Great location but .......
Honestly I'm struggling on what to say in this review. We spent 4 nights here. The location couldn't be more perfect--our balcony room overlooked the Zocalo square; we were 2 blocks from the Templo Mayor; and we walked out the hotel door to Madero Avenue (a major pedestrian street). The hotel itself dates from the 1930s, although we were told the first 2 floors actually date from the 1600s. The hotel is beautiful in a 1930s sort of way, and quaint. (The elevator has an actual operator and doesn't function unless a staff person is available.) The staff was friendly and helpful, and our room was adequate. But now, here are the things you should know. First, there are no rooms with heating or air conditioning. The Mexico City climate usually doesn't need this so long as you can open the windows and get air circulation. Here's the "but", though. Our room opened directly onto the Zocalo--beautiful views. Zocalo is used almost 24 hours a day by everything from the Army to protest groups to festival-goers to music events (and the chants and music and noise often extended well past 10:00pm). We just happened to be there during a week-long festival that included live bands, dancers, drummers, etc. So when we needed to open our balcony doors to get air, then we got all the noise as well as the air. Also, there are very bright lights around the Zocalo as well as lovely ambience lights on all of the surrounding buildings. So if we closed the curtains (to shut out the light), then we also shut out the air....and vice versa. [Note: Some rooms open onto Madero Ave. or the hotel's atrium, so they wouldn't have the noise/light/air problem, but they also wouldn't have the spectacular views. It's a conundrum.] The hotel has a restaurant and bar on its 7th floor (with the same spectacular views of the Zocalo square).
For functionality, our room had no refrigerator, nightstands, or USB plugs. There were a couple of available electric outlets, and the hotel does have wifi. (Mexico uses the same voltages & connections for its electricity as does the USA.) We did have a good television with cable channels (including the USA version of CNN). Our bed was comfortable, and the room was big and clean. Bathroom was large and adequate but not modern at all. So, all in all, would we stay there again? The price was very reasonable for the location, compared to what we would have paid in other cities. There are some other hotels in the area (but not necessarily right on the Zocalo); you might want to do some comparison shopping. And if the views, price, location, & appeal of watching all kinds of fascinating activities right from your balcony would offset the light & noise factors, then this would be a good choice. less
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