Mexico City, Mexico

Hippodrome Hotel

Rates from (ex tax)$168.75

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 (USD200.81), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Jazz-age jockey

Setting

Cultured Condesa

Boutique hotel The Hippodrome occupies an elegant art deco building in the heart of La Condesa, one of Mexico City’s hippest neighborhoods. Taking its name from the horse-racing track that once stood nearby, the hotel recalls an era of grandeur with its façade of geometric shapes, decorative stonework and wrought-iron windows. Inside, things are more modern and minimalist, but the interiors still nod to Jazz Age design with curving furniture, sleek lampshades and stylised door frames. Ever-ready to help guests make the most of the location, the concierge team keep their ears close to the ground, ensuring they have the inside track on voguish new restaurants, under-the-radar exhibitions and local-favourite drinking spots.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

16, including two suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $168.75, excluding tax at 19 per cent.

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 (USD168.75), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rooms rates usually include a Continental breakfast at Hipp Brasserie.

Also

The hotel doesn’t have a gym of its own, but guests get free access to the Qi Wellness Center, which is two blocks away on Avenida Amsterdam.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV with Netflix access, Sonos sound system, free bottled water and bath products by Molton Brown.

Our favourite rooms

The Executive Suite Terrace, which has a king-size bed and a private terrace filled with potted plants with fragrant flowers. It’s also nice and bright thanks to a large mirror that catches the light from the window.

Packing tips

It’s worth remembering that the city lies 2250m above sea level, meaning it can get chilly at night. Bring that jumper just in case.

Also

The building’s historic layout means there are no wheelchair-adapted rooms.

Children

In order to make it a refuge from the city’s busy streets, the hotel only accepts over-18s.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

There’s a large, eight-person table that puts you right up close to the piano. If it’s just the two of you, the tables round the edge of the room have a more private feel.

Dress Code

The theme might be historic but they’re fairly lax on the dress code: you needn’t wear spats or a feathered headdress if jeans are more in your line.

Hotel restaurant

Hipp Bistro takes on the character of an old-school piano bar, setting diners’ feet a-tappin’ with a soundtrack of improvised jazz, ragtime piano scores, soul, funk and blues. The cuisine is inspired by French brasseries, but follows the ‘author’s cuisine’ movement, where a chef strives to create dishes that aren’t bound by convention, showcasing their own tastes and skills instead. Try the blackened cod, which is candied in olive oil and spices and served with quinoa, vegetables and a port vinaigrette. Please note that the restaurant is closed for refurbishment until January 2018.

Hotel bar

The bar is at the center of the restaurant surrounded by stools. The emphasis is on classic cocktails of the sort you’d expect to find in a roaring-Twenties speakeasy.

Room service

After a nightcap or fresh ice? Your butler is a phone call away.

Location

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Address
Hippodrome Hotel
Av. México 188, Hipódromo Condesa
Mexico City
06100
Mexico

Planes

Benito Juárez is the city’s international airport; there are frequent flights from the US and most European hubs. It’s a 30-minute drive from the airport to the hotel, but traffic can add another 30 minutes in some cases. The Smith24 team can can arrange flights and transfers; call anytime, day or night.

Trains

Unless you've got a bag that’s easily carried, it’s best to take a taxi to the hotel. The Metro system is fast and wallet-friendly (a single ticket comes in at MX$5), but it can get crowded, particularly around rush hour. If you’re unperturbed, take line 5 to Pantitlán, then change to line 1 and ride to Chapultepec.

Automobiles

You won’t need a car if you’re staying in the city; taxis are relatively inexpensive and the Metro system covers plenty ground. Prospective drivers should be aware that the roads can be congested and chaotic at times. If you do want to hire, the Smith24 team can arrange it.

Worth getting out of bed for

The hip haunts of the up-and-coming, La Condesa and neighbouring Roma are the the city’s creative hubs, attracting young, energetic residents with a bit of money to burn. As a result, the streets are scattered with many of Mexico City’s best restaurants, cafés, art galleries, boutiques and vintage shops, making them some of the most enjoyable areas to stroll around. Both colonias are architecturally prominent too: art deco aficionados in particular will find plenty to swoon over. For a change of scene, try Juarez, which was once filled with wealthy families living in Belle Époque-style mansions. Suffering significant damage in the earthquake of 1985, its popularity dropped off sharply, but it's now firmly on its way back up again, with plenty of hidden speakeasies, late-night cafes and pulsing nightclubs.

Local restaurants

Contramar pulls in a consistent crowd with their sought-after seafood, which includes fine sashimi, tender grilled octopus and perfectly spiced fish tacos. There’s often a queue at peak times, but the food and service are well worth the wait. The darling of actors, artists and gastronomes alike, bistro Maximo has the food you’d expect from a high-end Parisian restaurant, but it's the distinctly unpretentious atmosphere that’s won over a small army of fans. Often said to be the best restaurant in the city, Pujol has done much to convince gastronomes that fine dining can be unashamedly Mexican at heart (as opposed to French or Italian). Head chef Enrique Olvera takes staples that can be found street-side across the city and gives them an injection of creativity and culinary know-how. Be sure to try the mole madre, a ‘living’ sauce that’s been aged like a fine wine; the oldest batch has already had several birthdays. Huset champions simple country cooking, naming their wood-fired oven as the protagonist of their culinary tale. The food is rustic and hearty, served on iron skillets and earthenware crockery. The terrace is a particular hit, holding several long wooden tables overhung with greenery and Edison bulbs.

Local bars

With a look inspired by Charles Darwin and his travels, cocktail bar Baltra sweeps drinkers away from the streets, surrounding them with exotic flora and fauna plucked from far-off shores. Mixed by a bar team that have been known to win an award or two, the drinks are every bit as rare as the beetles on the walls. For a more traditional experience, try Montejo, one of the few authentic cantina left in the area. Spanning three floors, this down-to-earth drinking hole fills up each afternoon as workers clock off and meet over cervezas.

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 City and unpacked their bottle of mezcal, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Hippodrome Hotel in Mexico City…

Had you strolled around the land that is now La Condesa in 1910, you might have been able to hear the faint thundering of hooves coming from the Hippodromo, a racetrack owned by the prestigious Jockey Club Mexicano. A gathering place for the aristocracy, it was a symbol of the city’s long-standing social hierarchy. By the 1920s, things had begun to change: the city was expanding rapidly, and the old orders were crumbling in the wake of the Mexican Revolution. Before long, the track and surrounding land had been repurposed to make way for a new neighborhood, La Condesa, named after the countess who’d owned the land. Yet for all the changes, a sheen of glamour remained: the wide, leafy streets were soon home to many fashionable and avant garde residents, who put up handsome art deco homes in a unique Mexican style. Housed in the Edificio Tehuacán, the Hippodrome Hotel sits inside one of these relics; in fact, it’s one of the finest examples in town.

On the outside, art deco lines meet swirling ornamental details, creating a striking and unmistakably Mexican façade. The interiors are more contemporary, but they still hark back to Thirties opulence with dark wood, supple leather and white marble. Then there’s the service, which seems more akin to what you’d expect at an old family mansion: the concierge team make reservations, organise drivers and plan excursions with a flourish; butlers are on hand to bring cocktails to the terrace of your room. La Condesa may have changed since its beginnings – becoming more down-to-earth and diverse – but this hotel offers a taste of life as it was in its youth.

 

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