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.
The courtyard of the Four Seasons Hotel México, D.F.
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.
fountain in the central courtyard
of the main rooms
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.
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.
at Reforma 500
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.
(Updated: 01/20/10 HC)