If you love exquisite food made from local produce, then you won’t be short on options in Mexico City, no matter where you decide to stay. However, even though the city is known for its impressive street food scene above all, the up-and-coming gourmet dining world has come alive in recent years, and more hotels are beginning to play host to impressive eating options. Here are the best hotels for foodies in Mexico City.
La Valise is not just one of the best hotels for foodies in Mexico City, it’s one of the best accommodation options in the capital full stop. Comprised of only three exquisitely put together rooms, each with their own distinct feel and design, La Valise is unique in terms of our guide for not having a restaurant as a built in part of the establishment. However, we think it’s ideal for foodies given that it’s situated in the heart of the Roma neighbourhood and commands custom room service from nearby restaurant Rosetta.
Plush Polanco accommodation doesn’t get better than Las Alcobas, and foodies shouldn’t pass up the chance to stay at this exquisite establishment (that’s among the best in the city). Aside from the fact that the hotel itself is fantastic, it also plays host to a selection of the city’s top restaurants, including Anatol, the restaurant which prides itself on using seasonal produce on its rotating menu created by head chefs Justin Ermini and Mayra Victoria, as well as the famed Dulce Patria, which serves Mexican dishes with a twist.
Right in the heart of Mexico City’s historic centre is the aptly named Downtown Mexico, another of the top hotel options for travellers in the capital. However, we especially recommend it for foodies, not just because you’re smack bang in the middle of the culinary hub that is Mexico City, but because the building is also home to the brainchild restaurant of top chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita, Azul Histórico. Situated on the ground floor, here you’ll find gourmet takes on Mexican staples.
If you’re liking the sound of all these dining options, but just feel like a little something is lacking then the Camino Real Hotel might be the accommodation for you. This is because it doesn’t just have a couple of restaurant options to choose from, it has a whopping seven! From Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s acclaimed sushi restaurant Morimoto to Bistro, which dishes up pizzas and wine. Then there’s María Bonita, for delicious Mexican dining, and Beefbar which specialises in cuts of Black Angus.
Another of the most artistic hotels in the capital is also one of the best for foodies. W Mexico City, which has a top class spa too, is known for its vibrant interiors as well as for adding a touch of cool to the sometimes stuffy Polanco accommodation scene. Recently renovated, there are hidden tequila bars to check out and the only restaurant of influential Spanish chef José Andrés – J by José Andrés. So, if you’re dying to try out his Spanish-Mexican fusion cuisine, staying at Hotel W is a no-brainer! The wine selection is impeccable too.
Recommending a Hilton may not seem like a very inspired choice at first glance, but the Hotel Hilton Reforma in Mexico City is more than ideal for food lovers who plan on stopping by the capital. Aside from the fact that it’s situated right next to Parque Alameda, it also has El Cardenal on the ground floor. Having been going strong since 1969, this classic of the chilangodining scene is unmissable and, food aside, the service is said to be completely outstanding, welcoming and attentive.
If you love Japanese food, but don’t fancy staying at Camino Real, then Polanco’s Hotel Hyatt Regency Mexico City could be another solid option. Looking out over the famed Bosque de Chapultepec, and situated in one of the swankiest neighbourhoods in the city, this is the ideal spot for foodies too, as you can find both the Teppan Grill (which whips up fresh teppenyaki before your very eyes), as well as Yoshimi, the long-running restaurant with its very own Zen garden and bamboo walls.
For farm-to-table dining fans, there’s nowhere better to stay than the Westin Santa Fe, which boasts the recently opened restaurant Market Kitchen. Each dish is created from local produce that is all seasonal and fresh, which means that from spring to winter, you can expect radically different, but equally delicious, options. Whether you enjoy cheese and cold cuts, or fancy cocktails and coffee, Market Kitchen can cater to every taste. Overall, even though Westin Santa Fe is a little out of the central Mexico City drag, it’s well worth checking out.
There’s nothing a self-respecting foodie likes better than trying dishes that are lesser-spotted, hard to come by and, above all, delicious. That’s where the dining options at Hotel Royal Pedregal come in, as Chef Juan Mari Arzak’s Basque cuisine restaurant Tezka offers tastes that are practically unique in the Mexican capital. From stuffed peppers with cod cream to the famed sea bass cooked in a parsley sauce and served with clams, you can find pretty much anything Basque in this quirky spot, and the hotel, with its convenient southern location, isn’t half bad either.
Finally, the Presidente Intercontinental in, you guessed it, Polanco, would also make the ideal hotel for foodies in Mexico City. As with some of the aforementioned options, not only are you well located near the lungs of the city, Bosque de Chapultepec, along with numerous fine dining establishments, there are also top class restaurants in the hotel itself. At Presidente Intercontinental you will find the Rafael Sama designed Chapulín restaurant, as well as the French cuisine favourite Au Pied du Cochon.