One of the newer hotels in the Grupo Habita collection, Distrito Capital is also one of their best. Though its location in the businesslike and somewhat unfashionable Santa Fé neighborhood is inconvenient for anyone who doesn't have to be in that area for work, it's a true oasis among nondescript chain hotels.
Mid-century modern style in black, white, and grey with a few pops of color. High ceilings mean even the smallest rooms feel spacious. Rooms are located on floors 25 to 28, and have spectacular views, especially the Corner Suites.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Rooms have AC but no heat, which occasionally can be an issue during winter months, though the hotel can provide space heaters.
The room's sound system includes bathroom speakers. Rainshowers add to the spa-like feeling. Amenities are from Acqua di Parma.
The 5th floor lobby is in bold black and white and designed by Mexican firm Diametro Arquitectos. There is also a library with books on Mexican art, architecture, culture, and history.
43-foot pool—located on the 5th floor lobby level—has a large sundeck, bar, and other seating areas. The bar and pool area become clubby at night, open until 2am Thursday-Saturday.
There is no spa per se, but in-room massages and other spa treatments can be arranged.
Modern and well-equipped.
The on-site restaurant, from chef Patricia Silvera, is very good, serving international cuisine in an elegant space with marble tables and a large fireplace.
The best way to get around Mexico City is via Uber or similar ride-share services, like Cabify and the by-women for-women Laúdrive.
Au Pied Du Cochon (4-minute walk) is a branch of the beloved 24-hour French restaurant in Polanco; this one is open until 2am Wednesday-Saturday. At luxe Sud777 (30-minute drive)—recently voted #11 on the Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants list—chef Edgar Nuñez puts a unique spin on modern Mexican cuisine.
En Vivo Cantabar (5-minute walk) is a likely karaoke bar. Cantina Número 20 (11-minute walk) is an upscale cantina with good food.
WHY WE LIKE IT
If you have to stay in Santa Fe but want modern urban style, this is the best bet in the area.