Distrito Capital, Mexico City
Tel: 52 55 5257 1300
Concierge.com's insider take:
Distrito Capital is the latest venture from the team behind two of Mexico City's hottest hotels, Habita and Condesa DF. Set in the emerging commercial district of Santa Fe, near the Toluca domestic airport, it's ideal for business travelers looking to avoid the traffic of city center, but also for leisure travelers who are passing through the capital on their way to other points in Mexico. The 30-room hotel takes its inspiration from the Park Hyatt Tokyo and other hotels that float above their cities: Rooms occupy the top four floors of an office building, with reception, restaurant, and gym at the bottom. And like the Park Hyatt, Distrito has an international, cosmopolitan swagger. With the exception of the large selection of mezcals at the bar, the sleek and spare hotel wouldn't be out of place in Berlin or London. Rooms are studies in unadorned black (hallways and bathrooms) and white (sleeping areas), with soaring ceilings and large windows with views of Santa Fe and, on the occasional clear day, the volcano Popocatépetl. Ask for a corner room to double the number of views (corner accommodations are suites on higher floors and standard doubles on lower ones). We have only two complaints: First, the black walls and dressers combined with less-than-generous lighting can make it hard to find any dark items, especially if your wardrobe is also a study in basic black. Second, while this hotel could physically pass for, say, a chic Park Hyatt, the service is more warm and well intentioned than it is five-star-flawless. Distrito Capital's restaurant, from chef Enrique Olvera, founder of Pujol, is a big draw: Widely acknowledged as one of the leaders of alta cocina mexicana, Olvera here tries his hand at simpler fare—appropriate for the mood of the eclectic crowd, a mix of businessmen and fixtures of the Mexico City nightlife scene, who party until early in the morning under the glow of the Alvar Aalto lamps.
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:The hard-edged Distrito Capital fits right into the skyscraper-heavy Santa Fe hood, Mexico City's up-and-coming business district. The 30-room hotel takes its sanctuary-in-the-sky cues from the pioneering Park Hyatt Tokyo: Guests arrive through a mirrored hallway so dimly lit and high-ceilinged that it feels more like a nightclub entrance, then ascend first to the fifth-floor reception area and then to the guest rooms, high up on floors 26 through 29. Mexico City looks positively picturesque from the crisply minimalist roomsstandard doubles have white-on-white bedrooms and all-black closets, hallways, and bathrooms (if you drop a black shirt in the dressing area, you'll have to hunt for it). Santa Fe is home to many multinational corporations, but it's also a good base for leisure travelers who want to escape the city's chaos at dusk; after all, the popular contemporary Mexican restaurant Pujol and the happening lounge mean you need never leave the hotel to join the party. 2010 Hot List
Which room to book: Superior Queen, especially on weekends, when they're only $130$40 less than the weekend rate for a standard double.