Jennifer Fernández Solano
- Mexico City is big. I always recommend visitors stay in the central neighborhoods for convenience.
- In neighborhoods like Condesa and Roma, accommodations range from upscale resorts to cozy hostels.
- Here are 7 hotels I'd recommend for visitors when staying in Mexico City.
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I've spent most of my life in Mexico City, and have visited many of the city's lively hostels, trendy guesthouses, and boutique hotels.
I grew up in Mexico City (also abbreviated as CDMX for Ciudad de México) and lived there for many years as an adult, so I've been able to experience different hotels in town by visiting for a meal, drinks, and the occasional staycation or spa day.
With hundreds of options, visitors have a range of accommodations with unique amenities for different preferences and budgets.
I usually recommend that tourists stay in central areas for ease of access to the city's main attractions, with some of my favorite neighborhoods being Roma, Condesa, Polanco, and around Reforma Avenue.
Ignacia Guest House is my pick for those looking for a home-away-from-home experience.
Ignacia Guest House is located in Roma, my favorite neighborhood in Mexico City for its many restaurants, bars, and unique shops.
The property was originally a Porfirian mansion built in 1913, according to the hotel's website, and was named after the housekeeper Ignacia who tended to the property for over 70 years.
The building looked imposing to me when I first visited because it's both beautiful and huge from the outside, but I thought the interior felt inviting, thanks to antique moldings, warm tones and pink walls, and chic art books and clay pots for decor.
The property has nine rooms at different price points, including two suites with private balconies and two that share a private terrace with a fire pit and jacuzzi. Breakfast is included and served in the dining room, and there's also a cocktail hour in the garden most evenings, which I think is a fun way for guests to get to know each other.
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The St. Regis Mexico City is my pick for a pampered stay, or you can stop by for the hotel's delicious brunch.
I've enjoyed a few staycations at The St. Regis Mexico City, which I find surprisingly calm despite its location on Reforma Avenue, one of the city's main thoroughfares.
I spent time working from a velvet sofa in the lobby during my last stay and ended the day with a cocktail at the King Cole bar, which had live jazz musicians when I was there in January 2023.
I think this hotel is ideal for visitors who don't mind a splurge and want to enjoy some serious pampering. A unique amenity is that each guest has access to a butler service who will tend to your every need — I had my butler suggest running a bath for me while I ate dinner so it'd be ready when I returned to my room. I also had a relaxing afternoon at the indoor jacuzzi and spa on the top floor, with great views of the city.
But even if you don't stay overnight at The St. Regis, I recommend visiting the hotel's Diana Restaurant. I've been eating there for years with family and friends, and it has my favorite brunch in town with a seafood station, meats, desserts, and an option for bottomless mimosas.
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For a hostel-style stay, Casa Pancha is a boutique, nature-inspired option with community events.
Located in the leafy Condesa neighborhood, Casa Pancha is my pick for those traveling on a budget. It's a boutique hostel with two private rooms and five shared dorms for between four and eight people.
At the hostel, you can choose between a private room for a more secluded stay or a shared room to connect with fellow travelers. The two private rooms have ensuite bathrooms and rustic decor like clay lamps and macrame wall hangings. The five shared dorms also each have a shared ensuite bathroom. The bed layout in the shared rooms also sets Casa Pancha apart from other hostels, in my experience, thanks to the beds' privacy walls.
The common areas at Casa Pancha are convenient for taking a break. There's a balcony lounge where guests can read and relax, and a larger patio next to the kitchen where you can meet other travelers cooking a meal. The hostel also plans events for guests to connect like yoga classes, food tours, and dance classes.
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W Mexico City is a trendy choice for modern rooms and city views, plus a champagne vending machine.
For me, one of the highlights of the W Mexico City hotelis its location next to Lincoln Park in the upscale Polanco neighborhood. It's a walkable distance from some of CDMX's main sites, like the Anthropology Museum and Chapultepec Castle, which I think is convenient for tourists.
The W is a sleek, modern hotel with over 230 rooms. When I visited, I noticed what I thought were quirky design features, like a vending machine with miniature champagne bottles in the lobby and loud art on the walls. My room had bright cushions and wall art of lavishly-dressed models and a dramatic black and white bathtub in the bathroom.
And for those interested in a spa session after a day of sightseeing, there's the on-site Away Spa. It has an outdoor jacuzzi overlooking Polanco, and also a temazcal, a version of the traditional Mayan sweat lodge, which I've only seen at a few other hotels in Mexico.
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I love the outdoor pool and plant-filled terrace at the JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City.
The JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City sits right next to the W, so it has the same location perks, but this property is my pick for visitors looking for more understated luxury.
The 314 rooms were recently renovated, according to Forbes, and during a tour of the property, a hotel employee told me that other renovations are also taking place in stages around the hotel to avoid disturbing guests.
Rooms are decorated in light, natural tones, and many have floor-to-ceiling windows with a view of the city. But to me, the outdoor pool was the best part of the hotel, as most of the luxury properties in Mexico City I've been to only have indoor pools. I also enjoyed reading a book while relaxing in a cocoon-shaped swing on the pool's terrace, which was filled with plants.
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The Ritz-Carlton Mexico City had some of my favorite views and I appreciated the attentive staff.
The Ritz-Carlton Mexico City has floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the property, so it's no surprise it has some of the best skyline views I've seen of CDMX. The hotel is located on floors 37 to 47 of one of the city's tallest skyscrapers and looks out over Reforma Avenue and Chapultepec Park.
When I visited, I was told at check-in that the hotel's aim is to make guests feel connected with the city. And looking out over the park and busy streets filled with cars, I got that feeling from every window.
My guestroom had a large balcony enclosed with glass and a dining table where I had chilaquiles for breakfast while enjoying the view. The property also has an on-site restaurant, Samos, and a swanky bar,Carlotta Reforma Sky Bar, which both serve signature cocktails and have what I think are some of the best views in the city.
Besides the views, another highlight for me was the attentive staff at the hotel's spa. I felt pampered by my attendant, who brought me tea and snacks while I relaxed in the indoor pool, and set rolled-up towels for me to use as pillows in the sauna.
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For a welcoming bed and breakfast, I recommend El Patio 77, located away from CDMX's trendiest areas.
I think experienced travelers will appreciate staying in El Patio 77, particularly if you've been to CDMX before.
Located in the San Rafael neighborhood, this eight-room bed and breakfast is where I'd stay to experience an everyday Mexican neighborhood, rather than a tourist-centric hotel. The 19th-century mansion is located just outside the hustle and bustle of the city's trendiest areas, like Roma and Condesa, but close enough to reach them on foot.
To me, the highlight of the property is its small size and the personalized attention from the hotel's team. I saw the property manager interact with guests like she was hosting long-lost relatives and gave local recommendations while guests played with her dog. The property has a homey feel to it — I spent some leisure time drinking a cup of coffee in the mansion's living room, admiring the elegant chandeliers and antique sofas.
Being a bed and breakfast, El Patio 77 serves breakfast in a cozy courtyard that allows guests to mingle. When I visited, I had breakfast with the property manager, who told me about the hotel's eco-friendly practices like using solar panels and a system for reusing water. She also told me the Sunday brunch is open to non-guests, which I plan to go back for.
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