This hotel has one thing going for it: location, location, location. You are literally on a corner of Zocalo Square, and have access to many different things within a few blocks. The rooms are a little small compared to American standards, but are very nice. Our room had a good safe, complimentary bottled water (do NOT drink water unless you know it is bottled/filtered), and a nice little TV with cable, most of the channels in Spanish, obviously, but you do get a few channels in English with Spanish subtitles too. However, when staying in this hotel, you are so close to so many things, such as Zocalo Square, the Jewelry District, Palacio Nacional, Torre LatinoAmerica, Templo Mayor, Placio de Bellas Artes, Alameda, and the Grand Cathedral across the street, that you should never have to turn the TV on!!
The staff is beyond courteous, and goes out of its way to do whatever you need it to do. Valet parking is free, if you do drive (recommended if you are staying more than a few days and plan to visit sites outside of the city), and they treat your vehicle like it was their own. The housekeeping staff does a great job of making sure the room is immaculate. For what its worth, I booked the room online, using my AAA discount, and you are supposed to show your card during check-in, but I was never asked for it, and it was about $20/cheaper than the regular rate.
They do have two computers available down in the lobby area with internet connection, but you are limited to about 30 minutes, and then they begin to time and charge you. The hotel does have WiFi, but I had problems connecting, because of poor signal quality. However, I did connect through a different free network, no problem.
The view from the restaurant hotel was AMAZING. The food and service was pathetic. We were seated, and coffee was brought to us. We sat for another 10 minutes before we asked someone if we could just start serving ourselves at the buffet, or if there was a menu. We were told someone would be with us…and that took another 5 minutes. I had two cups of coffee before I was told I could use the buffet. The food at the buffet….lets just say, go down the street and try some other places. For the amount you are spending, you can get MUCH better food cheaper.
It’s a gamble, but if you want to save money………it is cheaper to book the room from inside Mexico than in the US. The same room that cost me $79/night, someone else who walked up and got the room for 500 pesos, or about $50/night. You can try to book for one night, then extend the rest while there, or even just try walking-in and getting a room. Either way, you will be happy in this hotel. Its not like the typical Holiday Inn you would think of in the US, but it definitely is a nice hotel in an antique building that is well worth the cost based on location alone. They hotel staff watches the front door at all hours, making sure no vagrants come in, and there is police every 200 ft or so in the enter Centro Historico. You cannot go wrong here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover a peaceful oasis in the heart of Mexico City's celebrated Plaza de la Constitucion (or the Zocalo, as it's often called).Zocalo Central Hotel expertly blends traditional splendor with modern comfort and unforgettable city vistas, creating a hotel experience that will delight and inspire both business and leisure travelers. Housed within a charming1890's-era building, our hotel offers 105 lovingly refurbished rooms and suites, some of which provide wonderful views of the plaza. Allow our caring hotel staff to pamper you with a range of fabulous services, and take advantage of excellent amenities. Of course, no visit to our hotel is complete without a trip to ourroof top restaurant, Restaurante Balcon del Zocalo. Our elegant restaurant terrace overlooks the world-famous Zocalo; it's a popular spot for both hotel visitors and city residents. Last but not least, our central location in the heart of MexicoCity's most important square makes it easy for you to discover all of the wonderful attractions that the city has to offer. Our hotel is eight miles to the Mexico City International Airport, and we're within walking distance of many shops and restaurants such as The "Casa Churra". Our hotel Concierge is available any time, day or night, to answer your questions or to provide suggestions for things to do and see. Treat yourself to a hotel stay that you won't soon forget, in a city that will capture your imagination. We look forward to welcoming you to Zocalo Central Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Mexico City Zocalo Hotel Mexico City
- Mexico City Holiday Inn
- Zocalo Central Mexico City