This petite urban refuge is the project of entrepreneur and globetrotter Yves Naman, who collaborated with the French-born Emmanuel Picault, a designer known for a portfolio of chic shops and nightclubs in both Paris and D.F. The beauty of La Valise is that this property only have three suites, all of which over 1,000 square feet complete with mini kitchen. It is located in a 1920s townhouse in the happening Roma Norte – a hip, safe neighborhood full of countless amazing restaurants offering every type of cuisine you can imagine, hipster-run coffee shops (like the one downstairs from the hotel), bars, parks and just about anything you’d want from a well-rounded neighborhood.
I was able to stay in two of the three suites on different evenings because the rooms tend to sell out very quickly and well in advance. Upon arrival, we were taken to La Terraza suite, the most lavish of the three suites where I find a sweet welcoming surprise of fruits and wine and a very lovely note from the management team along with an arrangement of white roses and stargaze lilies. My travel partner immediately began to explore our room with zeal and excitement. Our king-sized bed with 600-thread count Egyptian cotton linens rolls from the bedroom to the open-air terrace, which is conveniently equipped with a movie projector perfect to hang out there at sunset with a tequila.
The living room combines the key elements of Chic by Accident which are wood, velvet and metal, equipped with tech-forward sound systems, 40-inch LED flat-screen TVs. A fireplace with blown glass spheres and a pair of framed paintings with influence from both Europe and Mexico. The mini kitchen is equipped with Nespresso Coffee Machine and a fully stocked bar replenished daily with soda, water and cervesa. The bathroom features a soaking bathtub and walk-in shower and stocked with Baja Botanica Amenities and plush bathrobes. The hardwood floor from the room and kitchen extends to the bathroom, contrasts with the geometric mosaics and Mexican pink walls.
Every suites at the La Valise has Free Wi-Fi Internet access and sound entertainment system with integration of iPod or MP3 so you can enjoy music anytime, anywhere. The only note about the La Terraza suite worth mentioning is that this suite is located on the 3rd floor of the building with no elevator and the stairs tend to be narrow and steep, not recommended for elderly or people with health problems. Our concierge Cesar helped us carry our carry on luggage into our room, he was also super sweet and helpful in directing us to hip local bars and places to walk to for quick bites to eat.
There were complimentary breakfast every morning that consist of fresh fruits, freshly squeezed orange juice, croissant, yogurt with granola and oats and coffee from the chic coffee shop downstairs. La Valise also have round-the-clock room service from the hotel’s go-to chef, Elena Reygadas, who picked up an award as Veuve Clicquot Latin America’s Best Female Chef 2014.
On our second night at La Valise, we were staying at the La Luna suite. La Luna means the moon and it is between heaven and earth. An ideal place for reflection, find inspiration and rediscover from the world. White iron chairs plus a luxurious velvet sofa are placed next to circular lamps from the seventies that illuminate black leather shelves emerging from the walls. A bright red rug contrasting with the black and white theme of the room and there is a small terrace allowing people to peek into the street below.
Between the bedroom and the living room, a gigantic fiberglass parabolic disc – “La Luna” connect and separates the two rooms unexpectedly and opens up to the queen size bedroom and the Mexican pink corridor that leads to the beautiful bathroom filled with natural light and walk-in shower and free standing bathtub in the middle of the room. I couldn’t resist the beautiful bathtub and after a long day of walking the historic city central, I have to soak my achy muscles and legs and it was such a relief.
I was a little sad to leave La Valise because it really was a little home away from home with 24 hour concierge service. The intimate condominium setting really makes people feel like they are becoming a part of the Mexico City residency. Unlike the large hotel chains with the spa, lap pools, gym facilities, La Valise really offered the authentic lifestyle of living as a local. It may not be for everyone but at least for me, I soak up every part of the muted luxury and pampering it offers. If you do decide to stay there, make sure you check availability a few month out in advance, this 3 suite hotel tends to sell out SUPER fast!