Downtown Mexico: Palatial Grandeur and Industrial Chic

Experience the intoxicating blend of regal splendor cut through with a raw industrial edge at DOWNTOWN Mexico, a new Design Hotels™ member hotel just opened.

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Located in Mexico City’s ‘Centro Histórico’, Grupo Habita’s latest venture is a contemporary celebration of indigenous culture and colonial style. With interior architecture by Cherem Serrano Arquitectos and furnishings by Paul Roco, the 17th century Palacio de los Condes de Miravalle was transformed into the epitome of stripped-back bohemian chic. The palace retains it regal elegance through the preservation of original components such as the stone-forge staircase with intricate handrails, handmade cement tiles, and graceful columned arches.

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In direct contrast to the impressively ornate façade, the public spaces are an oasis of organic simplicity with grey volcanic rock and exposed concrete walls. The 17 suites range from the refreshingly simple, with original flooring tiles and rustic furnishings, to the dramatic, with light timber detailing and vaulted brick ceilings. Private balconies look out onto the cobbled streets of the old town or the immaculately manicured patio – yet another original feature painstakingly preserved during the extensive renovation works.

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Its immense terrace, which covers the entire rooftop, is the very definition of minimalist chic. The rooftop boasts a bar and swimming pool, certainly an unexpected luxury in such an urban location. Constructed entirely from cement tiles and concrete, the space has an industrial edge which provides the perfect counterpart to the stunning vistas over Mexico City’s historic old town.

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Image source: Downtown Mexico
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