I've visited the Hotel Condesa DF many times over the years. The contemporary hotel sits within an early twentieth-century building in the heart of Condesa, one of Mexico City's coolest neighborhoods at the moment. Its lush atrium is filled with plants and an interesting mix of guests and locals who, during the day, stretch their breakfasts and lunches out as long as they can. In the late afternoons and evenings, the action moves up to the rooftop with its views of the colonia Condesa and Chapultepec Castle. Some of the rooms are on the small side, though the designer India Mahdavi has made the most of each space, with wooden headboards, marble floors, and handwoven Mexican blankets.
After several visits to Condesa DF over the years, they won my lifelong loyalty when hurricane Sandy hit New York and I was stuck in Mexico City for three days, unexpectedly. I left the business hotel I had been staying at in Las Lomas once Condesa DF told me they had a room, and then they upgraded me to this corner one overlooking Parque España. I felt somewhat guilty riding out the storm here, while friends in New York were without electricity, but I managed somehow.
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Delicious brunch in La Condesa
Even if you're not staying at the Condesa DF, I'd suggest you drop by for brunch one morning. Everything is available from the healthy (fruit, yogurt) to the European (hearty breads, fresh cheeses and meats) to the decidedly local and decadent (Mexican pastries). I like to order the pre fixe, indulge in some cafe de olla and spend time catching up with local friends while enjoying the calm, tranquil setting of the Condesa DF's courtyard. And my advice would be to arrive early and give yourself at least two hours to enjoy the whole experience.