Hot List All-Stars 2012

Hotel Habita

Mexico City, Mexico

I headed to the Mexican capital for the first time in 2001, drawn by reports of a new restaurant and gallery scene, but when it came to places to stay, there were only drab business hotels or gritty budget options. Habita was an exception. Architects Bernardo Gómez Pimienta and Enrique Norten had designed the property as a frosted-glass box that glowed like a lantern, lighting up the fashionable Polanco neighborhood. From the contemporary spin on Mexican home cooking at Lobby, the ground-floor restaurant, to the rooftop pool deck, Habita presented a thoroughly modern perspective on Mexico. The team behind Habita has gone on to open another ten hotels over the last decade, most of which have appeared on the Hot List (including its first in the United States, New York’s Hôtel Americano). But I’ll always think of its debut project most fondly.—J., Hot List reviewer since 2001

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