Condesa df is about as far removed from the traditional image of Mexico City as you can get. No thronging crowds to be seen, no traffic chaos – in fact the motoring here is so wonderfully stuck in the past it’s actually clockwork. That’s one way to beat the rising cost of petrol. Instead think peaceful, tree-lined streets, in a trendy neighbourhood that’s still on the up while not yet having come, and here you’ll find a cleverly-blended fusion of grand Mexican and European living.
A 1928 French neo-classical building, Condesa df (taking its name from that neighbourhood we mentioned) has been put together by the team of architect Javier Sánchez and interior designer India Mahdavi with an elegant touch. The latter partner took inspiration from Luis Barragán’s “monk’s rooms” in her design of the sleeping quarters, which are light and restful, and that is a feeling that floats through the entire building. Even the bar invites a contemplative mood, with the stools bringing to mind chess pieces. We’ll describe the Condesa, endorsed by the Design Hotels group, a the thinking man’s Mexico City accommodation.