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Four Seasons Hotel Mexico, D.F. - Hotel Review

Old World Charm Meets Modern Amenities

The courtyard of the Four Seasons Hotel México, D.F.
The courtyard of the Four Seasons Hotel México, D.F.

Mexico City is a multi-layered metropolis, physically and figuratively. The city you see today was built by conquering Spaniards on the ancient Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán: a stratum of boutiques, art galleries, cafés, nightclubs and yes, sadly, smog (although it has thankfully improved in recent years), atop ancient, excavated ruins. You can explore the remains of the pyramid of Huitzilopochtli, then take a stroll through tranquil Chapultepec Park. With its tribute to history and commitment to contemporary comfort, the Four Seasons Hotel México, D.F. fits right into this fusion of intriguing past, dynamic present and very promising future.

Situated on the fashionable Paseo de la Reforma, the hotel's designers used the Interbide Palace as a prototype. Dating to the 18th century, the palace now serves as a bank lobby and is worth a visit for its art exhibits. The hotel courtyard, anchored by a pretty fountain, owes particular thanks to the palace, while the rest of the building offers a blend of European manor house and hacienda design. The structure wraps around its central courtyard, and interior arcaded galleries open onto the garden. Many of the spacious bedrooms and suites also look into this central area, while others gaze down on surrounding avenues. Given the noise of the city, the interior rooms are preferable.

The fountain in the central courtyard One of the main rooms
The fountain in the central courtyard
One of the main rooms

Despite its estate-like atmosphere, the Four Seasons Hotel México, D.F. is a decidedly urban hotel, with a fully loaded fitness center, stylish spa, secluded pool area, wealth of business facilities, signature dining and 240 rooms and suites. While not a boutique property, it isn't massive and impersonal, either. The basic rooms are titled "Moderate," which is a misnomer given their 483 square feet of space. Premier Rooms come with private balconies and Premier Terraces with the amenity their name implies. Suites become more lavish the higher up this eight-story building you go, reaching their pinnacle in the top floor Presidential Suite, which is beautifully decorated with Mexican antiques. Décor hints at opulence, but is nicely understated, and all rooms come with plenty of expected extras like CD players, down pillows, PlayStations, refrigerated private bars, Web TV and high-speed Internet access.

Light, contemporary Mediterranean cuisine is served in Reforma 500, which has an outdoor terrace and two private dining rooms. El Bar appeals both indoors and out, with an English library ambience inside and a terrace into the garden outside. This is a good place to learn more about tequilas and mezcals, since the selection is superb. If you prefer your tequila on you rather than in you, you can always head to the spa for a Punta Mita Massage, which uses indigenous sage, traditional healing techniques and a shot or two of Mexico's finest.

The Presidential Suite Dining at Reforma 500
The Presidential Suite
Dining at Reforma 500

Not only is the hotel well located for exploring the city's main attractions, it provides free weekend cultural tours, led by art historians. By integrating its guests into Mexico City, while at the same time providing a refuge from the crowds, Four Seasons Hotel México, D.F. is one of our top choices for a South of the Border stay.

Four Seasons Hotel México, D.F.
Paseo de la Reforma #500
Colonia Juárez, Mexico, D.F.
Mexico 06600
52 (55) 5230-1818

(Updated: 01/20/10 HC)

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