Rodrigo de la Peña designs Hotel Cacao

Cornerstone launched its Hotel Matilda-themed collection of boutique hotels with the opening of Hotel Cacao in Playa del Carmen. Located on Playa del Carmen's 5th Avenue, the 60-room property is in the heart of the destination's scene of restaurants, clubs and boutiques.

Cornerstone plans to build a “Hotel Matilda Lifestyle Collection” of boutique properties in various locations throughout Mexico, with a second "Matilda lifestyle" property scheduled to open in 2015 in the San Angel district of Mexico City.

Hotel Cacao's rooms and suites offer contemporary elements, including bathroom amenities by Italian fashion designer Missoni.


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Architect Rodrigo de la Peña’s design include huge canvas accents in geometric shapes, and a central court with a hyacinth lily pond. The interior design is described as clean and contemporary with bold color accents. The rooftop bar has "cocteler'a" (mixology) experiences, blended with views of the Caribbean and Cozumel Island.

Hotel Cacao's restaurant, Nibs, has a tropical ambience, with re-imagined indoors with guests dining amid an original jungle mural by international street artist Eduardo Kobra, a flowing water wall, and banana and passion fruit plants. In contrast to the tropical atmosphere, Namuh-designed walnut tables and chairs with Italian carrera marbletops are accented by white linens and china. The restaurant's name reinforces the chocolate theme of Hotel Cacao.

The art-gallery-like interior is filled with a collection of contemporary works by various artists, many specifically commissioned for the hotel. This collection includes brightly painted VW Bugs by Tommy Hilfiger.

An after-hours-style bar is located downstairs, featuring a bordello look. The shops and restaurants on the street level of the building include Ma'z de Mar, a marisquer'a (seafood restaurant).

Hotel Matilda opened under the direction of managing partner Bruce James.


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