Nestled in the vibrant and lively La Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City, Hotel San Fernando has emerged as a new gem in the area. This stunning boutique hotel, brought to life by the renowned Austin-based hospitality group Bunkhouse, has recently opened its doors to offer a serene and tranquil haven amidst the bustling energy of the city. With its refined elegance, artistic charm, and seamless integration of the Art Deco era, Hotel San Fernando captivates guests from the moment they step inside.
Hotel San Fernando, named after the building it occupies – Edificio San Fernando – is a homage to the patron saint of the Spanish Army Corps of Engineers. Drawing inspiration from the anti-traditional elegance of the Art Deco era, the hotel’s architectural elements beautifully reflect this connection. Originally constructed in 1947 as an apartment building, it has retained its original features such as casement windows, encaustic tile floors, wainscoting, and exquisite stained glass. Bunkhouse, in collaboration with Mexico City-based Reurbano, has revitalized the design, blending old-world elegance with new-world style and embracing the rich colors and history of Mexico.
Upon entering Hotel San Fernando, guests are immediately captivated by the Art Deco influence. The playful curved metal panes adorning the entry doors, original to the building, have been meticulously combined with new glass that replicates the beauty of the historic stained-glass windows. The lobby’s design features an eclectic mix of furnishings from local collaborators, including lobby lounge chairs from CDMX furniture showroom Originario. The hotel’s art program proudly showcases works from esteemed CDMX-based artists and even includes pieces from renowned Texas-based contemporary artist Cruz Ortiz. Moreover, the lobby retail shop offers a curated selection of Mexican-made wares from local artisans, as well as exclusive Bunkhouse creations.
True to Bunkhouse’s Texan heritage, the 19 meticulously refreshed guest rooms at Hotel San Fernando exude warmth and charm. Clean-lined furnishings from CDMX-based studio La Metropolitana accentuate the rooms, while color-blocked walls in a vibrant coral, adorned with touches of ivory and gold, infuse each space with a lively energy. The rooms incorporate elements reminiscent of home, including dishware and textiles that evoke the vibrant spirit of Mexico City’s bustling markets. Some rooms even feature convenient kitchenettes for added comfort and convenience.
Custom pieces from local collaborators, such as bedside lighting and decorative lobby lamps from Oaxaca-based studio Oaxifornia, add unique touches. The rooftop-level guest rooms boast brand new furniture designed by Bunkhouse and crafted by CDMX-based B Collective Studio, complemented by colorful tiles arranged in geometric patterns. Lush plants in every room enhance the sense of a cozy apartamento, while a custom linen program from Kassatex, combined with signature Bunkhouse custom robes, pays homage to the city’s remarkable textile heritage.
Hotel San Fernando offers a range of refined experiences for its guests. The day begins with a complimentary breakfast on the rooftop terrace, featuring fresh fruits, classic Pan Dulces, and rotating specialties like Huevos Rancheros and Chilaquiles. In the evenings, guests can bring their snacks and beverages from the lobby lounge to enjoy on the rooftop, which provides limited outdoor seating and sets the stage for a memorable evening. The lounge serves coffee and pastries throughout the day, and in the afternoons and evenings, guests can indulge in a carefully curated selection of natural wines and cocktails accompanied by delectable tostadas, aguachile, and other small bites. The lounge’s stained-glass windows, featuring Art Deco details in bold hues, create a captivating ambiance for guests to relax and unwind.
As guests relax and unwind in the hotel, they can also explore the surrounding La Condesa neighborhood. With its bohemian charm, the neighborhood offers an array of restaurants, cafes, parks, and boutiques along picturesque tree-lined streets.
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