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Cool & hip hotel puts Mexico’s business city on the design map

July 25, 2009

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Can you put a place on the travel map? Or taking it a few steps further, can you put a place on fashionistas’ style radar? And can this be done through the creation of just one hotel? If you are Grupo Habita hoteliers from Mexico, the answer to these questions is an unequivocal yes!

Already responsible for a handful of Mexico’s most stylish boutique hotels, Grupo Habita is at it again, this time taking its hotel creation magic to Monterrey, with the Habita MTY.

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Staying true to its DNA of uber-style, Grupo Habita shunned Monterrey’s expected colonial heritage, opting instead for contemporary lines and a striking and utterly modern black-and-white color scheme, courtesy of the Mexican architect Agustín Landa and the Parisian interior designer Joseph Dirand.
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With 39-rooms it keeps to the intimate scale that the Habita group does best. The rooms stake out that middle ground between design-hotel chic and high-end luxe, all of them equipped with iPod docking stations and Nokia tablet PCs (a decided step up from the standard hotel phone) as well as low-tech luxuries like spacious bathrooms, complete with tubs and Aesop bath products.
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At least as much attention is paid to the public spaces. Most notable here is the rooftop terrace, complete with swimming pool and poolside bar, where panoramic views of the Monterrey cityscape serve as a backdrop to the Habita’s social life, which is no afterthought: as talented as they are at putting together a hotel, they’re equally good at attracting just the right crowd.
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