Last post, you may recall, we began a little trek across Mexico City by private car with our first two stops along the way the Downtown Mexico hotel and the Habita hotel. I pointed out that the Downtown is in the epicenter of the action (perfect for those who crave excitement) and Habita is in the heart of the haut monde (ideal for inveterate people watchers.)
Today we complete our tour with two more sparkling gems in the GrupoHabita collection. I realize nearly a week has elapsed but hey, I did warn you, Mexico City traffic can be brutal. I don’t know about you but I thought we would never get around that turnip truck! The consolation, if you need one, is that these last two hotels are well worth the wait.
The two-fold attraction of the Condesa df hotel is its quiet, tree lined setting and its classic charm. As to the setting, it is situated across from Parque España in what might be described as a hip, Bohemian section of Mexico City. It is relatively close the airport and very near to the Bellas Artes Palace, the Anthropology Museum and Chapultepec Castle. A piece of quick trivia. My avatar, which I use for this blog, was taken from the ramparts of Chapultepec Castle with Mexico City in the background.
As you see from this picture to the right, the exterior has a unique triangular shape reminiscent of the Flatiron building at 23rd and Broadway in New York City. (Ask me about the origin of the expression “23 Skidoo” in a comment on this post, and I will share another interesting bit of trivia in my answer. Consider it a free bonus!) The building is done in 20th century French neoclassical style and exudes warmth and hospitality.
The most striking feature of the hotel is the interior courtyard hosting a restaurant and bar where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. Were I to book a stay there, I picture myself relaxing often on The Terrace which overlooks the tranquil neighborhood while sampling their specialty of succulent sushi.
You might want to take a moment and peruse Trip Advisor where you will find mostly positive comments and a few I would even call glowing. After viewing the property, I am not at all surprised that so many reviewers were on their sixth or seventh stay. If I were going on vacation in Mexico City, this might well be my selection.
Our final stop will be at the truly unique Distrito Capital, my own humble abode during the F.I.T.A. event I wrote about previously. The hotel shares a high-rise building with office tenants on most floors and, on the ground floor, various retail businesses. This hotel is located in the Santa Fe area of Mexico City which is where many international and domestic corporations are based. It is very much a business hub for the city.
The lobby is on the fifth floor and the rooms are on 25-28. The lobby, bar, pool area and small meeting room are all on the fifth floor. Here is a series of pictures to give you a sense of how contemporary and funky (in the best sense of that term) their public space really is.
I could not have been more pleased with my stay. I found the accommodations quite comfortable and the food very well prepared. The staff could not have been more accommodating. A special shout out to Nicolle Lekare and Rafael Micha Smeke who both went out of their way to see that my requests were promptly fulfilled.
If you have marked Mexico City off your list of must see destinations, for whatever reason, I strongly encourage you to add it back. This is simple too magnificent a world class city not to experience at least once. Whatever your purpose in coming and regardless of your tastes and inclinations, I am certain that one of the four GrupoHabita properties I have shared with you will fit the bill.
Take a moment and let me know in the poll below which hotel strikes your fancy.