A new bar for chic shelter: French architect-designer Emmanuel Picault (of Chic by Accident) has transformed a 1920s townhouse into three meticulous suites, all within the hip leafiness of Colonia Roma in Mexico City. The intimate experience of La Valise—the brainchild of entrepreneur and globetrotter Yves Naman—laces refined European styling with Mexican accents.
Playfully ingenious touches abound: a stone orb in lieu of a door, leather bookshelves, a Yucatan hammock and rope swing strung up inside a walled terrace.
I’m eyeing an alfresco evening in La Terraza: The bed, mounted on a track, allows rolling the king expanse outside on the terrace. Ensconced en plein air, I’d watch movies projected on the stucco wall and order La Valise’s version of room service: Dinner delivered by a waiter from the neighboring hotspot Rosetta. Truly beyond.