Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Checking In: Chaya B&B Boutique - Mexico City


Located in the heart of Mexico City's bustling city center, Chaya B&B Boutique was created with one concept in mind: for travelers, by travelers. It nixes the traditional hotel experience, with a renewed focus on comfort and hospitality. It is designed to be a home base for your trip - a place to relax and refresh, meet other travelers, and to be a place that provides support and inspiration for everything you need to make the most of your Mexico City adventure.


Independently owned and operated by a small team of young entrepreneurs with a passion for travel themselves, Chaya B&B Boutique places a strong focus on comfort and hospitality. The staff does everything in their power to make the property not just a place to stay, but a true home away from home, catering to your every need, and helping you plan your journey in Mexico City.



Chaya B&B Boutique sits in the heart of the Centro District, on a pedestrian street right next to Alameda Park, making it the perfect home for your explorations. It is very conveniently located near many tourist attractions - the Palacio Bellas Artes is less than a 10 minute walk away, and the Zocalo is also nearby. It is also located near 2 metro stops. 


The stylish property is built on the third floor of the renovated 1920's Barrio Alameda building that houses a number of fun, hip businesses in the lower floors, such as a yoga studio, tattoo parlor, an ice cream shop, trendy boutiques, and two restaurants. While I did not have time to really explore the other businesses in the building, I did enjoy coming back and enjoying a drink every night at the bar at Butcher & Sons, which is the burger restaurant on the ground floor.



The beautifully decorated property has a rooftop terrace with hammocks, perfect for relaxing after a long day of exploration. There is also an upstairs bar with a daily happy hour, and I enjoyed grabbing a glass of chilled white wine and hanging out in the hammocks, relaxing and refreshing for a little bit before heading off to dinner. Side note - if you think that climbing into a hammock with a glass of wine in hand is difficult, well, it kinda is, but it can be done - and swaying in there with beverage in hand, chilling out and enjoying the view made for the best time.



Chaya B&B Boutique features an abundance of greenery,  with hanging green vines, potted ferns, cacti, and succulent details scattered all over the property, creating an oasis in the middle of the busy, bustling city of Mexico City. It really created a fresh, relaxing feel, which was lovely to come back to after a long, packed day of exploring the city.



Also on the rooftop is a small patio with a small cactus garden and some tables and chairs. There is also a shelf that displays dozens of potted succulents, which was quite impressive and one of my favorite things in the hotel. This would have been a great spot to relax and have breakfast or a drink, but I never ended up doing it.



As this is a B&B concept, do not expect luxurious rooms - the rooms are simple and minimalist. However, as this is a boutique concept. the rooms are stylishly decorated (think hipster-cool), and very cozy and comfortable. The rooms feature hardwood furnishings and concrete floors. I loved the little details that I found around the room that added a bit of style to the room, such as the pop of color from the rug next to the bed and embroidered pillow on the bed.



Some potted plants and succulents around the room continue the greenery theme, and I loved the vintage alarm clock, and the exposed light bulb hanging from a tree branch attached to the wall. There is a straw hat hanging in the corner of the room, which is a nice design touch, but you can also borrow it for the day. There is also a maroon umbrella hanging on the outside of every room, which was appreciated as I was there during rainy season and I was unprepared and did not pack an umbrella with me.


The room was immaculate and housekeeping was on point. Funny story: I have a bad habit of leaving my clothes all over the floor, especially when I'm on vacation. The clothes usually stay there during the entire duration of my trip, until I'm ready to pack them back into my suitcase. After being out and about all day, I came back to my room the second day to find that the maids had hung my dresses up and folded my PJs and put them on the bed. I felt so embarrassed that they had to pick up after me like that, but it was such a nice touch.


The bathroom was simple with concrete and tile details. The shower was perfect and I liked the toiletries that were provided. The bed was super comfortable and I had some of the best nights of sleep - which was amazing as I always ended up coming back to the room super exhausted. 



There is a poster in every room that tells you more about the hotel's services and amenities. While I did not get to take advantage of these, some of the things that piqued my interest were that the staff will arrange for you to take a yoga class at the studio downstairs; and they also rent out vintage film cameras to help you capture your adventures around the city! So cool - I had meant to do that but I totally forgot.



Breakfast is included in the room rate, and both continental options and hot options are provided. For the hot breakfast, you have the choice of traditional eggs or a daily rotating Mexican specialty - during my stay, they had huevos rancheros, enchiladas verdes, enfrijoladas (chicken in tortillas with bean sauce and cheese), and a dish that was essentially a Mexican eggs benedict, . All the breakfasts that I had were delicious, and I enjoyed eating them every morning. I usually love eating out at local spots for breakfast too, so this created a dilemma for me because I loved the hotel breakfasts too - but no problem, I just ended up eating breakfast twice on some days! ;)



The breakfast area is super cozy and stylish, with lots of wood details. Chaya B&B is a small property with only 11 rooms, which creates for a cozy feel and provides for personalized service. This also meant that you really got to know the other people staying there. I had originally intended for my breakfasts to be a quick grab and go, but I ended up meeting and getting to know some lovely people at breakfast, and they ended up being more of a relaxed affair for me, which was nice for a change.



Also in the front lobby area is a sitting room with a comfy couch and lots of reading material about Mexico and Mexico City to help you plan your trip. The area is so stylishly decorated and it looks straight out of an interior decor magazine - I seriously wanted to move in there. Every detail is thought out to create a cozy feel, and definitely has a bit of an eclectic traveler feel, with little artifacts and knick knacks on display.




The hotel also provides their own guide book, which you can find a copy of here, as well as in each room. These not only tell you the basics about the city, but also has personalized recommendations from each member of their team - for example, one person points out the best gastronomic spots in the city, another features the best markets, another tells you where all the music and cultural spots are.




There is also an office area in the back with a desk if you wanted to hang out there to get some work done - this room has a great view of the park and has lots of natural light streaming through, which I loved.



There is also a "tienda" or souvenir shop with a selection of carefully curated goods that are made by local artisans.


Every member of their staff that I encountered were all super friendly and always had a smile on their face. They will really go out of their way to ensure that your stay is impeccable. They will give you as much or as little guidance as you will like. I tend to be a fairly independent traveler who likes to figure out things on her own, but it was nice to know that they were there for me should I have a question or need more assistance. 


They can also arrange for airport transportation, book group or private tours for you (i.e. for a night of watching lucha libre or an excursion to the pyramids of Teotuhiacan), or arrange to hire a driver for you.


A couple minor shortfalls that I want to point out...first, since it is situated in a historical building, there are no elevators - you will have to climb up 3 flights of stairs (good exercise for me after those double breakfasts, haha!). However, the staff is more than willing to help with your bags upon arrival and departure. While I loved the fact that it is situated on a pedestrian street while out and about during the day, it also means that a taxi/Uber cannot drop you off directly on the street, and you have to be dropped off at the corner.  Another issue is that there is no clear signage on the outside of the hotel, so it may be hard to find. I got in off a red-eye flight and around 6:45am when it was still dark out and I could not find the entrance. Luckily, my Uber driver was willing to drive onto the street to make sure I arrived safely and I eventually found the entrance and was able to get in. Management did assure me that it was an issue they were working on with the building administration.


All in all, I absolutely loved my stay at Chaya B&B Boutique and it was the perfect home away from home for my Mexico City trip. It absolutely made my trip an amazing experience full of great memories! I highly recommend it as a great home base for your Mexico City adventures.

Disclaimer: I was welcomed as a guest of Chaya B&B. As always, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Find Chaya B&B Boutique:
Website: http://www.chayabnb.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chayabnb
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14 comments:

Emma @ theweekendabroad.com said...

This B&B looks incredible! I love how green and lush it is.

Josie Kelsh said...

What a lovely place to stay. I don't think I would see any of Mexico City if I stayed there! I would be laying in a hammock, wine in hand, and perfectly happy!

Dana Hufe said...

Oh my goodness I've never seen a hotel breakfast that looks/sounds so good !! Mexican brunch is where it's at.

contradiction of sorts. said...

OH I absolutely love your stay in Mexico City, Caroline!! Everything about it seems utterly cozy and visually inspiring! I think I'll stay here if I ever go back to that city! Sounds like a winner!

ispyprettyplaces said...

What a beautiful little spot to retreat to! I love the hammocks and decor here. I've had similar embarrassing housekeeping situations with some folding my pjs (that I just chuck on the bed) in elaborate ways. I always take a pic cos its hilarious.

Anna Schlaht said...

Wow, I love the idea of a B&B run by travelers for travelers. Such a different take on the idea of a home base for nomads. :) I absolutely love how chic and relaxing the vibe here is, with all the great foliage and decor. I've seen many cute B&Bs but this is by far a winner. Putting this on my list of places to stay when we visit. Thanks!

Karlie Marrazzo said...

Mmm, nothing beats a traditional Mexican breakfast.

Jas from My Suitcase Journeys said...

Oh my gosh Caroline!!!!! This has got to be THE cutest B&B ever and it really sounds like you really enjoyed your stay here! Personally, I'm okay with having to climb three flights of stairs so you bet I'll try to book a stay here the next time I visit Mexico. Thanks for sharing!! <3

Ketki said...

Hammocks, plants, comfy bed and breakfast spread. Liked each bit of this place. Looks like you really enjoyed your comfortable stay here.

Sonika Agarwal said...

Looks divine. Love your photography. Keep it up :1

soul drifters said...

Those Hammocks sold me! but wow what a beautiful place to stay, its one of those places where you go on holiday and end up spending more time at your hotel than the beach! Cute pics!

Swayam said...

Incredible

Melanie @ Life's Sweet Words said...

This looks absolutely gorgeous! I am in LOVE with those hammocks and would probably miss out on a lot of exploring, because they would be too hard to walk away from.

Venessa said...

What an amazing looking space! Wouldn't be a bad place to stay that's for sure.