Inside Mexico City’s New Casa Polanco Boutique Hotel – Robb Report

For many travelers and locals, Polanco de Mexico is an easy choice for the preferred neighborhood. Located near Chapultepec Park and the main thoroughfare Paseo de la Reforma, the leafy neighborhood is home to upscale boutiques, diverse restaurants, intimate parks, and quiet side streets lined with elegant historic homes and apartment buildings. apartments. These are the streets that real estate investor and developer Octavio Aguilar, a Polanco resident for 25 years, travels to scout for his next project. Since the early 2000s, Aguilar has sought out buildings that have been historically designated (meaning they cannot be demolished) and then, as he puts it, “buys them and protects them” by remodeling them and restoring them to their original glory, then finding them a new purpose; many have been transformed into offices or shops, for example.

So when Aguilar learned that a stunning 1940s private home facing Lincoln Park — built in what was called the “California” style (with many Spanish Colonial Revival elements) — might be available, he worked hard to make sure the then owner felt comfortable that he would put it in good hands, as the place had only had two owners during his lifetime. Once it was purchased, Aguilar’s team worked to “bring it back to its original days – a lot had been added over the years – and bring it back to life”.

During the three and a half year process, there were some thoughts about what this exceptional space could become; at one point there was talk of renting it from the Danish embassy. “But suddenly I thought it should be a place where people can stay,” says Aguilar. “It has to be a place where people can come and have the Polanco experience.” And so, Casa Polanco was born.

The facade of the historic mansion

Casa Polanco

“It’s more of a passion project than a business,” Aguilar says of the 19-room boutique hotel, which is slated to open June 1. “I wanted to have this place in our family. There is no other place in town that can give you that sense of belonging.” Indeed, Aguilar’s passion for architecture, art, and design — and his life of travel — have fueled every part of the hotel, from the selection of handmade California mattresses and a incredible green-hued marble for the entrance to world-class art and photography found throughout the bedrooms and public areas, many from Aguilar’s private collection Furnishings include custom-made pieces by the award-winning industrial designer Hector Esrawe, famed cabinetmaker Alfonso Marina, and mother-daughter interior design duo Monica Romo and Monica Novelo.”I didn’t want anything from hotel suppliers,” Aguilar notes. for houses.”

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The library has an all-day honor bar.

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Not having operated a hotel before, Aguilar called on the expertise of Hammock Hotels, which runs luxury boutiques across Mexico, to bring its vision to life. The mandate for everyone involved, however, was that the place should feel like a private home. To this end, there is no traditional restaurant open to the public; instead, celebrity chef Martha Brockman (who studied with Julia Child and runs the Mandolin restaurant just across from the park) has created an all-day menu that hotel guests can enjoy anywhere, from the rooftop terraces to the downstairs conservatory. Rates include a hearty breakfast with hot and cold items – “and you can come down in your bathrobe to enjoy it”, staff quickly note – as well as a late afternoon tea hour with snacks, teas and wine. The beautiful library is filled with an honor bar for when you want an after-dinner tequila, and in the morning a carafe of coffee or tea and a few treats are left outside your door as a “revelation” before breakfast. to eat lunch. Taken together, this gives Casa Polanco a real private club feel, like you’re inside the best secret hotel in town.

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The Lincoln Park Suite

Casa Polanco

Rooms are split between the original mansion and a seamless contemporary addition, and vary in size and views, but all have comforts like 600-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, Bang & Olufsen sound systems, walk-in showers, rain effect, Nespresso machines, bespoke bath products by high-end perfumer Xinú, and a free minibar with chef-made drinks and snacks that is replenished daily. Top options include the Lincoln Park Suite, which has a large furnished terrace overlooking the park.

The team can also organize private excursions and VIP experiences around the city (partnerships are being finalized) and can arrange private yoga and Pilates sessions at the hotel and massages in the spa cabin on the roof via an excellent local provider. Guests can even browse a selection of neighborhood restaurant menus to order a meal, which staff will then pick up, plate, and serve wherever you choose, just like staying at a friend’s house. Rates start at $558, including breakfast, tea time, and minibar.

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