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The ferry is a vast flat-bottomed tub that carries up to 500 passengers – and a lot more besides! There are no cars and very few shops on Ilha Grande so the locals use the ferry to go shopping on the mainland. We saw cookers, fridges, crates of toilet rolls and just about every household item you can imagine being loaded on by individuals who guarded their purchases aboard ...
Originally I was planning on going to Minneapolis to explore the Mall of America. However, there were snowstorms that forced me to call an audible. I remembered that SFO-MEX redeye looked pretty good, so I decided to take that flight. I ended up flying SGU-LAX first. Then LAX-SFO didn't look very open on United, and I kinda wanted to check out Monterey Airport, so I ended up flying LAX-MRY then MRY-SFO. The flight from MRY-SFO was delayed a little bit, but luckily I ...
After two straight days of taking tours, I was tired. So today, we wandered around Condessa, looking for a place to have lunch. The restaurant/boutique shop area was actually a horse track many years ago and the road design has kept a circular nature with streets crisscrossing the loops - think of a spider web. Its not a huge area but the circular nature of the roads, makes it seem bigger than it is to a newbie because its easy to lose ...
... dedicated to different periods and cultures in Mexico's history. The first room was interesting as it intended to show basic human evolution and development. Hilights for me were the rooms showcasing Aztec, Maya ...
... t as big and you could only go to the first level) and head off. There was a quick stop to check out the Jaguar fresco and then we were done. It was about a 2.5 hr mission as usual. We didn’t bother with the museum…. It seemed too far away! LOL!! So out the exit and get the gist that the bus will be here shortly.
This was a nicer coach than the one we came in on and the driver gave ...
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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.
Can't go wrong w/ the galeria
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.
The hotel is located in "La Zona Rosa," a very tourist friendly area of Mexico City. There is plenty to do around the hotel with many tourist spots at walking distance. There is also an abundance of restaurants close to the hotel. You will find everything from authentic mexican food to the fast food restaurants many Americans are accustomed to visiting in the states. The hotel also has a couple of restaurants on site. We happened to eat there a few time during our stay and found the food to be just what we were looking for after the nasty food served on the flight.
The hotel itself is great refuge from the hussle and bussle of Mexico City. Everyone in the hotel speaks english well and the service is great!! The concierge was extremely helpful. He helped us plan a trip to the ancient Pyramids as well as a day at the Corrida de Toros(bullfight). For the person in Mexico City looking to do some site seeing without having to take a tour bus I highly recommend using the hotel's private taxis. My wife and I used the same taxi driver the entire time we were in Mexico City. His name was Armando and he was very friendly and he knew a lot about the history of the city.
The one thing that my wife had problems with was our bed in the room. The room itself is very nice, however, the bed was as hard as a rock. This didn't come as a surprise to me. Most hotels in foreign countries have the same problem. Other than that everything else was fine. The TV had a lot of American channels and the bathroom was clean.
All in all I give the Galeria Plaza TWO THUMBS UP!!!
Classy place at a reasonable rate
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
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.
The area around the hotel, the Zona Rosa changes character at night, becoming rather seedy. For women travelling alone as we were, this is something of a restriction. However, other parts of Mexico City may feel less safe at night too. During the day it's fine and lively, and it's a convenient location.
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.