With its glorious mix of contemporary design and traditional culture, holidaymakers take note – the historic Ignacia Guest House is not your average hotel. Set in the heart of Mexico City’s cultural and gastronomic quarter, this luxury boutique hotel is more than a place to rest your head. It’s an experience in itself, offering guests a journey into the country’s artisinal and historic soul. And that’s thanks in no small part to its design. Keep scrolling to see more.
“Ignacia Guest House is an exclusive bed and breakfast with five suites blending history, Mexican artisan tradition and contemporary design. Opening its doors in February 2017, the name is derived from the housekeeper who looked after this 1913 casona for over 70 years, Ignacia.”
Steeped in History
Don’t be fooled by its sleek contemporary design – this guest house is steeped in history. “It was originally built back in 1913 and owned by the same family through the years, until 2000 when my family bought it,” explains co-owner and architect Fermin Espinosa.
“The architecture of the old part of the house is typical to the Porfirian area, with a heavy French influence. The newest building at the back of the house was built in 2008 – it is all glass and steel.”
Home to Guest House
Prior to becoming a Guest House, this beautiful heritage space functioned as the private home of Espinosa and Gina Lozada. “This house used to be our family house, where I lived with my husband and our son,” shares Lozada.
“The master bedroom became the Master Suite, our son’s room is now Suite Rosa, the guest room is Amarilla, a TV room used to be where Azul is today and lastly, Suite Verde was the office. We also had a backyard with grass with a soccer goal and a barbecue.”
Interiors-wise, the design concept reflects the personality and background of Ignacia. The chromatic color palette and sumptuous gardens, for instance, were inspired by the forests of Ignacia’s home state, Guerrero.
Meanwhile, artwork displayed in the common areas stand as an ode to the revered housekeeper. “We told Ignacia’s story to artist Pau Masiques and he came out with these beautiful representations of the woman that inspired this project,” notes interior designer Andrés Gutierrez.
“Around the house there is traditional Mexican pottery from the south of the country that blends beautifully with the nude color of the walls. It was important for us to display Mexican crafts in an elegant and sophisticated way.” – Gutierrez
When Old Meets New
Overall, the Ignacia Guest House boasts a cool eclectic aesthetic. We love how the spaces are polished and put together, yet still feel cozy, intimate and accessible.
Here, the interior furniture blends traditional, past and contemporary, featuring designs by the likes of Eileen Gray, Eero Saarinen, Serge Mouille, Sean Dix, and James Tan.
“One good tip when introducing traditional decoration elements into a contemporary space is to work a similar color palette for a subtle and elegant result. Also, don’t be afraid of including big bold pieces that make a statement.” – Gutierrez
As to be expected when it comes to heritage properties, the process of transforming the Ignacia Guest House was not without its share of trials and tribulations.
“In our country, historical buildings are protected by the state through the Fine Arts Institute,” shares Espinosa. “Therefore, when restoring a protected building, you need to comply with very strict regulations and make sure to keep the layouts and materials, and respect the integrity of the original architecture.”
In addition to integrity, sustainability was also a big concern. This led to the installation of solar panels, which produce most of the electrical energy consumed on the property. All in all, this measure prevents 3.8 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year.
Since opening its doors to the public in February 2017, Ignacia Guest House has won adoration and praise from critics for its chic and considered design. But what do its guests think of the hotel as a place to stay?
“We are lucky that most of our guests are well traveled and appreciate the style of accommodations that we offer in terms of the interior design,” observes Lozada. “Our guests love the color palette of the rooms and common areas, the mix of traditional and contemporary in the decoration elements, the bold furniture, and the outdoor spaces.” The next time we’re in Mexico City, we know where we’ll be staying!