I don’t know if you have tried to be a visitor in your own city, but I enjoy it every time. This means to actually book a hotel, pack things and become a tourist for a couple of days.
I live in Mexico City and had done this before several times, staying at the Four Seasons. I even book a guide to visit places that you actually never visit, regardless of living in your city.
If you have not done it, give it a try, you will actually feel like you are on vacations. It’s a whole new perspective. It might feel awkward at first, but by the time you get back home, you realize your city can also be enjoyed as a tourist.
This weekend I decided to do it again. As we come to the end of the Easter week and all highways would be absolutely crowded, so there was no interest in spending the whole Sunday watching the snails go pass right next to you, as you wait in line at the paytoll.
I planned to watch the Traviata from the New York Opera as they broadcast it live from the Metropolitan into a local theatre; have a peaceful afternoon and a good dinner. Next day, enjoy a Sunday brunch and back home.
Ok, so much for the plans. The question was where.
Of course the first choice would be the Four Seasons. You can’t beat one of the 2 or 3 rooms that have a large terrace where you can drink your glass of wine and enjoy the inside patio and evening music. It’s not even a suite, but it’s one of the only terraces in the building. If you do come to the Four Seasons please book it.
However….I had just been to Cancun into the JW Marriot and really thought that it was closer to their sibling Ritz Carlton, so I gave it a chance, since there is no Ritz Carlton in Mexico City (and after you end up the review, you will probably think we don’t need it).
I had book their meeting rooms in the past and I liked the ambience and service, so I had high expectations.
Surprise number 1: The cost for a weekend rate, in an executive level is only 208 usd. We are talking a 500 sq feet room with one of the BEST views in Mexico.
Surprise number 2: It includes an actual breakfast buffet (great fruit and juices), daily snacks, wine, beers, all sort of natural juices, all types of teas, pastries and…. dinner too!
It is the first time I heard of an executive lounge serving “dinner”. Ok, it’s not a la carte but they had great options. We had booked at 9pm at their Lipps Brasserie, but we could not withhold our hands off their cheese selection, pasta, Cordon Bleu Chicken, red wine, salads, desserts, and so on.
Sorry Lipps, these were high class meals and did not missed your French accent.
Surprise number 3: If you think having a great room, daily breakfast buffet, all day snacks AND dinner is not enough, let me tell you they will even take 5 cloths to the dry cleaner, give you free internet and your choice of newspaper.
Honestly, I am considering to rent my home and move here 3 months to save some money for the family winter vacations! What a treat.
The service was great, the girl at the executive lounge, Indira (as in Indira Gandhi) was always helpful. Everybody is really concerned in the well being of the guests. Good training and it shows.
The hotel style is not magnificent as the FS but still in the top ratings. It’s a mixture between European and Contemporary Mexican; elegant, but not overdone. I read the rooms were remodeled in 2006. They are still in very good shape.
Again, our brunch plans were killed by the mastermind of the executive lounge manager. We just came to take a look, but we could not say no. To their benefit, the brunch really looked good and for $32 USD it is also a bargain. Everything you find in a breakfast buffet plus a grill, seafood and al sorts of desserts.
So, in a nutshell, do I recommend this hotel? It’s life on a Ritz and a very happy wallet…Congrats to the Manager. And Four Seasons, you should better keep your eyes open.
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