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Beyond the Beach

By Becca Hensley | March 7, 2016 | Articles

Put aside your visions of sugary beaches: Mexico City isn’t a flashy resort—it’s a life force. This melting pot of cultures combines European heritage and indigenous roots to parlay one of the world’s most soulful urban spheres. The largest city in the Western Hemisphere, this culinary hot spot also has four UNESCO sites, museums galore (around 150) and an art scene that grips your heart. Nightlife reigns, with mezcal being the hip spirit of choice. Don’t leave without indulging in hot chocolate and churros, making a visit to the Frida Kahlo Museum and having a meal at Enrique Olvera’s award-winning Pujol. To root into the city’s chic beat, snooze at the Polanco-sited W Mexico City, a Starwoood Hotels & Resort, which has just received a stunning Masquerade-inspired renovation by New York-based designer Anurag Nema of Nemaworkshop in partnership with Starwood’s own award-winning design team. The 237 rooms and common areas reinterpret Mexico’s immense diversity and run the gamut between Lucha Libre wrestler culture and Adelita, heroines of the Mexican Revolution. Most anticipated perhaps is J BY JOSÉ ANDRÉS, a sleek restaurant with Spanish-meets-Mexican gastronomic influences. Head to the Living Room bar and don’t miss a stop in at its unisex bathrooms, which host—wait for it—a hidden tequila bar. Overnight rates from $189, @wmexicocity



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