Guadalajara has long been strangely short on stylish, upscale hotels, so there’s been a lot of anticipation for Casa Fayette. This new hotel from the hip Grupo Habita company follows in the footsteps of their trendy properties in Mexico City, Puebla, and several resort areas.
Each one is an aesthetic delight that attracts the creative classes and this one is no exception. Housed in a 1940s mansion, but with an extension behind it to house the 37 rooms, it takes its cues from the mid-century post-deco time period of the original structure. It is located in a mostly residential area with similar buildings.
The sleek reception area and striking indoor-outdoor restaurant are housed in the original mansion, while the swimming pool with large deck and lounge chairs is on a floor of the new nine-story structure. There’s a bar by the pool and another at one end of the restaurant.
The mahogany bar, framed by deep green walls is cozy by night and offers an extensive menu of cocktails. Executive chef Trevor La Presle, originally from California, is in charge of the kitchen that prepares “comfort food” utilizing local, seasonal and, when possible, organic ingredients. A classic Ceasar salad or shrimp cocktail might be followed by a whole red snapper from the coast of Jalisco, expertly grilled, as is the aged rib eye steak. The wine list includes several options from Baja California, Mexico’s premier wine producing region.
A spa on site offers massages and facial treatments.
Rooms here are tricked out with good Wi-Fi, Bluetooth music players, safes, minibars, and 24-hour room service, but the standards are a bit tight. They’re also short on places to put anything down, though there’s word desks have been added since our reviewer visited a few weeks ago. For a luxury experience, it’s best to upgrade to a corner junior suite, which has twice as much space and windows on two sides. Even better is the appropriately named “Top Suite.” This is basically a two-bedroom apartment with plenty of natural light and quality furniture.
This is not a grandiose hotel for high rollers, but rather a magnet for those not enamored by colonial charm or international chain hotel blandness. In a city like Guadalajara that has long been neglected by hotel developers with flair, Casa Fayette is a welcome addition to the scene.
See our detailed review and more photos of Habita’s Casa Fayette in Guadalajara.