Hippodrome Hotel, Mexico City
Tel: 52 55 5212 2110
Concierge.com's insider take:
In an Art Deco building that would look right at home in South Beach, the Hippodrome has a streamlined facade that turns heads. But the beauty here is more than skin deep, as you'll notice in details such as the cage elevator that once graced the Castillo de Chapultepec. The 16 generously sized guest rooms are decorated in warm hues, with chocolate walls and shag throw rugs. The best part may be the bathrooms, which have sinks and shower surrounds fashioned from the same cream-colored stone. Most eye-catching is one of the bathrooms in the penthouse suite, which includes a porcelain whirlpool tub facing a floor-to-ceiling window overlooking a terrace running the length of the building. Stroll outside and you get a great view of the trees in nearby Parque Mexico. The hotel opened in early 2007, a few months after the Hip Kitchen. The restaurant, with a new guest chef serving up a tasting menu every two months, quickly developed a following among the locals in the fashionable La Condesa neighborhood.
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
In renovating this former Art Deco apartment building in the hip Condesa district, owner Tom Shortt left the original name—Edificio Tehuacán—chiseled on the stone facade and installed a vintage elevator salvaged from Chapultepec Castle. Otherwise, this 16-room hotel is thoroughly modern, with original contemporary art on the walls and shag carpets that offset the rooms' cool stone floors. Shortt plucked his bilingual staff from other luxe Mexico City properties, and their experience shows. Since the nuevo latino HIP Kitchen opened on the ground floor last fall, it has drawn a sophisticated crowd. Despite the absence of a true lobby (visitors are met at a small reception table) and narrow hallways lacking natural light, the Hippodrome is a comfortable, low-key alternative to the hypertrendy neighboring hotel Condesa DF ("Hot List" May 2005).2007 Hot List
When to go: June and July are warm and dry.
Which room to book: Cìteaux and Fontenay have the best views of the grounds.