By Dian Hasan | November 28, 2009
Tucked between historic façades on a tree-lined road, the Condesa df hotel fuses the name and spirit of its bohemian surroundings with architect Javier Sánchez and interior design guru India Mahdavi’s inventive, playful simplicity.
From rooms to rooftop, the hotel’s 1928 French neo-classical building encompasses functional originality and incorporates local elements like custommade furniture and stone tile flooring. Its most prominent interior characteristic is the inner courtyard – for Sánchez, the most important part of the hotel: “The patio is where people can see and be seen,” he says. Indeed, its restaurant has become one of Mexico City’s prime locations for people-watching.
The remainder of the hotel is imbued with Mahdavi’s fluid modernity. Her idea was to re-interpret the work of Mexican architect Luis Barragán and design tranquil lodgings like “monks’ rooms”, some of which open onto the patio. Forty airy bedrooms in moss green, cream and chocolate brown tones are spiced up with retro lamps and indigenous touches such as hand-woven rugs; suites open to a wooden terrace amidst treetops, standing in mild contrast to the pure white of the shutters, walls and curtains. In the charmingly titled Myself area, a hammam, wet areas and a gym invite guests to indulge in relaxation.
A floral theme persists throughout the property from the cushion covers down to the chopstick wrappers accompanying sushi served at the rooftop La Terazza bar, which affords views over the adjacent Parque de España and the Castillo de Chapultepec. The basement bar features weightless furniture design and the ground-floor El Patio restaurant promotes a constant flux between in- and outdoors. Simple and glamorous, Condesa DF welcomes guests to a perfect representation of the city’s new hip culture.