Funky Mexican meets industrial modernism at the heart of the up-and-coming Juárez neighborhood in Mexico City. A review by Mathieu Dugast, NightNight co-founder.
What was the purpose of your trip to Mexico City? Who were you with? When was it?
Mexico City was the last step of a Texas / Mexico trip I took with my girlfriend. We spent about 4 days in Mexico City, towards the end of May.
What’s Hotel Carlota’s vibe in one sentence?
Funky Mexican meets industrial modernism.
Which room did you stay in?
We stayed in room 307, a double room with a huge panoramic window overlooking the neighborhood. Gritty street vistas mixed with the bare-pipes in the industrial bathroom almost gave the room a NYC feel.
What’s to steal in the room?
Definitely the whole Mexican candy box that awaited us in our room. My girlfriend would rob the entire set of Malin+Goetz beauty amenities 😉
A killer detail at the hotel?
The original freight-elevator you can use to access upper floors. Closing its doors makes you feel like a machine-operator.
The best thing the Carlota staff did for you?
Ordering noodles from P.F. Changs and delivering it to our room! We were craving Asian food at the end of our 2 week taco binge.
What’s for breakfast?
The bed was so comfy we slept-in in the morning and couldn’t make it for breakfast. However we had a perfect cup of espresso and a tea by the pool.
Your favorite dish at the restaurant?
The Wagyu beef tartare from Durango with salsa verde, XO and serrano peppers we had for lunch at the Carlota restaurant. Bocuse-trained chef Joaquin Cardoso perfectly mixes western influences with local Mexican ingredients.
Your favorite drink at the bar?
Mezcal signature cocktails at the pool bar in the evening.
Any cool places in the neighborhood?
Yes! The design store in the lobby is perfect for finding alternative Mexican designer clothes and interior accessories. The up-and-coming Juárez neighborhood is filled with cool boutiques, especially along Cale Havre. Last but not least, the hip Roma neighborhood is a 10-15 min walk from the hotel.
Tell us about your ideal 24h at Hotel Carlota and Mexico City
- 9 am: wake up and get breakfast at the Carlota restaurant overlooking the courtyard pool.
- 11 am: check-out Carlota’s design boutique, then make your way to calle Havre for more hip shopping at Common People. If you feel like riding, get borrow one of the cool bikes from Carlota.
- 12 pm: architecture lovers, take a cab to Biblioteca Vasconcelos, a gigantic library
- 1.30 pm: make your way to Centro Histórico for a taco-binge. Get suadero tacos at Los Cocuyos, cochinita pibil at Loncheria La Cochinita or chorizo verde at Rico’s Tacos Toluca.
- 3 pm: digest with a stroll around Condesa, an art deco neighborhood that has become the epicenter of hip in Mexico City.
- 4.30 pm: get a banana split at Neveria Roxy, a traditional ice-cream shop serving customers for over 30 years in Condesa.
- 6 pm: chill with a drink by the pool at hotel Carlota or with a book in the cosy living room.
- 9 pm: dine in or make a reservation at Rosetta, a multi-award winning Italian restaurant at the heart of the Roma neighborhood.
- 11 pm: get a night cap at a local Mezcaleria, such as Bósforo
To whom would you recommend Hotel Carlota?
Anyone who wants to experience the creative pulse of Mexico City and stay at the heart of the action!