CARLOS COUTURIER & MOISES MICHA

Moises Micha and Carlos Couturier in their 1969 Ford Bronco car.
  • MEXICO | USA

THE MANHATTAN PROJECT

Carlos Couturier and Moises Micha own ten hotels in Mexico, and they are almost always on the move. But this fall, they will finally slow down to open their latest property, and – surprise! – it’s not in Mexico at all, but in New York City.

For Carlos Couturier and Moises Micha building hotels that reflect their surroundings is more than just a job: it is the passion that drove these two Mexican entrepeneurs to leave their respective former lives in the citrus growing business and finance. They met during university and quickly became friends, ending up joining forces in the ...

“We use a local team every time we build a hotel, and we read the surroundings and their traditions to integrate the local culture into our project.”
CARLOS COUTURIER
Carlos Couturier at his Chelsea neighborhood's babershop.
Hotel Americano Room with view of Manhattan New York.
Moises Micha and Carlos Couturier looking at the architectural hotel Americano plans of New York. Impression of New York's High Line park by photographer Iwan Baan.
Hotel Habita Monterrey top roof's swimming-pool in Mexico by architect Joseph Dirand.

... real estate business. The transformation to building their own hotel collection focused on art and design came naturally; both are avid art collectors and active in the Mexican art community. Couturier and Micha are passionately committed to investing in the regions in which they build their hotels, from Mexico to the United States. “We use a local team every time we build a hotel, and we read the surroundings and their traditions to integrate the local culture into our project,” Couturier explains. Both are naturally very mobile, jet-setting from one art fair and hotel to the next, but without ever losing track of home and their families. Certain rituals, such as Friday dinners with the family in Mexico City, are important to Micha, who is single and lives in an apartment within their hotel Distrito Capital. Their newest project marks their entrance into the US boutique hotel market with the opening of Hôtel Americano. With the success of their friendship and partnership spilling over into their brand Grupo Habita, it is sure to make its mark on the hot terrain of New York's hotel market.

View of the Hotel Basico Bathroom in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. A former 19th-century water purification plant is now the Hotel La Purificadora in Puebla, Mexico. View of the Swimming-pool. View from one of the rooms of Hotel Deseo in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
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