Lumina Luxury Suites and Mexico City & Environs
by, 03-21-2011 at 11:19 AM (1085 Views)
Our LL package to the Lumina Suites in Mexico City included:
2 nights in a 2 bedroom suite
Continental breakfast in our room
The Lumina Luxury Suites Hotel is a modern, 8 month old private enclave in the Polanco section of Mexico City. The hotel is within walking distance (10-15 min walk) of Chapultapec Park - the zoo and many of the major museums are in the park.
The Lumina is a true oasis in the hustle & bustle of Mexico City. It is for residents only and you get buzzed in - reception is manned 24/7. The hotel & decor is modern with lots of black, white, silver, and pale pastels in the color scheme. On check in you are greeted by Barbara, the hotel manager and shown to your room and given a tour of this wonderful hotel. Check in is quick, pleasant and very efficient. Right now most of the guests are business travelers with a few of us leisure travelers - they would love to start getting more leisure travelers and Barbara was happy that I was going to do a write up of the place.
There are 12 suites in total - 1 and 2 bedroom. All of the 2 bedroom suites have private courtyards and only 1 of the 1 bedroom suites has a private courtyard. We had a 2 bedroom and I highly recommend the 2 bedroom suite - a true home away from home. Our suite had 1 bedroom with a king bed and the other bedroom had 2 twin beds. There is a living/dining room combination, a full kitchenette, 2 bathrooms and 1 large courtyard and a smaller courtyard. All areas of the suite were tastefully and comfortably furnished and the kitchen came equipped with china and silverware for 4, pots and pans, microwave, coffee and tea maker and a reasonably priced fully stocked mini bar. The bathrooms are large and had robes, slippers, hairdryer and nice toiletry articles - very soft and fluffy towels too! Even q-tips and cotton pads for wiping your face. The living area had a comfy leather couch and the dining area had a table and chairs for 4. Everything you would need for an extended stay. Bose sound system with a removable Ipod that you could take for your walks around the city and what was really neat - when you check in there is mobile concierge service - they give you a mobile phone that is programmed with the Lumina's number that you can take with you on your travels around MC -if you get lost or just tired - hit the number for Lumina and they will immediately send a cab to pick you up - we did not need to use this but it was nice to know that we had this option if we needed it!.
The courtyard off the living area was truly private with comfortable chairs and a table and we enjoyed sitting out there in the mornings and evenings. The smaller courtyard had 2 chairs and a table if you wanted to eat outside. The courtyard walls are composed of Lumina's signature living garden walls - pretty neat concept - concrete walls entirely planted with flowers. The beds were the most comfortable hotel beds I have ever slept on - soft as silk linens and a very fluffy comforter - I felt like I was sleeping on a cloud all enveloped in my cozy nest - did not want to get out of bed in the morning!!! On check in they ask what time you would like your continental breakfast and what kind of juice, teac, coffee, etc. you would like - it is delivered and they set the table for you and you are ready to eat - good selection of breads, rolls, fruit and excellent service. The hotel also has a small gym, steam and sauna rooms, great spa (we did not have time to use the services but the information they sent me had some very enticing treatments listed) and a real nice rooftop deck.
The restaurant is for guests and their friends only and since we only had 2 nights we ate in the restaurant both nights and food and service were excellent.
We arrived around 12 noon and wanted to go to the museum - the concierge got a map and great directions all ready for us and away we went to Chapultapec park - walking throught the park is very pleasant with lots of statues lining the way. We passed the zoo which was huge and wished we had time for a visit. We arrived at the National Museum of Anthropology and it is a must see for any visitor to Mexico City - wonderful exhibits of all the different time periods and indigenous people of Mexico. After about 4 hours in the museum we headed back to Lumina for a wonderful dinner and a comfy nights rest. 2 nights dinner and laundry services ran us about $130US - pretty reasonably priced for a 5 star hotel.
The next day we used the services of Wayak tours for a trip to Teotihuacan - Wayak has very reasonably priced tours and very informative guides - I would recommend them for your stay in Mexico City - they also have tours in many other places in Mexico and a whole fleet of buses that can take you all over Mexico. Our tour not only included Teotihuacan but the Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe and a brief 45 min stop in the main zocalo of MC. All place that any visitor to MC should see. Teotihuacan is awesome and so big!
I am sorry we only had 2 nights in this wonderful hotel & city - we could have easily spent a week at Lumina! I am not usually a big fan of real modern hotels and decor but it worked well here and you felt at home - we absolutely loved it and would go back again!