Originally built in the 17th century, the Palace of the Counts of Miravalle now has a new life as a luxe boutique hotel in Mexico City's historic center. Situated just two blocks from the center Plaza de la Constitucion, Downtown Mexico is the new hip place to be. Grupo Habita, a hotelier who is making a name for itself with clever, eco-friendly accommodations like Hotel Endemico in Baja, is responsible for this beautiful adaptive-reuse and restoration. The project was designed by Cherem Serrano Arquitectos, with interior design by Paul Roco and features 17 rooms, a hostel and a stunning rooftop terrace and pool.
The Palace of the Counts of Miravalle is one of the oldest buildings in Mexico’s historic center and was originally home to Don Alonso de Ulibarri Davalos Bracamontes and de la Cueva, who was chancellor of the Court of the Holy Cross of the Kingdom of New Spain. The space has seen multiple owners since then as well as numerous renovations over the years and now Grupo Habita is bringing it into the 21st century. The three-story palace was constructed from volcanic rock and the design team worked to preserve the historic architecture and legacy while adding what they call “bohemian-chic elegance.”
Downtown Mexico features 17 rooms, a hostel, multiple restaurants, shops, a gallery and a hip rooftop terrace with a pool and a bar. The hotel’s main stairwell features “The Holocaust”, a striking mural by Mexican artist Manuel Rodríguez Lozano, who was a contemporary of Diego Rivera. Grupo Habita, as with all of its properties, wanted to make the hotel of the place, so they’ve included lots of local influence, including young Mexican designers, artists and chefs. The hotel is helping bring new life into the historic city center, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rooms start at 2,400 pesos (US $183) a night.
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