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Best B&B in Mexico City? The Red Tree House is Hard to Beat

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!

The Red Tree House Mexico City

Red Tree House, Mexico City – It’s wine hour!

Wine hour at the Red Tree House, the best bed-and-breakfast in Mexico City

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!

Court yard at the Red Tree House, Mexico City

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.

A guest room at the Red Tree House, the best B&B in Mexico City

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.

red tree house

Best room?

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).

Sleep quality?


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.

Red Tree House breakfast


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.

Frida Kahlo painting at the Red Tree House, Mexico City

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.

Red Tree House, Mexico City

Be aware

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.)

Booking this bed-and-breakfast, Condesa, Mexico City


Nightly rates at this great bed-and-breakfast in Mexico City are very reasonable. They include breakfast (of course!) and wine or beer during “wine hour.”


You can check rates and availability here.

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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). 

About the authors

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George Mucalov are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents. See About.

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Patti Morrow

Monday 24th of September 2018

I concur 100%! I stayed there in 2016 and absolutely loved its quirky, cute, boutique charm! And the staff were incredibly helpful and nice!

Janice and George

Monday 24th of September 2018

The Red Tree House is a great find :-).

Phyllis Rosenstein Stoller

Tuesday 5th of April 2016

Mexico City is so affordable with the Peso at 17/18 and many nice places to stay safely. After many years, our group restarted our trips there and find we feel both comfortable walking around and amazed by the modern art and architecture juxtaposed with ancient artifacts and monuments.

Janice and George

Tuesday 5th of April 2016

Good to hear you and your group are enjoying trips to Mexico City again. There's a lot to see and do! And the exchange rate makes the city that much more attractive too :-).


Tuesday 5th of April 2016

This hotel looks like so beautiful and cheerful.These colorful views and interior are really inviting!


Sunday 27th of March 2016

Beautiful! But I have a Mexico City regular - the Hotel Rioja, about $20/night. Located a block from the zocalo. No Frida on the wall though :)

Janice and George

Sunday 27th of March 2016

Well, the price of the Hotel Rioja is right :-).


Saturday 26th of March 2016

This looks like a nice mix of affordable luxury and artsy chic. I haven't been to Mexico City yet but have been feeling inspired to do so after seeing more about it over the last few months.

Janice and George

Sunday 27th of March 2016

If you're traveling to Mexico, it's worth stopping over in Mexico City for a few days :-).