district: Centro Histórico
Grupo Habita has done it again. Here in its hometown, Mexico’s trailblazing boutique hotels chain have reimagined a 19th century residential building, housing a modern ground floor marketplace, 18 guestrooms and seven suites. Crowning the property is a rooftop bar and restaurant, combining al fresco dining with sweeping vistas of the Metropolitan Cathedral (the oldest in the Americas), the National Palace, and the Templo Mayor for a fully rounded view of Mexico City.
Círculo Mexicano is a veritable celebration of contemporary Mexico. Conceived by Grupo Habita in a collaboration with a wealth of top Mexican talent from the worlds of food, fashion, and design.
Architecture studio Ambrosi Etchegaray were tasked to recreate the feel of the neighbourhood’s typical patio house and “vecindad”, (a property with several units). A central courtyard sits at the heart of the hotel, with guests accessing rooms via their own private patio into sleek, well-designed spaces. Rooms are outfitted in the same quarry and basalt stone seen throughout the hotel, and complemented by the use of light ash wood and custom-crafted furniture by leading Mexican design studio La Metropolitana. As a signature element of Grupo Habita, art and culture reigns supreme and takes its main cues from the address of the property itself where the nation’s most celebrated photographer, Manuel Álvarez Bravo (1902 – 2002), was born and spent his formative years. As such, a selected number of works by Bravo are exhibited throughout the hotel rooms and public areas.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 25 rooms & suites (20-75m2) (215-807 sq ft) • hotel opened: July 2020 • architecture: Ambrosi Etchegaray • interior design: Carlos Couturier ❌ no parking available • pets allowed on request • 24-hour front desk
The DNA: Grupo Habita has been leading a design revolution in Mexico’s hospitality industry since 2000 with its first lifestyle hotel in Mexico City and Latin America: HABITA Hotel. The hospitality group has built up a collection of over a dozen diverse, award-winning hotels across Mexico, and in the United States with The Robey, Chicago. Grupo Habita excels at choosing untapped locations in Mexico where they integrate their vision into the personality of the city and the neighborhood. As they state: “It’s about creating experiences for your guests and making the world better through hospitality.” News about future openings include upcoming hotels in Puebla, Ensenada, and La Paz, Baja California. Both are expected to open in 2020 and 2021.