Searching for the best hotels in the Santa Fe suburb of Mexico City isn’t easy. First, you’ve got a city across the border to the north that has the same name and is in a state that just has “new” in front of it. Plus most of the booking sites just lump this office park and shopping area in with the capital itself, making it even tougher to figure out what is located where.
We’ve done the filtering for you though since our associate editor Lydia lives in Mexico City and recently spent a few days in the Santa Fe area checking out the lodging scene there. This wasn’t anything like a vacation for her here–you first have to understand that Santa Fe Mexico City is a purpose-built suburb meant to resemble office park ones like you would see in the USA. There are corporate headquarters, company campuses, high-rise apartments, and giant shopping malls. It’s a place to work and spend money, not a place to get a feel for Mexican culture or history. (If you have a flight in or out of Toluca though, this can get you closer than staying in the center.)
As you’d expect in this kind of setting, most of the Santa Fe CDMX hotels are big chain brands you recognize. If there’s a certain loyalty program you’re trying to earn points for, there’s a good chance you’ll find a logo that fits. We wanted to highlight the best hotels in Santa Fe though, so we spent time sorting that out and then reviewing them in detail.
Westin Santa Fe – Mexico City
The Westin Brand isn’t at the top of the heap for Marriott–that would be Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott–but you won’t find the former many places in Mexico and the JW Marriott Mexico City is in the Polanco area, near the W. This Westin in Santa Fe plays to the business crowd as expected, but it’s a well-designed property with attractive public areas and great views through its walls of glass. Some of those views are of a forested area with lots of greenery, a nice break from the urban sprawl defining most of this area.
Marriott loyalty members with the right status can upgrade to the club floor with a private lounge. Regardless of status, it’s worth upgrading to a corner suite here to get more space and views in two directions.
A few of the many draws here include one of the best spas in the city, one of the best-equipped gyms, a swimming pool, and an array of places to lounge, eat, or grab a drink.
See our full review of the Westin Santa Fe
Presidente Intercontinental Santa Fe Mexico City
Intercontinental is the top international brand in the IHG Hotels portfolio and it has a long history of catering to international leisure and business travelers. While some of those have been around for decades, this one is a new-build high-rise that’s unabashedly urban.
The hotel’s rooms have a slick urban vibe with some stunning views of the Santa Fe Skyline replete with skyscrapers. Day and night, if you like cityscapes you will love the view from the floor to ceiling picture windows. The décor is the classic gray, black, and white of today’s urban hotel palette. Fluffy white duvet-covered beds, angular yet soft gray couches, and well-made wooden furniture give the spaces a clean, modern look without much fuss.
This top luxury hotel is an especially good choice for those who put dining at the top of their priority list. In normal times, the main restaurant gets high marks from guests and the first-floor lobby connects to a coffee shop, a wine shop, and a seafood bar. Our correspondent also had high praise for the room service options: “The menu is a step above regular hotel fare — I had a gourmet Wagyu hamburger and heavenly cream of tomato soup, as well as delicious lamb chops over mashed potatoes and grilled veggies.”
With both of the best Santa Fe Mexico City hotels, services are understandably limited while vaccinations roll out and there’s a long list of hygiene practices in place. Be aware that some outlets may not be open and that the gym requires an appointment to keep crowd sizes down.
See our full review of Presidente Intercontinental Santa Fe in Mexico City.