For almost 50 years, HBA has been making hotels look good—really good—and have worked with virtually every major brand on the planet. Impressive stuff. According to HBA’s web site portfolio, the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai is the only Hilton branded property shown. However, we’re told that there have been other Hilton/HBA projects in the past, including privately owned hotels.
Hilton selected a great spot in the Samara mixed-use development, located in the Santa Fe business district, one of the hot spots, literally, for hotel development in Mexico City. Samara benefits hotel guests with nearby retail, entertainment, and a choice of eateries.
The hotel has 260 rooms including a separate executive floor, with concierge service and library style lounge. Guest room amenities include 50-inch LCD TV and the basics we have all come to expect: mini bar, safe, coffee maker, iron, hair dryer, and great toiletries. We have specifically come to expect free Wi-Fi, and since the hotel’s website doesn’t say it’s so, we assume it is not. Some guest rooms have a Herman Miller desk chair – you will like this.
Madera restaurant features indoor and outdoor fireside dining, and there’s a coffee bar and cocktail bar in the grand lobby. Reportedly, the hotel has the only rooftop bar, Cielo, and outdoor pool in Santa Fe. While we can’t confirm this, we can say that it won’t be true for long, with so many other hotels in the works.
So let’s have a look at Hilton’s new look.
First impressions speak volumes, and the great volumes of space throughout the lobby areas bring out the best in refined modern interiors with a twist of Latin exhuberance.
The lobby lounge features an uplifting mix of natural materials, edgy modern furniture, and regionally inspired accents, all capped with a sparkling array of led lights.
Madera restaurant really comes alive, and we love the round, tuftless, booths, slatted wood screens and jumbo lighting.
The standard guest room, if we were to summarize, does look kind of standard, and we'd like it more if the Wi-Fi were thrown in.
The interesting design features in this suite are the screen room dividers and the artwork, as they really show of the local flavor of the area.
The only rooftop pool and bar in Santa Fe? Really?
Rates from US$179 mid-week, $99 on weekends [Photos, renderings: Hilton Santa Fe Mexico City]
Rates from US$179 mid-week, $99 on weekends
[Photos, renderings: Hilton Santa Fe Mexico City]