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Two New Mexico City Luxury Hotels

It has been quite a while since we’ve had any new hotels to talk about in Mexico’s capital, but two new Mexico City luxury hotels have hit the scene post-pandemic. So now you have more options: one from Ritz-Carlton (part of Marriott), one from Sofitel (part of Accor).

Ritz-Carlton Mexico City luxury hotel

Ritz-Carlton Mexico City

I feel like I’ve been hearing about the Ritz-Carlton Mexico City for at least a decade now, like a rumor that was always in the background but never quite believed. It was eight years ago when I first physically heard about it daily: the construction crew was banging away from the early morning on when I was staying at the Four Seasons nearby.

The Ritz-Carlton Mexico City houses part of a building that also contains offices and parking, which allows it to soar above everything else and offer prime views of the city and Chapultapec Park. Our associate editor Lydia, who wrote the review, thought some aspects of the property didn’t live up to what’s already in place elsewhere in the city, but oh those views!

The grandiose, Art Deco-style bar is nearly as big as the restaurant and has expansive views through walls of glass inside. When the weather is nice, you can take it all in from an outside terrace area instead. The restaurant is on the same floor (57) and also provides a birds-eye look of the capital. It’s an impressive spot for a romantic date or a deal-closing client meeting, with cocktails and dishes that provide plenty of flair for your social media feed.

The rooms are much more subdued unless you go for a suite, a rather odd choice in a city where the St. Regis, Las Alcobos, and W Mexico City are so artistic in their sleeping quarters. Apparently they are aiming at a conservative business crowd more than leisure travelers, a theory evidenced by rates that can top $1,000 before you get to the suites on the list.

Mexico City luxury hotel room

The hotel’s location is great for exploring the city, however.

Right on the edge of the park, it’s ideal for travelers who want to take full advantage of this immense green space (three times larger that Central Park) and the museums it houses (the Tamayo Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and The Anthropology museum to name a few). It’s also minutes by car from Polanco, Roma, and the Centro Historico.

See more photos and our full review of Ritz-Carlton Mexico City.

Sofitel Mexico City Reforma

The Mexico City Sofitel — the first for the brand in this country — isn’t technically a new hotel because it opened in March of 2020. We all know what happened after that though. After a long stretch of being closed and then only having a smattering of guests, it’s in full swing now with all the restaurants and bars available again.

You could walk from the Ritz-Carlton to here and while this skyscraper isn’t quite as high, it’s not sharing the building with anyone except the parking floors making up the lower levels. It stretches close to 40 floors and even the restaurant on the 12th floor has a good view: it looks right out at the famous Angel of Independence statue erected in 1910 in the middle of a roundabout.

If you’re a foodie, especially one who likes French cooking and pastries, this might be the best choice in the city for you. Sofitel is the high-end brand of the French Accor chain and it shows in what’s coming out of the kitchen. From perfectly made croissants, usually tough to find in Mexico, and extends to elegant dinner dishes at Balta that demonstrate a European sophistication. The Mexican dishes on the menu taste authentic, but even then there’s a small touch or two making them feel more sophisticated.

Mexico City luxury hotels - Sofitel pool

The Sofitel Mexico City has a full spa, but unlike at the Ritz-Carlton, you don’t have to book a massage to use the indoor swimming pool that’s long enough for laps. There’s also a well-equipped gym on site that will provide a rounded workout.

The rooms here are stunning, with a creativity in the layout and amenities that’s refreshing to see. Take a step up from the standard level to at least the “Luxury Room” level to really get the full effect of this though. Then you’ll have a dining table, a big bathtub separate from the shower, and a sofa bench by a wall of glass with a view. Remote curtains and intuitive lighting alter the mood or allow a great night’s sleep.

Baltra CDMX bar

Rates at the Sofitel for a luxury room start at less than $400 per night on some dates and a club access Prestige Suite starts at less than $600. We were especially impressed with the friendly staffers with a high level of English proficiency.

See our full Sofitel Mexico City review here.

Have you stayed at either of these new Mexico City luxury hotels? What did you think?


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