By Lisa Loverro

In the heart of Mexico City's sophisticated neighborhood known as Polanco, Las Alcobas is an intimate boutique hotel that exemplifies the attitude of the posh Presidente Masaryk Avenue on which it resides (think Rodeo Drive). The hotel offers you a home away from home, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of this expansive city. The hotel is quite literally a contemporary work of art fusing together a palate of lush textures and warm colors creating a visual feast for the eyes.

The interiors are sleek and modern and masterfully designed thanks to the North American design team of Yabu Pushelberg. There are just 35 guestrooms here, all with custom made rosewood furniture, marble baths (complete with luxury rain showers and whirlpool tubs), goose down bedding and a state-of-the-art electronic system that will operate everything from the room's lighting to the curtains. The rooms and suites range from an Executive Suite to their magnificent Presidential Suite with a wrap-around, landscaped terrace and indoor-outdoor fireplace. Complimentary amenities in all rooms include locally hand-made body soaps, Internet access and a fully stocked mini bar and refrigerator. The Spa at the hotel, Aurora, is small but offers an extensive treatment menu from facials and massages to body treatments (be sure to try their Nourish Scrub Wrap). But perhaps the real gem here is the warm Mexican hospitality you will feel the minute you arrive. While we've all had to maneuver around a language barrier when traveling, the primarily English-speaking staff made it quick and easy for me to check in. And when realizing my computer was left behind in my car transfer they quickly tracked down my driver to ensure it was promptly returned to me, a testament to the meticulously well-trained staff. The main focal point of the lobby is its seven-floor spiral wood staircase that winds through the middle of the hotel. It immediately captures your attention upon arrival yet seamlessly blends into the warm earth tones and peaceful environment of the reception area, which also includes geometric carpeting and nude paintings. The hotel's upscale dining option, Anatol, offers a wide variety of farm-to-table dishes under the direction of Executive Chef Justin Ermini, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America with stints at numerous Michelin starred restaurants including NYC's Jean George.

Although the hotel caters to a primarily business crowd, the leisure visitor will benefit from its prime location to some of Mexico's City highly acclaimed museums and restaurants. Las Alcobas provides the perfect antidote to those seeking upscale amenities in an intimate boutique setting.

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