The Círculo Mexicano hotel is located downtown of Mexico City, taking over a 19th-century building that previously accommodated private residences.
Ambrosi Etchegaray, which is led by architects Jorge Ambrosi and Gabriela Etchegaray, undertook the task of transforming it into a more hospitable space.
The studio has left behind some time-worn elements that hint at how long the building has been around – for example, the dramatic zigzag staircase that links together all the levels of the hotel backs onto a wall of crumbling bricks.
However in the 25 bedrooms, which are spread across the building's second and third floors, the studio has taken a much more contemporary, minimal approach.
A key point of reference was the style of the Shakers: a Christian sect founded in 1747 that has become known for their ascetic lifestyles and equally austere approach to designing their living quarters and furniture, which were completely devoid of ornamentation.
"Originally all the design process was inspired by an ecclesiastical aesthetics," Ambrosi told Dezeen. "With that premise, we imagined an architecture free of ornament, where the correct use of simple materials enhances the quality of the space."
"When we saw the first room partially finished, we decide to invite different designers to work on the essential elements for the space, lighting, desk, chair, etc," Ambrosi continued.
"We had some initial talks with studio La Metropolitana to design a chair for the room and they came back with a proposal to create a group of utilitarian elements that will become part of the room," he added.
"Their proposal was inspired in the Shakers – they understand the value of that movement as a community that developed a refined technique working with wood."
Círculo Mexicano's rooms are therefore host to just a few blocky plinths, which form side tables or support wooden storage cupboards. The largest plinth is used as a base for the rooms' beds, which are covered with plain, beige-coloured linens with exposed seams.
Surrounding surfaces are mostly painted white, but some rooms boast barrel-vaulted ceilings clad in red tiles.
Decor is provided by Shaker-style peg rails, where members of the sect would typically hang clothes, hats and light pieces of furniture when not in use. In the hotel rooms, these are used to suspend mirrors, trinket boxes and wooden chairs created by La Metropolitana.
Some rooms will also include prints by revered Mexican photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo, who was born in the hotel building back in 1902.
Most of the communal spaces are situated on the hotel's rooftop, where there is a pool and a pop-up restaurant called ONA Le Toit that serves Mexican food with a French twist. The menu will change week to week as the chef's take on different regional dishes.
Guests can sit around the jet-black dining tables or on the more relaxed woven-back sofa seats while taking in views of notable Mexico City attractions such as the Metropolitan Cathedral and Templo Mayor.
Photography is by Sergio López courtesy of Grupo Habita.