This is a BUDGET motel. It does not have amenities. But it IS cheap, cheaper than the hostels with dorms and shared bathrooms. Here are my thoughts:
- very convenient location near zocalo (plaza) and metro/ bus stations
- cafe with good food, decent prices
- bar with decent drinks
-lobby with computers with Wi-Fi (for a fee)
-free WiFi for guests
- extremely quiet, very clean, good maid service
- extremely safe hotel and area,
24 hr guard at the door
-cheap-around $30 - $35/night after
taxes for a room with private bathroom
- private rooms with shared bathrooms are available on the top floor for less $
-room safe, armoire type closet, huge mirror with vanity / desk, giant vaulted ceilings
- next door, u can check out/sign up for tours at Hostel Amigo (a modern and stylish hostel, but rooms are $5 more for shared bathrooms and dorms)
-all rooms had hot water, decent toilet water pressure
-all rooms are non-smoking rooms
- the room you get greatly determines the enjoyment of your stay. I stayed here three times. Here's what I got:
- a GIANT room with a balcony and double doors to a foyer and a bathroom with another set of double doors. Two full beds. This is the best room. #104
*however, the shower drains slowly and the curtain does not reach the floor, so the whole bathroom floor is wet after a shower
- the room next door, #105, is similar, 2 beds, balcony, but not as big. Small foyer.
- #108 nice room, no foyer, 1 bed, but had a balcony.
- #112 -Whoa. What a dump. Tiny. 1 bed. No balcony. No view. Stuffy. Smelled like chemicals. Horrible. I changed rooms.
- Wi-Fi was weak, as is the norm in foreign countries
-the towels and bedding are past their prime, but are clean
- No heat or A/C
*I stayed here in July and it was never warm enough to need A/C. I would imagine it's cold in the winter...
- Balcony rooms provide a nice breeze; however, there aren't any screens, so I wouldn't advise sleeping with the doors open lest you enjoy being consumed alive by mosquitos
- hard beds (common in Mexico)
- cafe patrons often flavored my breakfast with their smoke
- "designated smoking area" was just outside the lobby on the sidewalk, so the smoke drifts into the lobby/ cafe as well as upwards to the best rooms with balconies
- some of the reception staff were not very "receptive"
-No English spoken nor attempted (common for budget stays in Mexico)
- loud traffic outside
-the safe was locked, and the staff member who could open it was always busy, so I never used it. However, I had zero theft problems.
-staff gave me some horsecrap about not guaranteeing the same room for my next stay because sometimes guests continue their stay, yet upon my return when I wanted to continue MY stay in the current room, I was told I had to check out with all my stuff and then check back in to another room. Why? Some bull about a cleaning rotation. Inconvenient. But, STILL the best place for the value. They did eventually let me have the 2nd best room, #105, for the cheapest price, so I shut my hole and enjoyed my stay after that.
In summary, if you're looking for a modern place like a Best Western or Holiday Inn, this isn't it. This is not the US. If you want something like that, either stay in the US, or be prepared to pay for it.
If you're looking for a conveniently located cheap place from which to explore the city, this is it. I will stay there again before flying back home. If I ever go home...
Hope that helps. Happy travels!
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- Hotel in the Historic Center of Mexico City quite a few steps from the Zocalo, with elevators, Internet, all services. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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