Part of an ambitious program to restore historical buildings in Mexico, Umbral, Curio Collection by Hilton is a restoration project from a heritage building that was constructed in 1924. Situated in downtown Mexico City, the timeless hotel overlooks the city’s most emblematic buildings, including the Metropolitan Cathedral, the County Hall and El Palacio de Hierro Department Store. Guests will also have convenient access to Zocalo Main Square just two blocks away, as well as Museo del Templo Mayor, Chapultepec and Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juarez – less than five miles from the property.
Boasting a contemporary design by renowned local architect Javier Sanchez, Umbral features sleek, minimalistic furniture in neutral tones of white, beige and brown, as well as natural materials such as light and dark woods. All 59 guest rooms are comprised of two distinct environments – a darker intimate entrance that leads to a light guest room through a golden frame, symbolizing an umbral. Each of the 12 suites also offers a record player with a personalized vinyl collection – based on guests’ preferences – through a partnership with local vinyl shop La Roma Records.
As the city’s only hotel with an on-site gallery, Umbral features more than 100 pieces of art by respected local artists such as Jorge Montiel, Andrea Vores and Tomas Diaz. Travelers who explore the gallery can then pass through into the hotel’s intimate library with a carefully curated selection of literature; sound library with its very own vinyl record player; or cinema, playing culturally immersive movies as well as foreign titles, often reflecting the selection from local film festivals.
Those wanting to explore the city can consult with Umbral’s “Experience Curator” to immerse themselves into the local culture through unique itineraries, created based on their curiosity type. Whether an epicurean who loves culinary and beverages or pathfinder seeking outdoors adventures, an easy online quiz can identify the guest’s curiosity type to help the curator craft unique experiences for guests. For example, the Experience Curators can organize architectural tours, clandestine art exhibitions and gastronomy tours, as well as musical experiences at local jazz and rock bars.
Guests can lounge on Umbral’s rooftop terrace, complete with an outdoor heated pool, fitness center and a Wellness Bar featuring a wide variety of fresh smoothies and juices like Deep Detox and spinach-mint or a wellness apple ginger shot to start the day. The expansive deck also features a bar and restaurant.
Travelers can opt for comfort food at Terraza Umbral Restaurant, which incorporates local flavors into traditional dishes such as Duck & Sirloin Tacos, Tropical Ceviche and Shrimp Toasts. For after-dinner drinks, guests can then stop by Terraza Umbral Bar – an exclusive mixology rooftop bar conceptualized by the owners of locally renowned bar Limantour. The rooftop bar offers an extensive menu of seasonal cocktails based on Mexican spirits, such as their signature cocktail Independencia crafted with mezcal, lemon juice, passion fruit juice and campari.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 59 rooms (28-37m2) (301-398 sq ft) & 12 suites (46-51m2) (495-549 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2019 • architecture & interior design: JSª (Mexico City), nomah (Mexico City) ❌ no parking available • pets allowed • 24-hour front desk