N eed a lesson in how to go from fusty to fabulous? Take notes from Four
Seasons Hotel Mexico, D.F.
The Mexico City property invested
$14 million in a 14-month renovation
to completely overhaul its look.
Redesigned to attract younger
guests (and keep regulars, too), the
20-year-old hotel has revamped
nearly all of its elements — from rooms
and restaurants to the exterior facade
and a lobby that now pops with bright,
bold orange and red accents.
When checking in, clients can’t
help but notice the enormous, orange
and red wraparound mural behind
the reception desk. From there, small
salons with glass doors branch off
from the lobby hallway. Meant to be
hangout spots, they feature fireplaces,
Mexican art, comfy couches and
communal-style tables. We saw
several young business types
working on their laptops, meeting
over cappuccinos and chatting on
their cellphones in these spaces.
Upstairs, all 240 rooms and suites
sport a new look, created by cutting-edge French designers Gilles &
Boissier. (We stayed at the end of
October 2015, when the last few
rooms were being completed.) Most
rooms face the hotel’s interior, central
courtyard and have windows that
open for fresh air. The decor is crisp,
fresh and clean, with ivory-colored
walls and drapes. A particularly
eye-catching piece is the long bar
lamp that hangs from thick ropes
over the writing desk. Burgundy
swirls and brushstrokes add bursts of
color to the cream carpet.
We enjoyed breakfast in the large
courtyard, now leafy and lush with
new gardens. If we hadn’t been so
full, we would have sampled some of
the French confections baked fresh
each morning in Pan Dulce, the new
pastry shop at one end of the lobby.
For dinner one evening, we tried
the hotel’s new Il Becco Italian
restaurant, part of the high-end
Becco group of restaurants in Mexico.
Everything was top-notch, from
the ricotta-cheese-stuffed zucchini
flowers to the artichoke and pistachio
risotto. Clients will also be pleased
with the extensive Italian wine list.
Except for a teeny hiccup at one
busy breakfast, we found the service
excellent. We even received a
personal knock on our door one
morning when we didn’t pick up our
wake-up call. And the knowledgeable
concierge staff handed out bottled
water to take with us when leaving
the hotel each day.
There’s also a small outdoor pool
surrounded by plants — a welcome
place to relax after a day of touring
Mexico City’s historical sights. And if
any male clients need a haircut, they
can pop into the new English-style
Set on Paseo De La Reforma, Four
Seasons is a 10-minute walk to the
famed National Museum of Anthropology, and it’s also close to the posh
Polanco district, which features art
museums and stylish shops.
The Details: Four Seasons Hotel
Mexico, D.F. ( www.fourseasons.com)
The Mexico City hotel
boasts bright colors and
Janice and George Mucalov
F di i t i d
feature crisp, clean
decor and ivory
walls and drapes.
The new lobby
at Four Seasons
Hotel Mexico, D.F.
bursts with color.