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A Luxury Guide to Mexico City

A Luxury Guide to Mexico City

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Looking for a little bit of luxury in Mexico City? You’ll definitely find it here. Whether you’re in search of the best spas in Mexico City, a place for a fantastic massage in Mexico City, a top boutique hotel, or a high-end meal, you’ll find it all here in Mexico City.

I have been living in Mexico City for five years and have spent plenty of time exploring both the best street tacos alongside the top restaurants in all of Mexico (some ranked as some of the best in the world!).

I have had the chance to explore some of the best boutique hotels like this. The best thing about enjoying a bit of luxury in Mexico City is that it doesn’t really break the bank, at least not when compared to similar luxury experiences in the US, UK, or Canada.

I used to think that luxury travel in Mexico was reserved for the resorts in Cabo or Cancun, but there is so much more luxury to experience. That’s especially true in Mexico City.

Luxury Hotels in Mexico City

If you’re looking for a luxury hotel in Mexico City where you can rest your head in style and comfort, check out these top-class options. I’ve left out most of the chain hotels, opting to share some of the independently owned hotels alongside the bigger boys, but if you’d prefer it, you can stay at the St. Regis or the W Hotel for luxury that you’re familiar with.

Four Seasons

The Four Seasons is my favorite luxury hotel options in the city. I know it’s a bit of a big chain hotel, but they’re just doing it right here in Mexico City.

They have seriously great restaurants inside, a spa, a pool, a concierge who will organize anything you need for your trip, and of course, the rooms are plush and lovely.

It’s also a great location right next to Chapultepec Park. You can walk out of the hotel and straight into the lush greenery of the Western Hemisphere’s largest city park. Rooms start at $350.

Book a stay at the Four Seasons here.

Las Alcobas

Choose Las Alcobas if you want to be in the middle of the most luxurious neighborhood in Mexico City, Las Alcobas is one of the best options.

The spa here is renowned as one of the best spas in Mexico City and in fact, one of the best in the country. There’s a beautiful rooftop pool, a car available to you whenever you want it (with a driver, of course), and there’s a classy bar and restaurant on-site, too.

It’s along Mexico City’s Fifth Avenue, Rodeo Drive, or whatever other fabulous strips you love most in the world. Rooms start at $280.

Book a stay at Las Alcobas here.

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Nima Local House

Subdued, stylish, and totally chic, Nima Local House is one of my absolute favorite luxury boutique hotels in Mexico City.

It’s a four-room hotel in a beautiful old mansion in Roma Norte. Each of the rooms has a totally different feel, but each offers a huge bed, big fluffy pillows, and big bright windows out to the streets of Roma.

All rooms include a cooked breakfast. The De La Lama is my favorite room with the bright doors out onto the balcony. Rooms start at $250.

Book a stay at Nima Local House here.

Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico

The Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico is one of the most iconic hotels in Mexico City. It’s located right in the Zocalo, or the main square, in Mexico City. It’s an old-school luxury.

It has stunning stain-glass ceilings in the lobby, an iron elevator, it has a great bar, and the interior of the hotel was in the James Bond film, Spectre. Rooms start at $120.

Book a stay at Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico here.

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Top Restaurants in Mexico City

Most of these restaurants allow you to easily book a table on OpenTable. You don’t have to be in the country to make a reservation.

Others require you to make a booking through their website. Some even ask that you leave credit card details because they have so few tables at the restaurant, that you have to guarantee your booking by leaving a deposit (you get it straight back when you show up for your reservation).


It doesn’t get more famous than Pujol. If you haven’t watched Chef’s Table on Netflix, I highly recommend finding the episode where they follow chef Enrique Olivera around for a few days.

He is the head chef of Pujol and indeed the grandfather of Mexican fine dining. Pujol is where a lot of the below restaurants’ chefs got their start. It’s all about the degustation menu here with the unchanging mole as the star.

No matter when you visit, you’ll be able to try the aged mole and young mole together on a plate with handmade tortillas.

They’ve also recently added a taco degustation to their repertoire. You can sit at the bar and enjoy a set menu of different tacos done to utter perfection. Wash it down with one of their seriously good cocktails.


Quintonil, also located in Polanco, not far from Pujol, is a totally different experience. It’s also a tasting menu here, but the food is lighter.

There are a lot of seafood options, not as many heavy sauces, but still plenty of flavor and variety. I recommend if you have time, trying both Pujol and Quintonil.

They are very different, but both deliver a truly fantastic luxury experience in Mexico City. Book your table well in advance (we’re talking a few weeks at least).

Maximo Bistrot

One of the first real farm-to-table restaurants in Mexico City, this is a seriously busy bistrot.

Chef Eduardo Garcia has really made a name for himself (try his brunch spot Lalo which is just across the street from Maximo – it’s fantastic!).

It’s all Mexican flavors, local Mexican ingredients, but done in such a wonderful and unique way. This is another spot you should book well in advance. If you forget to book, you can simply wait for a table, this is a better option during the week when it’s not quite as busy.


This is one of my favorite special occasion restaurants in Mexico City. There are only about 5 tables in the whole restaurant and they only offer a tasting menu, but they really know how to turn dining into a whole experience.

The kitchen is completely open, so you can see everything being carefully prepared throughout the meal. There wasn’t one dish on the degustation that I didn’t absolutely love.

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Sud 777

It’s a bit of a trek to this restaurant in the south of the city, but it’s worth the Uber fare.

Book a table if you’re coming on the weekend and enjoy either the a la carte menu (you have to have the pork!) or go for the seasonal degustation menu.

The chef, Edgar Nuñez trained at the famous El Bulli in Spain, and the creativity he learned there is evident in every dish on the menu. Their wine selection is also top-class. Try a red from Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe region.


Another top-class restaurant in Mexico City, Merotoro doesn’t get nearly as much press as it deserves.

I consistently find that this is some of the best food in Mexico City. It’s slightly more casual than the other restaurants on this list, but you still need to make a reservation at least a week in advance. It’s all about fresh seafood in their delicate aguachile and the sauces they use for their slow-cooked meats.

The cocktails and wine menu are also outstanding. Try to get a seat by the window so you can enjoy the cool breeze in the evening and watch the world go by in Condesa.

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Best Bars in Mexico City


I love this rooftop bar in Roma Norte. It’s down a tree-lined street and you could easily walk past this spot without ever knowing what existed behind the big black doors.

Head up the stairs to enjoy what I think is one of the most luxurious rooftop bars in the city. They make all of the cocktails tableside at the cocktail cart and it’s a little kitschy, but mostly fun.


This bar is rated the #1 bar in Latin America and the #13 bar in the ENTIRE world. Their cocktails are outstanding. The vibe of the place is chill and classy.

I highly recommend trying their mezcal and tequila cocktails, but they also have really tasty gin, vodka, bourbon, and rum cocktails, too. If you prefer shorts or you want to try the alcohol straight up, that can be arranged.

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This spot is similar to Limantour. It’s a dark and cozy bar with really delicious cocktails. It draws a slightly younger crowd than Limantour, especially on Saturday nights.

They also serve really great food. I’ve been told this is the best place in the city for a juicy burger.

Fifty Mils

Head to the Four Seasons to enjoy this popular cocktail bar. All of the bartenders are absolute artists.

They can make anything on the creative menu of cocktails, or you can ask for something to be created just for you depending on your tastes. They serve really delicious bar snacks here, too.

Luxury Day Spas in Mexico City

If you are looking for the best spas in Mexico City, this is the list you need in your life. There are new spas and other places just to get a massage in Mexico City cropping up all the time. I do my best to keep this list as up-to-date as possible.

Las Alcobas Hotel – Aurora Spa

If you only book into one spa day, it should be at the Aurora Spa. This is without a doubt one of the best spas in Mexico City and has evyer luxury spa treatment you could think of.

It doesn’t get more luxurious than a day of treatments at the Las Alcobas Hotel’s spa. It is one of my favorite places to have a relaxing massage in Mexico City.

It’s also well-known for its amazing staff that are very knowledgeable about skincare and wellness. If you suffer from skin sensitivity, definitely book a facial here and speak to one of their facialists about your issues.

Book a treatment at their spa through their website here.

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Hela Spa

Also located in the Polanco neighborhood of Mexico City, Hela Spa is inside the Intercontinental Hotel. You don’t have to be a guest here to enjoy their spa treatments (the same is true of Aurora, you just need to make a booking).

This is a great place to head if you’re traveling with a group of girlfriends or you want a romantic day out with your partner.

They do group massages with spa pools in private rooms and they also have couples massage rooms available. If you are getting ready for a fancy or fun night out and you want someone to do your hair and makeup, Hela Spa also offers these services.

Remède Spa in the St. Regis Hotel

The Remède Spa is definitely one of the best spas in Mexico City. As with anything in the St. Regis Hotel, it comes with perhaps a higher price tag than others on this list, but you will notice the difference.

The spa is located on the 31st floor of the hotel looking out over Paseo de la Reforma. Now, if you know Mexico City, that may not sound like the most relaxing thing, but just remind yourself that you’re not driving on the road, simply enjoying its views from above in comfort and silence.

You are welcomed to the spa with a glass of champagne before being whisked off to one of the private spa rooms where you can experience an amazing massage in Mexico City as well as facials, manicures, pedicures, or simply relax in the whirlpool overlooking the city. 

view of mexico city from one of the best spas in mexico city

Spas in Mexico City have great views.

Feel Urban Spa by Live Aqua

Considered one of the best spa brands in the world, you can be sure you will have one of the best spa experiences in Mexico City. 

If you are looking for a great massage in Mexico City, book one with Feel Urban Spa. It is really what they are known for, with specialists in different styles of massage as well as hydrotherapy and pressure showers to aid with further recovery.

In addition to a huge selection of massages, they also have different facials, full body scrubs, detox packages, and some seriously advanced beauty packages that will leave you feeling and looking your best. Check out all of their packages and book through their website here.

En Dharma Spa

En Dharma Spa is one of the most affordable spas in Mexico City for everything from massages and facials to ayurvedic treatments and hydrotherapy.

They offer everything from sports massages to relaxing hot stone massages. There are prenatal massages and they even offer cupping to restore your muscles.

Prices for massages start as low as 660 Pesos (about $33 USD). They have several locations around the city depending on where you are located, it is relatively convenient to get to. You can book through their website here.

having a massage at one of the best spas in mexico city

Spas in Mexico City.

Sofitel Spa with L’Occitane

Another fantastic luxury spa in Mexico City is located at the Sofitel Hotel. The hotel has only recently opened in the last few years and it is one of the most stunning places to relax.

If you want to book a stay at this luxury hotel, be sure to book ahead so you can get a city-view room. Check prices and book the hotel here.

However, like any hotel spa, you don’t need to be a guest to take advantage of their top-notch spa. 

What makes the spa at Sofitel unique is that they combine pre-hispanic rituals and practices with modern innovative treatments to give you some of the most exceptional experiences you can have at a spa in Mexico City.

Located on the 39th floor of the hotel, you get incredible views out over the city. They offer just about any spa treatments you can think of alongside some you’ve perhaps never heard of. The 80-minute Mexican massage shouldn’t be missed. Book treatments for the Sofitel here.

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Shopping in Mexico City

I’ve mentioned shopping in Mexico City in other posts on my website. If you want to find some cute boutique shops in Mexico City, check out this post. If you’re interested in what sort of souvenirs to buy, check out this article.

If you want to shop at some of the most exclusive places in the city, head to Presidente Masaryk in Polanco. This is the Fifth Avenue of Mexico City. Here you’ll find Louis Vuitton, Fendi, and Gucci. I also recommend checking out the shopping mall in the same area called Palacio de Hierro. It has even more designer stores and a few Mexican designers, too.

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A luxury guide to Mexico City - the best boutique hotels in Mexico City, the best spas in Mexico City, where to go shopping in Mexico City, the top restaurants in Mexico City and the best bars in Mexico City to splurge on a trip!

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Yasuko Chiyo

Sunday 12th of January 2020

It sounds like you have great tastes in food almost similar to mine!