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A Renowned Photographer's Childhood Home is Now Mexico's City's Most Distinctive New Stay

Situated in the late Manuel Álvarez Bravo's grand house, Circulo Mexicano's Shaker-inspired interiors and inventive Mexican-French cuisine make it another triumph for hitmakers Grupo Habita.

On Offer: Believe it or not, new hotels are opening their doors, albeit with social-distancing restrictions and enhanced sanitation protocols. Whether now or in the post-pandemic future, we’re making a must-visit wish list. Right at the top is Grupo Habita‘s latest, Circulo Mexicano, in Mexico City: a boutique hotel tucked inside a 19th–century grand house where the late renowned Mexican photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo was born and raised. Notably, the property served as the setting of his famous 1931 portrait of a sunbeam–speckled girl titled “The Day Dream / El Ensueño.”

Standout Features: Designed by local studio Ambrosi Etchegaray, the 25 rooms are pared back with Shaker-inspired interiors, skylit contemplative patios, and handcrafted furniture by the cult Mexican makers La Metropolitana. The restaurant, ONA Le Toit, promises to be as distinctive as the design scheme and worth the trip alone—Parisian chef Romain Tischenko has taken up residency on the ground floor, where he plays with Mexican ingredients and fire-cooking techniques to turn out truly original French cuisine.

Photography by Sergio Lopez.

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