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Funky Friday: W Mexico City Takes Us on a Magical Mystery Tour

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  Site Where: Campos Elíseos 252, Miguel Hidalgo,Polanco, 11560 Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal, Mexico
June 20, 2014 at 4:31 PM | by | ()

Welcome to Funky Friday, where we feature one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

We admit it was a tough decision, whether to cover the illusionary new public spaces at W Mexico City as a separate story—which we may still do—or feature them on Funky Friday. You can decide for yourself, but it's got all the parts we look for on Funky Friday and we simply could not resist.

W Hotels is in the second wave of $100 million of renovations to its North American portfolio, of which Mexico City is a major market. W Mexico City was the first to open under this brand in Mexico in 2003, and we reported that two new hotels are planned to open next year, W Santa Fe, and W Kanai Retreat.

The first renovated areas to be unveiled, so to speak, are the hotel’s Living Room spaces. The photo above shows off a theatrical and highly reflective lobby where things are definitely not as they seem. This is not your mother’s living room, nor any of ours for that matter.

Instead, guests are invited on a magical journey to discover secrets within the hotel’s new design. For example, the seating area of larger-than-life mask chairs surrounds an inverted pyramid that reportedly reveals hidden messages only at night. Anyone care to share these with us?

This designer fun house was conceived by New York-based architectural and interior design firm nemaworkshop, who is also re-imagining the guest rooms and suites. Should we then be looking for secret messages under the bed?

Another secret that was revealed early on is that the hotel's public restrooms have a private tequila bar. We’ll be right back.

[Photo: designerpages]

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