Vasconcelos 150, San Pedro Garza García
A modern hotel for a modern city, Habita MTY offers minimalist luxury and spectacular views.
Monterrey is a city that touts its modernity and industry much in the same way other Mexican cities are proud of their quaint colonial streets and traditional markets. This city of three million has always been a center of business (partly due to its proximity to the US/Mexico border) and has in recent years also begun to boast great food, high-end accommodations, and lots of great urban culture.
Hotel Habita fits the city like a hand in glove. Built as part of a slick shopping and eating complex in the upscale neighborhood of San Pedro, the hotel is chic, modern, minimalist, and aching to show you Monterrey's sophisticated side.
Habita MTY is a massive circular tower with some of the best views of the surrounding mountains that the city is so famous for. The vista is particularly nice from the sky bar. All the way up on the 8th floor, the sky bar is managed by Argentine mixologist Jose Augusto David and serves up a long list of Mexico-inspired and international cocktails to both hotel guests and locals. Swimming pools beckon in the summer and a central bonfire blazes on cool winter evenings. The views are almost 360 degrees—a selfie paradise.
The hotel's rooms, like the rest of its installations, are all smooth lines, black and white décor, and minimalism. You will find random objets d'art in the lobby and restaurant (a bleached white antler or cow skull) but rooms are barren of decoration except for the phenomenal views from floor-to-ceiling windows in every room category. Superior, and Corner rooms are the smallest at about 300 square feet and have queen-size beds, bathtub and shower combos, and the hotel's basic combination of amenities —robes, slippers, high-thread count sheets, down comforters, and their own line of bath products. Doubles have the same amenities but with two queens and an extra 100 square feet of space.
The Junior Suites and Loft rooms start to get more comfortable with small seating areas, couches, king-size beds, and a little more stretching space. They also have separate rainforest showerheads and bathtubs. The Loft rooms are a favorite for their egg-shaped, stand-alone tubs with a view of the city while you soak. The penthouse (still only a single bedroom) has a tiny workout room, a walk-in closet, a separate seating area with coffee maker, and one of those fabulous egg-shaped tubs. If this is booked, in our opinion the Loft rooms are just as lovely.
The propensity for clean lines and a lack of distraction can at times make washbasin knobs and room controls feel hidden, but once you get the hang of how everything in your room works you can sit back and enjoy the sparseness. Little touches, like easy bedside lamps, non-complicated curtains, and password-free Wi-Fi make up for any frustration.
The hotel's restaurant is a popular place for both regios (Monterrey locals) and guests. They put up a good continental breakfast that's included in the price of your room and also offer a full menu of other options (the French toast is delicious). You can also choose from a handful of other restaurants on the premises including Vasconcelos that takes up the lovely central patio of the complex, Mar del Zur and Amalia Gusto & Grill. The San Pedro neighborhood also has lots of other great options for eating, such as the hotel's former chef's new restaurant the Goose Island Pub, Gallo 71 and Monterrey's classic, the upscale Pangea.
The hotel has a small business center—really just a meeting room with a printer and computer. As such a business-oriented town, and with such a high percentage of Habita's guests business travelers, the size and scope of their business center is disappointing. Within the shopping complex where the hotel resides is a Thai spa where guests can purchase luxurious body treatments for reduced prices and a full gym (open to the public) that they can use for free. The gym is way beyond the normal handful of machines that you find in many hotels. For travelers who want to keep up their workout routine this is an awesome extra.
If you're traveling to Monterrey looking for its sophisticated side you will find it at Hotel Habita. The industrial, modern design is geared towards the young and urban as well as those looking for elegance minus fuss. The hotel's views will allow you to appreciate why Monterrey is called “The City of the Mountains” as you watch the sun set over the Sierra Madre and the lights begin to twinkle up the hillside. If you are coming to Monterrey on business or pleasure, this hotel is one of the best luxury choices you'll find.
Web Address: www.hotelhabitamty.com
Total Number of Rooms: 39
Published rates: $185-965
Review and photos by Lydia Carey.