I just got back from four nights at Las Alcobas. It was my first visit to Mexico City and I spent a while figuring out the best hotel that would provide the best combination of a safe, convenient neighborhood, while also being fun and luxurious. Las Alcobas almost met all of that criteria, and provided an excellent base for a first visit to Mexico City.
The Polanco neighborhood, and in particular the section that Las Alcobas is in, is filled with boutiques and cafes and is really pleasant to walk around, not to mention exteremely safe feeling. There is a small park down the street, and the larger Chapultec (spelling?) city park is a short distance away, perfect for a run from the hotel. Many of the best restaurants in the city are in this neighborhood, so it was nice to be able to walk to and from dinner as well. That being said, we spent the afternoon walking around Roma and Condesa one day, and those areas definitely have a hipper younger feel.
Las Alcobas itself is a beautiful property. The quality of design and construciton is very high. The first floor lobby is a little dark and confined, and feels more like an upscale waiting room than a hotel lobby, but once you pass that point to the beautiful spiral staircase, and guest rooms everything is really stunning. The guestroom, while not large, was one of the most comfortable and well designed rooms I had been in recently. The bed faced floor to cieling glass windows, that have automatic curtains that can be controlled from the phone next to the bed. The bedding was all of the highest quality, and all of the furnishings were well thought out. Everything in the mini bar (aside from alcohol) is complimentary, and the complimentary continental breakfast and 'wake up' coffee and tea that were delivered daily were amazing touches. Windows are beyond double paned, and as such the guest rooms that faced the main street (currently a construciton zone) were virtually silent aside from a little noise from housekeeping in the morning. Our room was located accross from the fitness center which was decently equipped, but small and dark. I wish boutqiue hotels would put a little more effort into their gyms rather than jamming them into what would otherwise probably be a service room, but then again every time I was in the gym I was the only person using it...
Service was excellent, and the staff went out of their way to help us make reservations (change reservations), and plan excursions through the city. They will let you charge any cab ride to the room as well which is helpful, and none of the excursions or cars we booked through the hotel were exhorbitantly priced (we got a car service to take us around one day to sight see for about the equivalent of $15/ hour). The breakfast food was well presented, but just okay. Baked goods and yogurts were great, but every cooked egg dish seemed to be just a little off/ too cold, not enough seasoning, etc. The breakfast room, if you choose not to have breakfast served in room is very nice.
So, why only four stars? For a young couple, looking to take advantage of the exciting dining and nightlife of Mexico City, Las Alcobas fell a little flat. We would have loved to enjoy a great bar before and/or after dinner, or a great rooftop lounge that some of the Grupo Habita hotels (Condesa DF, Down Town hotel) have. With choosing Las Alcobas, you are certainly choosing one of the more luxurious (if not the most luxurious) hotel options in town, but it would be really great to have a fun common area, indoors and/or outdoors to hang out at the hotel if you didn't want to be in the room. Even the on site restaurant (Anatol) is not visibly connected from the lobby, it is accessed from the street, or via a small back entrance from behind the elevators. Even opening this up to the lobby and creating more of a lounge, bar atmosphere in the lobby would be an imporvement.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Designed to resemble a private residence, Las Alcobas, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Mexico City has unique features that lavishly exude warmth and comfort, hand-selected details to enhance and enliven your senses, and the calm serenity of being at ease in your environment. These are the ingredients for a refined experience at a hotel in Mexico City. For business and leisure travelers, our hotel's 35 guestrooms and suites reflect our commitment to quality and the highest level of attentive service imbued with unparalleled comfort with luxurious accommodations that await you in Mexico City in state of the arts guestrooms and exceptional bathrooms. Las Alcobas, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Mexico City is composed of both architectural as well as aesthetic exquisiteness, while simultaneously offering the utmost service with its symphonic melding of personalized amenities, including two restaurants, and complete attentiveness to its guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Las Alcobas Mexico Df Hotel Mexico City
- Las Alcobas Mexico City