Throngs head to Mexico for a sunny Spring break, but beach vacations aren’t the only thing the destination has to offer. Mexico City is the business and culture hub of the country.
On my recent trip there, I had two spectacular stays at Hotel Brick and Las Alcobas. Each suited to a different sort of business traveller, both stylish in their own ways. After arriving at the airport—now here’s a tip, arrange to have the hotel send its own car or preferred cabby for pick-up—I headed first to Hotel Brick.
LAID-BACK COOL, CREATIVE
Historic old brick on the outside, edgy, colourful cool on the inside, Hotel Brick is an inspiring place to stay for the laid-back, creative business traveller or arty couple. Situated in the historic La Roma District 20 minutes from the airport, the boutique hotel houses just 17 rooms and feels like a trendy home away from home. Their street side brasserie La Moderna was bustling with fashionable locals, and there are plenty more places to dine and imbibe within a two block radius. Complimentary Wi-Fi abounds throughout the building so you can shoot off business emails, or check the score on the football match, while having your morning coffee at the cozy Lonchería Olivia.
Next up, Las Alcobas.
My personal penchant for modern sophistication was met at Las Alcobas. The 1950’s building was re-suited by Yabu Pushelberg, the same winning design group behind the St. Regis Mexico City interiors. The modernity applies to the technology as well, with a panel by the bed controlling window coverings, sensor lighting activating on entry and exit and Wi-Fi at the ready. At check-in, a choice of handmade soap was a thoughtful touch (not to mention a nice bring-home for my wife).
Here, the answer to any request is “yes.” I wanted ice cream: they went out for a pint of Häagen-Dazs. As for more formal dining, guests are in good hands with celebrated chef Martha Ortiz who draws crowds with her menus for both Barroco and Dulce Patria. The hotel’s location in the Polanco District makes it the ideal home base for luxury shoppers. The likes of Louis Vuitton and Hermes are within walking distance. Perhaps inspecting new purchases is precisely the reason they have a full-length three-way mirror in the room’s closet. And a desk drawer full of bona fide office supplies—stapler, sticky notes, rubber bands—was appreciated by this working man.
I did tack on a couple nights in Riveria Maya after Mexico City, but that’s another story for another time.