Centro Historico Hotels
Isabel La Católica #30, Centro Histórico, Cuauhtémoc
The Mexican boutique hotel company Grupo Habita really does have its fingers on the pulse when it comes to opening in the right neighborhoods. Their design hotels seem to pop up just seconds before another area hits the big time. In this case, it's the city's downtown, or "Centro," which has undergone a massive re-haul in the past decade—thanks in part to Mexican multi-billionaire Carlos Slim—and is now suddenly the place everyone wants to be. Downtown is located in a 17th-century palace, with a classic colonial courtyard, a 1940's mural by Rafael Gonzalez Lozano, and 17 pared-down bedrooms with high vaulted ceilings, traditional terracotta-tiled floors, and many original architectural details. With a rooftop pool and bar overlooking the other ornate colonial rooftops of the Centro, it's a pretty ideal oasis from the bustling streets. The Downtown shares the palace with several small, independent boutiques, the traditional Mexican restaurant Azul Historico, and a hostel named Downtown Beds.
Four Seasons Mexico City
Paseo de la Reforma 500, Cuauhtemoc
You pretty much know what to expect from a Four Seasons anywhere in the world, which is top-notch service, beautifully appointed, if slightly trad, interiors, and all the hotel amenities you could ask for. This Four Seasons is no exception, and its location in a stunning colonial-style building right on Paseo de la Reforma adds plenty of local charm. There are 240 individually decorated rooms, featuring tastefully chosen Mexican art and design items. Plus, the gorgeously landscaped patio—a common feature in colonial architecture—is where you'll want to spend most of your time in the hotel, either in the pool or having breakfast al fresco. For families traveling with kids, this is probably the best bet, with child-proofed rooms on request, age-appropriate toys, and games provided on arrival, and chauffeur services and city tours to book directly from the concierge.
St. Regis Mexico City
Paseo de la Reforma 439, Cuauhtemoc
This is one of the more recently opened hotels in the city, and definitely among the splashiest: For starters, it's one of the few skyscrapers down one of the city's main arteries, Paseo de la Reforma, which means the city views from the inside the hotel are pretty phenomenal. We also hear service is on point, beginning with a glass of champagne at check-in, and traditional butler service throughout your stay. Rooms are beautifully appointed in plush, contemporary furnishings in a subtle palette of greys and pastels. Plus, the Remede Spa is where locals in the know book in for a pamper, and the adjoining pool boasts amazing views. It's basically exactly what you'd expect from a St. Regis anywhere in the world, the only disadvantage being that it lacks a sense of local quirk and color (though there's plenty of that outside the glass doors).
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