The St. Regis in Mexico City officially opened late last year, but it took us a while to act on that because we were caught by surprise. After all, the Ritz-Carlton there that was announced in 2007 never materialized (we hear it’s going to be an office building now) and Las Alcobas took a year after the lobby furniture arrived to start welcoming guests.

The St. Regis is for real though, as witnessed by the newest correspondent to grace our pages, Jim Johnston. He’s the author of Mexico City: an Opinionated Guide for the Curious Traveler. He’s also an artist, which made him a good choice to check out this sleek and suave hotel. The photos may remind you a bit of the interiors at Las Alcobas and no wonder—the two newest luxe hotels in the D.F. share the same design firm, Yabu Pushelberg.

“The interiors…are an eclectic mix of styles that recall everything from lacy Arabic scrollwork, to 1950’s Miami beach retro, to intricate Florentine tapestry designs. Floor to ceiling glass walls take full advantage of the urban landscape outside. It’s elegant but casual, serious but fun.”

The amenities are certainly serious though, giving the Four Seasons Mexico some serious competition. There are high-tech ones, like a TV in the bathroom mirror, and high-touch ones, like a butler on each floor.

It’s safe to say that road warriors who want to stay here to rack up some Starwood frequent guest points certainly won’t be making any sacrifices as a result. This big chain business hotel rivals the top competitors in town mentioned above and is a clear cut above the next tier of chain hotels led by the J.W. Marriott.

See our full review of St. Regis Mexico City.