After reading plenty of reviews on Tripadvisor we finally settled on the Hampton Inn in the Centro Historico and it was an awesome choice.
The hotel is located a stone throw from the Zocalo (historical central square) in the Historical Centre of Mexico. The location couldn't be better. It is just a 2 minutes stroll to the square in a very safe area (we walked everywhere day and night and felt very safe all the time), but unlike hotels located on the square itself, it was very quiet in the hotel. Hotels on the square would be very noisy with all the traffic.
The Hampton Inn is brand new - we had the feeling that no one had ever stayed in our room. The service was top notch - very friendly and helpful, a very cheap upgrade to a suite (although we saw the standard rooms and they were nice too) etc. Free broadband internet, free breakfast, and walking distance to everything.
There are banks (for currency exchange - or you can change up to US$50 in the hotel per day), pharmacies (if you get sick), convenience stores, and lots of other shops within a block or two.
My only comment would be that if you ask the hotel to call a taxi for you they will always call a Tourist Taxi. That's fine (they are the safest type of taxi) but you should definitely negotiate on price - I think you could knock at least 20-30% off the prices they quote you - and always do this when you order the taxi and they first arrive.
The Centro Historico was the right place in the city for us to stay. Good transport links (metro), lots of sights to see, good shopping in the markets behind the Temple Mayor. Our meetings were over in Polanco and Condesa, so easy taxi rides or slightly longer trips by metro. It was fine.
Full marks to this hotel.
And actually, while I'm on it, don't let the Swine Flu scare put you off. Mexico is AMAZINGLY prepared and its response has been 10 times better than anywhere else. Everywhere you go they give you hand sanitiser, masks are widely available if you feel the need to wear one, and they have little mini-bus 'health stations' around the city.
The risk there, for tourists, is miniscule and seems more like media hype than anything else. Do not hesitate to go there if you were planning a trip or already have plans made.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Don't just stay near historic sites in Mexico - actually stay inside one when you visit the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton hotel in Mexico City - Centro Historico. Located a short walk to the Zocalo Plaza, Metropolitian Cathedral, Templo Mayor ruins, numerous museums and the busy government and business center of downtown Mexico City. ... more less
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