The DNA: Mexican practice PPAA has designed Octavia Casa, a boutique hotel in Mexico City that is based around the eponymous fashion brand. A facade of slim wooden lattices covers the hotel’s concrete and glass exterior, shading the interiors from harsh sunlight and creating a delicate pattern of shadows.The hotel and its minimalist interiors are designed to be an extension of the clothes offered by Octavia. The hotel is in La Condesa, renowned as one of the most pedestrian-friendly parts of Mexico City. The hotel’s ground floor is a flexible open space that can be used for various community schemes. When open, the ground floor becomes an extension of the sidewalk. A courtyard on one side runs across the full length of the hotel, linking to Octavia Casa’s entrance. Guest rooms are arranged in two blocks on the hotel’s upper levels. One block is at the back of the hotel, with balconies that overlook the courtyard. The other set of rooms face the bustling street. Octavia’s minimalist style is reflected in the hotel rooms, which each have a king-size bed made up with cotton satin bedding from Casa Octavia’s homeware collection. Soft, neutral tones feature in the furniture, sourced from Mexican brands such as Ente, Onora and Encrudo.
Accolades: Condé Nast Traveller Hot List 2021
✅ free Wi-Fi • hotel opened: 2020 • size matters: 7 rooms (15-30m2) (161-323 sq ft) • architecture & interior design: PPAA ✅ free parking possible nearby • no pets allowed