Casa Fayette, Mexico
Casa Fayette – the latest addition to Mexico-based Grupo Habita’s array of boutique design hotels – is pure luxury. It is sophisticated and comfortable, contemporary and traditional, layered and textural. Located within the burgeoning arts district of Guadalajara, the hotel is both a nod to the past and reflective of contemporary culture, and the result is something both grand and approachable.
Designed by Mexican architects Estudio5 along with Hoteliers Carlos Couturier and Moisés Micha of Grupo Habita, Casa Fayette is essentially split in two: the old elegant colonial section of the original 1940s mansion – where the public areas of the hotel are – and the new tower, where the 37 rooms are located.
In the old, the original Art Deco structure houses a retro-inspired bar, pool, and terrace where lush tropical prints and decadent pieces of furniture and finishes create a serene sense of elegance. There’s velvet and tiles, re-purposed lamps and rich colours, Mondrian-esque mirrors and plant-life, elegant window work, all coming together to create a setting that pays homage to the neighbourhood’s history while also feeling modern. In the new section, Milanese interior designers Dimore Studio have curated a collection of elements from Mexico, Italy, and various European designers. The bedrooms, in quiet colour palettes of pale greens and blues, and simple layouts, with large windows for light, feel contemporary and yet connected to the past. Deco-inspired feature walls and elegant furniture, decadent finishes and furnishings, materials that speak to the original era, all work to create a sense of coherency with the hotel.
Ultimately, it is a hotel of luxury and if Carlos Couturier and Moises Micha aim to build hotels that reflect their surroundings they have most certainly succeeded. Casa Fayette is of its context – honouring its past and its present – and supremely beautiful.