Av. Javier Barros Sierra 540, Santa Fe, Mexico City
With incredible views of the Santa Fe "valley," in southern Mexico City, Westin Santa Fe offers a blend of tourist and business services that will suit either type of traveler to the city's financial district.
The Westin Santa Fe lobby, with its floor to ceiling windows casting rays of sunshine all around, is a peek into what you can expect in the rest of the hotel's layout. Yawning walls of glass, high ceilings, plenty of outdoor spaces—the combination of these elements gives this business hotel a leg up on attracting a wide range of travelers.
The modern luxury layout begins in the first floor Market restaurant, whose separate groupings of tables, chairs, and couches provide a relaxed atmosphere for enjoying lunch or a cocktail. There are five balconies that ring the dining room, four of which are intimately set for two with a table and chairs as well as outdoor couches and pillows to one end of a gas stove lit in the evenings for warmth. During the pandemic these spaces stay open later (11p.m.) so that guests can enjoy watching the twinkling on of the city lights while remaining socially distanced. The view that surrounds diners is what locals call the "valley," an undeveloped swath of federal land in the middle of Santa Fe's high rises and luxury homes. All that green is a sight for sore eyes in this hyper-urban part of the city.
If you get a Premium Suite on a corner you can enjoy that same view from two different angles, one of them lounging on a daybed set beneath the window. These suites are more than 500 square feet, with a modern décor that feels mid-century chic—none of the stuffiness of a regular business hotel. Bathrooms are large, with double sinks, bathtubs and rain showerheads. All rooms include robes, a lock box, a minibar (which for the time being is not being filled), a coffee machine (not in the rooms currently), an ironing board and iron, lots of closet space and a large TV. You can request a view facing the city or facing the valley and I recommend the valley, as it's a perspective you can't find in most hotels in Santa Fe.
Other rooms at Westin Santa Fe include the lower category Guest Rooms with a single-sided view of either the valley or the city and 377 square feet of space. Then you have the hotel's single, grandiose Master suite which combines a Junior Suite and an additional bedroom with a King-sized bed. The Master also has a living room and dining room, and one and half baths, the master bath with large tub, and lots of space. With a membership in Marriot's Bonvoy program you get a few extras in each category, things like late check-outs and free room upgrades.
The upstairs pool was closed during our pandemic-era visit, but normally it's a little slice of sunshine up above the trees. There is a small outdoor bar alongside it where, for the moment, Westin is serving its 5-course weekend brunch of Mexican specialty dishes—things like barbacoa and quesadillas de birria.
Next to the pool area is the Westin Club, a bar/diner area with one corner carved out for couches and a big-screen TV. Members of the Bonvoy Marriott program can stop in for a drink or snacks during the day free of charge. On this level there is also a massive gym, one of the larger ones I've seen for a hotel gym, with several rows of machines and weights.
Another feature that sets the Westin slightly apart from other business hotels in the is the array of conference and event spaces. The largest—with space for 1,200—is often combined with a beautiful balcony that overlooks the valley for weddings and large business events like the debut of the newest model of a luxury brand car. The space is set up in such a way that you could drive a vehicle right into the conference space to set up a show room. In addition, the hotel has another 11 meeting rooms that hold around 30 people each. There is a relatively dreary business center with a few stand up computer stations and a printer, but our guess it that mobile workers will want to take advantage of the bar, lounge or wine tasting areas which are much more bright and lively to set up and work.
The Westin Santa Fe's Heavenly Spa is considered one of the best in the city, with eight treatment rooms, three of them for couples. They have facials, massages and full body treatments—like a Mayan massage that uses 24-karat gold for its supposed anti-aging properties. All the treatments require an appointment. The facilities include a steam room, showers, locker rooms, a jacuzzi and an outdoor terrace. There's also a shop connected to the spa where you can not only buy the products used in the treatments but also other amenities you might find in your room like the robes or the pillows.
Santa Fe is Mexico City's main financial district and because of that there are few tourist attractions nearby unless you count shopping, which is everywhere in this part of the city. That said, the Westin could be used as a base for exploring the rest of the city or even some of the surrounding parks and natural areas. If you are a cyclist, you will find it easy to get to some beautiful scenery quickly from this area of the city.
The Westin Santa Fe is surprisingly cool for a business hotel, with well-designed and artistic spaces, lots of natural light and views that are unique in the city. With the addition of a swimming pool, top-notch spa and large gym during normal times without safety restrictions, we think that this hotel is comfortable for leisure travelers in a way some business hotels in the area just aren't. If you want the best of both worlds in this business suburb of Mexico City, Westin Santa Fe is a great choice in this area.
Web Address: Westin Santa Fe
Total Number of Rooms:259
Published rates: $126-329
Review and photos by Lydia Carey.