But to the main purpose of this blog. To highlight and recognise some special places and people deep down Mexico way. I must confess, I had no prior experience or deep knowledge on Mexico City. I was only aware, like most travel professionals, of the negative press. But with no place on earth living up to positive press nowadays, I like to fact find for myself.
For me, it was at most, a gateway to the west Mexico coastal resorts. My event experience to date was solely limited to Cancun in the early days and most recently Riviera Maya. It was not a pulling ingredient to the IMEX invitation. But like most travel pros, I like to travel with an open mind … and to satisfy my appetite for all things new in travel in the hope I discover great event possibilities.
Despite a little scare mongering from a local guide at the airport upon arrival, indicating the hotel transfer could be 1 – 2 hours depending on traffic, I should have put my trust in my Hyatt Host who indicated it would be approx. 45 minutes at most. It was 45 minutes on the dot!
The Hyatt Regency is located in the heart of the “Beverly Hills” of Mexico City. A tree lined, green, clean business and residential suburb of Polanco. We were welcomed in true Hyatt style by its management, time to freshen up before embarking on a teppanyaki extravaganza at the exquisite Teppan Grill. Thinking our day was over, we were lead out of the hotel for a short stroll to a neighbouring bar for a nightcap. We arrived at a mysterious venue, where we queued in the thick of a regular cafe style restaurant, busting at the seams with locals. Perplexed why we were queuing to step inside a butchers cold room – we soon discovered we were lead to a prohibition/speakeasy style underground bar and nightclub which wouldn’t have looked out of place in downtown, trendy Meatpacking District in NYC.
The next day, a cultural blitz on this historic and fascinating city. We walked through green parks the spectacular Chapultepec Castle, towering over the park of the same name. With several centuries of rich history, it is now a magnet for visitors to marvel at is art, architecture and spectacular views over the city. For us eager event planners, the variety of spaces are a dream for the most spectacular of private events in a great setting.