GFA, Niz + Chauvet collaborate for Thompson Hotels’ Mexico properties

Commune Hotels & ResortsThompson Hotels brand unveiled plans to open two properties in Playa del Carmen, Mexico: a 92-key hotel bearing the Thompson name, and an oceanfront beach house located a few blocks away. Mexico City-based architecture firm GFA and designers Niz + Chauvet teamed to create a 1950s-inspired aesthetic for the new properties.

The designs of the properties will be influenced by their locations, mixed with mid-century Mexican accents and geometric patterns. These will also incorporate elements like light-washed concrete and Mexican marble. Guestrooms and public spaces will have custom furniture handcrafted in Mexico. White-washed panels, indigenous stone, hand-pressed tiles and original art will also be integrated into the property’s guestroom design.

The main building’s 30,000-square-foot rooftop will have an infinity pool with in-water loungers flanked by cabanas, as well as a dining and nightlife venue, CATCH. It will mark New York-based EMM Group’s first outpost for the concept in the country.  The space will similarly have an outdoor terrace piped with soft lighting.


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The rooftop will also be landscaped, and will have a chef’s garden and a living wall. A retail component is also planned for the main hotel.

Slated to open early next year is the bohemian-inspired Beach House concept, which will house 27 guestrooms and suites, each with its own terrace. A beachfront pool, cabanas and a casual restaurant and bar are also in the plans.

The properties are owned by Thor Urbana Capital and will be managed by San Francisco-based hotel company Commune.