The St. Regis is designed to offer a peaceful respite from the hectic ambiance of Mexico City and it delivers exactly that: The moment you step off the street and into this glittering 31-storey skyscraper, you’re transported from one of the city’s busiest neighbourhoods to a world of butlers in top hats, subtly floral-scented corridors and timelessly elegant design.
It’s undeniably posh (they have their own helipad), but not at all stuffy. The hotel has a resort’s worth of amenities for guests who want to live in this luxurious bubble (and who could blame them?), but it’s equally appealing for those who want to get out and eat street tacos during the day and have a gorgeous base to come back to at the end of it all.
Rooms here are quietly luxurious, pairing muted colours like deep purple, grey and green with dark wood furniture and velvet sofas. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer wonderful views of the city (especially from the higher floors), while electronically-controlled drapes make it easy to block out the sun without getting out of your Frette-linen-covered-bed when you feel like sleeping in.
Light marble bathrooms feature double sinks, rainfall showers and separate bathtubs. Small screens are embedded in large vanity mirrors, so you can watch TV while you’re swaddled in a plush robe, testing out the Remède bath products.
Like all St. Regis properties, all rooms – regardless of the type – come with butler service. Available via email or phone 24/7, butlers act as your personal assistant, helping with things like transportation, restaurant recommendations, as well as packing and unpacking your bag.
Exploring Mexico City’s food scene is a highlight for many visitors, but it’s worth sticking around the St. Regis for a meal or a drink, because the hotel’s own restaurants hold their own against the city’s excellent off-property options.
Michelin starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is behind J&G Grill, a relaxed venue focused on seared meat and seafood plus a great wine list (do yourself a favour and order the avocado pizza). For an ultra-upscale experience, book a table at La Table Krug for an eight-course tasting menu paired with Krug champagne. King Cole Bar has lovely views over the Reforma neighbourhood and killer cocktails (including the hotel’s signature Bloody Mary).
The beautiful views continue in the hotel’s 15th-floor wellness area, which includes a swimming pool, fitness centre, sauna and whirlpools. The seven-room spa offers therapies ranging from hot stone massages and warm paraffin treatments to private yoga and pilates classes.
The hotel is set on Paseo de la Reforma, one of Mexico City’s biggest main thoroughfares. It’s in the financial district, making it ideal for those in the city on business but the central location is convenient for tourists, too - in fact, it’s a particularly fantastic part of the city for street food, with many vendors catering to office workers looking for quick, affordable lunch fare.
The St. Regis is right across from the city’s iconic Diana Cazadora Fountain; and it’s about a 10-minute walk to Chapultepec Park, which is home to dozens of attractions, including the National Museum of Anthropology. It’s a short drive to the hip bars and restaurants found in adjacent neighbourhoods like Condesa and Roma Norte.
Rooms start at $424 per night
Avenida Paseo de La Reforma 439, Colonia Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, Mexico, marriott.com