Having read the many reviews on Tripadvisor we decided to stay here, booking a room that overlooked the Zocalo (main square).
Firstly, the location was perfect. The zocalo is surrounded by beautiful buildings and it's right in the centre of the centro historico, so the surrounding streets have amazing architecture. In addition, it is only around a 15-20 minute cab ride to nearby places such as the Museum of Anthropology and the suburb of Polanco, both of which would cost you between 100 and 200 pesos (around $8-17US depending on the driver).
However, such a fantastic location comes with a price- noise! On the first night we were kept awake by around 5 jackhammers which continued right until 4am due to construction occurring in the square and nearby streets. It was impossible to sleep. However, it must be remembered that the hotel had no responsibility or control over the construction, so it wasn't their fault. To their credit, they acknowledged and apologised for the issue as soon as we raised it. Thankfully the construction was only on our first night; after that it wasn't a problem. On other nights however the noise of the Zocalo could become quite loud!
Thus, although the view of the Zocalo is beautiful I would be cautious when booking a room that overlooks it due to the potential issue of noise. I would recommend staying in a room a bit further from the main square in the hotel if you are able to.
Would I stay here again? Absolutely! But not in a room that overlooked the Zocalo as its far too noisy if you want to get a good night's sleep?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the Old World elegance of the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico, an exquisite turn-of-the-century property perfectly located in downtown Mexico City. You can feel the history from the moment you step inside. From the Art Nouveau decor to the gilded open elevators and immaculate stained-glass ceiling in the lobby, every inch of the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico pays tribute to the past while providing the comfort you expect from a fine luxury hotel. The palatial ambience continues in the guest rooms. Enjoy a unique blend of traditional and contemporary decor as you sink into a plush bed. Many rooms also feature stunning views of the vibrant Zocalo square just outside the hotel. You can also marvel at spectacular scenery from the Terraza Restaurant, which is perched on the fifth floor. When it's time to explore, ask our knowledgeable concierge for recommendations on the best shows, events and attractions in Mexico City. A 24-hour fitness area and well-equipped business center are among the other amenities you can enjoy. We also provide the perfect starting point for exploring everything Mexico City has to offer. Delve into Mexican culture at the Palacio de BellasArtes, explore Old Corpus Christi or embrace the charm of the Casino Espanol De Mexico. Stay at the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico and savor a unique blend of comfort, service and style. ... more less
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