One of the city's newer boutique hotels, Hippodrome has quickly become a popular place to stay. With a location in the artsy Condesa neighborhood, it's fitting how art deco and neoclassical architecture meet contemporary interior design at the hotel, where the color scheme is black and white with gray and lavender accents. The staff aims to make visitors' stays as carefree as possible, anticipating all sorts of needs—from airport transportation to laundry—with services and amenities included in the room rate. Molton Brown toiletries in the bathroom add a touch of luxury.
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Hippodrome is located in Condesa, which—along with the adjacent Roma—is one of Mexico City's most popular neighborhoods, especially for people interested in contemporary art and culture. There are numerous galleries in the area, including OMR and Arróniz, both of which feature contemporary work by Mexican and Latin American artists. Cafés and restaurants abound, with Rosetta a popular Italian spot. For something a bit more low-key, Parque España—designed nearly 100 years ago by Mexican architect José Luis Cuevas—is where locals take leisurely walks.
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Rooms: 15 rooms, one suite. Rooms start at $325. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon Dining options: AIDA is no ordinary hotel eatery, but a three-level, 80-seat restaurant with an open atrium and a VIP terrace bar specializing in gin. As well as the design and the vibe, crowds are drawn in by the menu, put together by world-renowned Mexican chef Richard Sandoval. There's even a clandestine entrance—a nod to the city's recent obsession with “secret” restaurants and speakeasy-style bars. Spa and gym details: There is no spa or fitness center on-site, but guests can use the nearby gym, Sports World, free of charge. Passes are available at the hotel's front desk.
Who's it for: Design-conscious travelers who want to stay close to the city's cultural action. Our favorite rooms: Deluxe rooms have private patios that make the noise and chaos of the capital seem far away. Expansive service: The hotel offers complimentary airport transfers, as well as 24-hour butler service.