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Is Centro Historico on the up?

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Is Centro Historico on the up?

Calling all DF experts - I just read on a TA forum that the cool kids are rejecting the high rents of Condesa and are moving, via Roma, to Centro Historico. I am tempted to book into a hip new hotel, due to open soon, located in Centro Historico. But is there anything going on in Centro after dark? Have the cool kids brought the nice bars, restos, and galleries with them, or should I just forget this idea and head back to Condesa.

Thank you all!

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1. Re: Is Centro Historico on the up?

I'd say the historic center is on the up with more restaurants and such but it's not there yet. It's not happening at night so i'd stay in condesa for sure.

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Here's a BBC article from last year about the bars/cantinas in the area.: bbc.com/travel/feature/20110505-revisiting-m…

There are some good photos in the photo link.

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3. Re: Is Centro Historico on the up?

Several streets are now pedestrian only and it has a nice vibe on weekends. Starbucks is packed. There is a design museum and cafeteria. It has not been this nice in my lifetime - way to go Carlos Slim who took on this effort. Bellas Artes has a great Fernando Botero exhibition right now. The coffee shop and restaurant at the Spanish Cultural Center right behind the cathedral is very good. There is even a solemn Holocaust museum. In the past year, I went from dreading a trip to Centro (and making it a quick in and out to do what I wanted to do) to enjoying the walk in the area. With that said, it is still limited to a few blocks and closes up at night. Condesa and Roma are much more fun at night. Centro is gentrifying but has far to go. Stay in Condesa or Roma and spend more time in Centro than you planned. Also, the rains seem to have started early this year and once they get heavier next month, Centro will close up even earlier on weekends. A new Habita hotel is due to open in an historic house on Madero in Centro -that will be a fun place to go for a drink.

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4. Re: Is Centro Historico on the up?

Thanks guys, this is great - really insightful. Indeed it's the new Habita hotel that's tickling my fancy - designhotels.com/hotels/…downtown

Out of curiosity, how long does it take to get from CH to Condesa? Maybe I'll stay in Centro after all and taxi across town in the eve. I'm only there for a few nights and it'd be nice to have a pool.

Cheers!

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5. Re: Is Centro Historico on the up?

Yes, the new hotel should be fun and cool. It is by the same people who own Habita, Condesa D.F. and Distrito Capital in Mexico City and places like that in other cities. On a weekend evening, it won't be much more than 10 minutes from this hotel to Condesa in a taxi. Just do not hail a cab. Have hotel get you one and when you are leaving a Condesa restaurant or bar ask them to call a sitio taxi for you - one number to use is 5514-8074 for Condesa but there are sitios based in Parque España and Parque México that would arrive much quicker and the local business would have the number of the closest sitio.

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6. Re: Is Centro Historico on the up?

Perfect! It's either Condesa DF or Downtown - think I'll sleep on it! Thanks again for all the info. I look forward to checking out the Spanish Cultural Center et al.

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7. Re: Is Centro Historico on the up?

Centro Historico is the only place I ever stay in DF. On the up? Well... still a repository of Aztec/Spanish/Mexican culture dating back to the 13th century. Though night life slacked off a bit since they quit doing human sacrifices at the Templo Mayor. Hotels with character. During the day and early evening the Mercado Hidalgo and areas around it have some of the best food in the country. In the evening as the center clears out it is a quick cab ride to all the club areas.

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8. Re: Is Centro Historico on the up?

I stayed in Condesa in March and spent time in Roma and CH. Roma seems to be a little more hip, younger and sounds like what you're looking for. The subway is super easy to use and the distances are not big.

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about 20 min by taxi with no traffic, that hotel is a good choice you will enjoy not only the hotel but the whole building with 2 good restaurants, several shops, an art gallery, and from the pool area you will overlook thegreat building of the casino espanol and besides museo del estanquillo... remember the downtown area was the city until late 19th century and was once called "the city of palaces "...

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