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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

Immaculately groomed, modern-minded and cosmopolitan (and that's just the guests), Las Alcobas hotel in plush Polanco is an elegant ensemble of rosewood, marble and leather. Its suity side keeps jetsetting laptop-lovers happy, but this rarefied retreat knows how to spoil you too, with a little spa, modern Mexican fine dining and anything's-possible service. Las Alcobas certainly means business, but never at the expense of pleasure.

Smith Extra

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

Full Mexican breakfast and 15 per cent off spa treatments

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 $203.00, 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, free minibar packed with 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

Chef Martha Ortiz keeps the fiesta going at Dulce Patria, serving a 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.

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 normally 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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Polanco shopping zona

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 Mr & Mrs Smith.

Mr & Mrs Smith have just returned from a stay at this Mexico City boutique hotel, and as soon as they've unpacked their mezcal, a full account of their luxury city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick snapshot of Las Alcobas in Mexico City… Normally we’d never recommend picking one of Mexico City’s busiest thoroughfares as a pea…
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Las Alcobas

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Mr & Mrs Smith have just returned from a stay at this Mexico City boutique hotel, and as soon as they've unpacked their mezcal, a full account of their luxury city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick snapshot of Las Alcobas in Mexico City…

Normally we’d never recommend picking one of Mexico City’s busiest thoroughfares as a peaceful place to unpack, but that was before we discovered Las Alcobas. Its name means ‘the alcoves’ and is it ever apt. From the moment you set foot in the lobby, quiet nooks abound: camel-coloured high-backed chairs and fresh-cut flower topped tables are thoughtfully tucked away. This ultra-mod retreat has the benefit of being near all of the best bustle but is kept ever-so-quiet by heavy-duty glazing, savvy construction and discreet, impeccable service.

The minimal, clutter-free serenity is a needed reprieve after time spent navigating this frenetic megapolis. Private terraces, a curving rosewood staircase, linear Italianate couches and hand-stitched leather inlays are a calming influence. Taupe, chocolate brown and cream keep the colour-scheme neutral and elegant. Surrounded by the city’s most fashionable boutiques, it’s no wonder the clientele are a well-groomed bunch. This designer pad remains cool and collected amid the city buzz and a stay here will ensure you do as well.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Las Alcobas's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

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