While some people are of the mindset that your hotel doesn’t matter too much on vacation because you won’t be spending a lot of time in the room, I personally like to make sure that the hotels I stay at when I travel are more than just a bed for the night. Rather, they should act as a hub for the trip; a resting place between sight-seeing, a gateway to the city’s culture, and an opportunity to live luxuriously, if only for a weekend. During my trip to Mexico City earlier this year, the St. Regis hotel offered that and so much more.
Touted as one of the sleekest buildings that you will find in the skyline, the St. Regis hotel offers guests an unforgettable experience right in the heart of Mexico City on the Paseo de la Reforma. It is just a short distance away from many attractions like the Glorieta Insurgentes, the Jardín Botánico del Bosque de Chapultepec botanical gardens, and the Museo de Arte Moderno. Here you will find my absolute favorite offerings from this hotel and recommendations for everything to see and do along the way.
A Luxurious Atmosphere
Two words: Modern Elegance. This is the vibe I got from the moment I walked into the hotel lobby and was greeted by clean white walls beautifully juxtaposed with ornate lighting, contemporary artwork, glass furniture, and other chic details around the reception and lounge areas.
Upon arrival, each guest is greeted with a welcome drink from the King Cole Bar—a staple that is located inside each St. Regis hotel around the world, but each location offers a unique experience and its own drink program. At the St. Regis in Mexico City, the Sangrita María, which is created from a mezcal and a puree of pasilla chiles, is the signature drink that will give you a taste of the city. I love how every St. Regis property across the globe has a signature rendition of the ‘Bloody Mary’ cocktail. This cool location within the hotel will often feature live music, and also has a terrace where you can step outside for some truly stunning views.
I knew that I was in for a once in a lifetime experience when I was invited to participate in the hotel’s sabrage ritual (another feature that can be found at St. Regis hotel locations around the world), where I was taught the art of opening a bottle of champagne with a sabre—a bottle of my personal favorite, Veuve Clicqout, to be exact. This was such a memorable part of my stay, and the perfect way to toast to the start of a great trip.
The luxury and grandeur didn’t stop at the lobby. There is no such thing as a “basic” or “standard” room at the St. Regis, as even the “smallest” rooms (though there is nothing small about them!) offer a Deluxe experience, and are appropriately titled as such! With accommodations ranging from 50 square meters/538 square feet to 153 square meters/1647 square feet throughout the hotel, each suite comes with a beautiful view of Mexico City in addition to high-quality TVs, in-room safes, mini bars, coffee/tea stations, spa products and complimentary daily newspapers.
In addition to an indoor pool and fitness center, the on-site Remede spa offers visitors the opportunity to relax, unwind, and recharge with massages, saunas, jacuzzis, and even Hammam, which is a Middle Eastern steam bath.
And of course, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take advantage of the St. Regis Butler Service. I had first learned about this extravagant offering during my stay at the St. Regis hotel in Osaka earlier this year. Each butler is a highly trained and knowledgeable professional who is there to ensure you are pampered and prepped for the day throughout your trip. The Butler Service offers assistance in packing/unpacking, garment pressing and shoe shine, restaurant recommendations and reservations, itinerary booking, and personal shopping, all of which are areas that I know can be a pest to take care of while traveling. I cannot emphasize enough how much peace of mind it gave me knowing that I could rely on the hotel to press my suits after getting off the plane, or make last minute dinner reservations at a new hot spot in town.
A Taste of the Culture
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention all of the delicious food that the property has to offer. While I do love to get out and explore the best breakfast spots around the city when I travel, it is so nice to be able to enjoy a leisurely breakfast in bed while on vacation. I opted one morning during my stay to have huevos rancheros brought to my room for the ultimate breakfast in bed experience, a perfect way to start the day!
The hotel also has two gastronomic restaurants onsite, which aim to immerse guests in the culture and tastes of Mexico City. The Diana Restaurant serves Mexican dishes with a focus on breakfast, afternoon tea, and light meals, while the J&G Grill & Bar serves fusion cuisine and light meals. I ordered the Avocado Pizza at the J&G Grill & Bar, which was so delicious—a fun spin on everybody’s two favorite foods!
With 46 locations around the world, it is likely that you will come across a St. Regis hotel in your future travels, and I encourage anybody who wants a taste of the suite life or cultural traditions to check out their properties.