramar (5-minute walk) is the city's most acclaimed seafood restaurant; don't leave without trying their tuna tostadas or the whole pescado Contramar. In a city without a lot of Thai options, Galanga (14-minute walk) is an oasis, as good as anything in a major U.S. city.

Bars

Ladina Bar (6-minute walk) is at the forefront of the exciting cocktail scene in the city; highlighting small-batch spirits, homemade tinctures, and other thoughtful touches. La Clandestina (6-minute walk) was one of the city's first mezcalerías, offering a wide range of mezcals that the owner sources from around the country and serves from giant water jugs.

WHY WE LIKE IT

Like staying in a relative's grand manor house, but in the coolest part of the city.

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Intimate
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$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 55-5286–3001;01800-849–8374-toll-free in Mexico

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