A buzzing megametropolis on the scale of Shanghai or São Paolo, Mexico City can be intimidating for first-time visitors, but the right hotel can make all the difference. Most first-time visitors stick to upscale neighborhoods such as Condesa, Roma, Polanco or the Centro Historico, although we’ve managed to include a couple of hotels located in some of the city’s less-traveled districts for veteran chilangos looking to try something new. No matter where you stay, give it time and Mexico City will start to feel less like one of the world’s largest cities and more like a second home. We’ve chosen the best hotels vased on factors such as design and aesthetics, price and location. Here are our favorites:
Set in an iconic Art Deco-style building on Avenida de la Reforma, Mexico City’s main boulevard, Hotel Marquis’s glass facades offer great views from its common areas, suites, restaurants, gym and spa. Its upper-level suites offer gardened balconies and spacious living areas and its interior design is another refreshingly happy marriage between modernism and classical styles.
Located in the hip Polanco district, this luxury hotel offers two-story apartment-style suites feature modern décor with full kitchens, spacious living areas and balconies. Close to many of the best restaurants in Mexico City including the world-famous Pujol, you’ll never want for things to do and see in the neighborhood. The outdoor pool area offers a quiet place to relax and the hotel has a gym and wellness center with sauna and massages available.
Set in a French colonial-style mansion lovingly restored and maintained, Puertas del Bosque sits at the entrance of the Bosque del Tlalpan and is just a short drive from Xochimilco, a borough of canals and waterways like a Mexican Venice. Its apartment-style suites come equipped with kitchenettes perfect for a long-term stay. Far from the trendy central districts of Condesa, Roma and Polanco, Puertas del Bosque makes a great choice for veteran visitors to Mexico City who would like to explore its less-traveled southern side in style.
Located in the heart of Mexico City’s trendiest and most popular neighborhoods, Maria Condesa is one of the few hotels in Condesa, and certainly one of the best. The reinterpreted classical style with traditional Mexican touches makes the suites feel more like a warm home than a standard hotel room. The comfort doesn’t stop at the inviting design: Maria Condesa’s deluxe suites even include a private sauna in the bathroom, and all come with an unlimited free mini-bar and Nespresso cappuccino/espresso makers. Just a few blocks away from Parque Chapultepec, Parque Mexico, Calle Amsterdam, Avenidas Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon, Maria Condesa is perfectly located for long walks through one of Mexico City’s most charming areas. If you prefer to ride, Maria Condesa’s attentive staff will help you set up an Ecobici account to access free bikes throughout the city.
A unique hotel with an eclectic style and tons of attitude, The Wild Oscar is a hip boutique in a residential area of Polanco. The hotel’s design blends industrial, mid-century modern and shabby chic themes in a unified motif that makes sense but still manages to surprise at every turn. The suites come equipped with Egyptian cotton bed sets, French-style bathtubs, kitchenettes and living and dining areas, making the Wild Oscar and excellent choice for a long-term stay in one of Mexico City’s best neighborhoods.
Las Alcobas is a luxury hotel that manages to elegantly combine the best of modern minimalism and reinterpreted classic design. Instead of a colonial-style mezzanine, suites are connected to the ground floor by a whirlwind hand-carved wooden staircase reminiscent of New York’s Guggenheim. The suites feature generous curved window walls and private balconies that offer unparalleled views of Parque Chapultepec. Located in the trendy neighborhood of Polanco, Las Alcobas is within walking distance from some of the best bars, restaurants and shops in Mexico City. The hotel’s onsite wellness center, Aurora Spa, features hydromassage baths and various body treatments using locally-sourced scrubs, and its onsite restaurants serve traditional dishes with a modern twist.
Set in a renovated Spanish-style townhouse, Stara Hamburgo is bursting with eclectic style. Stara Hamburgo manages to create its own seductive style out of Grecian columns, exposed brick walls, gilded mirrors, and funky avant-garde furniture. Located in the Financial District and just a few blocks away from Mexico City’s iconic Angel de Independencia, Stara Hamburgo is a great choice for travelers on business or those who just want to be close to the action of the Zona Rosa.