It’s “wine hour” at the Red Tree House, Mexico City.
We can tell by the clink of glasses and sounds of laughter coming from the leafy courtyard outside our guestroom.
Time to join the other guests in this popular ritual!
Red Tree House, Mexico City – It’s wine hour!
In the courtyard with its orange trees and pots of flowering bird-of-paradise plants, co-owner Craig offers us generous pours of a nice chilled French Chardonnay.
Craig is the set designer for the Oregon Cabaret Theater, and he divides his time between Oregon and Mexico City.
He introduces us to other guests seated at the wrought iron tables and chairs.
We meet a couple of young lawyers and art lovers from Washington, here on a long weekend getaway.
There’s also a retired gay couple, fellow Canadians who now live in the colonial Mexican city of Merida.
Another couple (the husband an architecture professor from Seattle) is on their first leg of a holiday to South America.
The conversation is spirited, new friends are made, email addresses are exchanged.
A big friendly golden retriever wanders around looking for tummy rubs. More glasses are poured – this wine “hour” extends much beyond an hour!
Craig and his co-owner partner, Jorge, want all their guests to feel like they’re staying with friends (something other Red Tree House, Mexico City, reviews also point out).
It feels a little like we’re at a house party – with the freedom to come and go as we wish.
Eventually we tear ourselves away for dinner at a nearby restaurant, happy we picked this Mexico City bed-and-breakfast for part of our stay.
Red Tree House guestrooms
Consistently rated the best B&B in Mexico City on TripAdvisor, the Red Tree House gets its name from the tree in front that is lit up with little red lights at night.
The original house was built in the 1930s but additions have since been made to it.
There are 17 rooms in the three-story main house and another 5 rooms in a smaller house across the street.
Which of the two Red Tree House buildings is better?
The smaller house across the road is quieter and more private – it’s a good option if you don’t always want to be visible.
We stayed in the main house, and it felt warmer, cozier and livelier.
It is a little less private though – all rooms are built around that leafy courtyard we told you about earlier, so your comings-and-goings can be seen.
Each room is different.
You may have a small living room or a little wrought-iron balcony overlooking the inner courtyard. Some have wood plank floors, while others have tile floors.
Some have compact kitchenettes.
The Penthouse is probably the most desirable room.
If we were to stay in the smaller house across the street, we’d probably pick the room with a window opening to a tiny courtyard outside (but the room has two single beds).
“You’ve got to do 2 things right if you run a B&B,” Craig told us. “The bed and the breakfast.”
And the beds are good quality and super comfy.
What’s for breakfast at Mexico City’s Red Tree House?
Help yourself to fruit slices, fresh-squeezed orange juice, cereal, croissants, yogurt, churros and coffee or tea.
You’re also served a delicious hot plate, perhaps cheese-and-chicken quesadillas one morning and a cheese-and-pepper omelet with tomato sauce another.
We were warmly welcomed when we arrived.
Our bags were whisked away.
And then we were shown about the lovely living room with a grand piano by the window and a fabulous oil painting of Frida Kahlo, through the dining room (where guests may have breakfast if they feel cool eating outside), into the courtyard and then to our room.
The staff (we remember Victor and Alejandro) are super helpful with restaurant and sightseeing recommendations.
What about WiFi?
Yes, it’s free.
The signal may be weak in your room, though, so you may have to go into the courtyard or dining room for stronger reception.
Who should book here?
Craig and Jorge are spot on when they say on their website: “We are not a luxury hotel with grand rooms and formal service.” (For that, you’ll probably like the Four Seasons in Mexico City, where we also stayed.)
The website goes on to say: “Instead, you will find tasteful rooms, beautiful surroundings, congenial hosts and interesting fellow guests.”
Some guests are on a budget, but others choose to stay at Mexico City’s Red Tree House for the great neighborhood and the friendly staff and atmosphere.
Singles and female travelers will feel safe and welcome here.
If you’re used to sleeping in a king-size bed (like we are), rooms with a king-size bed are few at the Red Tree House.
Most rooms have queen-size beds – so you’re forced to cuddle up together :-).
Also know that there is no elevator.
And you have to ring a buzzer by the front gate to gain entry inside.
Location of the Red Tree House, Mexico City
The property is wonderfully located. The bed-and-breakfast is in Condesa, Mexico City.
Condesa is an upscale residential area, surrounded by many restaurants.
It’s also very close to the city’s main attractions, like the world-renowned National Museum of Anthropology.
Our taxi driver had a hard time finding the place though (so would we, as the street signs are confusing).
Be prepared to help show your driver the B&B’s location on a map. (The Red Tree House also emails you a map with its location when you book.)
Here’s a good pin for your Mexico board!
Photo credits: 2, 3, 9, 14 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Remaining images the Red Tree House
The Red Tree House kindly hosted our stay for review purposes. But that doesn’t mean they had any control over our review – we’re always free to write what we want (the good and the bad).