As the top rated hotel in Mexico City, Nima Local House Hotel is already a favorite in design and travel magazines. I used to always book the cheapest hotel when I travel reasoning that “I’ll be spending all day out exploring anyways”. Now that I’ve gotten older, I really start to appreciate how a good hotel can enhance your travel experience. It’s amazing to stay at a place you look forward to returning to after a long day of walking around (or maybe I’m old and I get tired more easily).
I knew this was a boutique hotel, but I had no idea that there are only 4 rooms available! You’ll be treated like a dear friend and the staff will know you by name! This is the Tovar y de Teresa. All of the rooms have a king bed and also a balcony. While the other rooms looked out into the interior terrace, my balcony looked out onto the street. The streets of Roma are lined with tree and adorable Victorian style houses so it had a nice old European feel to it.
The bed was so comfy and definitely one of the best mattresses I’ve slept on! The room is not big but you won’t feel cramped at all. There are tons of little details that makes this room stand out from other hotels. Some examples are the wooden clothes rack, tapestry on the wall, greenery from plants and real flowers, robes and slippers, baggage holders, and two storage areas for your belongings.
The bathroom was a good size and is very functional. There is a mirror above the sink and also another mirror and counter top on the other side of the bathroom. Having a small counter instead of a sink in front of you makes it so much easier to stand closer to the mirror and do your makeup. Honestly, I might copy that design tip if I ever get to reno my bathroom. The shower was a walk in with a rainfall shower head. There was also a seat available in the shower.
The amenities are from a brand called Persea which is a a Mexican brand. It works well and is comparable in price to Aesop and other luxurious lifestyle brands.
There are a lot of common areas in Nima Local House Hotel that you’ll want to lounge around in. First off, they have a beautiful dining area where you can enjoy a cooked to order breakfast (more on this later). Later in the afternoon, you can go up on their rooftop terrace and relax in their comfy couches. Lastly, they also have a living area with a honor bar so you can fix yourself a cocktail and flip through their huge guest book.
If you browse through the Nima Local House Hotel Instagram account, you’ll probably have seen this shot in front of a mirror. This is in their inner courtyard and the space below is where the breakfast dining area is. The hallway is filled with greenery and this gorgeous door shaped mirror provides such a unique decor piece. If you like interior design, you will love this place! And even if you are not good with it, you’ll feel inspired to redecorate your house after staying here!
One of my favorite parts of the stay though is the complimentary breakfast. They have a buffet available offering bread, juices, and other small snacks. However, every morning you can sit at these tables and you can order a breakfast off a real menu. You are also offered a coffee which is so nice. Coffee plus orange juice plus eggs is the way to start a day! Options include Chilaquiles, Rancheros and other variations of eggs and fresh produce.
For this quality expect to spend about $10 CAD for the entree, $2 CAD for the coffee, $3 CAD for the juice, and $2 CAD for the croissant if eating out in Mexico City. So it’s definitely great value and so convenient to not even have to step foot outside.
Neighbourhood & Safety
One of the biggest concerns I had before we went to Mexico City is the safety. However, I’m happy to report that it’s really quite safe! Within the touristy areas of Polanco, Roma, and Condesa, I always felt super safe because I saw people walking their dogs and pushing their strollers.
I felt a bit less safe in the Roma Sur area but I think it’s because it was really early in the morning and none of the businesses were open. But around Nima Local House in the Roma Norte area, it is super safe and there’s lots of restaurants and cafes to try. For a special dinner, try Rosetta, Blanco Colima, or Yuban (all within 5 minute walk). I loved the cocktails at Licoreria Limantour which is part of Latin America’s top 50 bars! For coffee, try Buna 42 with a beautiful view of a foundation and statue. Of course you need to eat tacos, so I’d recommend Taco Orinoco and Tres Galeones which are nearby.
To get into Nima Local House, you need to press a buzzer and a staff will actually come and open the door for you. It is very secure and the whole Roma Norte neighbourhood felt wonderful as well! Don’t miss my guide on things to do in Mexico City if you are planning a trip!
Lastly, what made the stay really spectacular is the service. The staff remains unseen until you need them. But they are always available to help you when you have a question. I love feeling welcomed back each time personally as they have to open the door. However, they really mastered doing this all behind the scenes because you don’t feel like there’s anyone around and yet they’re there.
It’s definitely a splurge with prices between $350-$500 CAD per night depending on your travel dates. If you like boutique hotels, check out Gorki Apartments in Berlin, Hotel Indigo in New York and Scuba Lodge Hotel in Curacao.