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Hotel Highlights

  • Steps from Polanco district’s high-end boutiques, restaurants and bars
  • 24-hour butler service and hi-tech in-room gadgetry
  • Dulce Patria offers flavourful traditional Mexican cuisine

Overview

Anything-you-wish service, modern Mexican cuisine and an urban spa will spoil you silly at Las Alcobas hotel in Mexico City's well-heeled Polanco neighbourhood. The coiffed and cosmopolitan aesthetic extends beyond the guests: think leather-lined walls, trims of technology and contemporary Italian-inspired furnishings.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Las Alcobas with us:

Full Mexican breakfast

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Las Alcobas

14-day advance purchase

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

35, including four suites.

Check–out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability, typically free before 5pm. Check-in, 3pm, but you can check in from 10am if you pay for an extra half-day.

Rates

Double rooms from $228.00, excluding tax at 19 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include a Continental breakfast.

Also

Unwind after a day of shopping and sightseeing at a Pilates class.

At the hotel

Spa, gym and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: Bose surround sound home cinema with CD/DVD player, SCO bath products, minibar packed with free Mexican candies and soda pop; and 24-hour butler service.

Our favourite rooms

Kitted out with a crisp white and steely grey Italian sofa, the Masaryk Suite is modern and design-centred. The sky-blue and milky white marble bath with rich wood fixtures is grand without being imposing. Feeling presidential? Choose the biggest suite, the Pasaje Penthouse for artfully presented mod cons such as the single controller which powers the lights, drapes and music and even calls the concierge. The best part is the show-stopping mirror-backed fireplace.

Packing tips

Be all business: bring your it-bag and sharpest city-slicker looks. Forget your Dior shades and pick-up a new pair at the nearby boutique.

Also

Get pampered with massages and signature facials employing indigenous botanicals such as aloe vera, agave and maize, available in the hotel’s treatment rooms. Office supplies and colourful puzzle maps of Mexico can be found in the desk drawers.

Children

Better suited for teenagers, but better still for grown-ups. With 24 hours’ notice, staff babysitter can be organised for younger kids for US$20 an hour. Under-sevens are only accepted by prior arrangement.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The hotel has two restuarants. Chef Martha Ortiz keeps the fiesta going at Dulce Patria, serving a lunch and dinner menu of traditional Mexican cuisine with modern flourishes. Inlaid die-cut flowers line the entrance and doors and the dining room is bathed in vibrant reds. Lime green and chilli-red sauces are swirled onto plates. Tuck into multi-coloured quesadillas stuffed with zucchini blossoms, Oaxaca cheese and pine nuts lashed with salsa sultana, plantain-encrusted duck in a black mole or red and green pepper-studded red snapper prepared Veracruz-style. Wash it all down with a tangy margarita or a potent mezcal. Contemporary and cosmoplitan in style, chef Justin Ermini has created an equally inspired international, farm-to-table driven menu at the intimate Anatol restaurant. 

Hotel Bar

There's no bar in the hotel but you're surrounding by some hopping after-dark hotspots –  Buddha Bar is on the same street.

Last orders

Breakfast is from 7am; lunch 1pm to 4pm, and dinner’s usually available until 11.30pm.

Room service

Salads, quesadillas and ceviche are available 24 hours a day.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Sleek suits and the season’s latest party frock; secure a festive flower behind Mrs Smith's ear.

Top table

Head upstairs and pick a balcony-side table where you can people-watch Polanco’s boutiques while you dine.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Visit the Las Artesanías arts and crafts market on Pasaje Polanco for jewellery designed by local artisans, handmade textiles and gifts (+52 55 5280 9515). Scout out the freshest fruit and veg at the farmers’ market at Abraham Lincoln Park next to Angela Peralta Amphitheatre. Cruise the city on two-wheels for free: borrow a bike at the park, just be sure to bring your ID or Passport. Take a guided tour of the Anthropology Museum (+53 55 4040 5300; www.mna.inah.gob.mx). Pick up the best souvenir, a take-home bottle of sipping tequila, at the Tequila Shop at La Villa Madrid at 78 Alejandro Dumas in Polanco (+52 55 5280 9589; www.lavillademadrid.com.mx). Study the work of one of Mexico’s most provocative artists, Frida Kahlo, in the eponymous museum set in her former home at 247 Londres in Coyoacan (+52 55 5554 5999; www.museofridakahlo.org.mx).

Local restaurants

Try Klein’s, a 40-year-old local institution, serving the best breakfast in town, on Avenida Presidente Masaryk (+52 55 5881 0862). Super-fresh sashimi and hand rolls are on offer at Tori Tori on Anatole France, known throughout the city as the best spot for Japanese eats (+52 55 5280 9069; www.toritori.com.mx). Carnivores will love Spuntino, a casual Argentinan steak joint with a bustling after-dinner crowd that likes to perch on its huge patio at 40 Virgilio – look for the curve of the royal blue aluminum roof (+52 55 5281 1211; www.grupomalazzo.com). Head to El Lago de Los Cisnes at 391 Prado Norte in Lomas de Chapultepec to sample typical Mexican fare. Try the chorizo and potato tacos, their rendition is rumoured to the best in the city (+52 55 5282 4501; www.ellagodeloscisnes.com). Lima’s own celebrated chef Gastón Acurio has brought Peruvian gastronomic delights to his Polanco outpost, Astrid & Gastón (+52 55 5282 2666; www.astridygaston.com). Basque-fusion bites such as shrimp salad, ham croquettes and ribeye served with baby corn and pig’s ears are on offer at Biko, helmed by young chefs Bruno Oteiza and Mikel Alonso. The impressive wine list is rounded out with regional as well as Spanish offerings (+ 52 55 5282 2064; www.biko.com.mx). Pick the chef’s table at Pujol and try the multi-course tasting menu, including short ribs braised for 20 hours (+52 55 5545 3507; pujol.com.mx). Prime cuts such as tender beef filet, veal chops and the butterflied ribeye are served on ceramic and wood cutting boards at Ricón Argentino (+52 55 5254 8744; rinconargentino.com.mx).

Local bars

For a good variety of mezcales, including one that’s chicken-flavoured, and traditional dishes, try La Botica Mezcalería in La Condesa (+52 55 5211 6045; labotica.com.mx). A young, cosmopolitan crowd heads to quirky Gogo Lounge for cocktails and electronica at 105 Alejandro Dumas (+52 55 5281 8973). Pick a table on the terrace at French restaurant Ivoire, located at 95 Emilio Castelar, for dinner, drinks and dancing to a swift DJ (+52 55 5280 0477).

Local cafés

For an icy treat head to retro-styled Nevería Roxy at 105 Emilio Castelar in Polanco. Serving house-made sorbets chock-full of fresh, local fruits, this old-school ice cream parlour is a must-visit (+52 55 5281 5988). With several outlets throughout the city, Café Punta del Cielo at 222 Moliere serves smooth espresso to its loyal patrons (+52 55 5282 1343; puntadelcielo.com.mx).

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Las Alcobas

Presidente Masaryk 390, Polanco Chapultepec, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, 11560

Las Alcobas is situated on Avenida Presidente Masaryk in the heart of the boutique, restaurant and gallery-packed Polanco district.

Planes

Benito Juárez International Airport is 13 miles from the hotel.

Automobiles

Parking is free at the hotel. With traffic snarls and chaotic roadways, driving is not for the faint-hearted. If you’re feeling daring, rent your wheels from the airport from Avis (www.avis.com).

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Michelle Calder , Event planning explorer

When Mr Smith’s work schedule took him to Mexico City and my business landed me in New York, it seemed like the perfect opportunity for a weekend rendezvous south of the border. Also, how often do you get to toss out Mexico as your meeting point? Not nearly often enough, I’d say. I succeeded in twisting Mr Smith’s arm (both, actually) and we soaked up some much needed sun in t…
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Las Alcobas

Anonymous review by Michelle Calder, Event planning explorer

When Mr Smith’s work schedule took him to Mexico City and my business landed me in New York, it seemed like the perfect opportunity for a weekend rendezvous south of the border. Also, how often do you get to toss out Mexico as your meeting point? Not nearly often enough, I’d say.

I succeeded in twisting Mr Smith’s arm (both, actually) and we soaked up some much needed sun in tranquil Tulum (a heavenly story for another time) and capped the extended weekend jaunt with a stop-off in Mexico City.

Landing sunburnt at midnight following delays from Tulum (a two-hour flight) isn’t the most comfortable entry to one of the largest cities in the world. Happily though, the warm welcome we received at Las Alcobas hotel quickly soothed our travel-weary nerves.

Like a hushed alcove, the contemporary lobby offered an immediate retreat from the rush of this bustling city. In fact, alcove was one translation for alcoba that I discovered. The other was bedroom, which I found more appropriate as it’s where the magic really began here. 

Walking towards our room from the lift, the stunning floor to ceiling rosewood panelling in the corridor set the scene for the striking interior detail to come. Our friendly porter courteously guided us (in perfect English) around our Executive King room and pointed out the custom-made rosewood cupboards, organic toiletries and the minibar full of free soft drinks and snacks. I particularly recommend the dried tamarind, which looks like a strip of orangey red fizzy sweets but melts into delicious tangy fruit on the tongue.

The porter’s parting shot was to demonstrate the use of the remote control panel next to the bed that had the power to open and close the curtains, create a range of lighting effects at the touch of one button and summon room service with another. This whimsical gadgetry confirmed my emerging sense of having been transported into James Bond’s bedroom, specifically the Seventies masculine-chic era of Roger Moore.

Elsewhere, tan leather panels on the bedroom walls were subtly stitched with the outlines of Mayan ruins, evoking sites we had visited days before on the Yucatan coast. Cultural echoes continued throughout the room with the cleverly placed folk art that was in vibrant contrast to the room’s neutral backdrop.  

Tiny, brightly painted tin boxes holding a single chocolate were left on the sideboard, a roughly-carved wooden truck was parked on the desk and my favourite: a vividly painted wooden horse posed on the wardrobe shelf. This pink, blue, yellow and green winged horse with a huge twisted horn on its head was carved in the alebrije tradition by artist Pedro Linares in the 1930s. During a particularly feverish illness, Linares dreamed up a menagerie of fantastical animals that gave flight to this Oaxacan-Mexican folk art tradition. 

After exploring the marble bathroom (which revealed a Japanese-style loo control panel with both water-jet sprays and hot-air drying vents), I returned to the bedroom and was greeted by small piles of white sand on the dark wood floor marking where Mr Smith had taken off his shoes.

He was now between the sheets, eating crisps, drinking a beer and testing out the Bose surround sound system and the flatscreen TV. Not quite the reception Roger might have treated his Bond girl to, but I suppose I should be glad that he was feeling very much at home.

I settled in quite nicely, too. Drifting off to sleep that night, I had the most wonderful feeling of floating on a cloud. The mattress – light but cocooning – was like nothing I’d ever experienced before.

Taking a leisurely start to the day, I mapped out a route for my whirlwind 24-hour city tour. Mr Smith was kept busy splashing around under the impressive combination of massaging horizontal water jets and heavy waterfall from the rainfall shower.

We made our way to the second floor dining room with its exquisite dark wood herringbone-pattern floor, and sat down to a selection of pastries, tangerine juice and a beautifully made cappuccino. All was so satisfying, in fact, that I requested a parcel to take with me for my early flight home the next morning. 

Mr Smith had business to attend to that day, and I was off to tour Frida Kahlo’s house and museum in the Colonia del Carmen neighbourhood, so we jumped in cabs going opposite directions. Mr Smith observed that taxis booked by the hotel were less expensive than any others he’d caught from hotels during his 10-day trip in Mexico City. 

However, taxis aren’t necessary for every venture. The hotel’s central location in the chic Polanco district means you have your choice of many tempting restaurants and cafes for sun-dappled lunch outdoors or an evening cocktail, just steps from the hotel.

All too soon though, it was time for me to leave Las Alcobas. I descended the curved rosewood stairway at the centre of the hotel and took in the early morning light illuminating the windows for one last time.  I looked back over my shoulder, imprints of my pillow and that cloud-like bed just fading from my cheek, and smiled as I said goodbye to my stairway to heaven. 

The Guestbook

Reviews of Las Alcobas from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

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We loved

We had a great stay at Las Alcobas and would definitely go back. The hotel itself was lovely, the room comfortable and extremely well-appointed, the food in the restaurant was outstanding and the staff was exceptional. We had a few problems (of our own making!) and they managed to help us solve every one of them! It's a great spot in a fun neighborhood. It was wonderful.

 

Rating: 10/10 stars