Mega cities offer the perfect all-in-one travel experience! With populations of more than 10 million – some larger than actual countries – mega cities are an urban tourist’s dream. Design Hotels has taken its pick of three of the most thrilling in the world – Mexico City, New Delhi and Tokyo – and presents one member hotel in each to experience the best of city life.
Marvel at the size of a mega city with a view from the chic Distrito Capital, situated at the highest point of vibrant Mexico City. In New Delhi visitors can explore the many historical sights of this metropolis and enjoy the chic facilities of The Park New Delhi including its 24 hour restaurant and rooms with Jacuzzis. For the ultimate mega city experience Tokyo is certain to keep all entertained with its many subcities, towns and villages. After a busy day exploring, Park Hotel Tokyo has late-night in-room massages and trained pillow fitters to ensure a good night’s rest.
Distrito Capital, Mexico City, Mexico
With 400 neighbourhoods, Mexico City offers 160 museums, over 100 art galleries and 30 concert halls. Situated in the heart of Sante Fe guests at Distrito Capital are well placed to enjoy the city’s many offerings, including the second largest shopping mall in Latin America located close to the hotel. Comparing itself to a dry martini, Frank Sinatra and the car Pontiac, the 30-room Distrito Capital features double-height ceilings, panoramic views over the city and a sleek monochrome interior. Parisian interior designer Joseph Dirand has followed the idea of creative minimalism and included vintage furnishings by Charlotte Perriand and other famous mid-century designers. Sun worshippers and socialites will love the chic fifth-floor terrace with pool or the restaurant - one of Mexico City’s newest hotspots with famous Mexican chef, Enrique Olvera. Other features of the hotel include a library, solarium, business centre and bar. Owners Carlos Couturier and Moisés Micha aim to create the ultimate hotel stay for guests, following an ethos of “We don’t just build, we build experiences.” www.designhotels.com/distritocapital
The Park New Delhi, India
Sitting on the site of seven ancient cities, New Delhi is a colourful, vibrant city with a multitude of historic monuments, culinary experiences and nightlife options. The Park New Delhi’s interior, inspired by the ancient Hindu philosophy of harmony between man and nature and with a contemporary design concept involving the elements of earth, water, fire and air, reflects a modern India. The hotel is situated just a stone’s throw from the commercial hub of the city, Connaught Place. It’s New Delhi’s most lively area where people shop until late in the malls and popular markets; sip cocktails in hip bars; picnic in the lush central park and dine on international cuisines in the many restaurants, snack bars and cafes. Inside the hotel, 224 guestrooms feature dark-timbered floors, some with private Jacuzzis and libraries. In keeping with the round-the-clock city life, the hotel has a 24-hour restaurant, MIST, and the hip restaurant Fire, popular with guests and locals for its chic interior and contemporary Pan Indian dishes. Separated from Fire by a curved bronze wall and lights resembling a barrier of fire is the hotel’s stylish bar Agni where ‘bar mixologists’ concoct new cocktails for a stylish crowd behind a bar that is more than 10 metres long. www.designhotels.com/park_new_delhi
Park Hotel Tokyo, Japan
With 23 municipalities, five towns and eight villages, visitors to Tokyo may forget what city they are in with the variety of experiences on offer, from dining in the finest restaurants to wandering the streets of Harajuku, an area known for its cutting-edge street fashion. Park Hotel Tokyo, housed in the top 10 floors of the 34-floor Shiodome media tower, known as the ‘city within a city’ for its many international media organisations, places guests at the core of Japan’s new networked generation. Guests have easy access to the surrounding lively district of downtown Tokyo, or if they fancy going further afield the hotel has two lower-level exits that lead directly to the Waterfront Transit Station and the Yurikamome train line, popular with sightseers. Bathed with natural light through the glass ceiling and full of trees and greenery, the interior atrium of the hotel is flanked by Japanese and French restaurants which serve dishes using partly organic and seasonal produce. The sleek hotel whisky bar is a perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail whilst soaking in the sweeping views of Tokyo city and live jazz is performed in the atrium lounge. Rooms are decorated with tasteful furniture and feature a relaxation space with oils mixed for each individual guest. In-room massages and pillow fitting services are also available. www.designhotels.com/park_hotel_tokyo_japan