Distrito Capital: Modernist Design in Mexico City's Santa Fe Neighborhood
The 2009 opening of Distrito Capital, one of several properties in the Mexican capital owned by boutique hotel trendsetters Grupo Habita, was a welcome addition to the business-oriented neighborhood of Santa Fe. Though the area has a number of hotels, Distrito Capital both literally and figuratively towers above them all. The minimalist boutique property is located inside a skyscraper and offers sleek, quiet rooms with modernist design sensibilities. While the color palette is predominantly black and white, large windows let in plenty of natural light, and oversize light fixtures cast a soft glow on the rooms, some of which have soaking tubs. The open-air pool and the lounge, both found on the lobby level, are excellent places to unwind.
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It's hard to believe that Santa Fe was once home to a massive landfill, since it's been redeveloped as one of Mexico City's most exclusive business zones and is now full of soaring skyscrapers housing titans of industry and commerce. If the area seems different from the rest of the capital, there's good reason: Santa Fe is one of the city's newest neighborhoods, characterized by contemporary architecture and design rather than the pre-colonial and colonial structures found in other areas of the city. The neighborhood tends to attract business travelers more than leisure visitors, so many of the restaurants and services are grouped around the major hotels.
Need to Know
Rooms: 30 rooms, starting at $140. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: 1 p.m. Dining options: The hotel has an unnamed restaurant on-site serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner; fare is contemporary Mexican, with the menu designed by chef Rodrigo Moreno. Spa and gym details: While there is no spa facility, in-room massages can be arranged on request. An on-site gym is available for all guests.
Who's it for: Travelers on business in the neighborhood of Santa Fe. Our favorite rooms: Corner suites feature a king-size bed, work station, oversized bathtub, and incredible views of the city. The Royal Suite takes amenities up a notch, with a fireplace and individual exercise area included. Getting around: Santa Fe is ideal for business, but it's not central to many of the city's top attractions. The front desk can arrange a private car service, if required.