Design Notes Everything but the 1931 Art Deco framework is brand new here, following a 16-month,
$3 million renovation. Reopened this January, the interior is done up in understated grays and plums. Much of the decor calls to mind the geometric angularity and metallic shininess of the hotel’s Art Deco heyday—beveled
mirrors, cut-out steel partitions—but you’ll also find contemporary design touches, such as furnishings covered in velvety silver manta ray skin.
Room with a View The balcony of room 303 looks out onto a calming living wall of succulents with playful names like burro’s tails, hens and chicks, and panda plants. Living (or green) walls are increasingly popular in this metropolis of 21 million people. In fact, they’re a pet project of Secretary of the Environment Tanya Müller García, who recently reported that three feet of green wall can produce enough oxygen to sustain one person for an entire year.
What You’ll Find Just Outside The bohemian Condesa district was developed in the 1920s on land that once held the horseracing track that gave the hotel its name. Instead of razing the hipódromo, city planners repurposed it in a clever way: The oval track became the vibrant Avenida Amsterdam; the field in the center, the Parque México, one of the capital’s loveliest urban green spaces.