Located in the heart of Mexico City, near the lively (and lesser-known to tourists) Colonia Juárez neighborhood, Hotel Carlota is a spectacular fusion between original and contemporary, a temple to high design.

Built by the prestigious local firm JSa Arquitectura and “art-directed” by Cadena & Asociados, it’s a 36-room modernist outpost with a glass-walled swimming pool — a rarity in Mexico City’s boutique hotels — a patio restaurant and a beyond-hip lifestyle boutique, Taxonomia, all of which combine in a see-and-be-seen attraction.

The inn houses an amalgamation of concepts, curated designs and artworks, multi-sensory experiences, and boasts a front row seat to the culturally dense landscape – was initiated as an urban archaeology scheme, integrating elements of the past to inject historical perspective into the modernity of its new form.

Notably, the pool and central courtyard retain their place as the property’s spiritual centrepiece, invoking a modern oasis surrounded by the activity of the gallery, library and restaurant that provide discerning options for guests to relax and enjoy a moment of peace within the city’s teeming centre.

A stylish spot to perch – those who prize form over function will relish a stay.