Where to Stay in Polanco

Polanco is the “Beverly Hills of Mexico City!”  That’s exactly how I felt as I walked its busy streets, filled with cheerful farmer’s markets, high-end shopping, & glamorous restaurants & bars.  This is a swanky area: & the next time I’m in town, it’s where I’ll stay, for two reasons: 1) Because it’s one of the city’s safest neighborhoods, & 2) It has SO many good restaurants & nightlife, right at your doorstep!  Here, I’ve narrowed down the area’s best hotels to five top choices, to answer the question: “Where to Stay in Polanco.”

La Unica, Where to Stay in Mexico City's Polanco, Girl Who Travels the World

La Unica was by FAR my favorite dining experience in Mexico City. And many of these Polanco hotels put you in walking distance to it….

Map of Great Polanco Hotels

Mexico City International Airport

The Wild Oscar

JW Marriott Mexico City

Intercontinental Presidente

Casa Polanco

W Mexico City

La Unica (GREAT Restaurant!)

Overview of Great Hotels in Polanco

Five of Polanco’s top hotels are listed below….& they run the gamut from small, boutique hotels like Casa Polanco ~ to larger chains like the JW Marriott Mexico City.

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Intimate Casa Polanco Boutique Hotel is great for a romantic getaway…

  1. Casa Polanco Hotel Boutique ($559+/night) = Intimate, 11-Room Boutique Hotel with Top-Notch Service: This is the smallest hotel on the list, with extremely personal service.  Great for couples & romantic getaways.  Hidden behind high walls, overlooking Parque Lincoln: this is one of the most tranquil places to stay in the city.  They offer afternoon tea, cocktails, & you can even enjoy a romantic, private dinner on your terrace ~ which is why this is my top choice for couples.  It’s also the closest hotel to La Unica + many other amazing restaurants!
  2. Intercontinental Presidente Mexico City ($201+/night) = Massive High-Rise with the Largest Wine Cellar in Latin America!  Whereas Casa Polanco has only 11 rooms, the Intercontinental boasts 700 rooms~ on 42 floors, making it one of the biggest hotels in the city….& popular with business travelers. Rooms are luxurious & modern, the hotel has several good restaurants, & you’re also walkable to the city’s best shopping & nightlife.  At around $200/night, this is one of the best values for the price in Polanco!
  3. W Mexico City ($355+/night) = Trendy High-Rise with Great Restaurants & Nightlife in the Hotel: If you want a hotel where the nightlife is in the hotel: stay at the W.  Whether you’re a solo traveler looking to meet people, or on a girl’s getaway: you’ll be able to meet people here!  Check out their Living Room Bar, which offers cocktails + live DJ’s.  For a more refined evening: head to their airy terrace restaurant, Trivvu.  Or, try out Mexican food at 25DOS…which also offers breakfast too.  Lots of options!
  4. The Wild Oscar ($224+/night) = Sophisticated Boutique Hotel with Refined Rooms + Chic Restaurant. This place has C-H-A-R-A-C-T-E-R galore!!  And it’s got a reasonable price-point for such a fashionable neighborhood, + their richly-decorated rooms are somy of my favorites.  Sophisticated travelers will love staying here, & it’s great for many categories: business & solo travelers, as well as couples.
  5. JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City ($315+/night): Great VALUE in Polanco + Newly-Renovated with Beautiful Decor & Restaurants:  It’s always good to have a freshly-renovated hotel on the list: & as of a month ago, renovations here are about 95% complete.  Concerts, museums, & great restaurants are all within easy walking distance ~ or simply enjoy the restaurants in-hotel.  Their great outdoor pool will be enjoyed by kids & adults alike, & indeed: this is one of the best hotels for a family vacation in Mexico City.

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Sophisticated rooms at Casa Polanco Boutique Hotel.

“We are world travelers & try to stay at luxury boutique hotels wherever we are.  Casa Polanco is at the top of our experiences.  Beautiful, quaint, immaculate & service like you’re royalty. Love this hotel.”


– Patti Dillon

Most Modern Hotels in Polanco

The W Mexico City & the JW Marriott are both part of larger, international chains ~ but it doesn’t mean they aren’t great places to stay in Polanco.  They both offer large rooms, modern bathrooms (some with killer city views), & rooftop pools & bars where you’ll be able to mingle with other well-heeled out-of-town’ers.

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Bathrooms with VIEWS…at the W Mexico City.

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Sleek & modern at the W, a great place for people looking to socialize.

Great for solo travelers & those looking for nightlife in-house!  Check prices at The W Mexico City.

Where to Stay in Polanco, Girl Who Travels the World

The JW has recently finished renovations: & their new lobby & restaurants are GORGEOUS.

Best Hotels in Mexico City's Polanco, Girl Who Travels the World

Enjoy city views at their rooftop pool…

“Absolutely fantastic hotel! I’ve been coming to the JW Mexico City for years & this newly-renovated hotel is fabulous. Service & location are unbeatable. Quiet, reliable, & easy to reach from the airport (roughly 20-45 minutes by Uber). Their renovated restaurant & lobby bar are stunning, & I love the pool & spa. I felt absolutely safe walking around Polanco to nearby cafes & restaurants.”


– Tim Neil

Best Values in Polanco

Getting a hotel around $200/night is about as cheap as it gets in Polanco.  And you can still get a great room & ambience at this price-point.  The Intercontinental Presidente ($201+) offers more rooms, & a slightly more “chain” feeling ~ while The Wild Oscar ($224+) gives you plenty of sophistication & character in a boutique atmosphere….named after Irish poet, Oscar Wilde.

Where to Stay in Polanco, Girl Who Travels the World

The Intercontinental Presidente offers room service, several restaurants, & is pet-friendly!

Check prices at the Intercontinental Presidente Mexico City.

Wild Oscar, Where to Stay in Polanco, Girl Who Travels the World

Sophisticated chic at the Wild Oscar.

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The Wild Oscar Hotel gives you a little more quirk & character than the larger, chain hotels….


“Really wonderful service at The Wild Oscar.  Tony in the restaurant remembered how I took my tea every morning, & how my husband took his coffee without asking.  Alex at the front desk was also lovely.  Wonderful location, comfy bed.  I felt very safe here.  Service is 5/5.”


– Jennifer S.

Best Hotels in Polanco in Mexico City

For more reading on Mexico City, check out some of the city’s best parks.  Or is you’re into hiking, read about the amazing hike we did to the hilltop ruins of Tepoztlan

xoxo Noelia

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