The Polanco neighborhood of Mexico City is one of the richest in the whole country. Some companies have their headquarters nearby and it’s home to many of the top restaurants in Mexico. You can shop at the Louis Vuitton store or buy some diamond jewelry before you hit the exclusive lounges for a drink. There are also two excellent museums in the area.
Naturally, this location next to Chapultapec Park is home to some of the city’s best places to stay as well. So you can have greenery around you, a great view, and easy access to many entertainment options.
Here are our picks for the best Polanco hotels for luxury travelers in Mexico City. Follow the links to read our detailed first-person reviews and see more photos.
Las Alcobas Hotel
For small hotels lovers with a sense of style, the intimate 35-room Las Alcobas is a delight. Lovingly designed and with two excellent restaurants on site, it’s the kind of place you’re glad to be stuck if there’s a rainstorm and you don’t want to go out. Anchored by a grand wood staircase and filled with artistic touches, it has some of the most tricked-out rooms in town and frequently wins awards as a top hotel.
If you’re looking for privacy, one suite even has its own elevator from the parking garage so you can bypass the lobby.
See our review of Las Alcobas here.
JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City
Many JW Marriott properties feel like upscale convention hotels, but this one was built as a Mandarin Oriental and there’s a lot to like for luxury travelers. First of all, the club level has its own entrance and separate check-in, so if you’re an elite member or you’ve paid for an upgrade, you feel like a VIP as soon as you arrive.
You also get the benefits of a full-service luxury hotel, with amenities like a swimming pool, full gym with a pool, and one of the most attractive hotel lobbies in town. There are several restaurants on site, including a French one, but there’s more of a sense of place in the public areas and rooms than you usually get from the world’s largest hotel chain.
There are good reasons you’ll probably see cars parked out front that are worth six figures: this is one of the best Polanco hotels for those who normally stay in a Presidential suite.
See our review of JW Marriott Mexico City.
W Mexico City Hotel
This property started a new era in Mexico City hotels when it opened. It was big, brash, and loud, celebrating youth and modern culture in a city whose vibrant art scene was rarely reflected in its lodging. Since then they’ve renovated and updated a few times, keeping the hotel still looking fresh and surprising.
There’s no swimming pool here, unfortunately, the one downside to what is otherwise a fun city hotel for upscale leisure or business travelers. There is a great spa, however, with some outdoor space as part of the mix. Otherwise the two big draws are the Living Room lounge and restaurant on the lobby level and the terrific suites with some of the best views you could ask for. Since the W Mexico City rises up above nearly everything else around it, the higher rooms have views of the park, the skyline, or both, with mountains beyond.
There’s nothing routine about the rooms here either, with original Mexican artwork, whimsical designs with lots of color, and plenty of cues from Mexico’s fascinating history and culture.
Platform beds are lit from underneath with colors that can change. LED infinity lights behind the sofa have embedded little alibrijes, the fantasy monster figurines from Oaxaca. It’s all whimsical and fun, reminding you that all work and no play is not the Mexican way.
See our full review of W Mexico City.
Check out a video tour of the W Hotel.
Unfortunately, the one other property we’ve featured in the past for the best Polanco hotels seems to have gone under during the pandemic. If the small, colonial-inspired Hotel Busue opens again, we’ll get it back in the mix. Also, if you’re looking for the hotel with the best roof bar and pool combo, something that appeals to the young and creative crowd more concerned about looking cool than being in a plush room, then check out Habita Hotel, the original that started it all for the Grupo Habita chain.