In a destination with plenty of high-end chains, Las Alcobas feels right at home in Mexico City's ritzy Polanco district. This boutique hotel is a former residence and has been gorgeously transformed into a series of intimate alcoves, as referenced in its Spanish namesake Alcobas. While the hotel captures minimalistic luxury with crisp white bedding and handsome leather sofas, personal touches aren’t forgotten here. Guests are welcomed with a refreshing drink, perhaps swirled with fresh strawberry, mint, and chia seed. And the homemade Mexican soaps in the bathrooms -- possibly a cucumber-and-cactus combo or a bar with freshly ground coffee -- are yours to take a couple home as a parting gift.
We loved checking into the boutique on a recent trip, and here's what you should know before you do so yourself:
The Rooms: Modern style meets Mexican charm here. The decor is pure 21st century with the perks of comfy beds, fluffy robes, whirlpool tubs, and complimentary Mexican snacks in the minibar.
The Food: Anatol, where chef Justin Ermini takes the helm, is a seasonal, ingredient-driven cusine. Don’t miss the black bean soup and the Bloody Oaxacan cocktail, made with mezcal, jalapeño, and hibiscus foam.
Who Will Love It: This one's for the techies. One touch of a button closes the drapes or turns off the lighting. There’s a fancy Japanese toilet, Bose sound system, and a coffee and tea service that’s ordered via phone and delivered within minutes.
Who Might Not: While children aren’t forbidden, there’s not much for little ones to do in such a posh environment -- so we'd suggest parents stay elsewhere.
Nearby: The Polanco is often referred to as the “Fifth Avenue of Mexico City," with high-end shopping, chic sidewalk cafes, and trendy underground cocktail bars. There’s also the neighborhood's Lincoln Park, perfect for an early morning jog or afternoon stroll.
Rates, Deals, and Special Offers: Low season rates start from $295, while high season rates hike up to $425.
Getting There: Presidente Masaryk 390, Polanco Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico
Bonus: In March 2016, the group will unveil its first one-off property -- Las Alcobas Napa Valley in St. Helena, California. Each of the 68 rooms (including suites) will offer outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces, and views of the neighboring vineyard. A spa, pool, and restaurant will also be onsite.