James Bond’s hotel


When people ask me for hotel recommendations in Mexico City, they are usually looking for budget options, but if money is no object I steer them to the Camino Real on Avenida Mariano Escobedo in the Colonia Anzures. Opened in 1968, it was designed by architect Ricardo Legorreta in the form of a pyramid, evoking pre-Hispanic Mexico. Yet many of the design elements, including bright yellow and pink paint, are very much of the period. Indeed, while walking through its halls, or sitting in the lobby bar (with a clear plastic floor, and water underneath), I feel like an extra in a James Bond movie.

Even if you aren’t looking for a place to stay, or cannot afford the Camino Real, you might want to have a drink in that bar. Or better yet, a coffee in the cafe, where you can ponder this Rufino Tamayo painting.

6 thoughts on “James Bond’s hotel

  1. Adam - March 13, 2009

    Cool one. Got a lot of scenes in The Matador a few years back.

    But any time I see Camino Real’s color schemes I think of Luis Barragan.

    Legorreta was also behind the Purificadora hotel in Puebla. Very cool place to have a drink as well, but as a hotel, it’s a bit too noisy for me.

  2. Judy - March 13, 2009

    The Camino Real has other wonderful instances of public art. People have to check out the funky psychedelic mural by Pedro Friedeberg, a gorgeous gold leaf mural by Mathias Goeritz and the humongous Calder spider (I’m assuming it’s still there).
    Plus, the breakfast buffet is really yummy.
    And they have good weekend deals.
    And I love the fountain at the entrance, when it looks like the sea.
    Way cool.

  3. PlanMaestro - March 13, 2009

    Several scenes of Bring me the Head of Alberto Garcia (Sam Peckinpah) are staged there.

  4. La Bibi - March 13, 2009

    Ah, methinks the clear plastic floor is a wonderful opportunity to debut my new knickers.

  5. Rebecca - March 17, 2009

    Funny you mention James Bond, The Matador was filmed there w/Greg Kinnear & Pierce Brosnon. Lots of great Camino Real shots in that movie.
    This hotel has unbelievable service and Maria Bonita Cantina is a great place for a drink and some good eats!

  6. Happy Camper - March 20, 2009

    Saw both films. Both are better thanks to the Mexican backdrop.


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