Part of the Habita group of hotels, this relative newcomer to the mix of hotels situated in Mexico City’s historic downtown area brings a young, hip, and modern touch to the seventeenth-century palace (known as the Palacio de los Condes de Miravalle) in which it's housed. The hotel blends elements of colonial style with local, indigenous culture, such as the ornate details around the windows of the façade, the stone staircase with its intricate handrails, and the handmade cement tiles. The palace's original high ceilings remain and the dark tiled floors and raw wood furnishings give hint to the Mexican viceregal style after which the original building was designed. That historic flair is juxtaposed with contemporary modern architectural design that gives the hotel its 21st-century flair. The hotel, which is a short walk from the city's Zocalo, sits comfortably next to other colonial landmarks on the cobbled streets of this UNESCO World Heritage site, including the downstairs courtyard  that houses the Padrinos Centro and Azul Historico restaurants and a few newly emerging (read "overpriced") boutique shops. The hotel's 17 rooms and suites are simple-chic, decorated with light gray walls and tiled floors, wood detailing and vaulted high brick ceilings. Street-side rooms have balconies, but also have the noise of the bustling Zocalo. Other rooms look over the hotel’s patio and are less noisy. Take in a drink on the immense terrace on the rooftop, which captures the fusion of palace grandeur and modernity. Or cool off in the pool while taking in the views of downtown.