JW Marriott Mexico City

CompanyMONOGRAM by Callison
ClientKathryn Mickel
DesignerKathryn Mickel, Clark Anderson, Melba Santos, Ron Skoog, Joan Insel
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Entry Description

The five-star JW Marriott Mexico City rises 26 stories above the exclusive Polanco District. Located in the heart of Mexico City’s upscale business and entertainment sector, this 283- room flagship hotel has been selected by Condé Nast readers as the “Best Overall Hotel in Mexico”. Originally constructed in the 80s, the hotel was in need of a makeover. And since the hotel caters to affluent visitors, 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, were influenced by the region’s Aztec heritage. Local artists, using indigenous materials, created the lobby’s hand-tufted rugs. The abstract Aztec shape woven into the lobby rug also adorns the elevator lobby rugs and the reception desk’s back wall as 3D art. In reference to Mexico’s long tradition of jewelry design, silver-toned metals and materials are used throughout, bringing to mind the silver, mica and crystals found in ancient Aztec jewelry. 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, then sent to a local artist who hand-painted each piece. 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. The artwork, when combined with sumptuous seating, plush sofas and deep armchairs, creates an attraction for patrons and the community alike. 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 even in the restaurant’s tone- on-tone wallcoverings.