Just Got Back: Mexico City

Whitney Norris, ALTOUR Marketing Manager

Where did you Just Get Back from? Mexico City

When were you in Mexico City? February 2016

Words to describe what you felt when you first arrived: Exhilarated, and pleasantly surprised. I had an idea of what Mexico City would be like before I arrived, but was completely surprised and blown away. This bohemian city is unsurprisingly rich in culture, but the people are really what make it. They are some of the nicest and most accommodating people I’ve met while traveling.

Where did you stay? The St. Regis. It’s in the perfect location, overlooking the Paseo de la Reforma. The property is stunning, with a pool overlooking the city. Go at sunset to catch the best views. There are also multiple restaurants and bars on the property, some even with al fresco dining. I highly recommend the J&G Grill, which was phenomenal, and features unique dishes from Chef Olivier Desboise Mendez. Be sure to grab a ginger margarita and enjoy it on the terrace.

With whom would you recommend staying at this hotel / resort? The property is very cosmopolitan, yet family and pet friendly.

Tempt us- Name the most special place you discovered on this trip:

It’s hard to narrow down to one…

  • The Frida Kahlo Museum is a must. Not only is it fascinating to catch a glimpse into the artist’s life, but the property itself is beautiful. There’s also currently a fashion exhibit at the museum, which features some of the artist’s most famous clothing designs.
  • There are tons of artist markets and finds, with beautifully handcrafted fabrics. I wanted all of them!
  • If you can’t make it all the way to Oaxaca, there are many mezcalerias to experience around the city. My favorite was a hidden gem right on Avenida Alvaro Obregon, called El Palenquito. Everything is handcrafted in the hole-in-the-wall spot, and the employees are mezcal experts with great recommendations if you don’t know what you’re doing…which we didn’t.

What’s the best time of year to go in your opinion? Late winter / early spring was perfect. It was sunny and warm during the day, and just a bit of a chill at night. It was great weather for exploring the city. We unknowingly timed our trip perfectly — we were in town at the same time as Pope Francis, and even got to see him as he made his way down the Paseo de la Reforma!

Anything else to add? Go now! Additionally, make sure you have enough time to explore. Mexico City is huge, and there’s so much to see. We were lucky enough to move around and have the chance to experience different neighborhoods: La Condesa, Reforma, Polanco, etc. Each neighborhood is so different and has much to offer. The food was phenomenal, the people were fabulous, and it’s just stunning. I can’t recommend it enough!

If you’re interested in traveling to Mexico City, contact ALTOUR at contactus@altour.com, and we’ll put you in touch with one of our experts.