With handwoven tatami floors, rooftop onsen baths, and only 10 rooms, this Japanese-inspired hotel offers an unexpected place of zen in Mexico City.
Just around the corner from one of Mexico City’s most iconic avenues lies a surprising respite of serenity modeled after Japan’s traditional countryside inns known as ‘ryokans.’ Photo Categories: The light-filled welcome area features an open library, seating, and a zen garden. Wrapped in a sculptural facade inspired by the folds of origami, this unique property is Ryo Kan MX, a boutique hotel that has been billed as the "first ryokan in Latin America."
With just 10 rooms, its simple yet elegant design is the work of architect Regina Galvanduque of GLVDK Studio, who fused elements of Japanese hospitality and style with Mexican materials and cutting-edge technology. Working together with local designers and artisans, GLVDK Studio created and selected furnishings inspired by Japanese design and crafted with Mexican materials. Photo Categories: From ceramics to textiles, handmade crafts can be found throughout the hotel, which heightens the sensory experience. Photo Categories: Tasked with developing Ryo Kan MX’s overall concept, Regina led the design of not only the architecture, but also the interiors, art, branding and tableware, all of which have been defined by locally sourced materials and textures with Japanese-inspired styling. Select rooms open up to a white metal balcony, which overlooks the interior courtyard. The zen garden placed at the heart of the ryokan is designed to "juxtapose east and west, traditional and contemporary." The 10 rooms—each named […]