Located in a magnificent seventeenth-century building, the Downtown Mexico blends colonial viceregal style with industrial minimalism and chic influenced by the local indigenous culture. With an upscale restaurant and a sexy roof terrace lounge the hotel attracts the stylish and smart crowd.
Downtown occupies a prime spot in the Centro Historico, a UNESCO’s World Heritage site that boasts a maze of narrow cobblestone streets peppered by historic colonial landmarks dating as far as 16th century.
Located only a short walk from the Plaza de la Constitución, it is as central a location as a Mexico City hotel could ask for.
The hotel building, superbly renovated, is one of the oldest intact residences in the area. Its brick façade has a solid baroque look, but inside the young local architect duo Cherem-Serrano have departed from the hotel’s colonial-era heritage, proposing a thoroughly 21st-century style.
Old meets new
The original high ceilings remain intact, among other charmingly weathered period details, but the prevailing atmosphere is that of a very clean, very contemporary modern boutique style.
Simple forms highlight rich textures, from the dark tiled floors to the raw wood furnishings to the screens, almost Moorish in style, that set the bathrooms apart from the bedrooms.
In some instances the contemporary minimalist chic is pushed to its limits, feeling more bohemian and raw, in other has more industrial appearance. All rooms though belong to the contemporary boutique hotel world with the features and hi-tech accessories (including free WiFi and iPod docking station).
*Text partially via Tablet Hotels