Make yourself at home at Nima Local House Hotel in Mexico City, an elegant hideout in one of Latin America’s biggest cities. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure stay with no unhappy endings: stay in, and you can pretend the super-stylish interiors are all your own work and the friendly staff there to serve only you (there are only four rooms, so it’s almost true). But go out, and the vibrant metropolis is on your doorstep, and you’ll experience it like a local thanks to expert tips from the Nima team.
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A bottle of local wine and charcuterie for two, served on the terrace
Pick a spot, any spot… staff will be happy to serve your meals anywhere in the house. (We recommend up on the roof terrace.)
Make yourself at home: wear whatever you like.
There’s no restaurant as such, but staff are on hand to offer their local expertise and guide you to the best meals in Mexico City. And if you do feel like staying in, let the staff know: authentic local cuisine can be whipped up on request.
No need to wait for service. Avail yourself of the honesty bar in the lobby or up on the roof whenever you’re thirsty.
Meals and snacks are served on request from noon to midnight.
You’ll find Nima in the Roma district, to the west of the historic heart of Mexico City.
Touch down at Mexico City’s main airport, Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez, which is half an hour’s drive from Nima (transfers can be arranged from $85 USD). Flights arrive daily from throughout Mexico as well as around the world, including London, Paris, Los Angeles and Toronto.
There’s one (free) parking space on-site, but it’s easier to leave driving to the locals.
Worth getting out of bed for
You could easily spend much of your day lounging at Nima: availing yourself of the honesty bar in the lobby while browsing the coffee table books, then retiring to your room for a mid-afternoon massage, perhaps. But you have two of Mexico City’s most inviting neighbourhoods on your doorstep, so get out and explore. The Roma and Condesa districts – Nima's in the former, and Condesa's next door – are now firmly on the charmingly trendy side of up-and-coming, with plenty of cool cafés and intriguing boutiques. (If you’re seeking something a little less documented by design magazines, try the Juárez neighbourhood.)
And don’t miss the classic hotspots in the Centro Histórico. If it’s your first time here, you must at least swing by the ruins of the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital that awed the conquistadors and was one of the world’s largest cities. (The temple was largely destroyed by the Spanish, who replaced it with the Metropolitan Cathedral, another classic attraction.)
Foodies are excited about Mexico City. Ask Nima personnel to set you up with a walking tour to help you taste the best of the city's flavours, from restaurant fare to street food and markets. There are several tours available, each covering eight eateries in a different part of the city, including one in La Roma. Looking for a local favourite for lunch or dinner? Contramarseafood spot, Máximo high-end bistro and Pujol restaurant are all nearby, and all need reservations (Máximo and fellow charmer Rosetta have both featured in Restaurant magazine’s ‘Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants’ list). Mercado Roma is a modern foodie hangout, with a collection of snack-serving producers all under one stylishly designed roof. For a more traditional take, head to Mercado Medellín, which showcases produce from Mexico and across Latin America.
Colima Street is the place for galleries and exhibition spaces – established in the Nineties to rival the art markets of New York, Paris and London… Try Museo el Modo for its emphasis on design and the world’s intriguing objects, from propaganda posters to advertising packaging. The area’s individual character extends to shopping too: a highlight is Local at Álvaro Obregón 49 – one of the enclave’s best thoroughfares – for Mexican-made women’s fashion. On the same street, you’ll also find cocktail spot, Limantour Liquor where you can toast another fine day out in Mexico’s capital.
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To really get to know Mexico City, you’ll need to enlist a local. It’s a sprawling, potentially daunting metropolis, with treasures dotted all over its many districts – if you just hit the big-name sites in the Centro Histórico then go home, you’ll be missing out. Handily, Nima Local House Hotel is here to help you see the best of the city: its charming chambray-clad staff – your new best friends for the duration of your stay – will gladly point you towards the most authentic flavours and stylish spots (of which there are plenty in the deeply hip Roma neighbourhood Nima calls home).
However, Nima’s no mere basecamp for exploring the city: it’s an elegant historic home-cum-hotel where you’ll feel more like a very lucky friend than a paying guest. There’s no sign above the door here – just a buzzer in the original historic French-style facade. With only four rooms, your neighbours are few (and, of course, they’ll have equally good taste, so offer them a drink at the rooftop honesty bar and make friends). Cab got stuck in the notoriously brutal traffic on the way back from lunch? Your hosts can lay on a private yoga class, or perhaps an in-room massage. Your wish is Nima’s delight.
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