The Most Sensational Boutique Hotels in Polanco, Mexico City

The striking façade of Camino Real Polanco was designed by architect Ricardo Legorreta
The striking façade of Camino Real Polanco was designed by architect Ricardo Legorreta | Courtesy of Camino Real Polanco /

Northern England Writer

Polanco is the swankiest neighborhood in Mexico City, making it popular with visitors who like to vacation in luxury. We’ve narrowed down the vast selection of plush hotels and accommodation options in this ‘colonia’ to bring you the best.

Polanco is one of the safest neighborhoods in Mexico City, and home to a blend of modern architecture and classic Spanish-colonial-revival buildings. On the activity front, there’s a wealth to explore, from museums and restaurants to Bosque de Chapultepec, one of the largest city parks in the world. Make this charming area your base on your next Mexico City break, and check into one of these sensational spots.

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1. Orchid House Polanco

Boutique Hotel

Large double bed in airy room with rustic wooden furniture and a potted orchid beside the bed at Orchid House Polanco.
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Orchid House is a light-filled turn-of-the-century mansion on one of the tree-lined street Campos Elíseos. Each suite is filled with vintage details, such as Spanish tile and punched-tin ceilings, and don’t miss the orchid left in the entryway. Walk one block north for the shopping street of Masaryk or head a block south to the giant Bosque de Chapultepec.

2. Las Suites Campos Eliseos

Suite Hotel

Open-plan suite with leather furniture, small dining table and desk with room partition in the background at Las Suites Campos Eliseos.
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Conveniently on the edge of Polanco and the exclusive Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood, Las Suites is perfect for anyone on the move in Mexico City. Take your pick from one of the 91 suites before heading up to the rooftop pool for views over the city. And don’t miss the complimentary breakfast or round-the-clock coffee, tea and fruit bar.

3. The Green Park Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Double bed with white sheets in large room with dark wooden furniture and large arched window looking out onto a garden at The Green Park Hotel.
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The Green Park Hotel occupies a renowned art deco building just off Avenida Constituyentes, across the street from Bosque de Chapultepec and a short walk to the nearest Metro station. Each of the 33 suites has a refined look, decked out with English-style furniture, and comes with views of the park or the interior patio. Begin your day on the patio for breakfast, but don’t forget to check out the rooftop lounge to watch the sunset fall over the Chapultepec trees.

4. Casa Emilia

Boutique Hotel

Double bed with cushions in dark-toned room with geometric lights and art-deco mirrors at Casa Emilia.
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Casa Emilia belongs to a new generation of luxury bed and breakfasts cropping up around the city. It has just seven rooms, so your stay is sure to feel intimate, whether you pick the airy, white-walled suite with open windows or the exposed-brick bedroom with blackout curtains. It’s perfectly located between Polanco and other key points of interest, including the nearby Ángel de la Independencia on Avenida Reforma.

5. Pug Seal

Boutique Hotel

Double beds in large room with lemon print wallpaper, large window and black doors with rounded frames at Pug Seal.
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This Pug Seal hotel on Edgar Allan Poe, just off Masaryk Avenue, made a name for the brand with funky wallpaper, geometric art and quirky details such as busts of traditional Mexican alebrijes. Pug Seal has expanded to two other Polanco locations (double-check your booking), a spot in Coyoacán and a branch in Oaxaca City. Be sure to take time out in the temazcal in the main garden – a type of traditional sweat lodge popular in the south of the country, though rare in Mexico City.

6. Las Alcobas

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Stylish lounge area with low coffee tables and cream furniture, minimalistic art on the wall and ornamental branches at Las Alcobas.
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Las Alcobas has become synonymous with a kind of upscale luxury you only really find in this Mexico City neighborhood. In a renovated 1950s apartment building, this boutique hotspot combines a modern façade with a muted, tranquil interior that feels a world away from the bustle of the business district. All the 35 custom-designed rooms have five-star status and subtle Mexican touches.

7. W Mexico City

Hotel, Spa Hotel

Large, colourful room with large poster of a model on the wall at W Mexico City. Double bed with white sheets and grey throw on a raised, green backlit platform.
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The best of the best when it comes to Mexico City design hotels, W Mexico City hits the right spot. This place is an Instagrammer’s dream, with vibrant rooms, quirky touches and bold use of color. As with the other W properties around the world, W Mexico City is top quality in every way, from the highly rated restaurant to the hidden bathroom tequila bars.

8. Camino Real Polanco

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Outdoor pool at Camino Real Polanco, surrounded by striped green sun loungers and a bright pink high wall in the background.
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Sprint over to this city spot for striking architectural design. Camino Real Polanco was built for the 1968 Olympics, and the property has an attractive Mexican-modern architectural style, created by renowned architect Ricardo Legorreta. There are various room categories, from deluxe to a presidential suite, and all feature modern interiors with bold pops of color. On the amenities front, there are ample food and drink options, a beautiful large pool set in an attractive garden, a spa, a boutique, a kids club and even a heliport.

9. Busué


Double bed with deep pink cushions in rustic, cave-like room with ornamental lamps and a large window at Busué.
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This jewel box of a hotel makes for a charming base in the city, with romantic interiors and a warm ambiance. The lobby is a feature in itself, with an exquisitely painted ceiling and tiled floor. There are just 11 (beautifully designed) rooms at this upscale spot, and all feature L’Occitane bathroom products, plush robes and king-size beds. Breakfast can be enjoyed in the comfort of your room or in the internal courtyard.

10. Hotel Habita

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Wooden tables and chairs in chic dining area at Hotel Habita. Green angle-poise lamps, large mirrors and decorative books line the back wall.
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A pioneer of modern accommodation in Mexico City, Hotel Habita has a (literal) icy exterior. The eye-catching property looks like a giant ice cube, sweltering in the Mexico City heat. This sense of cool extends to the interiors, with stylish furnishings, modern art, chic lighting and whitewashed walls. The decadent rooftop pool is another standout feature at this spot.

Kylie Madry contributed additional reporting to this article.

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