In 2016 Mexico City ceased to be called the Federal District (Distrito Federal) and is now a formal state with more autonomy. It’s the country’s largest city and Mexico’s most important political, cultural, educational and financial center. In Spanish you’ll see it written out as CDMX, a brisk acronym that reflects its modern, dynamic image.
Mornings and nights may get cold, especially during winter. The average temperature is 61° F (21º C).
The Mexico City International Airport (MEX) receives nonstop flights from Atlanta; Bogota; Boston; Buenos Aires; Caracas; Charlotte; Chicago; Ciudad de Guatemala; Dallas; Denver; Detroit; Fresno; Fort Lauderdale; Houston; La Habana; Laredo; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Lima; McAllen; Medellin; Miami; Minneapolis; Montreal; Newark; Nueva York; Oakland; Orange Country; Orlando; Panama; Phoenix; Quito; Sacramento; Salt Lake City; San Antonio; San Diego; San Francisco; San Jose (Costa Rica); San José (California); San Pedro Sula; San Salvador; Santiago de Chile; Sao Paulo; and Washington D. C. The Toluca International Airport (AIT) is about an hour from Mexico City and 25 minutes from Santa Fe, receiving nonstop flights from Las Vegas, San Antonio or Memphis.
Literally attached to the Airport by a covered pedestrian bridge, the five-star, 600-room Camino Real Aeropuerto has meeting space for small groups of up to 12 people, and the business-class Courtyard by Marriott Mexico City Airport, has 288 rooms and 5,263 ft² (485 m²) of meeting space.
Hotels around Insurgentes are chosen for their proximity to the World Trade Center, with several five star options such as the 310-room Crowne Plaza – Hotel de Mexico, with over 17,800 ft² (1,654 m²) of meeting space; and the 188-room Holiday Inn Trade Center, with two meeting rooms for a total of 6,253.7 ft² (581 m²). Mexico City is projected to add on 1,500 new hotel rooms, among them, the new Hotel Isaaya, a five-star property with 26 luxury suites minutes from the World Trade Center.
Polanco is home to three of the area’s largest hotels, including the landmark Hyatt Regency Mexico City, with 755 rooms and 37,000 ft² (3,438 m²) of event space; the Hotel Camino Real Polanco Mexico with 712 rooms and meeting space for up to 1,700 people; and the Presidente InterContinental Mexico City, has 700 rooms and facilities for up to 1,200 people. The W Mexico City has 237 guest rooms and nine meeting studios totaling 7,700 ft² (715 m²)
The Reforma-Centro area includes the Five-Diamond Four Seasons with 240 deluxe rooms and suites and event/meeting space for up to 320 guests; the 456-room Four-Diamond Hilton Mexico City Reforma with a two-story Convention Center with capacity for 5,000 people; and the Four-Diamond Krystal Grand Reforma Uno, with 489 rooms and suites and space for events of up to 800 people. The 189-room and suite St. Regis offers over 17,000 ft² (1,580 m²) of space. The recently remodeled NH Collection Mexico City Reforma has 306 rooms and 10 fully equipped meeting and event rooms.
In Santa Fe, the Hilton Garden Inn Mexico City Santa Fe is expected to open with 189-room hotel late 2017 as part of the first dual-branded Hilton property in Mexico. The 172-room DoubleTree by Hilton Mexico City Santa Fe, the other half of the development, opened earlier this year. The Santa Fe Holiday Inn Full Service has 270 rooms and event space for up to 500 people and the 260-room Hilton Santa Fe Mexico City has meeting space for 700 people. Within walking distance of the convention center, the luxurious Westin Santa Fe Mexico City offers 259 rooms and suites and over 12,000 ft² (1,115 m²) of meeting space. The Five-Diamond JW Marriott Mexico City Santa Fe has 221 rooms and suites and 11,184 ft² (1,039 m²) of modern meeting space, while the adults-only Live Aqua Mexico City has 135 rooms and flexible event space for up to 1,000.
The World Trade Center hosts over 1,300 events yearly with 138,208 ft² (12,840 m²) of expo space and 128,661 ft² (11,953 m²) of meetings and convention space; Expo Reforma has 15,393 ft² (1,430 m²) of expo space and 78,791 ft² (7,320 m²) of meetings and convention space; Centro Banamex welcomes nearly 800 events every year with 369,019 ft² (34,283 m²) of expo space and 75,347 ft² (7,000 m²) of meetings and convention space for groups of up to 10,000; and Expo Bancomer Santa Fe has 60,277 ft² (5,600 m²) of meetings and convention space and 403,915 ft² (37,525 m²) of expo space. Meanwhile, the Blackberry Auditorium has 15,091 ft² (1,402 m²) of expo, meetings and convention space.
In 2016, Mexico City hosted first-ever NFL Monday Night Football game to be played outside the US (November), as well as seeing the return for the second year of the Formula One Mexican Grand Prix (October) )—a huge boon for incentive group planners and a feat that will be repeated in 2017.The city itself offers a wealth of museums, parks, cultural activities, shopping, and much more, with a Historic Center busy with shops, cafés, bookstores and restaurants. For shopping, nothing beats Avenida Masaryk in Polanco; for a gourmet scene, visit trendy Condesa and Roma Norte.
Coming Up: Sofitel began construction on the five-star Sofitel Mexico Reforma, with 290 rooms and suites, plus meeting rooms, and more, with an expected opening date of 2018. The Ritz-Carlton announced plans to open its first hotel in Mexico City by 2019; the 153-room hotel will be part of the Chapultepec Uno mixed use project and will have 58 floors and 1.1 million ft² (102,193 m²) of space.