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Travel Blogs from Mexico City
Mexico City is the capital of Mexico with a metro population around 23 million people. It covers a land area of 573 square miles, and looking at any city map is very deceiving. What looks like blocks can be many miles from one district to the next. The city sits on a plateau at 7,350 feet, and consists of 16 boroughs. I was told they have 4 million …
What a terrific New Year's Eve we had in the Zocalo or main square of Mexico City. Our taxi ride took us there through a tunnel painted to look as though you were riding through an aquarium or the ocean. We arrived at the plaza around 6:00 pm and were surprised that not that many of the 25 million inhabitants were there. The stone plaza is …
We met our driver Lionel at 10:00 and he took us to the 2nd of three sections of the Chapultepec Gardens which we had not previously seen. It had a series of fountains designed by Diego Rivera which were incredible even though they didn't have water actively flowing through them. Next he showed us the 1968 Olympic stadium which is now part of the …
... further and found a lady who was sketching people for $150 pesos. I asked if she would draw me. So I sat with her for the next hour or so while she drew me. We had quite a good conversation considering her limited English and my limited Spanish. She asked about Australia, kangaroos & the red dirt. Lol. This is where I had my first real experience of Mexican men attention. Lol. 3 guys who knew the lady came up and asked where I was from? Then joked about drawing ...
... The only piece I really liked was by a younger guy and it was called ...and out come the wolves ( maybe a rancid fan)? It was a water colour painting with hills that turned into bears and lots of wolves running around and playing in water. After killing a lot of time at the museum we headed back to the hotel. We hung out in our room for a bit trying to decipher the menu that was all in Spanish. Once we figured out what we wanted we ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Galeria Plaza Mexico City
Chic amid the chaos of Mexico
My partner and I stayed 9 nights in this hotel and thought it excellent. The staff were superb: helpful, friendly and informative but without being too intrusive. Some comment on the decor: it's excellent with bedrooms and corridors in darkwood with neutral/taupe carpets and furnishings - very contemporary. The rooftop pool and gym were great places to escape to after the grime of the city. The bar though is pricey as is using the hotel room phones (but aren't they all!). Tremendous location and ideal for walking to the sights of the centro historico/condessa/ polanco areas and chapultepec park if you are moderately active plus plenty of bars, cafes etc in the zona rosa means you don't have to go too far if you don't want to. Excellent.
Just what we wanted
My wife and i stayed in the Galera plaza for 3 nights before we headed off to Oaxaca and and then later onto the Pacific coast. We returned to the Galeria Plaza on our way back to the UK three weeks later.
The hotel was just what we wanted,comfortable,friendly and in an area we enjoyed walking around. The roof-top pool was truely an oasis after our tours of the city and gave an extra dimention to a relaxing afternoon.
The staff were helful and couldn't have been more informative when we wanted to visit places off the beaten track. We will definately stay there again.
This past April a close friend of mine invited my wife and I to his wedding in Mexico City. Having searched the internet for a great deal we stumbled upon the Galeria Plaza.
My partner and I visited Mexico City in fall 2003 and stayed at Galeria Plaza for 6 nights. While some may denounce the decor as 80's and a bit cheesy, we found the overall aesthetic of the hotel to be fantastic... Yeah, the restaurant is a bit froofy and 80's, but the brass and glass lobby and reception had a classy 60's feel. The hallways on the guestroom floors had really cool tall hardwood doors with the room numbers in groovy late-60's gold lettering... very chic. Loved the rooftop pool also. Overall the entire place was well-designed and everything was sturdy and of the best quality. The staff was excellent too. In addition to everyone being polite and helpful, they were able to arrange an excellent driver to give us a personalized tour of Mexico City for two days in a row. His name was Oscar Flores Munguia and I highly recommend him (though we speak Spanish, so I didn't get to test his English skillls.) The hotel also arranged a great day-long tour to the pyramids... Despite the fact that they took us to some remote trinket shop for over an hour where we were plied with tequila tasting and encouraged to buy obsidian sculptures, it was still a great tour and the guide was fantastic. I highly recommend the Galeria Plaza. It has a touch of the class and all of the amenities you'll find at higher priced hotels, its not too large and not too small, and the price is great (we paid $90 per night.) While Zona Rosa isn't the hottest neighborhood (mostly hotels and a few gay bars) it is just a short distance to upscale Polanco, the exciting Centro Historico and the newly chic Roma and Condesa. I'll definitely be back at the Galeria Plaza next time I go to Mexico City.
Great place to stay in Mexico City
My friend and I stayed for 4 nights at the Galleria Plaza and very much enjoyed our stay. The hotel was an oasis of calm in frenetic Mexico City. The hotel (which in the 80s was apparently the coolest place to be) has slightly dated decor, but is very comfortable. The rooftop pool area was greatly appreciated after a long day trekking around the museums! Service was good and it is well located in the Zona Rosa, an area with lots of restaurants and bars. It's also within walking distance of the historic downtown area. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone.
Friendly and helpful staff marked our visit to this hotel. The rooms were reasonably sized, in average condition and with lovely marble bathrooms. We thought the rate we paid (perhaps you can do better) was a bit pricey for the general quality of the hotel, but it had a lot of facilities: business centre, gym, concierge, restaurant, bar, and shop. The black marble foyer and bar area had a not unpleasant 80s feel about it. We had a couple of stays at the Galeria and it began to feel like home when we went back the second time.
Can be a good deal
very nice hotel- clean, big rooms, safe location, good service (which expects some tips). Very small pool on the roof. You can get good deals shopping around on the internet. But the Zone Rosa location has lost some of its luster as a "trendy" area. If you are going to spend well over $100 night, you might want to stay one of the newer hotels out by Chapultatec park.
Great Hotel in Almost Every Way
My partner and I spent a very pleasant week at the Galeria Plaza in early-January, 2004. It was our first trip to Mexico City and we couldn't have asked for a better launching pad than the Galeria. It's in a great location in the Zona Rosa, the staff are very friendly and helpful, and it offers all the conveniences of large Euro-American chain hotels while still retaining individual Mexican charm. The fact that it is reasonably priced is an added bonus!
Galeria Plaza is located in a very convenient location of downtown Mexico City. This hotel may not be a five-star hotel in American standard but still good. The equipment is little dated but clean, and staff is very kind and speaks good English. Until December 20, 2003, the hotel has promotional campaign called 'Dream It Feel It Live It" and guests have free access to executive lounge and uno hola (one hour) free internet access, regardless of the rate. I paid $89 per day (excl. tax) and got big and clean room, free breakfast in the lounge, and internet access. I believe it is a bargain. Recommended to any travellers who need to save $ but do not want to compromise the quality of life.
Nice Average Hotel....Staff VERY friendly!!
Nice average hotel...staff were VERY friendly and willing to help...service at times slow and keys for rooms did not work...found some staff a bit in ya face and a bit nosey.