Best Boutique Hotels in Mexico City

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With its theaters, bars, art galleries, and palaces, Mexico City is teeming with charm and character. The city's hotel scene has some distinctive players, too, from a high-style hot spot to historic properties that embody turn-of-the-last-century grandeur. See our top picks for boutique hotels in Mexico City.

  1. With its 35 designer guest rooms, two gourmet restaurants, and stylish spa, Las Alcobas Mexico DF is a jewel of a luxury boutique hotel. All rooms feature custom-made rosewood furnishings, fine Italian bed linens, down comforters and pillows, Stearns and Foster mattresses, custom dressing rooms, Bose surround-sound home theaters, and free Wi-Fi. Special services include nightly shoeshine, twice-a-day housekeeping, bath butlers, and free wake-up calls offering guests a choice of coffee, tea, or smoothie.

  2. The luxury Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico oozes Art Nouveau essence and appeal -- just look at its stunning Tiffany stained-glass lobby ceiling. The historic hotel is situated on the main square, or zocolo, and its 60 rooms are elegant and classical but furnished with such modern amenities as 50-inch flat-screen TVs, high-speed Wi-Fi, and rainfall showerheads. There are two restaurants (the one on the rooftop has impressive views of the square), plus a lobby piano bar with live music.

  3. In the early twentieth century, this singular hotel was a meeting center of high society, ambassadors, and rulers. Much of its 1907 splendor is still in tact, like the grand lobby with stained glass ceiling and huge chandelier, historic barbershop (still offering shaves and haircuts), and museum-like displays of photographs and artifacts, such as the charming collection of antique phones. Rooms have the same Old World look and feel, but are outfitted with modern amenities like flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi.

  4. The Red Tree House is a quirky but charming bed-and-breakfast with personality and style. The property is located in the uber-trendy Condesa neighborhood, a residential area full of cafes and galleries. Each of the seven rooms are eclectic and colorful, featuring flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and free Wi-Fi (all have ceiling fans, but none are air-conditioned). The free breakfast is served in the tree-filled courtyard, and free beer and wine are also offered every evening, though the property isn't suitable for guests with children under 8.

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