FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.
Awards invite

Casa Habita Review

by Angelique Platas

Apr 30, 2020

© CASA HABITA

Destinations / Mexico

Arrival/Check-In: After driving through downtown Guadalajara, through busy streets, markets and a main road seemingly dedicated to selling only bathroom porcelain and fixtures, the silence, greenery and openness surrounding Casa Habita was almost jarring. The hotel sits neatly tucked away behind lush foliage and a short staircase designed more like the entrance to an inviting home than a hotel.

 

I walked into the floor-to-ceiling glass-clad entrance and through a waiting room that seemed more like a cigar bar and swanky lounge than anything else (a theme here) toward guest services to check in. The concierge graciously cut short my choppy Spanish as she took my information and handed me my key within minutes. My room was ready (huge plus), so I didn’t have time to pour myself a welcome shot of tequila from the three varieties — añejo, reposado and blanco — available at the desk. Shoot.

 

Guest Quarters: I grabbed my old-school key (think Secret Garden) and headed to my Junior Suite. It took a minute or two to find it, as the dark-toned hallways were dimly lit, but I finally entered my corner room boasting city views from three of the four walls, two of which featured floor-to-ceiling windows.

 

The open layout of the space offered a king-sized bed facing one glass wall, sectioning the room with a retro-green vinyl headboard acting as a room divider, a real Mad Men-meets-Mexico aesthetic. I put my bag on the floor and made use of the side table and velvety rolling chairs for my clothes — I’m not one to use hotel drawers and dressers, but I do always use the closet, which this room lacked.

 

The room felt larger than its documented 538 square feet, with the open concept extending to the bathroom, which had no doors, only privacy windows with a slight frosted tint. Finding a rain showerhead is always a fun surprise, but just remember to close the floor-to-ceiling curtains before you get too excited and hop in. The room’s 1930s–1950s vibe was not wasted on me — I loved the simplistic style, pop of color and swanky furniture.

 

Services/Amenities: Between the guestroom’s city views and rain shower, you could forget to go out and explore the hotel’s small pool, spa, secluded outdoor space and equally charming 1930s style throughout.

 

This hotel has its own vibe. One side boasts a light and airy tropical look, with light-filled windows, palm patterns and upscale wicker furniture, while the other offers a dark, cigar-rolling, rich, fabric-covered side — the two together offer an Old Havana feel in the heart of a bohemian, artsy Mexican neighborhood. The hotel could be a set in a Wes Anderson film, a style which perfectly encapsulates the hip neighborhood surrounding its walls.

 

The service was efficient and helpful, from check-in to check-out. I called down and housekeeping came within minutes; the staff remembered my name and made friendly conversation throughout my stay but wasn’t at all overbearing — a win/win for me.

 

TOP TAKEAWAYS:

◆ The hotel’s complimentary WiFi was great; I had service throughout my stay on multiple devices.

◆ I made use of the Bluetooth speaker in my room almost the entire time I was there — it was a nice touch.

◆ The hotel hosts exclusive, secret events for locals and guests, like a speakeasy-style party in a penthouse room, only made known to a select group of guests.

◆ Take advantage of the complimentary continental breakfast!

 

CASA HABITA

Calle Miguel Lerdo de Tejada 2308
Col Americana, Lafayette
44160 Guadalajara
Jalisco, Mexico
tel 52 33 3679 2000
casahabita.com

#WhereverFamily

Insta Feed
Multigenerational
Jun 7, 2021

Dunton River Camp Debuts 2021 Summer Season

Dunton River Camp officially reopened for the 2021 season. Located four miles from its sister property, Dunton Hot Springs, the camp consists of eight luxury tents along the Dolores River in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. The luxury tented camp offers guests curated experiences for the 2021 summer season.

Listicles
Jun 2, 2021

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Not sure what to give dad this Father’s Day? No worries — we have you covered. These products are sure to give any father that special smile on his special day.

Travel Tips
May 31, 2021

Family Road Trips with Hertz

Although travel is on the rise, some people may still not feel comfortable getting on an airplane and being in a small space, so they are hitting the road! Rental car company Hertz recently surveyed more than 1,500 Americans to determine how and when they plan to embark on their next vacation.

Multigenerational
May 28, 2021

Best Channels on Apple Podcasts Subscriptions for Family Travel

Apple Podcasts Subscriptions launched this month as a global marketplace for listeners to discover premium subscriptions alongside millions of free shows on Apple Podcasts. The new subscription is perfectly timed for families planning summer vacations. And whether your family trips will take place by air, land or sea, kids will be looking for something to do as they await arrival to their vacation destination.

Adult Children
May 27, 2021

Bring Dad to Norfolk for Beer This Father’s Day

Father’s Day and breweries go hand in hand. Pack up the car and head out for a road trip, brewery-laden weekend getaway in Norfolk, Virginia, especially in the walkable Chelsea neighborhood.

Luxury
May 26, 2021

Grand Velas Los Cabos Father’s Day Offers

Celebrate Father’s Day in Mexico this year at Grand Velas Los Cabos. The luxury resort has a variety of tequila-themed amenities and services for the father in your life.