A hot culinary scene, a new wave of design-oriented boutique hotels and a blend of iconic art and architecture, along with contemporary art museums are putting Mexico City at the top of every traveler’s list for 2016. With off-season rates, affordable flights and hotel packages and average temperatures in the 70s, this winter season is the perfect time to get away for a weekend of Mexico City art, culture, cuisine and more, for less.
Here are a few of the ways you can save on your bucket list trip to Mexico City this season:
Flights to Mexico City from North American destinations are at an all-time low in the winter, with fares available at almost half the price of peak season prices. Carriers such as United Airlines, Aeromexico and JetBlue are offering nonstop flights under $300 roundtrip – with fares starting as low as $200 – from major hubs in the U.S. including Houston, Dallas, Miami, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Chicago.
Four Seasons Hotel Mexico, D.F. – Take an extended weekend getaway at the newly renovated Four Seasons Hotel Mexico, D.F. and enjoy the third night free when you book two nights through March 31, 2016. Travelers can find weekend rates as low as $525 plus tax per night and enjoy the refreshed look of the $14 million renovation completed this year. To book, visit fourseasons.com/mexico.
Las Alcobas – This posh private residence turned 35-room property is offering a “Retreat Package” this winter for a reduced room rate of $383/night plus taxes for a minimum stay of three nights in a Deluxe room, plus exclusive added perks such as two 60-minute massages and a full Mexican breakfast daily. To book, visit lasalcobas.com.
What to Do and See in 2016
Hot on the Culinary Scene – It’s no secret that Mexico City has been enjoying a culinary renaissance. This year, eight restaurants were named to the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2015 by San Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, such as number six Quintonil and number nine on the list, the famed Pujol. In October, the executive chef behind Nicos, a landmark restaurant serving traditional Mexican-style cuisine for more than 50 years and another 50 Best Latin American Restaurant, opened his latest venture, Fonda Mayora. And, a host of sophisticated mixology bars and speakeasies are putting a Mexican spin on Prohibition era cocktails such as the latest Xaman and Hanky Panky, slated to open by 2016.
Art & Design Trends from Mexico City – A class of artists and designers have been transforming Mexico City into an international design hub. Young designers are redefining what Mexican-made means, such as the trio behind furniture design shop La Metropolitana. New galleries and museums are making Mexico City a treasure trove for contemporary art, with staples on the scene such as Kurimanzutto, along with newcomers who are cementing the destination as one for culture seekers, like LABOR Gallery and House of Gaga. And, trendy boutique hotels are also popping up like the newly opened Hotel Carlota and art deco inspired Hippodrome Hotel in the trendy Condesa neighborhood.
Mexico City is the country’s premier tourism destination, welcoming more than 12.5 million visitors a year. The ancient capital offers a vibrant, contemporary culture that combines pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern influences that span nearly seven centuries. With more than 150 museums and more than 180 galleries, 30 distinct archaeological and historic sites, the city is a mecca of fine art and treasures that speak to its vast history. The Mexico City Tourism Promotion Fund (Fondo Mixto de Promocion Turistica del Distrito Federal) supports and enhances city tourism.