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“Dreadful place to stay”
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Hotel Principal
Ranked #130 of 312 Hotels in Mexico City
Reviewed 21 June 2013

A few of the rooms in this hotel face the street, BUT most face a beautiful inner court yard of a bygone era, impressive at first, BUT don’t let that charm you into staying unless of course:
1. You don’t mind the small 8-Ft wide by approximately 18-Ft deep rooms with double doors opening onto the courtyard which cannot be left open during the night, and
2. You don’t mind that, except for the rooms facing the street, most rooms have no windows to keep open during the night, and
3. You don’t mind the fact that there is no HVAC, and
4. You don’t mind the fact that there are no fans, and
5. You don’t’ mind the fact that the small bathroom is located in the back of your room with a 7-Ft high partition and no exhaust fan, and
6. You don’t mind the noise of the many people walking pass your door to get to their rooms, and
7. You don’t mind the noise of people chatting and laughing at 1:30 am, and
8. You don’t mind the pleasure screams of people sexing at 3:00 am, and
9. You don’t mind the noise of those who get up early to attend to their morning business when you are trying to recuperate from a bad night of sleep, and
10. You don’t mind paying U$33.00 for a room with a real value of U$3.00.

Fortunately I was only booked for one night!

Room Tip: Perhaps rooms facing the street but I'll rather choose a different hotel
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 April 2013

I stayed here just for one night and, although the room was small, it did what it is for. Little bit noisy but it didn't bother me. I def stay the historic area of the city is very near and very secure for walking at night.!!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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2  Thank javicarl
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

On the advice of a reviewer here we asked for a room on the end (facing calle Bolivar) w/a window which we like very much. Our friend reserved one of the interior rooms which he found unacceptable for it lack of windows (other than one to a interior breezeway to which the restaurant downstairs was vented so the room smelled of grease & fried sugar) & fortunately was able to move to one of the three rooms on the end as well. Even these rooms are not for everyone. Tho they are quite large & airy they are on a very large & busy street so if you are picky about noise & a bit of peely paint here & there this is not your spot. We love the age & the 12 foot ceilings & the ability to sit in the large window that actually opens & watch the city go by. We have stayed in many of the hotels in the zocolo area of DF & as long as it is in the right room feel this one is great for the money.

Room Tip: 302 thru 304 or not at all....
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank rubi55Pozos
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

We had a big room on first floor. It was a little bit noisy in the morning but mainly because of other guests. Very helpful staff. We stayed here because the hotel I booked through Booking.com didn't have a room for us and found us a room here. It's close to Zocalo and a friend took us to very nice restaurant close to the hotel. Good for few nigths stay.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank KarolinaRP
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

This hotel is in the very heart of the historic zone of Mexico City,is very reasonably priced for the budget traveler,and the staff arevery friendly and helpful.
The rooms are small,turn of the centry,but do have a tv.
I will definitely go back again.
Aleks :)

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank acaaleks
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Reviewed 9 March 2013

was just there last night, and did not get any sleep. Room was small and disgusting; there was 3/4 inch crack at the bottom of the door that went up around 5 in., slats above door are open and lets all kinds of outside noise in; and what kind of noise? Apart from people whooping it up, there were sounds of a woman groaning if not screeching really loud, yes, from you know what, even happened around 1:30pm, I remember because I looked at my watch. Made me think about the bed I was in??? Furthermore, I left scratching from some bug bite that I did not have when I got there. Would not go there if you gave me the room for free.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank Mars V
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Reviewed 21 May 2012

We arrived at this hotel, which although good location remininded me of a prison. The hotel initially seemed not to be able to understand we had made a booking with them, the clerk's English was terrible and unfortunately neither of us spoke Spanish. He tried to tell us the room rate was much higher than agreed but we argued that we had booked a double bed room. He gave us a room with two double beds (use only one please!) with no aircon and no window. The doors to each room are more like internal doors in a house with large French style windows (painted over). We did not feel safe. We requested another room with a window and got one with a small one opening into an internal central opening. We thought we would be OK but then it started raining and the roof in the bathroom started to leak water (like it was raining inside).
Checked out immediately, by then a senior guy was on the desk, he tried to offer another room, but said that we would have to move out of that the following day to another one. We were on holiday so we really did not need all this stress. DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS ONE!
We re-booked straightaway with San Marino Suites and that hotel was fine.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Robbo_Traveller
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Additional Information about Hotel Principal

Address: Calle Bolivar 29 | Centro Histórico, Mexico City 06000, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Central Mexico and Gulf Coast > Mexico City > Centro Historico
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Mexico City
Price Range: £9 - £37 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Principal 2.5*
Number of rooms: 186
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