Best Hotels for Food and Drinks in Mexico City
W Mexico City
As with all W Hotels, this one exudes a whimsical vibe, from the swiveling mask chairs in the lobby to the infinity mirrors that hang over every bed. Even the food here is fun, thanks to the hotel’s restaurant, J by José Andrés. Opened last fall, it’s the first venture outside the U.S. for the famous chef. Make a meal of Spanish and Mexican small plate staples, including queso fundido, tortilla de patatas, and croquetas.
Hotel Condesa D.F.
Housed in a historic 1928 building, this boutique property is a real charmer, thanks to the vision of design empresario India Mahdavi. Custom-designed pieces (think hand-woven Oaxacan rugs, punchy floral chairs, and ceramic Bishop stools) are thoughtfully splashed throughout the hotel, lending it a thoroughly chic, yet warm vibe. El Patio, the main restaurant, is a terrific spot for all-day noshing, but it’s the rooftop bar where you’ll find city’s stylish set mingling over sushi and champagne.
The St. Regis Mexico City
This sparkling glass tower perched on Paseo de la Reforma in Polanco oozes class without pretension. The King Cole Bar on the second floor is a dark and handsome drinking den, churning out original creations like the Sangrita Maria —imagine a Bloody Mary with mezcal, sangrita, and pasilla chile puree. Fans of fizz will flip for the La Table Krug, a culinary collaboration between Krug Champagne and the hotel. It seats just 12 diners nightly, and pairs 11 courses by Chef Sylvain Desbois with, what else, champagne.
What used to be a faded and dated hotel in the neighborhood of Cuauhtémoc is now capturing the attention of design enthusiasts everywhere. Architect Javier Sánchez’s vision was to create a space that was industrial yet playful, so you’ll find lots of concrete, local wood, and original pieces by up-and-coming artists in every room. When the sun is out, enjoy the market-driven Mexican cooking of chefs Joaquin Cardoso and Sofía Cortina in the courtyard, or by the pool.
The hotel is undeniably sophisticated – the legendary Yabu Pushelberg led the design efforts, after all – but what makes it a real knockout its two world-class restaurants. Chef Justin Ermini turns out elegant, globally-inspired small plates, like poutine and tempura squash Blossoms, at Anatol. And around the corner at Dulce Patria, chef Martha Ortiz packs in the crowds at her cheery, colorful restaurant with her contemporary takes on classic Mexican fare.
Four Seasons Mexico City
This stately hotel, located in the swanky Polanco neighborhood, recently underwent a spiffy renovation. While the lobby and accommodations are stunning, it’s Zanaya, the restaurant opening later this month, that’s been generating serious buzz. Chef Tonatiuh Cuevas will specialize in Pacific coast Mexican cuisine of the Pacific coast, like zarandeado fish which is cooked whole on a custom-made grill, and filleted table side. After dinner, drop by the popular hotel bar Fifty Mils for some well-crafted nightcaps.
Formerly a 17th-century baroque palace, this hotel injected a much-needed shot of excitement into the once sleepy historic district. Start your day off right with breakfast in the picturesque patio, where you can surround yourself with classic architecture and a dramatic mural by local artist Manuel Rodriguez Lozano. And at the end of the day, unwind at the rooftop bar, one of the city’s most popular hot spots, with a Pibirita, a bracing blend of mescal and passion fruit.