The DNA: 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. 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 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. 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.
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✅ 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, NOMAH ❌ no parking available • pets allowed • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible