Striking a harmonious balance between style statements and minimalism, Mexico's first design hotel has been an \"in\" spot since it opened a couple decades ago, though it's starting to rest on its laurels. Service ranges from cool to indifferent, with a few exceptions, and some areas could use more upkeep. The swanky rooftop bar attracts international celebs and chic chilangos every night of the week to its open-air views, fireplace, and mezcal selection. The lobby restaurant has tasty bistro-Mex cuisine, and a tiny ground-floor bookstore has a nice array of art books.
Minimal, mid-century-style rooms are warmed by pale wood and deep grey fabrics. All but the lowest-tier rooms have small balconies.
YOU SHOULD KNOW If sensitive to noise, avoid rooms facing the street, or rooms on the 4th floor—the 5th floor action goes late.
Sleek and spotless, though mirrored walls and vessel sinks already feel a little dated. Amenities are by MALIN + GOETZ.
Sprawling and stylish, with comfy overstuffed chairs. The lobby restaurant is called Lobby.
Large, heated 5th-floor outdoor pool, open until 2 a.m. The pool terrace also has a sauna and jacuzzi, and drink service.
The small but high-quality spa offers mostly massages--eleven different types.
Fitness center is well-appointed, though some equipment could be updated or replaced.
Lobby restaurant is good, especially for breakfast or late nights, when other area restaurants are closed. One wall of Lobby is a huge bronze artwork by Jan Hendrix.
The 6th floor terrace has good cocktails, tapas, and views.
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. Polanco is a large neighborhood, so some parts of it won't be walkable from the hotel.
Raíz (5-minute walk) serves artfully plated modern Mexican in a chic space. Especially popular for breakfast, eno (8-minute walk) is a modest café from Pujol chef Enrique Olvera.
Belly up to the bar for a textbook martini and raw oysters at Bros Oyster Bar (6-minute walk). Get to know mezcal in all its subtleties at Gusano Mezcaleria (8-minute walk), named for the "worms" that live in agave plants.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Still a hip pick in a convenient part of Polanco, and the pool terrace is irresistible.