“Wish You Were Here” – Postcard to Joan from Mexico City

I just got this lovely “virtual postcard” from my dear friend and artist Suzanne Ouellette – many of you may be familiar with her paintings which have been displayed in our Rhinebeck and Pine Plains stores.  I traveled with Suzanne in Paris a few years ago and couldn’t have had a more enjoyable time…so I really trust her impressions of interesting places to visit.  Gracias, Suzanne!

Dear Joan,

Very soon after entering our suite at La Valise Hotel in México City, I thought: Joan needs to see this!

The design of the space is exquisite. I could love where I live here. Our suite, El Patio, is one of only three suites in a converted early 20th century townhouse, in the wonderful walking neighborhood of Roma. Designed and curated by Emmanuel Picault (www.chicbyaccident.com), it is filled with Mexican antiques, Spanish flair, the best of modernism, and the latest in French style. Although I don’t link these design approaches strongly with Hammertown, something about their integration reminds me of the design consistency and harmony at your stores.  Picault seamlessly brings together black leather on the walls and ceiling, an early 20th century portrait, gold lacquer doors between rooms, handsome and comfortable Mexican furniture, and more. And like Hammertown, he creates a space that is comfortable just to be in, right down to the Nespresso machine (with foamer) in the stylish kitchenette.


Finally, like Hammertown, this hotel is dog friendly, extremely dog friendly! Not only did they welcome Ula and encourage us to leave her behind while we toured museums, but they checked in our her to make sure she was okay. She looks great on the modern black sofa and antique recamier.


Dog-friendly (clearly), people friendly (swing on bedroom terrace that also includes hammock) and eye-friendly hotel room details


Mexico City is large and filled with energy. This hotel in a quiet spot is great to come home to after all the visiting of museums, markets, shops, archeological sites, galleries, and restaurants (oh, the restaurants — great food everywhere). We stayed in the “El Patio” suite (click here for hotel photos).  What could be better than a swing or a hammock on the terrace just off the bedroom for a rest?

One feels in very good hands here, with a small but very efficient staff headed by the magnificent Roberto Ayala. We are very glad we stopped here on our way to San Miguel de Allende. I could stop here on my way anywhere.

There is a bed in the top of the three suites that rolls out onto the terrace so you can sleep under the stars!

There is a bed in the top of the three suites that rolls out onto the terrace so you can sleep under the stars!


See more at www.lavalise.com.mx