Sky High: Mexico City’s newest luxury hotel opens in one of the country’s tallest buildings

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How does a new hotel become an immediate landmark of the city? As the real estate mantra says, “Location, location, location”. The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City, which opened last month on the tree-lined Paseo de la Reforma, occupied floors 37-47 of the 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 city hotel in the country. The imposing architecture is the work of Taller G, while the Canadian company Chapi Chapo Design (they are also behind the St. Regis Toronto) was chosen to carry out the interiors. The overall aesthetic is sleek and modern, although there are nods to Mexican history with surrealism, which inspired the playful and trippy use of shiny surfaces (glass, metal, mirror) for reflect the exterior to the interior.

A corner suite at the Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City, with two beds and a comfortable living space.

Space: Find 153 stylish rooms and suites (starting at $ 410), ranging from 410 to 2,046 square feet. Expect a contemporary design, with light hardwood floors, dark blue headboards, and bathrooms almost completely covered in marble – except for the charcoal black tubs. All bedrooms have plenty of natural light through floor-to-ceiling windows, while most also have private terraces.

Dine at Samos, the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant on the 38th floor.

The dining room : On the 38th floor is Samos, the hotel restaurant of Mediterranean inspiration with Mexican influences. The open kitchen is led by Executive Chef Jonathan Felix, formerly of One & Only Mandarina, while the seasonal menu features dishes like ultralight mango and passion fruit mousse.

The Royal Suite has a king-size bed, a spacious terrace and panoramic city views.

Additional equipment: If you really want to be served, check out the exclusive Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge (access available for an additional fee). In the private area, with a dedicated concierge service, you can enjoy appetizers and bubbles throughout the day. To pamper yourself, 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, a heated indoor swimming pool and a fully equipped gym are also on site.

A bathroom with marble almost everywhere and a free-standing bathtub.

Nearby curiosities: The hotel is located in the upscale Polanco district, known for its high-end boutiques, renowned gourmet restaurants (such as Pujol, ranked ninth on the list of the world’s 50 best restaurants for 2021) and cultural sites (such as the famous El Ángel de la Independencia monument). Whole days can be spent in Bosque de Chapultepec, the 1,600-acre wooded park practically next door, which is home to botanical gardens, a zoo and many museums, including the Museo Nacional de Historia (housed in a former castle) and the Museo Nacional d’Anthropologie.

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Travelers are reminded to check for public health restrictions that may affect their plans.


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