This is the flagship of a national chain that distinguishes itself for its contemporary Mexican architecture. Since it was inaugurated more than 30 years ago, the Camino real has gone through many stages and although the huge Alexander Calder sculpture is gone, you can enjoy Rufino Tamayo's painting in the lobby, it is said that it is the largest painting on a single piece of canvas.
The Camino Real has several first rate restaurants that serve everything from Mexican to Spanish, to Japanese and intercontinental food. There is a lobby bar that gets a good crowd during the week but sits mostly empty on the weekends. The tables and chairs of section of the bar sit on an acrylic surface on top of a shallow pool which makes me feel like I am floating on the water surface.
There is of course a pool, gym, spa and plenty of banquet rooms. As a matter of fact the Camino real is one of the few hotels that can accommodate a sit down dinner for one thousand people so on the weekends there are huge weddings with a steady stream of guests all night long.
The Camino Real is a five minute walk from Reforma, near the Castillo de Chapultepec and the Anthropology Museum, for this reason it is a good choice if you visit Mexico City for business or pleasure.
The hotel is pretty large and you may have to walk quiet a bit from your room to the street or to one of the restaurants, but there is plenty of hotel staff to guide you along if you get lost.
This hotel is popular among visiting dignitaries, in the lobby you can see pictures of kings and queens that have stayed here or you may also catch a rock star or sports team staying here.