Among the most luxurious hotels in the capital, this eight-story hotel was modeled after the 18th-century Iturbide Palace--it even has a traditional inner courtyard with a fountain. More than half the rooms overlook this courtyard. A $14 million renovation was completed in 2016 with terrific new dining and drinking options, and a British-style barbershop.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Though centrally located, the immediate area is devoid of charm and abuts two extremely chaotic intersections; not the place for a quiet evening stroll.
Generous room sizes start at 537 sq. ft., with twice-daily housekeeping service and Nespresso Inissia coffeemakers.
New, crisp, and all marble, though not as luxuriously appointed as other parts of the room and hotel.
Lobby has the feel of an upscale shopping mall, though there are some comfortable private sitting areas. There is also daily complimentary coffee service.
The Health Club encompasses an outdoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, fitness center, with a range of spa treatments available (in your room, if desired).
At the men's barbershop Gentlemen's Tonic—a branch of the London original—you can order cocktails from Fifty Mils bar.
Fitness center is well-stocked and modern, though basic.
Il Becco is the newest from the owners of L'Ostería del Becco, a longtime city favorite for authentic modern Italian; it serves inventive Piedmontese cuisine in a luxe space. Zanaya serves seafood-driven cuisine from the Mexican Pacific coast; try the whole grilled pescado zarandeado. In addition, the courtyard restaurant has a ver popular weekend Champagne brunch.
Fifty Mils is one of the best cocktail bars in the city (and, for that matter, the country).
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. Chapultepec Park and parts of Roma and Condesa are easily walkable.
Chef Elena Reygadas (who also owns nearby Rosetta) makes flawless Italian-influenced food with local ingredients at Lardo (9-minute walk); the rollo de guayaba is a must at breakfast. Kura (12-minute walk) is a traditional izakaya--a sort of Japanese cantina--with a massive, authentic menu.
Le Tachinomi Desu (15-minute walk) is a tiny natural-wine bar behind an unmarked door. A branch of the Havana original, La Bodeguita del Medio (9-minute walk) serves textbook mojitos--and Cuban cigars to go.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Most of the city's ultra-luxe hotels are located in the Polanco neighborhood; this offers a more central location (and better food and drink offerings).