W Mexico City
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We just returned from a fantastic trip to Mexico City. We arrived Christmas eve and came back home very early this morning (dec 31st). My husband and I fell in love with the city. It is beautifully complex with a rich and turbulent history and one of the more memorable trips we've had. On multiple occasions, we had heard about how "dangerous" the …
Hola Amigos and welcome to the first instalment of le blog. To those of you who are amazed that I have actually written something I give a satisfactory smirk. This particular adventure began with a bang when we were paged for our flight in Heathrow Airport. A short sprint later and we were on our way to Washington D.C. for a 6 hour stop over, a period now fondly referred to as "hell". Since we had 6 hours to kill we decided we would pick up any last minute ...
... well-preserved murals.
It was established around 100 BC and continued to be built for 350 years. It is believed it lasted between the 7th and 8th centuries AD, and it was the largest city during that period.
The ethnicity of the inhabitants are a subject of debate, but possible candidates are Nahua, Otomi or Totonac ethnic groups. It ...
... still able to be seen. We learnt that the city was occupied up to 700AD when it was deserted, and rediscovered by the Aztecs in 1300s who believed it was a city provided to them by the Gods (as it was completely vacant) Afterwards we had a great traditional meal - didn't know what it was. Looked like some kind of rice, but half way through was told it was a traditionally eaten worm. Wow! Still ...
... not always any good), people on the streets are constantly shouting at you to buy their products, whether street vendors or shop-owners and peace and quiet aren't really ideas that are valued, so there are no quiet coffee shops or the like as you'd find in London, Paris or even New York. It's fascinating but overwhelming, and I can safely say that I would not want to live here! I went up to a viewing deck in the tallest skyscraper today and took some pictures of the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews W Mexico City
I cannot believe the negative comments on this site. The W was great. We arrived off a very long flight from Europe to be met by a driver from the W at the airport, who handed us cold bottles of water - which I was desperate for, and were not charged to our bill! (see some of the comments below about charging for everything) - and then drove us to the hotel whilst chatting to us about Mexico.
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Being from Mexico I always find it hard paying up to stay in Mexico City but if you want a different experience from your standard Mexico City 5 Star then this is worth it.
It is expensive (but you can almost always negotiate a better price than the list price) but you get a great location (safe, lots to do) and you get a New York experience in Mexico City which is a bit different from the Nikko, JW Marriott or Presidente right next door.
The food in the trendy restaurant is not the best but it is a fun and cool place. This is a trendy hotel and as most trendy hotels go in the world, it is a bit expensive and certain things could be better but it is worth a go.
First of all: I was impressed about the very modern, nice rooms and hotel. This will get a 5 Points or Excellent from me. BUT, the service/personal was terrible. Unbelievable. First of all we got an Internet-rate at starwood for 4 nights including breakfast for 2 every morning. As we checked the bill after 2 days we saw, that they charged us the breakfast for about USD 40.-- per Person! After a big complaint with "whenever/whatever", the didn't believe us first, lucky me, that I printed out the Rate description incl. breakfast!! At the end of our stay, we realised, that they still charged the breakfast for every day (4 x USD 40.-- x 2 Persons = USD 320.--) and realised, that our USD-Internet-Rate was changed into Mexican Pesos with a terrible exchange rate (about 20 % worser than in every bank in the area = about USD 200.-- more than normal). After complaining for about 30 minutes they got us the breakfast USD 320.-- back, but not a better exchange rate. At the end they charged my Diners Club-CreditCard with USD 102'032.-- instead of MXN 10'203.20 which is a huge difference. After that my Credit Card was blocked. After complaining the tried to fix the amount, but after waiting another 60 minutes I paid with Mastercard and told to Front Desk to fix it all, by the reason I had to go to the airport. 2 weeks later it wasn't still fixed. At home I realised, that they charged me not just twice (1 x Diners Club / 1 x Mastercard), but also one more time they charged me breakfast. I was very angry and have been complaining with starwood preferred guest and got it all fixed after a long time and got af few Bonus Points also. I wouldt believe it if I havent feel/seen it my own. Unbelievable!
How truly awful is this hotel? This is not a rhetorical question.
All the postings so far were pretty much the same as my findings...lots of beautiful people wearing black; silver bowls of green apples; sticks/twigs in vases; black/red decor; house music for breakfast. It's trendy as hell, and my room also had the neat shower hammock & three heads for a shower. It also had a great bed that was made for crawling in and falling apart. Room service was excellent (tortilla soup & shrimps in garlic sauce), and the food in the restaurant on the 2nd floor was great for breakfast (chilaquiles in green sauce & fresh fruit). Great views and location is awesome.
You have to be the right type of person to like this hotel. But, if modern, trendy, and vibrant fits you, then you--like me--will find the W Mexico City to be fantastic. The lobby--especially the bar area--is incredibly well-done. Sure, I sometimes felt like I didn't have on enough black to hang-out for too long. But, it is fun to stay at a place that is so fashionable that model shoots occur in the lobby-and they did during my visit. Certainly the real strength of the hotel is its location and design. Set in the posh Polanco district, the W provides a sophisticated retreat after exploring Mexico City's finest attractions. Words cannot describe the hammock in the bathroom--or the design of the shower for that matter. But, between the red walls and the jaw-dropping views of Mexico City, your room is sure to please. The concierge staff is great and so is the restaurant. In my opinion, the only true drawback is the lack of a "real" swimming pool. But, the W's other qualities certainly make up for that. If you want traditional luxury, stay at the 4 Seasons. But, if you want modern sophistication, stay at the W.
I cannot believe how amazingly professional and cool the people at The W in Mexico City are. The rooms are beautiful and the beds are extremely comfortable. I know the Whenever Whatever stuff gets old, but they really are there to please you. It got to the point where I asked where the metro was, and this guy not only walked me to it, but gave me two of his own tickets so I would not have to stand on line. He said people in the states were always so kind to him and he always wants to treat visitors to Mexico with similar kindness and generosity -- He would not let me give him a dime. Yeah, it's cool to have a hammock and a stereo, but what's really amazing is downstairs it's like a disco some nights (especially Thursdays) and they still check you in quickly and get you into your room right away. The bar atmosphere is hopping and might annoy those who are in for a quiet vacay, but otherwise it's a party on The L floor. The food is awesome, the drinks, very nice, and the people who hang out good and bad -- the usual. And it's right in the Polonco Dist. which is a very chic area. You're not roughing it here. All in all, I'd say they'd have to do a lot of bad to mess with me now. I cannot wait to go back. And remember, the beds, you'd kill to have a bed like that at home.
I stayed for 4 nights and had a really good time, until check-out. It's in a great location, a short walk from the Anthropological Museum, with some nice restarants nearby. The hotel is stylish, but in a way that will date quickly, and the design doesn't shown much attention to detail. Staff are nice, and reasonably helpful, and will work out good trips for you, if you don't mind paying hugely inflated rates. The rooms are nice, but not well maintained (chipped paintwork, stained carpets). The loo cubicle is so small you can't actually close the door; which was lucky as the sliding door kept getting jammed closed anyway.
I don't even know where to start, We checked into the hotel on a Thursday afternoon Feb 26th Very smooth checkin and we were lead to room 1802. Wow wow wow was my response to seeing the room. A great view of Polanco and a Hammock to lay in looking out at this great view!! Yes a full size Hammock in the shower which is a whole nother story Huge shower with shower head on the cieling pouring down on you plus 2 shower heads on a marble base shooting towards your body. Room was nice size with a small couch Huge TV and DVD player as well as CD player you can pick up DVD'S at the front desk. The bed was great tough to get out of but easy if you had a cup of coffee to go sit in your hammock. The Living room bar was off the hook every night as well as the Whiskey bar on the second floor. There was a line to get into the Living room on a Thrusday night at 8:30pm!!!! The Resturant was fantastic food great service great!! Only drawback of this hotel is the room to room noise every night at 3am we heard voices and a lot of noise coming from the room next to us. If you are there on business it will be tough to get a full nights rest. But if you are young and hip there is no other place for you to stay. One last thing my girlfriend spent the afternoon at the Away Spa and could not stop talking about it and how great everybody was. This hotel gets a double thumbs up!!!! Also there area that the hotel is in is very safe to walk around any time of the day but always be aware of your surroundings.
W Mexico City is the local shrine to minimalism: the rooms are painted red, the floors are white stone, and hanging across your bedroom is a hammack which looks a little too flimsy to trust yourself to. It is located right next to the JW Marriott on Campos Eliseos, a beautiful street in the posh area of Polanco. So far so good... Get ready for a bumpy ride.