Mariano Escobedo 700, Polanco
The Camino Real is Mexico's own premier hotel chain, though the sprawling Polanco branch's main appeal is it's vintage, '70s charm. Built in 1968 by Ricardo Legorreta, arguably one of Mexico's most influential architects, the whole point of a stay here is experiencing Mexican modernism at its best. That translates into expansive spaces, bold geometric patterns, and big, bright splashes of color. Art lovers might enjoy the hotel's collection too, which includes an Isamu Noguchi-designed fountain in the entrance and works by Rufino Tamayo, Pedro Friedeberg, Jose Covarrubias, and more. And while the rooms may be past their prime decor-wise—aka stuck in the '70s—the hotel boasts plenty of other amenities like the nicely secluded courtyard pool, adjoining gym, and a choice of trendy restaurants in-house. Location is also key, as the hotel is connected to Polanco, one of the city's most walkable neighborhoods, and Avenida Reforma, the scenic, neoclassical avenue that leads right into downtown.
Av. Presidente Masaryk 201, Polanco
Back in 2000 when it opened, the Enrique Norten-designed, glass-enclosed, Hotel Habita was Mexico City's very first design hotel, and even today it remains among a very few. Located on Masaryk, one of the city's main high-end shopping drags, the minimalist decor, white-washed industrial interiors and roof deck pool still lure locals for the bar scene, and foreigners for the perfectly comfortable—if a little sparse—industrial rooms. While owner Carlos Couturier has gone on to open several more scene-stealing hotels in the city and further afield, the rooftop pool and bar at the hotel remain a night-time fixture.
Avenida Presidente Masaryk 390A, Polanco
At this thirty-five rooms strong, the international design firm Yabu Pushelberg has done an outstanding job of tastefully incorporating Mexican motifs into a contemporary setting beginning with the stunning spiral rosewood staircase leading from reception into the hotel’s breakfast room and spa. Each of the rooms and apartment-like suites feature this same attention to detail when it comes to décor, with custom-made furnishings, luxurious marble bathrooms, and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout. It’s also home to two great restaurants, Anatol and Dulce Patria, which are among the best in the city for fresh Mexican cuisine.
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