May 11, 2018
Getting away from the madding crowd can be tricky in Mexico City, which is why the calm to be found here at this boutique hotel in Condesa is like gold dust. Built in 1928, this handsome flat-iron affair was utterly transformed by Mexican architect Javier Sanchez. The upshot is a modernist triumph: modern, clean with turquoise interiors ably seconded by warm wood and floral motifs. We’re most taken with the dark wooden furniture, complemented by a plethora of textures, of which the cow-hide stools are the most memorable. But the real jewel in the crown is the terrace bar up in the treetops, for it’s here that Mexico hipsters cut a dash with killer cocktails and delicious sushi. Small wonder the likes of Robbie Williams and Paris Hilton has graced the terrace. This may or may not cut any ice with you. What will impress are the exemplary cocktails and the impeccable service. Top marks go not only to the Cucumber Mescal Mojito, with mescal, menta, limon and pepino but also to the Condesa Ginger, a fiesta of gengibre, liqor de manzna, champagne and a liberal measure of joie de vivre. Paste a picture of this place next to the word ‘swanky’ in your dictionary.