How does a hotel go from fusty to fabulous (and inspire you to stay there)?
Invest $14 million in a 14-month-long renovation – and make the lobby pop with bold orange and red colors.
That’s just what the Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City did. (It’s more properly called the Four Seasons Hotel Mexico, D.F. because “Mexico, D.F.” is the official name of Mexico City – D.F. stands for distrito federal or “federal district.”)
We’d heard the Four Seasons hotel in Mexico’s capital had finished up a big reno, and we were keen to see for ourselves what the makeover looked like.
(We’re also Four Seasons fans – the luxury hotel operator is a Canadian-based company, we’re Canadian, and ever since sleeping in an overwater bure at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora, we’ve been hooked on Four Seasons hotels.)
7 Things to love about the Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City
1) Cool hang-out spots and bright colors
The gigantic, handpainted, orange- and-red mural at reception really catches your eye when checking in at the Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City.
And if you’re there to work or socialize, small salons with fireplaces branching off from the lobby hallway are inviting places to haul out your laptop or catch up with friends.
2) Slurping on pasta!
The hotel’s new high-end Italian restaurant, Il Becco, is a hit. Can you say linguini with lobster and pecorino cheese?
Il Becco is also the largest importer of Italian wine in Mexico.
3) Chic guestrooms
French designers have jazzed up all 240 rooms and suites. The carpeting is a great brain teaser – to us, it looked a bit like cans of burgundy paint had been artistically spilled on a soft cream canvas.
4) Follow your nose to the pastry shop
Got a sweet tooth? Get your sugar fix at Pan Dulce, the bakery and pastry shop.
In the mornings, we saw almond croissants, orange pound cake and carrot cinnamon muffins on display. In the evenings, tempting raspberry, lime and chocolate tarts threatened to lure us in for a little extra dessert after dinner.
5) Need a hair-cut?
Busy gents can nip in for a trim at the hotel’s new English-style barbershop (called Gentleman’s Tonic).
6) Breakfast alfresco
Eating breakfast outside in the beautiful leafy courtyard – with wrought iron heat lamps to take the morning chill out of the air – is a lovely way to start your day.
7) Oh-so-helpful concierge
The super-helpful concierge personnel – who know the city inside out and steered us in the right directions – may not be new. But they sure made visiting the city easier for us, and so they deserve mention here.
Photo credits: 1 to 3, 6, 8 and 9 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Remaining photos Four Seasons Seasons Hotel Mexico, D.F.