“Stunning minimalist hotel showcasing the talents of 10 of Mexico City's modern architects.”
The 32 white and light beige rooms and 4 junior suites reflect the hotel's contemporary design ethic. They're furnished with Eames chairs, glass desks and custom pieces by the 10 architects, and equipped with the latest in hi-tech, such as Sony Vega flat-screen TVs.
The rooms are very cleverly designed to turn into suites by closing a simple panel in the corridor running between 2 rooms. All have a pristine bathroom with a round kingsize bath ample enough to fit a couple (with legroom), as well as a minibar, a telephone with a direct-dial international call facility, voicemail, WiFi and an internet port. Most have a small private balcony or terrace; the suites also have a sitting area.
Custom-made items throughout the hotel include all the interior fittings, ceramic tableware, and the stainless steel pigeon holes used for storing room keys behind the translucent back-lit front desk.
In the trendy restaurant, Aura, you can sample Mexican chef Lula Martin del Campo's unusual and inventive contemporary menu, and admire the modern art by Jan Hendrix which surrounds you. For starters, try the crab meat tostadas, the grilled asparagus soup with parmesan, or the camembert fondue. Then tuck into mains such as salmon salad, negro risotto with prawns, or zingy lemon and chile sea bass. Delicious.
Mexico City's trend setters have been enraptured by the AREA bar upstairs on the roof, with its sixth-floor skyline view. The highlight of the window-less al fresco space, however, is really the 12ft-long outdoor fireplace, surrounded by huge white lie-in-me sofas and garden heaters, that challenges the traditional concept of a rooftop bar.
There are other restaurants within strolling distance of Habita if you want to eat out, though most tend to have slightly higher tourist prices. Ask the front desk for recommendations.