“Slick boutique hotel in Mexico City’s business district with 60s decor, fabulous views, a superb restaurant and oodles of modernist style”
Think high ceilings, huge windows and minimalist black and white décor. Add a splash of vintage furnishings and high tech savoir faire and you’re booked into a Distrito Capital room. Each has an iPod dock which works in the bedroom and bathroom (fun when showering); you can also request an Xbox, DVD player and pre-loaded iPod from reception. Yet the view is the main wow factor - it’s tempting not to use the electric black-out blind at all. Make use of provided yellow binoculars for a close-up vista of the capital (note that 6 of the 30 rooms look out on cliffs at the back, so ask for one facing the city).
The room categories are differentiated by size but all have deliciously comfy white beds, free WiFi, lounge areas of varying sizes and top-of-the-range plasma screen TVs. Some bathrooms have a power shower, others have tubs; all are kitted out with Acqua di Parma toiletries. However the Corner Suites offer something extra: their position allows views of both sides of the city.
The one and only Suite Royal resembles a millionaire’s loft apartment. Situated on the 28th floor, with floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides of the room (as well as from the bathtub), the view of the city is spectacular from here. There’s also a kitchenette, gas fireplace and a huge living area.
The restaurant serves up fusion delights with a Mexican twist. We dined on an excellent dish of seared tuna with chilli cilantro cream; and entrecôte steak with chunky guacamole, prickly pears and spring onions - all washed down with a bottle of delicious Mexican Zinfandel. Best of all was an imaginative ‘do-it-yourself’ Key Lime Pie: the ingredients were beautifully presented separately on the plate for diners to sample. Kobe beef hamburgers, and sea bass marinated in guajillo and garlic with pineapple sauce, also sounded great. In tune with the hotel’s design, the restaurant décor is minimalist and monochrome. On warmer days, diners can sit out on the terrace.
Breakfast - not included in the price of a room - was a refreshing mix of exotic fruits, muffins and croissants, yoghurt and granola, and thick mango smoothies. For something heartier - and with a chilli kick - try the huevos rancheros or enchiladas. The 24-hour room service includes lean tortillas with thick, homemade guacamole and a rather salty chicken soup.
For other dining options, there’s a Japanese eatery as well as a Peruvian ceviche restaurant in the same building as Distrito Capital, or across the road there’s a mini-mall with cheaper Mexican outlets.
Children under 12 are welcome, although it’s not really a family-orientated hotel. Children may get bored as there are no activities geared towards kids, and you'd feel self conscious if your children were bombing into the infinity pool. Baby cots are free to borrow, and all rooms have a sofa which can be made up as an extra bed for a 2-12 year old for no extra charge