MARQUIS REFORMA HOTEL & SPA
Best spa in the D.F.
AMAZING AMENITY: The Marquis Reforma’s biggest highlight is the Spa Marquis. Between the hydrotherapy tub, the Swiss shower (which is like walking through a luxurious car wash) and a vast array of treatments (including a magnetic massage to rid you of “electromagnetic pollution”), this is not a place where you’ll struggle to pamper yourself.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND JUST OUTSIDE: The hotel sits on Mexico City’s trendy Paseo de la Reforma, within walking distance of two of the city’s most beautiful locales: the Palace of Fine Arts, which houses murals by David Alfaro Siqueiros and Diego Rivera, and Chapultepec, one of the largest city parks in the Americas. For the retail-minded, the swish shops of Plaza La Rosa are also nearby.
HOT DISH: Japanese and Mexican cuisines may not seem like an obvious pairing, but chefs Masayuki Niikura and Angel Carbajal put their toques together to create Nick-San, which has six locations in Mexico, including one at the Reforma. Standout dishes include the tuna tostada, yellowfin tuna belly served on a rice cracker tostada, and sashimi serranito, served with a serrano chile sauce.
DESIGN NOTES: The aesthetic here amounts to a kind of colorized, streamlined Art Deco. On your way into the lobby, you pass a tall archway and a dramatic statue of Aztec warriors reaching for the skies. The sweeping marble staircase is a stunner, and the perfect place to run into a celebrity (Sting, Elton John and Salma Hayek have stayed here)