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We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our series, What is This?, is devoted to odd-looking items in hotels that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.
We saw a friend Facebook a picture of her bathroom at the trendy W Mexico City and we were all like, WHAT. IS. THIS. So we went over to the W's website and found out that yes, there is a hammock suspended over the bathtub. Here's how the folks at the Doble Ve describe it:
Zone, suspended over the bath area in the silken hammockover the warm (or cooling) bathtub in the silken hammock.
Did you get that it's a silken hammock? Anyways, we're all for adventurous design but we are just imagining all sorts of difficulties climbing into this hammock. And we'd be naked, yes? That wouldn't be pretty. That said, we'd be willing to give it a try--before we had any tequila. Alcohol and hammocks over bathtubs do not mix. At all.
Wanna give it a go? Rates at the W Mexico City start at just $189USD for a Spectacular room.
[Photo: W Mexico City/Facebook]
Although Mexico City’s Live Aqua Bosques did have a soft opening last October, it's now "officially" open and ready to dazzle guests. If you recognize the name it’s because this hotel is the sister property of Live Aqua resort in Cancun.
The main difference is that this 135-room property is primarily aimed at the business market, although it’s not your average cookie-cutter corporate set up. Hotelera Posadas, Mexico’s leading hotel company, designed and placed the five-floor hotel in the heart of Mexico city’s fast-moving business district, Paseo de los Tamarindos, in the exclusive neighborhood of Bosques de las Lomas. It’s also close to the important Santa Fe, Interlomas and Paseo de la Reforma areas.
Arriving guests won’t find a traditional check-in desk. Instead, it will be done on a one-to-one basis with a staff member using a tablet. The guest is then led to their sleek and polished room that follows the multi-sensory concept of Live Aqua Cancun. They’ll find in-room aromatherapy and pillow menus (with 18 options!) and customizable in-room lighting.
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Mercy it's cold outside and your usual champers does nothing to warm them bones. We'll get into all the Hot Toddy and Chocolate goodness out there soon, but for now, we want to focus on El Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel in Mexico City, Why? Because we need to distract the hell out of ourselves and these frigid temps.
Plus, we like nothing more to amuse y'all. So when you go to your favorite watering hole tonight (that is if you aren't the lucky SOB's already in Mexico) we challenge you to ask them to serve a lil something like this:
It's called "The Grasshopper" and it's barrel aged mezcal, accompanied by fresh orange and a trio of salts: hibiscus (sal de jamaica), grasshopper (sal de chapulines), and worm (sal de gusano). Yeah, two of these have your eyes crinkled, fo sho. But wait, it's actually good for you!
High in protein, vitamins and minerals content, grasshoppers, or chapulines have been used as a Mexican food source for centuries (we love 'em in guacamole!). If you order a mescal at El Bar, your drink will probably be accompanied by grasshopper salt. Buggin' out by this? Ok, perhaps Chef Edgar Kano's worm salt is a better fit. The savory blend is made from worms that live on the maguey plant, from which tequila and mezcal come from. And don't say you don't like your tequila! We know better. You'll find the salt in his tangy guacamole and sauces.
See? We distracted you from the cold for a few minutes. Job done.
[Photo: Four Seasons Hotels]
The JW Marriott Mexico City Santa Fe recently opened in a primo location in the city’s newest upscale neighborhood. With 221 rooms, could it give the original JW Marriot Mexico City a run for its money? That hotel was, after all, voted “Best Overall Hotel in Mexico” by Condé Nast readers. Only time will tell....
The JW Marriott Mexico City Santa Fe has some great modern design features, but can best be described as quietly elegant. There aren’t any big, splashy features that scream “look at me” but everywhere you turn there's beautiful design. Rooms are decorated in warm neutrals with all the mod cons we would expect at the five-star level.
This is just the kind of awful news you don't want to wake up to on any morning let alone a Halloween Monday morning--a US Airways flight attendant was found dead in his hotel room at the Mexico City Airport Hilton.
The AP reports that Phoenix-based crew member Nick Aaronson, 33, was found early Saturday morning naked in his hotel bed with his hands tied behind his back. His body showed signs of a beating and the Daily Mail reported his luggage was scattered throughout the room. Mexico City police are investigating the incident, which they are treating as a homicide and there have been reports that Aaronson's mother said an arrest has already been made.
Meanwhile, AFA 66 flight attendants' union put a statement on their website saying they did not believe a security breach had happened yet they have moved their crews to another hotel for layovers until the matter is resolved.
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If our story yesterday on two sun-drenched but far-flung Westin Hotel openings this summer had you fantasizing about using your SPG points for a vacation, you may want to consider something a little closer to home (well, at least for us North America folks.)
The Westin Santa Fe Mexico City has opened today in the city's downtown Santa Fe neighborhood. Billed as a "chic urban retreat", the hotel is located close to the Expo Bancomer Convention Center, several corporate offices and the and shopping at Centro Comercial Santa Fe.
So it's not quite the resort getaway that we looked at yesterday in Greece and Thailand but the hotel does boast a counter current swimming pool, a Heavenly Spa and Pimzini, a formal Italian restaurant. And don't forget the Westin goodies that you always find up in the rooms. Currently rates are rather reasonable at $155 a night for a room with two double beds. King rooms are just $170 a night.
Picture it--December 2009. HotelChatter was up late at night agonizing over our end of the year awards and when it came to Worst Hotel Hype, we had to go with Edition Hotels. That's because nearly two years after announcing the Bill Marriott-Ian Schrager partnership, no Edition Hotels had opened yet. Numerous locations had been tossed about but nothing seemed concrete.
Then all of a sudden, the Edition floodgates opened in 2010. Waikiki is on for September/October, Istanbul, Barcelona, Bangkok and Mexico City are all confirmed and a location has just been set for Miami. What a difference a new year makes! And the news doesn't end there. We've got a hot tip about the Mexico City Edition Hotel.
While we are eagerly anticipating the Waikiki Edition which is still on track for a July opening, we've just got word that the next Edition Hotel to open may be in Mexico.
A tipster let us know that the hotel is looking for a director of sales in Mexico City. Sadly, we don't have much more to go on but we've been hearing a lot of good things about the cosmopolitan hotel scene in Mexico City these days. So this destination is 1,000 times more exciting than Waikiki.
Heard any news about Edition Hotels? Let us know because the wait is nearly killing us.
Instead of getting that emergency dental surgery you so desperately need, head to Mexico, where the government will pay for your procedure and you can use your root-canal money on the newly opened St. Regis Mexico City.
And at $199 a night, you might have dough left over to treat yourself to a massage at the Remède Spa or to have a private dinner on the hotel's helipad (seriously). But be sure to save some money for Internet access, since it’s not free here.
Renowned architect Cesar Pelli -- whose credits include the Petronas Towers in Malaysia and the World Financial Center in Manhattan -- designed this 492-foot luxe hotel, which boasts floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Plaza of Diana and the city's first panoramic indoor pool. But hotel officials say that the 189-room tower will retain some local flavor:
In Tony Cohan's excellent travelogue, Mexican Days, he writes of a surreal Christmas spent in Distrito Federal, what the natives call Mexico City. He found the streets strangely, uncomfortably empty, cleared of the usual throngs. Everyone was home celebrating the festivities but him. (The passage starts on pg. 77.)
While the Mexicans are busy sequestering themselves with families and friends during the Christmas days, it might be a good time to try out The Marquis Reforma Hotel & Spa's "Winter Holiday" package, if you're not headed off to the Mexican beaches.
Starting at $170 a night (double occupancy required) and available between December 15 and January 6 (another major holiday, the celebration of "Rosca de Reyes"), the package comes with a tour of DF's most deck-out neighborhoods. And the hotel is close to some of the City's biggest sights: Chapultapec Park, and the Museo de Antropologia.
The Camino Real Hotel in Mexico City may not stack up to the Four Seasons for service or the Casa Vieja four boutique hipness, but it's got something they don't: a starring role in a movie.
If you saw 2005's The Matador, starring Pierce Brosnan as a crumbling assassin and Greg Kinnear as a suppressed Mid-Westerner with lots of problems of his own, you spent a lot of time in this hotel. It's sleek, modern, minimalist, and has a reputation for being filled with politicos striking secret deals.
According to this interview with Greg Kinnear, they didn't shut the hotel down during filming and everyone just carried on. So when you see Pierce Brosnan walk into the lobby wearing nothing but a Speedo and cowboy boots, "only about half of those people who look horrified are actors."
If you're design-conscious, stylish, or need extra security because of your position determining the fate of the world, we hear this is a good choice. Just wear some real clothes while walking through the lobby.