Just two blocks from the Zócalo, the new Downtown Mexico hotel is a former palace of 17 rooms, many with exposed brick walls and wood-beam ceilings. The hotel was developed as part of a courtyard-style complex of restaurants, galleries, and shops. The Downtown’s rooftop bar is the best place around for cocktails. Order the Pibirita if you like mezcal and passion fruit. From $175. (866) 978-7020. This appeared in the October 2013 issue.
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Mexico City's Downtown Hotel
A 17th-century palace is now a 17-room hotel. Some rooms have walls made of volcanic rock, and the rooftop terrace offers panoramic views of Mexico City’s historic quarter. From $195. 52/(01) 55-5130-6830. This appeared in the May 2013 issue.
The energy of the Zocalo at night is enticing. A great way to check it out while staying above the fray is by visiting the rooftop bar of DOWNTOWN, a hotel with a great outdoor restaurant in its courtyard very close to the cobbled pedestrian streets.
Just make your way up the stairs at the back of the courtyard, or ask how to find the bar. The tequila and mescal drinks are delicious and during a warm March evening, the mood lighting romantic.