Carlos Couturier is a design genius. As the creative arm for Habita Hotels, he masterfully choreographs architects like Enrique Norten and interior designers like the French Arnaud Montigny for his chain of boutique hotels in Mexico and the United States. His taste is impeccable and no detail goes unnoticed when it comes to design, hospitality, locale, and a general air of deftness. Consider the cool starkness of Condesa DF, the kitsch of Boca Chica in Acapulco, or the formal stature of Hôtel Americano in New York. These hotels are award-winning and breath life into up-and-coming neighborhoods and cities. They all fall under the careful considerations of Couturier. We cannot say enough about him. His smile will win you over and his vision has come to define what boutique Mexican hotels are: chic, smart, and with a strict emphasis on high design and luxuriously creative amenities.
Place of Birth: Veracruz, Mexico
Parents: Carlos Couturier & Irene Gaya
When did you move to NYC and why? I moved to NY a year ago to open Hôtel Americano.
Which neighborhood do you live in the city and why? I live in West Chelsea. It feels like a real neighborhood.
Name a New York moment. Jogging in Central Park and listening to The Black Eyed Peas (they were playing live) singing 'Imagine' as a tribute to John Lennon!
How do you keep it Mex in the City? I have tacos regularly at Tacombi.
My favorite song: "Hotel California" by The Eagles.
Favorite designer: Tim Hamilton.
Favorite Brand: Band of Outsiders.
Favorite past time: My childhood.
Favorite Mexican expression: "Lo que viene...conviene!"
Which Mexican do you most admire and why? I admire all Mexicans who leave their families behind, work hard and send back most of what they earn in the USA to their hometown in Mexico. They are real heroes to me.
Describe a fun or interesting fact about you. I am a sleepwalker.