I chose this hotel based on its location, cost, and positive reviews. My stay was four nights over May 29 - June 2, 2008. I made my reservation through the hotel website (www.hotelprincipal.com.mx), and the staff were kind enough to tell me that the airport taxi would cost $127. I was given a room with two beds, but only charged the single rate ($240). There is a Super Soya next to the hotel, where you can purchase water and snacks. On the other side is a restaurant that opens at 8 AM, where you can get breakfast.
My room was on the third floor and well back from the street, so street noise was not a problem. A large youth group checked-in just before me, so it was a little noisy at night. I was able to sleep decently, given that I do not normally sleep well in hotels. The room was not air-conditioned, but did have windows that open and a vent over the door. It was stuffy during the day, but not too bad at night. The room was made up daily and was acceptably clean. It contained a safe, but I could not figure out the locking mechanism and never used it. I had trouble figuring out how to unlock my room, but once I did, I did not have problems.
There were a few things I wasn't crazy about. My shower did not drain well, so I showered piecemeal. The water pressure was poor, but the shower got hot fairly quickly. On my first morning, I observed (dead) cockroaches on the stairwell. Thankfully, by evening they were gone, and I didn't see anymore during my stay.
Overall, for what I paid for my stay, the hotel more than met my expectations. I was five minutes from the Zocalo and the Palacio de Belles Artes, which was really convenient. On my first day, I struggled with the altitude, so I appreciated being able to go back to the hotel to rest. The front desk spoke fairly good English and was able to assist in calling a taxi for me. If I visited Mexico City again, I would definitely consider staying here again.
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- Also Known As:
- Principal Hotel Mexico City
- Hotel Principal Mexico City