The 260-room hotel is located in the new Samara complex in Santa Fe, near such corporations as Ericsson, Chrysler, Sony, IBM and the Bancomer Convention Center. This marks the first of two projects HBA will complete in Mexico, the second being a renovation of the St. Regis Mexico City, which will open late summer 2014.
The Hilton Mexico City Santa Fe Hotel has one restaurant, a lobby bar, and the only rooftop pool and bar in Santa Fe. HBA worked with local artisans to incorporate design influences rooted in Mexican culture.
HBA’s design take on the interior is said to underscore contrast and juxtaposition, with straight lines giving away to organic forms. Thus, key elements include geometric forms, and natural materials and textures influenced by indigenous heritage and tradition. According to senior designer Brooke Copani of HBA San Francisco, for this property, they explored the connections between light and shadow.
In the lobby, geometries favor balance, while the lounge area nods to classical ideals. This lounge has a linear fireplace at floor level. Anchoring the lounge space is the lobby bar, which has two-story sliding panels that open to reveal the wine and liquor display, and a view to the hotel's garden. Other elements in the bar include wooden flanks stacked upon one another, ceramic, and stone.
The hotel’s restaurant, Madera, has a wood-burning oven. This restaurant provides year-long fireside dining, and serves American cuisine with a focus on sustainable and local ingredients.