Sophisticated Mexico City

Written by  Lisa Loverro

LATIN MEXICO
The New York Times recently named Mexico City (also referred to as CDMX) as the No. 1 place to visit in 2016, calling it a “destination that radiates energy and a metropolis that has it all.” And, whether you’re touring through museums, dining in world-renowned restaurants or indulging in some delicious street food, everyone is sure to fall in love with this historic destination.

Tourism numbers have b een impressive in 2016 with an increase of 1.7% over 2015. The Tourism Secretary, Michael Torruco, stated that the growth of tourism in Mexico City is due to promotional campaigns such as “Enjoy Mexico City,” which focuses on increasing the domestic tourism, especially on weekends and long weekends. As for international tourist arrivals at the Mexico City International Airport, the Centre for Migration Studies reported a volume of 2.5 million passengers, up 16% over the same period in 2015 and the highest since 2007. A total 7.86 million Americans visited the country from January to October 2016, an increase of 12% from the same period in 2015.
The culinary scene in Mexico City has helped to attract tourism as well. With world renowned restaurants such as Pujol and Bikko, ranked 25 and 43 respectively on the Pellegrino 50 world’s best restaurant list, the gourmet dining offerings are far better than they have been in the past. Add this to the street food that makes CDMX so popular and you’ll understand why foodies from around the globe flock to this city.
There are many distinctly differently neighborhoods in Mexico City, but the most popular and upscale is the area known as Polanco. Filled with high-end restaurants and shopping, as well as home to the wealthiest families in Mexico, Polanco is best for clients that might have some trepidation about visiting Mexico City. As such, well-known U.S. hotel brands are located here including the Intercontinental Presidente (www.intercontinental.com/mexicocity), offering a traditionally Mexican experience with a cosmopolitan atmosphere. They have seven restaurants and a spa to enjoy, in addition to being conveniently located within walking distance to the National Anthropology museum and nearby to the floating garden of Xochimilco. The Hyatt Regency (www.hyatt.com) and The W (www.wmexicocity.com)are also located here, but if you client wants to try a boutique hotel located in Polanco, send them to Las Alcobas (www.lasalcobas.com), an intimate boutique hotel that exemplifies the attitude of the posh Presidente Masaryk Avenue on which it resides (think Rodeo Drive). The hotel is quite literally a contemporary work of art, fusing together a palate of lush textures and warm colors with a sleek and modern design, thanks to the North American design team of Yabu Pushelberg. There are just 35 guestrooms here, all with custom-made rosewood furniture, marble baths (complete with luxury rain showers and whirlpool tubs), goose down bedding and a state-of-the-art electronic system.
Mexico City has never been a hotter destination than it is right now and should be on your client’s bucket list if they’re looking to visit a bustling and sophisticated city close to home. For more information: www.visitmexico.com

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