About the size of Teotihuacán's Pyramid of the Sun, this sleek, low-slung, 8-acre megalith was designed by Mexico's modern master, Ricardo Legorreta, for the Mexico City Olympics in 1968. The whole place is one big sculpture punctuated by fountains, splashes of canary yellow and electric pink, and impressive art collection. And should you be looking for a place to land your chopper, the hotel also has a heliport.
Look for these massive artworks by three modern Mexican masters: "16 Adivinanzas de un Astronauta Hindu" by Pedro Friedeberg, "Abstracto en Dorado" by Matias Goeritz, and "El Hombre Frente al Infinito" by Rufino Tamayo.
Rooms are a bit dated, without the innovative design of the hotel itself, but are clean, comfortable, and work-friendly.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some rooms are strangely dark and without ample in-room lighting; ask to see your room before checking in.
Spacious and pretty marble bathrooms.
The lobby has multiple levels, with various shops, restaurants, and bars, though without ample comfortable seating areas in the lobby itself.
A lovely large pool set in a lovely green area; a true oasis.
Spa services are available on request.
Large and modern, by the pool.
The hotel has a whopping 11 food and drink options. Best are Morimoto, from the famed Japanese chef of the same name, and the hearty, traditional Spanish offerings at Centro Castellano.
At the far eastern edge of Polanco, the hotel is strategically located within walkable distance of Chapultepec Park, Roma, Condesa, and Zona Rosa. However, you may want to take cars, as there are many large and difficult-to-cross avenues in the immediate area.
Try specialties from the state of Jalisco, like tortas ahogadas, at the daytime café El Pialadero de Guadalara (16-minute walk). Intrepid eaters should order a taco achicalada at Los Panchos (6-minute walk), made with various crispy bits from the vat used to fry pork carnitas.
The ultra-luxe Fifty Mils (13-minute walk) is often named the best cocktail bar in the city. Reserve your space online in advance at Escaparate Karaoke Bar (6-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Mexican-modern style in an ideal location with ample food and drink options on site.