During our trip to Mexico City in March we decided to stay at Chaya B&B Boutique in the city’s historic centre. The hotel is located on the roof of a beautifully restored art deco building on a pedestrian street, bordering the Alameda Central park. We enjoyed our stay here at the beautiful hotel with a delicious breakfast every morning, but we did have a few minor issues.
The hotel is located on this beautiful rooftop filled with plants. Only guests can access this area and there is staff on site 24/7 to make sure it’s secure. We enjoyed a beer on the roof at night a few times after a busy day. I forgot to take photos of the room (but you can see them on their website and they are very accurate). The room was very comfortable, spacious and well decorated. The bathroom was also nice but the water from the shower kind of got all over the floor since it was a bit small and the curtain didn’t close completely. If it was my own house I’d have issues but in a hotel it’s not a huge issue.
Every morning we enjoyed breakfast in the breakfast room. There was always fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, toast and jam, pastries, coffee, tea and orange juice. Every day there were also 2 daily hot Mexican breakfast options made to order fresh. The food was surprisingly delicious and we really enjoyed being able to start our day this way without worrying about where to eat in the morning. There were usually only a few other guests at breakfast at the same time so it was very quiet.
In the evening you could also get wine, beer or mezcal (for a price) to enjoy in the breakfast room, back in your room or on the rooftop.
Overall we enjoyed our stay here. The staff were very friendly and accommodating, the food was great, the rooms were comfortable for the most part and the location was pretty good. We did have a few minor issues though that I’ll explain below…
A few things to note about the hotel, first it’s on the top floor of a four storey building with no elevator. So if you have mobility issues you just can’t stay here. This wasn’t a problem for us and we’ve stayed at many places while travelling where we’ve had to climb some stairs. Second the hotel has no air conditioning. I knew this in advance but I also knew from the hotel’s website that there were fans in all the rooms so I wasn’t concerned. However, the fan in our room was almost like a big industrial fan so it was incredibly loud and way too strong to actually use for sleeping. As a result we got very warm in the evenings. Thirdly, the hotel is located in the busy historic centre an in a building with a few bars. As a result it was very loud at night, especially as we discovered that Mexicans seems to stay out at all hours of the night and make lots of noise. I was aware that noise would be an issue before booking but I was surprised at how loud it actually was and that it was just noisy all the time. Since it was so loud we couldn’t open the windows at night to cool the room down. Those are my only complaints about the hotel which is unfortunately since the staff were friendly, the location was nice, the rooms (other than the heat) were comfortable and the breakfast was great. With these complaints in mind I would have a hard time recommending this hotel to a friend.
In the future I would probably try staying in an Airbnb or hotel in Mexico City’s La Condesa, Roma Norte or Juarez neighbourhoods. Mexico City is big so you’re going to be taking Ubers everywhere regardless to get to restaurants and museums. But I think if we had stayed in one of those more residential neighbourhoods with all the restaurants we would have spent more time out in the evening walking around instead of returning to the hotel early.