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How does a new hotel become an immediate landmark of the city? As the real estate mantra goes, “Location, location, location.” The Ritz-Carlton in Mexico City, which opened last month on tree-lined Paseo de la Reforma, has taken over floors 37-47 of the 58-story Chapultepec Uno R509 skyscraper, one of the tallest buildings from Mexico.
The backstory: Although the Ritz-Carlton has two resorts in Mexico, this is their first urban hotel in the country. The towering architecture is the work of Taller G, while Canadian firm Chapi Chapo Design (they’re also behind the St. Regis Toronto) were brought in to do the interiors. The overall aesthetic is sleek and modern, although there are nods to Mexico’s history with surrealism, which inspired the playful and trippy use of shiny surfaces (glass, metal, mirror) to reflect the outside inside.
Space: Find 153 refined rooms and suites (from $410), ranging from 410 to 2,046 square feet. Expect contemporary design, with light hardwood floors, deep blue headboards, and bathrooms covered almost entirely in marble — save for the charcoal-black tubs. All rooms are filled with natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows, while most also include private terraces.
Restoration : On the 38th floor is Samos, the hotel’s Mediterranean-inspired restaurant with Mexican influences. The open kitchen is led by Executive Chef Jonathan Felix, a former One&Only Mandarina, while the seasonal menu features dishes like ultra-light mango and passion fruit mousse.
Additional amenities: If you really want to be picked up, head to the exclusive Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge (access available for an additional fee). In the private area, with a dedicated concierge service, you can enjoy hors d’oeuvres and bubbles throughout the day. For pampering, you can book an Aztec-inspired treatment using local plants at the spa, such as a wake-up ceremony that includes a body massage with oil and jade crystals. Steam rooms, saunas, an indoor heated swimming pool and a fully equipped gym are also available on site.
Nearby sites: The hotel is located in the upscale Polanco neighborhood, known for its high-end shopping, renowned dining spots (like Pujol, ranked ninth on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for 2021), and cultural landmarks (such as the famous El Ángel de la Independencia monument). Full days can be spent at Bosque de Chapultepec, the 1,600-acre wooded park practically next door, home to botanical gardens, a zoo, and numerous museums, including the Museo Nacional de Historia (housed in a former castle) and the National Museum of Anthropology.
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