This five-star hotel rises 26 stories above an exclusive, upscale district in Mexico. As one of the most iconic destinations in the country, the hotel attracts wealthy families, politicians, celebrities, and business elite. Originally constructed in the 1980s, the hotel was in need of a makeover and luxurious aesthetics were essential.
The area’s Aztec ruins served as the design inspiration for the renovation. Custom fixtures, artwork, fabrics, and even the carpet, bring to life Aztec society with a modern Mexican twist.
Abstract Aztec shapes are woven into lobby rugs, guestroom carpets, and upholstery. The shapes also adorn the reception desk’s back wall as 3D art.
The Basket Wall, one of the most talked about design features in the lobby, was created using over 50 hand-woven Aztec baskets, each a different size and shape. Each basket was replicated in resin and hand-painted by local artisans.
For a punch of color and authenticity, strands of genuine Mexican ponchos were repurposed to create yarn-based art in the lobby bar and throughout the hotel.
To contrast the bold Aztec-inspired carpet in the guest rooms, a neutral palette was applied, incorporating modern finishes and fixtures. The guest baths feature basket-weave vanities, lighted mirrors, and exotic marble on the countertops and in the showers.
The repositioned dining room and outdoor dining terrace also extend the hotel’s draw. The design team rebranded the hotel’s existing restaurant to honor the restaurant’s use of vanilla in its cuisine. An interpretation of the vanilla bean orchid is incorporated into the restaurant’s logo, signage, glass etchings, menus, and in the restaurant’s tone on-tone wallcoverings.
For more information, visit: http://www.callison.com/projects/jw-marriott-mexico-city
Awards: International Hotel Awards - Sponsored by Rolls-Royce - Best International Hotel Renovation/Refurbishment - Best Hotel Renovation/Refurbishment Americas - Five-Star Award: Hotel Renovation/Refurbishment Mexico