Mexico City, Mexico

Circulo Mexicano

Price per night from$220.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD220.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Inner circle

Setting

Cathedral city

On a pious pavement (there’s a cathedral on it) in Mexico City, Circulo Mexicano is less hotel, more hangout hub for Mexican movers and literal Shakers – who’ll especially appreciate the function-first design, clean-lined carpentry and simple lines inspired by the Protestant movement. The original, 19th-century vecindad format – where grand buildings were divided into individual apartments set around a central patio – is intact, only these days the tenement also has a rooftop terrace with a bar, pool and rotating restaurant pop-ups. The Centro Historico setting means mezcalerias, museums and mariachi bands (ie the dream Mexican day out) are right outside.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

25, including seven suites.

Check–Out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £213.98 ($263), including tax at 19.5 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, Audi house car, workspace, barber shop and bicycles to borrow. In rooms: TV, minibar, wireless speakers, air-conditioning and organic bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Visiting votaries will enjoy having the dome of the cathedral looming right outside their window, so pick accordingly – and if a bath tub’s a dealbreaker, it has to be the Top Suite, which has a view and soak potential.

Poolside

There’s a small pool up on the roof, perfect for cooling off in between cocktails.

Packing tips

The hotel is on hand to see to any holiday-checklist fails – there’s a series of boutiques just off the courtyard, and a barber shop in case you didn’t make it to the salon in time.

Also

There are specially adapted rooms for wheelchair users.

Pet‐friendly

Furry friends can come along for US$50 a night. See more pet-friendly hotels in Mexico City.

Children

All ages are welcome, but the hotel is more suited to grown-up getaways.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Up on the rooftop terrace for (even better) views of the cathedral.

Dress Code

Day of the living (your best life).

Hotel restaurant

We Are Ona on the rooftop hosts regular pop-ups by high-flying international chefs, stopping by to create six-course tasting menus mixing French dishes with Mexican ingredients (plus wine pairings) on a monthly rotation. There’s also Itacate del Mar down on the buzzy courtyard, for Mexican classics including tuna tostadas, ceviche and shrimp tacos.

Hotel bar

Natural wines, mezcal cocktails or just straight tequila slammers are available up on the terrace and out on the courtyard.

Last orders

The rooftop’s tasting menus are served from Wednesday to Saturday, from 7pm until 9pm. Sunday barbecues run from 3pm to 9pm. The bar serves drinks from 1pm until 11pm.

Location

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Address
Circulo Mexicano
República de Guatemala 20, Centro Histórico, Ciudad de México
Cuauhtémoc
06000 CDMX
Mexico

The Centro Histórico setting means you’ll be staying in Mexico City’s most central sanctum, close to the biggest plaza in Latin America (and there’s some competition), with museums, cathedrals and pre-Hispanic ruins in every direction.

Planes

Mexico City’s main international airport is a 40-minute drive away – the hotel can arrange transfers on request.

Automobiles

The downtown location means almost everything is within walking distance, including the cathedral, which is on the actual doorstep. If you have come by car, valet parking is available for US$10 a day.

Worth getting out of bed for

 In case you haven’t figured out that Centro Historico means historic centre, you’re in for a treat: within walking distance are Zócalo, the biggest square in Latin America, the Metropolitan Cathedral (directly opposite), the Templo Mayor pre-Spanish ruins and Alameda park for a much-needed siesta. You’ll also be able to locate some mariachi music on Plaza Garibaldi and enjoy the museums, murals and architectural mash-up of the Palacio de Bellas Artas.  

Local restaurants

There are lots of lively restaurants and bars in the neighbourhood, including Azul Historico, for Mexican food (ie: at least three types of guacamole), Caracol de Mar and El Cardenal. Café de Tacuba is one of the oldest restaurants in town, with the beloved decades-old recipes to match. The former-convent setting means some elaborate decor, too. 

Local bars

The neighbourhood has lots of mezcalerias to get acquainted with agave at – ambitious drinkers will enjoy Bósforo, just off Avenida Independencia on Luis Moya, which has more than 45 types to try.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Mexico and unpacked their mezcal and Mariachi music, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Circulo Mexicano in Mexico City…

Condesa may be Mexico City’s flashiest neighbourhood, but Centro Historico is its most authentic. And at this vecindad – a tenement arranged around a courtyard – you’ll have your very own community to get to know. This can be done over mezcal cocktails, swims with a sanctimonious view and French (/Mexican) fine-dining from the rotating resident chef on the roof; with tequila and tostados on the patio downstairs; or while bartering for goods in one of the many boutiques. 

The 19th-century building was once the home of the celebrated Mexican photographer Manuel Alvarez Bravo (whose works still line the exposed-brick walls in homage). The clean-lined, Shaker-style bedrooms have patios with skylights, wrought-iron balconies and textiles made by Oaxacan artisans. As if there wasn’t enough going on in the hotel, the front door is steps from monuments, murals, mezcalerias, the hugest square in Latin America and even some pre-Spanish ruins. Everybody needs good neighbours – and in Mexico City, you’ve got 22 million of them.

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