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St. Regis Mexico City - Hotel Review

Moving on Up in Mexico's Capital City

by Alain Gayot

The modern and airy lobby at The St. Regis Mexico City
The modern and airy lobby at The St. Regis Mexico City

With its ample collection of local landmarks, Mexico City hardly needed another. But that doesn't mean lovers of iconic architecture aren't grateful to Cesar Pelli for providing a new one in the form of The St. Regis Mexico City. The man behind One Canada Square at Canary Wharf in London, the World Financial Center in New York and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Pelli designed what is now the second tallest building the world. Towering at 495 feet, it enjoys an enviable location, dwarfing the Diana fountain at a historic corner on the Paseo de la Reforma. The 31-story mixed use structure brings even more world class luxury to the city, with the upcoming J&G Steakhouse by Jean-Georges (slated to open at the end of 2011) and the upscale retail space at street level, a ballroom on the second floor, and the third-floor Diana Restaurant, King Cole Bar and outdoor terrace.

Higher up in the hotel, guests will find elegant rooms and suites designed by Yabu Pushelberg of Toronto, Canada, and adorned with details inspired by Mexican arts and crafts styles. Three categories of rooms will pamper you, from Deluxe to Grande Deluxe to the Executive, St. Regis, Luxury and Astor suites — all, of course, with 24-hour butlers. Amenities include plush beds dressed with Pratesi linens, flat screen TVs and high-speed Internet access.

A sleek and well-appointed guest room at The St. Regis Mexico City The pool on the 15th floor overlooking the city
A sleek, well-appointed guest room
The 15th-floor pool with city views

To work out, you need only to head up to the fifteenth floor where the unobstructed view of the city will energize you, while the Kinesis Technogym machines sculpt your body into one of an Aztec warrior. You can also keep fit in one of the twin infinity edge pools. And if relaxation is what you have in mind, on the next floor up you will find the Remède Spa. Of note: the spa's two-hour La Luna healing ritual.

For even more in the way of indulgence, hop on the elevators once again — and don't worry if they're tricky to operate at first. Attentive staff members are always on hand to make sure you get where you need to go within the circular building. And if where you want to go is home, look into purchasing one of the upper level private residences. Or ascend to the very top, where a super-cool helipad gives you a chance to depart in style.

In nice contrast with the hotel's ultramodern setting, nearby guests will find the French-built Chapultepec Castle, the mindboggling anthropology museum, the city park (larger than Central Park) and plenty of shopping, dining and nightlife options in the surrounding Condesa and Polanco districts. Needless to say, given the location, which is located less than thirty minutes from the Benito Juarez International Airport, this luxury hotel caters to business and leisure travelers alike. As for the celebrated Zocalo, it's just a short cab, hotel car or subway ride away. There, you'll find a concentration of historic sites, from the Diego Rivera mural at the National Palace to the much older ruins of the Templo Mayor. So if you want to be hip and take in all of the culture on offer in Mexico City, check into one of the 189 posh rooms at this landmark St. Regis property.

The St. Regis Mexico City
Paseo de la Reforma 439
Mexico City, Federal District 06500, Mexico
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