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Opening Soon: J. by José Andrés at W Mexico City

When W Mexico City started undergoing renovations in late 2013, the changes made in the hotel's guest rooms and public spaces were occurring largely beyond guests' view, done in a way to minimize disruptions. Repeat visitors might have noticed subtle differences—why was the location of the breakfast buffet always changing?--but in the nearly two years that have elapsed since then, rooms have been brightened and redesigned according to the vision of Indian designer Anurag Nema, and common spaces have been emboldened with big statement pieces, abstract objects that hint at certain aspects of Mexican history and culture: pyramids and lucha libre wrestlers, for instance.

The hotel is almost ready to officially pull the curtain back on the renovations, but there's one more piece of the puzzle still to be put in place: the W's new restaurant. As recently as this week, workers hurried to install artwork, position tables and chairs, and put the finishing touches on J. by José Andrés, the spacious, sure to be buzzy spot that will replace Solea, the restaurant that had been on site since the hotel's opening in 2002.

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