The Best Spa Hotels in Mexico City

St Regis Mexico City has great views of Paseo de la Reforma
St Regis Mexico City has great views of Paseo de la Reforma | © Kari / Alamy Stock Photo
Alex Robinson

Bigger than New York, built on a plateau and teeming with 20 million residents, Mexico City overwhelms with its size and high altitude. And there’s so much to see, too: the towering pyramid-temples of Teotihuacan and the Aztec floating gardens of Xochimilco; Frida Kahlo’s house, Diego Rivera’s murals; and museums of Mayan artefacts. After a dizzying day or two you’ll be ready to soak in a sumptuous hotel spa. Thankfully the city isn’t short of options.

1. Sofitel Mexico City Reforma

Spa Hotel, Luxury

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Courtesy of Sofitel Mexico City Reforma / Expedia

Stays here are all about the view – of Mexico City’s central Reforma district, all tall buildings and bell towers, through terracotta roofed suburbs to distant mountains. The business-ready rooms have understated grey carpets, off-whites, low amber lighting and floor-to-ceiling windows. The rooftop bar hovers over the city, while the swimming pool and spa on the 39th floor are dominated by glass windows as tall as a two-story house – again all designed to frame that city view.

2. Ryo Kan Ciudad de México

Spa Hotel, Luxury

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Courtesy of Ryo Kan Ciudad de México / Expedia

Rooms in light maple, creams and whites with futon beds; a public patio like a Zen garden; and a sushi and sashimi bar. As the name suggests, the Ryo Kan brings rural Japan to central Mexico’s City’s Reforma district. The spa is a destination in itself – open to non-guests too (so book well in advance) – offering facial treatments using high-end Spanish Natura Bissé products alongside Japanese Shiatsu and Gong meditation.

3. Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City

Chain Hotel, Hotel

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Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City / Expedia

With sumptuous, quiet-as-a-falling-feather, carpeted rooms and Jeeves-discreet service, the Four Seasons oozes self-assured sophistication. The central café-garden, tinkling with flowers and shaded by sub-tropical trees, is the kind of place you’d expect to see Salma Hayek sipping coffee with Alejandro Iñárritu. The spa is a stunner, with a heated outdoor pool that looks like an elegant impluvium, plucked from a Palladian villa. Book in for Mexican treatments including body scrubs and facials using ingredients including mezcal, chocolate and amaranth.

4. Marquis Reforma Hotel Spa

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

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Courtesy of Marquis Reforma Hotel Spa / Expedia

The chocolate brown woods, caramel-and-beige striped sofas and quilted-patent leather headboards on the beds certainty deposit you back in the 1980s. And yet the location of this (fading) five-star is hard to beat – overlooking the swankiest section of Mexico City’s Champs-Élysées, the Paseo de la Reforma. The spa is awesome – the size of a big-city Middle Eastern hammam. In it you’ll get lost among steam rooms, saunas and jacuzzis. There’s a big pool and a menu of some 60 treatments.

5. Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Mexico City

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

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Courtesy of Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Mexico City / Expedia

At home in Polanco – Mexico City’s stylish café district – Las Alcobas looks like a contemporary hotel designed by the great Arne Jacobsen. Dark rosewoods are offset by white walls, big mirrors and marble fittings. There are elegant minimalist furnishings in soft colours, while ample light floods the place through large windows. When your city-sore feet need to beat a retreat, there’s a fine spa that uses treatments by Neal’s Yard, Naturopathica and Cinq Mondes. Taste buds, meanwhile, will appreciate hotel restaurant Dulce Patria, and the modern Mexican food by Martha Ortiz.

6. The Westin Santa Fe, Mexico City

Spa Hotel, Luxury

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Courtesy of The Westin Santa Fe, Mexico City / Expedia

Right in the chaotic heart of Mexico City’s skyscraper-sparkling financial hub Santa Fe is where you’ll find the Westin. It’s a business hotel with a pinch of pizazz, which translates into rooms decked out in dark wood and furnished with simple geometric workstations and cabinets. Ambience comes from bright light through window-walls curtained with wispy drapes. Come to the spa if you’re a sucker for the unusual: among the more conventional men-only grooming on the many lists of treatments are washes using 24-karat gold as well as that frighteningly freezing procedure, cryotherapy.

7. St Regis Mexico City

Hotel

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Courtesy of The St. Regis Mexico City / Expedia
For run-of-the-mansion luxury, the St Regis is gold-standard: check the Instagrammable skyline views from rooms above the 15th floor, the al fresco rooftop restaurant; business-secretary-style butlers for every guest and suites with their own private elevator entrances. The location is plum – in one of the city’s tallest buildings, overlooking Paseo de la Reforma avenue, and you could spend hours in the impressive Remède Spa – pampering, steaming in the sauna and swimming in the huge pool, with Mexico City at your feet.

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