What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the rate
- The volcano views are amazing when the weather is clear
- Museum-worthy contemporary designer furniture, both in the rooms and the lobby
- Mexico City style-makers and creative types hang in the lobby and bar
- The swanky pool scene
What To Know
- The D.F. is known for its smog, which can diminish the views
- The intimate pool is more of a lounge accessory
- The scene after sunset is uber-stylish; leave the sneakers in the suitcase
- Many rooms pick up a lot of noise; use the earplugs provided in each room
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The flashy Distrito Capital hotel, located on the upper four floors of a skyscraper in Mexico City’s Santa Fe neighborhood, exudes a Jetson-ian vibe. The modern black-and-white lobby is scattered with midcentury furnishings and creative types chitchatting around a minimalist fireplace. Eero Saarinen’s tables stand aside Wim Rietveld’s angular chairs and under Verner Panton’s futuristic lamps. The 17 guestrooms and 13 suites offer a welcome respite from the city’s urban chaos. Each is framed by sharp black walls with huge panel windows to take in the views of the city’s 15 delegaciones (boroughs) and 250 colonias (neighborhoods). On clear days, wispy plumes from the Popocatépetl Volcano can be seen. Sleek bathrooms are fitted with deep tubs stocked with plentiful Acqua di Parma amenities and lined with charcoal and black tiles. On the main lobby level around 11 pm, the scene goes from Jetsons to Televisa, as throngs of soap opera actors and hipsters shimmy in to sip añejo mezcal with distinguished hotel guests (Madonna was one of the latest) along the 43-foot-long lounge pool.
In the Area
Contrast Distrito’s contemporary design with the pre-Columbian artifacts at Museo Nacional de Antropología in Chapultepec Park. Sip single village mezcals at Heart of Maguey, a space that attributes exquisite tastes and desires for the people and culture of mezcal, then dine on shrimp-avocado flautas with chipotle emulsion and mashed cilantro at chef Enrique Olvera’s Pujol. In Roma, discover vintage Mexican furniture at Chic by Accident, stocked full of prized pieces characteristic of Mexico City. Adventure seekers should explore the Pyramids of San Juan Teotihuacán, and hike up 211 feet to one of Mesoamerica’s largest pyramids.
How to Get There
The location of this hotel is truly extraordinary as it is at the top of Santa Fe in the west of Mexico city. All rooms are on the top floors of the building (25-28).
The views are stunning and beyond question.
The rooms have huge floor to ceiling windows allowing uninterrupted views. Some rooms have huge tubs overlooking the city as well.
Service is hit and miss. The mini bar is locked. Seems strange because there is a US $10 water bottle that is not locked in the bar which they are happy to charge.
One evening, despite repeated calls there was no way to get the minibar open. The key I was given did not work.
Hotel is supposed to be part of SPG, but no welcome to platinum guests (I am platinum), no upgrades ( I understand they can't always be done). After 3 stays I have still been unable to get my SPG points added unless I have my secretary call back and press for them. It should be automatic.
Hotel could truly be outstanding if service improves.
This hotel was nothing short of amazing!! I read a few reviews before I booked and decided to go ahead w this hotel. After I booked, I started to really dig, read some really horrible reviews about this place such as rude hotel staff, things being stolen by staff, noisy rooms, etc. I tried to cancel my reservation after reading the bad reviews but because I did a vacation packages, jet blue refused but t I am extremely glad I didn't. I am writing this review to tell those really interested in this hotel, GOOOO!! What I read & WHAT i EXPERIENCED WAS COMPLETE POLAR OPPOSITES. This hotel was AMAZING! Beautiful property, STELLAR VIEWS, spacious rooms, Huge tub, can easily fit 4 ppl , sound proof rooms,heated infinity roof top pool & hotel staff was really courteous...all around, absolutely fabulous property! Hotel staff literally saved our trip from ruins. My Fiance left our room key in door while we stepped out for the day. (perfect time to rob us blind) House keeping found it & returned it to the front desk. I also read some reviews that hotel transportation was too pricey so we decided to do uber instead. We ordered a Uber pool to Andy Warhol museum, cost $40 to go. our uber returning, by passed us, never called and charged us $30 for the inconvenience. we booked another uber cost us like $40. one day cost us $100 plus not to mention the hassle. Our 2nd day, we booked with uber same thing, this time, driver by passed us twice. the 3rd uber broke down with us within the 1st 30 minutes of our 1hr 30 minute drive to the pyramids. Our driver spoke zero English. When he broke down, he told us to get out and find another ride in the middle of now where, with no cash, no service, no WiFi & to book another uber. I demanded the driver call the hotel who promptly sent over an English speaking driver within 15 minutes. We were escorted in an AUDI A6 for the rest of our trip like a BOSS!! lol. I would recommend to book your rides with the hotel ($60 per person/ per day) it is a bit pricey but was well worth it in the end becausewe did not have to worry about transportation for the rest of our stay. or find a day trip that includes transportation, but most excursions only pick up from hotels located downtown. This hotel is minutes (like 15 steps ) away from shopping and yummy restaurants like the Palm, etc. The mall is like a 10 min walk. Only down side is this hotel is in Sante Fe- great location, really safe area, police patrols the area at all times, but far from teotihuacan -where the pyramids are located. So for two days we had to commute an hr 30 minutes each way, each day. If the drive is not a problem for you, book this hotel. Want Romance, book this hotel. Want a contemporary, book this hotel. Want a hotel different from the norm- BOOK THIS HOTEL. WILL DEFINETLY BE BACK FOR ROUND 2!
It was my first experience in a design hotel and I absolutely loved it. Waking up with the Santa Fe skyline in front of you is an amazing experience. The staff is very friendly and everything is very fancy, including the breakfast buffet is presented with much style and design. It was a bit cold to swim in the pool, but it looked great! The Santa Fe shopping centre is only a ten minutes walk away!
The room was $125 and we had beautiful city views. The room has modern finished and it makes you feel trendy. They have black out blinds that are electrical and even an aux cord to play music through out the entire room. Take your iphone to aux adapter lol.
The room service was excellent and my over all stay was amazing. Will definitely be returning
I stayed here for business, and found the hotel to be a wonderful, refreshing break from the norm. The mix of trendy retro and new, modernism was really enjoyable.
My room was huge, and had an incredible corner view to the North and West. The ceilings were among the highest I can remember having in a hotel, which gave the room a very open and free feeling. The use of old physical keys, not plastic cards, was kind of fun. Even the phone in the room (see picture with this report) was retro, yet new. Pointed towards the city, the bed had an incredible view of everything around. Most of the windows also had a cushion seat, to lay down, enjoy the view, and maybe more if you brought a significant other! If you can manage to get any work done, the desk has an incredible view of the city as well. Even the bath tub was huge and wonderful. Made of tiles and with unique hardware, it was really unexpected. The only two weird things that I consider negatives are the location of the toilet, and the lack of heat. Strangely enough, the toilet is nowhere near the shower, sink, closet, or bath tub. Instead, it's on the other side of the room, near nothing. This is unintuitive, and a bit inconvenient in the morning. When visiting in October, Mexico City can be a bit chilly. After talking to the hotel, I learned that the only source of heat they could offer was tiny space heaters. So they provided 3 of them to try and heat the room. However after having them all on full for 4 hours, there was barely any change. The huge size of the room, combined with the high ceilings (heat rises) means it's almost impossible to heat it.
The staff was nice, though, and very accommodating wherever they could be. I also found the pool area (see picture) to be really appealing. I could tell that the pool was heated, and good for all weather.
Overall, I think this hotel is a great choice for warmer weather or naturally hot-blooded people in the Sante Fe area of Mexico City. It's close to many restaurants, and is definitely a break from the typical hotel room.