The Grand Prix Returns to The Seductive Capital of Mexico City
Warm evenings, vibrant colors, buzzing streets and exceptional cuisine, Mexico City is an intoxicatingly diverse destination. The Mexicans are enthusiastic Grand Prix fans, making for an incredible atmosphere that extends well beyond the boundaries of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
Mexico City’s hotel scene is thriving. The Four Seasons is the most elegant option, located in the exclusive Polanco neighborhood with beautiful colonial-inspired interiors. As expected of the group, the service is impeccable and the Mexican restaurant, Zanaya is well renowned amongst locals and tourists whilst Il Becco serves gourmet Italian food. Fifty Mils provides a relaxing setting for cocktails, such as Bugs Bunny, a bright orange beverage made with carrot juice, Tanqueray gin and three-chile bitters. Ask the hotel’s staff for tips on the best street food and they will lead you to the tastiest tacos on Calle Burdeos. Round the corner is the towering JW Marriott hotel. With 42 floors, the hotel boasts some of the most breathtaking views of the city as well as one of the best restaurants in the area, Xanat that serves innovative Mexican cuisine made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. The St. Regis is similarly impressive, occupying 15 floors of a building designed by Argentinian architect, Cesar Pelli on Paseo de la Reforma. The Remede Spa is the real highlight here with panoramic views of city and a menu of unique, soothing therapies such as the lush flower foot therapy – perfect for the tired feet of F1 spectators. If you’re keen to be in the middle of the action, Hotel Grand Prix is a fifteen minute walk from the racetrack. Whilst not as opulent as the better known luxury hotel groups, the rooms here are modern and spacious, and the Monaco bar-restaurant serves a varied menu of Mexican and international cuisine.
The Polanco neighborhood isn’t just home to the city’s smartest hotels, but also the most exclusive restaurants. Pujol was named the best restaurant in Mexico City by Wall Street Journal and continues to delight gourmands under the expert leadership of head chef, Enrique Olvera. The kitchen is strict about using market ingredients and constantly recreates traditional favorites such as tacos filled with suckling lamb and avocado puree. Quintal is another hot spot in the neighborhood, loved for its homely atmosphere and artistic presentation of dishes. The tasting menu is seasonal with nine courses including intriguing inventions such as charred avocado tartare with Mexican herb chips and cactus sorbet. Contramar is a popular lunch time spot amongst fashionable locals who come for the people as much as the food, which is simple but delicious. If you’re looking for a romantic setting, Romita Comedor occupies the top two levels of an early-20th-century mansion on Álvaro Obregón. The space is enchanting with a retractable glass roof, though the food isn’t quite up to the standards of the other gourmet restaurants in town.
At the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Amber Lounge offers the most exclusive experience for spectators. It’s the first year Amber Lounge will host hospitality in Mexico City bringing a new level of glamour to the seductive metropolis. On Friday, catch the Amber Lounge Fashion show sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue and featuring international models and F1 drivers. There will also be a silent auction and a fashion after party with unlimited champagne and live music. The legendary “Girls Night Out” party takes place on Saturday before the colossal closing party on Sunday with a star studded guest list gathering to celebrate the weekend’s triumphs.
If you decide to stay on after the Grand Prix mayhem, escape to the Mexico’s Pacific coast. The most glorious stretch of sand is Punta Mita on the north end of Banderas Bay. A luxury resort in its own right with a gold course, exclusive hotels and villas, Punta Mita is a quiet corner of paradise. Or else, closer to the city, Teotihuacan is the site of many of the most architecturally important Mesoamerican pyramids and well worth a visit.