Casa Izeba in Mexico City: Honest Review on What to Expect
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The Location + Arrival
After about a 40-minute Uber ride from the airport, we arrived at our home for the next week.
Casa Izeba is located on Colima Street in the neighborhood Roma Norte, which is considered one of the most beautiful streets in Mexico City.
It sits adjacent to one of the HOTTEST bakeries in the city, Panadería Rosetta. This bakery is hopping at all times of the day, with lines wrapping around the street. Later on, I’ll share a secret that allows you to bypass these crazy queues!
Once we arrived, we rang the buzzer and entered our oasis.
The First Three Impressions
Sitting area at Casa Izeba
1. Gorgeous architecture with beautiful crown moldings
2. Warm and inviting with large glass windows allowing plenty of natural light
3. Historic yet modern and artsy with little pops of color
Climbing the staircase to our Master Suite at Casa Izeba
Casa Izeba is a small boutique hotel with only 8 rooms. It felt like we were staying in our private townhome. We rarely saw other guests.
My husband and I stayed on the third floor in a beautiful room that opened up to a large balcony. You will need to navigate several flights of stairs, but just think, that means you can eat more tacos.
As you climb the stairs, you’ll notice beautiful artwork from local artists decorate the walls.
I loved our room.
As you enter, your eye will be immediately drawn to the very large floor-to-ceiling windows that lead to a balcony sheltered by mature trees. It felt very private despite the busy street below.
Roomy private balcony
We enjoyed a few evenings on our personal balcony, sipping on local Mexican wine for happy hour before a night of exploring.
The king size bed and chair are adorned with beautiful neutral and colorful textiles from the local Mexican company, Aponte Textiles.
There is a flat screen TV located in the corner of the room for relaxing in bed in the evening. My husband would laugh at that statement. Relaxing? What’s that? Lol, I tend to jam pack our itineraries with “all the things” because I want to experience it all.
By the way, the air conditioning works great, not that we needed it much since it was slightly cool while we were there. Important to know though if you are vacationing in the summer.
Laguna Cyprien bathcare products
I appreciate the way they integrate local Mexican items, including the delightfully scented body care products from Laguna Cyprien.
Maybe that’s why the hotel always smelled so good.
Coffee and water station at Casa Izeba
If you need more filtered water (which you will after enjoying all those top cocktail bars) or an afternoon coffee for a pick-me-up, there is a station that provides these beverages on the second floor.
The Food & Drink
Breakfast area at Casa Izeba
This would be you waiting for your delicious pastry if you didn’t stay at Casa Izeba
Yes, that’s right. You bypass that LONG line of locals and tourists outdoors waiting to taste these famous treats. In our tranquil retreat, we savored some of the most delectable pastries I’ve ever encountered.
To be completely honest, I had low expectations for Mexican pastries due to my previous encounters with overly dry ones in the United States.
Chef Elena Reygadas, recently recognized as the World’s Best Female Chef in 2023, completely changed my perspective. Her pastries are arguably the most exceptional I have ever tasted worldwide including France (gasp! I know).
They were incredibly moist and practically melted in your mouth, tantalizing every taste bud.
Here are the ones we tried. All were great, but I certainly had my favorites.
Guava Roll (my #1 favorite, both sweet and savory due to the guava/cheese combo, super unique!)
Almond Roll (my second #1 favorite, ah so good and not too sweet)
Corn Muffin (I love all things corn … cornbread, corn on the cob, jalepeno corn dip, corn fritters, alright you get the picture. This little corn muffin was delicious and served in a cute little purple corn husk!)
Tarragon Roll which is pictured behind the corn muffin (a uniquely flavored moist roll that makes you crave the second bite)
Enjoying a concha and almond roll from Panadería Rosetta at Casa Izeba
We also enjoyed a Cinnamon Roll that reminded me of Christmas morning (sorry, no picture, went down way too quickly) and the soft Mexican sweet bread, the Concha (pictured above).
Here’s another tip.
If you prefer a more savory option, you can order any item from Panadería Rosetta’s menu for an additional fee through the hotel.
For example, before we headed out to the airport on our last day, we ordered two delicious quiches.
In addition to the mouthwatering pastries, there’s also yogurt, granola, and fruit to enjoy in addition to coffee and tea for your caffeine fix. Breakfast is served from 7 – 9 am.
I wish more hotels would include these unique foodie experiences! The Boardwalk Boutique Hotel Aruba is the only other place we’ve encountered such offerings, and it was fantastic.
BEAUTIFUL OUTDOOR SPACE
Staircase to the rooftop at Casa Izeba
I am surprised we did not see any guests take advantage of Casa Izeba’s amazing outdoor space.
Climb the staircase to the top, and you’ll be treated to breathtaking city views from the rooftop.
Casa Izeba boasts three distinct outdoor spaces where you can cozy up with your loved one and relish the fresh air.
Upon the recommendation of Regina (who is part of Casa Izeba’s hospitality team), we purchased a fantastic local Mexican wine, Madera 5 Nebbiolo, from the wine shop La Contra Roma.
We then enjoyed it on the rooftop by the reflecting pool while music played softly from the strategically placed speakers.
Outdoor space #1 (my favorite space)
Outdoor space #2 (great if you get some takeout food)
Outdoor space #3 (super private and cozy)
The hotel price is $300 USD and up depending on the room type and time of year.
The Reasons for Choosing This Hotel
01- BOUTIQUE HOTEL WITH PERSONALIZED SERVICE
A hotel may be aesthetically pleasing, but without excellent staff, it will fall short of expectations.
Casa Izeba exceeded our expectations because of the kind and warm staff.
Regina greeted us every afternoon after a day of sightseeing and checked in to see if we needed anything. She was so helpful giving us great local recommendations.
Most tourists will stay in one of three locations (especially as first-timers): Polanca, Roma Norte, or Condesa.
If you are a foodie but still want quick access to some of the main sights (like the historical center or Chapultepec Park), Roma Norte is the place to be!
Casa Izeba couldn’t be in a better location.
03- Secret Access to Panadería Rosetta
Some of the best pastries in the world without the wait. Savoring that delightful guava roll in the morning, while others stand in lengthy queues to give it a try, makes you feel like a privileged insider.
Other Hotels We Considered
As newcomers to Mexico City, we were unsure of what to anticipate, but we truly fell in love with the people, the cuisine, and the culture. Casa Izeba proved to be the ideal accommodation to facilitate all our travel experiences. It exceeded our expectations, leaving us eager for future stays upon our return to Mexico City.
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