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T+L's Definitive Guide to Mexico City

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Mexico City’s hotel scene is booming. Here, the splashy openings and longtime favorites.

Downtown México: A converted 17th-century palace, the latest from Grupo Habita is an island of chic in workaday Centro Histórico. It seamlessly mixes the old (stone walls; high ceilings) with the up-to-the-minute (a sexy rooftop bar and pool). On the mezzanine, well-curated boutiques sell local goods such as mezcal, chocolate, and Talavera pottery. $

Hotel Brick: The creative energy of Roma seems to swirl around this architectural mash-up of a century-old former mansion (which also housed, in turn, a bank, a brothel, and a locksmith) and a glass-and-steel annex. Expect a warren of restaurants, bars, and 17 rooms with houndstooth-upholstered chairs and wood paneling. At night, well-dressed chilangos gather at the terrace café to watch the comings and goings on Calle Orizaba. $$

Las Alcobas: This 35-room sanctuary in the heart of Polanco is marked by rich Yabu Pushelberg–designed interiors and thoughtful touches—a full-length three-way mirror; coffee that arrives minutes after your wake-up call. Its buzzy restaurant, Dulce Patria, is joined this spring by Anatol, run by Justin Ermini, former chef at the Mayflower Inn in Connecticut. $$

Red Tree House: A small garden draped with fairy lights and a yellow Lab named Abril welcome guests to this 17-room B&B with a winning location just off Parque México. Inside are walls painted in bright jewel tones and Mexican art; rooms range in size from the tiny Treehouse to a two-bedroom suite with a private terrace. $

Four Seasons Hotel México, D.F.: It’s all about gracefulness here, from the polished concierge staff and colonial-inspired interiors to the courtyard with its parterres and burbling fountain. Insider tip: follow hotel staffers to the street-food stands on Calle Burdeos, off the hotel entrance, where you’ll find some of the area’s tastiest tacos. $$$

Live Aqua Bosques: About 50 minutes from downtown Mexico City, near the rapidly growing Santa Fe neighborhood, is this stylish new luxury hotel. Rooms include such niceties as 420-thread-count sheets, an espresso machine, and motorized drapes—and each floor has a dedicated concierge to secure everything from dinner reservations to shoeshines. $$$

St. Regis: The city’s most elegantly modern hotel occupies the first 15 floors of a Cesar Pelli–designed building on Paseo de la Reforma. Rooms are large and plush (Yabu Pushelberg again), but the real showstopper is the panoramic view from the spa and fitness center. $$$

Hotel Pricing Key
$ Less than $200
$$ $200 to $350
$$$ $350 to $500
$$$$ $500 to $1,000
$$$$$ More than $1,000

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