Berlin, 6 April 2010 – Good times don’t come much better than at Boca
Chica! The newest project from Grupo HABITA and architect Fernando Romero
opened its doors on 15 March. The 36-room striking building was formerly
the famous Hotel Boca Chica, located in Acapulco, the 1950’s playground
of the Hollywood elite. Carlos Couturier and brothers Rafael, Moisés
and Jaime Micha, founders of Grupo HABITA, have lovingly restored the 1950s
interior, creating a hotel with vintage charm and a chic contemporary design.
Just steps from an idyllic cove in Acapulco the hotel is ideal for anyone
looking to have a little fun Acapulco style. Complete with an in-house
disco and pool terrace the hotel offers round-the-clock service and a laid
back ambience. Ground floor rooms come with landscaped gardens whilst other
rooms come with balconies and open air terraces with hammocks.
Couturier from Grupo HABITA says: “Acapulco is back and sexier than
ever! For the well travelled crowd, Acapulco is the equivalent of mixing
together Tel Aviv, Rio, Miami and Punta del Este in one single destination.
The Boca Chica already has a vibrant history and so our re-invention of
it will play up Acapulco’s 1950s flair. It is not only about creating trends
– it’s about building a hotel that can outlive a generation.”
|The Boca Chica is perched over an idyllic beach cove in the heart of
Acapulco’s Caleta neighbourhood. During Acapulco’s mid-20th century heyday,
the Hotel Boca Chica was where all the action happened. This 1950’s architectural
gem, once a sweltering holiday hotspot, took a downturn when the city of
Acapulco itself fell out of favour in the 1980’s, after which the building
underwent 20 years of neglect. Although these years took their toll, most
of the original features and furniture luckily remain intact.
Fraccionamiento las Playas
Acapulco, 39390, Guerrero, México
Arriving by water taxi at Boca Chica offers a spectacular prelude to
the experience within. Guests can check in at the hotel’s sea level ‘Club
de Mar’ fresh water pool area. A grand entrance reception leads to a landscaped
garden and ground floor where there is a gym with views across the bay
to Roqueta Island, a protected natural reserve. There are also poolside
massage cabanas, a therapy area where a team of trained experts offer a
range of body and facial treatments and, on the second and third floors,
a full SPA & Baths. After dark the hotel takes on a retro glam vibe
with its open air bar overlooking the bay. At the disco, Coco Wash, guests
are transported back in time, and can enjoy the perfect cocktail or just
have a boogie. The hotel’s main restaurant is headed by master sushi chef
Keisuke Harada, former chef of New York and Miami’s much-loved Bond St.
sushi restaurants. The restaurant serves raw, fresh and inviting dishes
using local ingredients including catches of the day from the Acapulco
A former hotspot in the 1950s, Boca Chica still maintains its famous
vintage exterior although inside the refurbished interior is anything but
old-school. The A-list design team, including designers Frida Escobedo
and Jose Rojas, has created a hotel with chic design elements and an atmosphere
of laid back tropical luxury. The original features such as the brick lattice
‘celosia’ brickwork have been maintained along with the cool white and
iconic Boca Chica aqua green hues.
The hotel’s developer and owner Architect Fernando Romero, a pre-eminent
Mexican architect, had a vision to create a hotel with 30 spacious rooms
and 6 suites with original features and furniture from the 1950s building.
The elegant and vibrant rooms come with private terraces and hammocks.
Some of the rooms lead into private gardens and three of the suites have
separate living rooms. There are also organic and fair-trade Dr. Bronner
Magic Soaps, free wireless WiFi and 24-hour room service for all round
Boca Chica is located in an old yacht club neighbourhood in Acapulco
away from the high-rise hotels on a small peninsula adjacent to Caletilla
beach. The hotel is close to quiet and clean waters ideal for scuba diving,
snorkelling or just swimming. It is situated just half an hour flight from
Acapulco is known as Mexico’s first and most well-known beach resort.
The area reached its prominence in the 1950s when it was a getaway for
Hollywood stars and millionaires. Boca Chica’s former guests include Frank
Sinatra, Elton John and John Wayne. Acapulco is known for its nightlife
with many bars and clubs open until dawn.
In addition to Boca Chica, Grupo HABITA also manages nine other lifestyle
hotels in Mexico:
HABITA Hotel, Mexico City
CONDESA df, Mexico City
DISTRITO CAPITAL, Mexico City
Deseo [Hotel + Lounge], Playa del Carmen
Hotel Básico, Playa del Carmen
Hotel AZUCAR, Veracruz
La Purificadora, Puebla
Maison Couturier, Veracruz
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