Considering that Mexico City ranks as one of the largest metropolises in the world—it’s the biggest in North America to start—high-end hotels in town have historically been in short supply.
“Mexico City used to have mostly a lot of dreary three- and four-star properties that catered to business travelers, but there was nothing exciting for luxury travelers,” says Zachary Rabinor, the founder of Journey Mexico, a travel company that plans upscale Mexico trips.
That’s changed in the last decade, says Rabinor, as the city is increasingly recognized as a vibrant destination with flourishing arts, food, design, and culture scenes. “The choices today for the discerning set include properties from both international large brands and boutique locally owned names,” he says.
The newest is The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City, which is now accepting reservations. Located in the posh Polanco district, known for its restaurants, shopping, and museums, it’s a 58-story tower with views of Chapultepec Park. The renowned Toronto design firm Chapi Chapo is behind the interiors, which are inspired by the city’s influence on the surrealist movement.
Elements throughout the property honoring Tezcatlipoca, the Aztec god of night and smoking mirrors, and Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), include smokey ash, deep blues, metals, mirrors, and brass. Most rooms have terraces, and amenities include a club lounge and spa offering treatments with locally sourced ingredients.
“The Ritz-Carlton has an exceptional design and views and increases the appeal for leisure travelers to visit Mexico City, whether it’s for the first time or again,” Rabinor says.
The Alest is another new name on the Polanco hotel scene. Named after a British family and, with an exterior that’s inspired by some of the architecture in England, the fashionable property has 19 rooms, a bar with drinks created by the award-winning mixologists at the famous Licorería Limantour, and an upscale restaurant run by the celebrated Mexican chef Fernando Martínez Zavala.