From Grupo Habita, classic chic in Mexico City

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Rooms at the Circulo Mexicano in Mexico City are highlighted by high-end, locally designed accents.
Rooms at the Circulo Mexicano in Mexico City are highlighted by high-end, locally designed accents. Photo Credit: Sergio Lopez Foto

Grupo Habita, known for its minimalist design at its hotels across Mexico, will open its fifth Mexico City hotel on June 18.

The company, which also has properties in Puebla, Acapulco, Guadalajara, Oaxaca and Puerto Escondido, chooses locations that are at the heart of the domestic market, as well as emerging destinations for international travelers, and pays homage to the culture, art and design of the local people.

This rings true in its latest property, Circulo Mexicano, which is a juxtaposition of historical culture and ultra-modern design. As a nod to the past, the boutique hotel sits in a 19th century residential building, near the famous Zocalo. The building was the birthplace of Manuel Alvarez Bravo, one of the most renowned photographers in Mexico.

Today, the building has been reimagined as a chic, classic and elegantly understated boutique hotel. Designed by Ambrosias Etchegaray, the hotel has 25 rooms, as well as a modern marketplace on the ground floor. The hotel takes up the second and third floors, with rooms that are defined by simplicity, but highlighted with high-end, locally designed accents.

There are four Superior rooms, which measure 250 square feet. The Patio Rooms, of which there are 10, measure 320 square feet and have a 60-square-foot outdoor patio. The hotel's four Deluxe Rooms, which measure 430 square feet, have a 100-square-foot outdoor patio. There are four Balcony Suites, as well, which are 538 square feet with outdoor patios and views over the Cathedral. There are also two Junior Suites as well as one Top Suite. The Top Suite is 753 square feet and has views over the Cathedral, as well as a lounge area, freestanding bathtub and two closets.

The hotel also offers a rooftop terrace, which devotees to Grupo Habita will know to be a company staple. The one at Circulo Mexico has a pool and restaurant, both overlooking the Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Palace and the Templo Mayor.

The ONA Le Toit restaurant will be a French bistro-style space serving a seven-course tasting menu. The menu will change weekly, but will always combine French cuisine with Mexican ingredients. The bar will be called the ONA Le Toit Bar. Here guests can sip wines and mezcal, as well as enjoy small dishes to share, which are cooked over an open fire.

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