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“Very cool, excellent value, but not great for business”
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Hotel Habita
Ranked #174 of 305 Hotels in Mexico City
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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“Very cool, excellent value, but not great for business”
Reviewed 8 April 2010

On a recent business trip, I was hesitating between staying at the Intercontinental, and here. The rates were similar, but I chose Habita as I tend to prefer independent boutique hotels, even whilst on business.

This hotel is perfectly located in the upmarket neighbourhood of Polanco, close to many boutiques and within walking distance of many nice restaurants (Gaston y Astrid, Peruvian restaurant is a must). Also a 15 minute stroll from Bosque Chapultepec and a few blocks from the metro station.

The building is quite unique, and the reception area is dominated by a very cool looking restaurant. Staff are nice, but would help to have a more knowledgeable concierge. They merely contend with booking the restaurants you ask for…

The rooms are very big, with a nice minimalist decoration. Bathroom is very cool and big as well, loved the shower. I also loved the balcony with the frosted windows which meant plenty of light, but you kept the privacy in the room. Only complaint is that the phones in the room worked very poorly, with loads of static and weren’t loud enough (not ideal when sitting through a 2-hour long conference call). Well stocked minibar, but sadly, abusive prices…

The rooftop pool is beautiful, with a great “wading” area for just lying on the pool. The rooftop bar is very happening, with good cocktails and very cool b&w movies being projected on the side of the building across the street! Great place to rub shoulders with the beautiful people of Mexico city. There's also a rather small fitness room, which nevertheless serves its purpose well.

My biggest complaint would be the noise from the upstairs bar. You do get loud music until 2-3:00AM, and as my room was directly below the pool, I could hear the banging noise of high heels above my head (there was an event in the hotel, with models using one of the conference room as a make-up/changing room).

I’ve had in-room brakfast and the food was really amazing and plentiful. The downstairs restaurant is a great place for a business breakfast, by the way. There are also two, barely used computers next to the pool, with a printer, which is very handy. All rooms have free wi-fi anyway, which is a big plus.

Great place to go on holiday and I would stay here again, but next time I’m in Mexico City on business and need a quiet night’s sleep I’ll probably go to one of the big hotels on Campos Eliseos.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 26 January 2010

I stayed the three nights in early December on business, and I was very pleased, it's not an anonymous, vacuously plush chain hotel, it's very minimalist and calm in its mood. The staff get to know you very quickly and are really helpful, and the food was great - for breakfast the best granola I have tasted, fantastic coffee and room service was good too. Location cannot be faulted.

I am not particularly trendy - 50-something mum of 4 - but really liked the modern stripped-bare decor certainly for a hotel and its unpretentiousness is very welcome compared to the usual stuffy 5 star business hotel. It was a bit noisy on Thursday night, and I can imagine that weekends may get noisy as there is a great rooftop bar that is v popular .
I am staying agin in Feb - hoping it will be as good

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled on business
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New York
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Reviewed 13 January 2010

I stayed at Habita for 4 nights and it was very enjoyable. The hotel was quiet, but had a lively bar scene on the gorgeous rooftop terrace in the evenings. I spent many mornings relaxing by their gorgeous rooftop pool. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We had breakfast here every morning, which was a bit overpriced for the buffet. Although, we ended up just having granola and yogurt most mornings, so they only charged us for that and it was reasonable. The rooms are very comfortable w/ a strange terrace. It had frosted glass from floor to ceiling w/ just little clear slits where you can peek out onto the street life. It's probably just as well because the city scenery next door wasn't terribly alluring. The area is very convenient. We walked to many restaurants and felt quite safe . The luxury boutiques, such as Chanel, Prada, etc., were a short stroll away. It was centralized enough to get to be able to explore different areas quite easily.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank StrappySandals
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new jersey
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Reviewed 11 December 2009

La Habita was centrally located and safe surrondings. Front desk was very helpful and pleasant. Departure staff may not have listened to direction of mailing business products back and all Corporate goods have now been STOLEN or THROWN out. Staff has not responded to assist me with resolution but after each member was given FREE eyeglasses the entire salemen sample bags appear to have gone missing.

Stayed November 2009, travelled on business
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Irvington, New York
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Reviewed 5 November 2009

Trendiness instead of comfort. NOISY! Had to change rooms because of middle-of-the night noise from bar area. Room was freezing. Needed extra blanket and portable heater. Nice infinity pool, though, for an early-morning swim before checking out. Spurge and stay at the new Sheraton. I didn't stay there but ate a fabulous lunch and as a foodie will say: best location and food in Mexico City.

  • Stayed October 2007, travelled on business
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Reviewed 1 October 2009

I didn't love Habita. I think that's because it's too modern and hip for my taste. I think people in their 20's, people looking for nightlife on site, people having affairs, or business travelers might enjoy it more. It's clear that the image they want is hip, modern, club-style, young, new, hot spot, etc. It's a trendy kind of place. Fills up on weekend nights with local club goers. It's also pretty expensive, but everything is in Polanco (the Beverly Hills of Mexico City).

It's very modern in style, minimalist rooms, low rise beds (but soft), small bathrooms with modern fixtures, mood music and dance music piped in to the room (you can turn it off if you like). Bar on the first floor seemed nice. We didn't try it. Room was clean and comfortable and a bit on the small size. Internet worked well.

The bar on the roof is nice, with a view of Polanco and the tall buildings near Reforma and a small pool with overpriced drinks. Heavy crowd of hip young people, club going types, and business men. It's definitely a "fresa" kinda of place.

The location is perfect, right in the heart of Polanco on a busy avenue near shopping, eating, bars and the Metro or numerous cabs, short walk to Chapultepec Park and other sights.

One problem we had was that when we arrived they first refused to honor our reservation claiming "maintenance problems". Truth was they overbooked. They offered to send us to a sister hotel in the suburbs, we held our ground and they eventually gave us someone else's room, who must have had issues when they arrived later. Otherwise the service was fine.

My wife and I just kept thinking that a lot of affairs must go on in this place.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed 15 September 2009

I like this hotel. It’s the second time I have stayed here. The hotel is low key and modern enough. The first time at this hotel was better than this last trip. Felt like management had changed. Some things good have been better. If you get a good rate off the website, it’s a good value. Otherwise, you might consider other options. Regardless, I would still come back and give it another try. It could have just been that particular stay. The location is great. Wonderful neighborhood with many restaurants and cool architecture. The reception is very helpful and attentive. Always willing to listen.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled solo
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Property: Hotel Habita
Address: Avenida Presidente Masaryk 201 | Polanco, Mexico City 11560, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Central Mexico and Gulf Coast > Mexico City > Polanco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#27 Spa Hotel in Mexico City
#48 Luxury Hotel in Mexico City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Habita 4*
Number of rooms: 36
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