Travel Blogs from Mexico City
Flew to Mexico on the same flight as Steph, Matt, Jess and Andrew. The view over the city was amazing, lots of bright coloured infrastructure in amongst the standard concrete boxes that stood as housing. You couldn't see the edges of the city due to the smog, but plenty of housing spread up into the mountains. After arriving at our hostel we …
... drivers! We got some tacos from a local stall and munched them before retiring.
The next day we headed out of the centre on the metro bus which is very fast, hot and busy and on which I banged my head very hard! The plan was to visit the former home of Frida Kahlo, the Mexican artist, which is now a museum dedicated to her life and work. The house stands out as it is painted blue and was featured in the film about her life. We got there and I was a little confused as I ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Catedral Mexico City
Right on target!!!
I stayed in the Hotel Catedral over the Labor Day holiday. Couldn't have asked for more! Pleasant staff! Walking distance to the zocalo.
Clean room. Excellent bang for the buck. Would recommend and would visit again.
Purified water faucet in bathroom!
Large modern bathroom with bidet! Huge bathtub, some with jacuzzi, lots of marble, and really very clean. There are two terraces, one on each side of the building on the top floor. It is a beautiful view from there any time of the day, and esp. at night. One morning we saw and heard the bells toll in one of the Catedrals for over half an hour to celebrate the Pope's visit. A very special place, cheerful hallway decor, large and comfortable rooms, a good restaurant downstairs with outstanding service, and even entertainment in the cute little bar. Although we had a room overlooking the street it was very quiet at night even though it is in the historical center. Can't say enough about it. And when you pay your bill you'll think they left off a couple days!
I travel to Mexico City each 3 months, i always book in this hotel, the price is great, the ubication is excellent, the service is good, the food is cheaper with good taste, if you travel to Mexico City by pleasure, this hotel is a smart choice, because it is in the historic center, next to the main square (zocalo) and the fine arts palace, there are hotels in the same but they are very expensive with poor service and installations. I pay just 350 pesos (35 USD) for night.RAMON PENACHIHUAHUAMEXICOI you
A Great Bargain near the Zocolo
I spent 3 nights at Hotel Catedral in January 2003 and plan to return in the fall. The staff is friendly and the place is fairly quiet. Realize that nowhere in downtown Mexico City is really quiet. The location is superb, one block north of the Catedral Metropolitana and the Zocolo. Room rates are a bargain. Singles go for 315 pesos (about $29US)and the suites with a whirlpool bath are only 495 pesos ($45US). Rates include the 17% tax. The street was being torn up for replacement of water and electrical lines when I was there, so you have to walk about a half block to the front door. Their companion hotel, Hotel Gillow, is also a real bargain.
Action in the Zocalo
The location of this hotel is perfect if you want to experience the real culture and authenticity of Mexico City. It is located right in the heart of Mexico, in the Zocalo right behind the Catedral. You have access to the best of Mexico's historical and cultural sites, local shops, and dining for all tastes just a hop and a skip away -- and no need for taxis or buses for any of it. And after full days of experiencing the excitement of the city, you can retire to the quiet and quaint niceties of this pleasant hotel.
Very nice for cheaper price
My and my girl friend went to Mexico City from August 31st - September 4. It was great! We stayed at Hotel Cathedral and paid $43 approx for double bed.
The atmosphere is nice and safe within the hotel. Safety was important to us. Outside, is the Zocalo, which is not the most peace loving area, but what do you expect? It is downtown Mexico City! In Zocalo, you really see the culture, and see the poor people (the lower class), working the stalls and shops. Everybody tries to rip you off because of being foreigners, but you can do some really good bargaining. If they ask $150, you might be able to buy it for $50!!
There are many places to eat and drink around. Just make sure you put your credit card and valuables in the safe locker provided by the hotel. The hotel has a restaurant/bar in it which is really nice. It is open late and is cheap compared to some of the other good restaurants.
There is a pharmacy and a store about 2-3 blocks away. There is a nice hip bar about block and a half away.
A real find...and a pleasant stay
I just returned from two weeks in Mexico and spent the last two nights (September 7-9, 2002)in Mexico City at the Hotel Catedral. The location was superbly convenient, as my focus was to revisit the Templo Mayor, just around the corner, and its excellent museum; and the Zocalo, just around the block, where there were wonderful festival events anticipating Mexican Independence Day on September 16.
The room cleanliness and amenities were excellent, the bathroom even had a special tap providing purified water. The price was phenomenally low, about $35 single for a room ($45 or so double), including all taxes. The hotel also has two PCs in the lobby (one was connected at the time) that provide Internet access for about $1 for 15 minutes, a real convenience. Restaurant meals were quite good and reasonable.
The downsides are (1) the "view" toward the Cathedral overlooks an abandoned old building that is falling into ruins (e.g., not beautiful but it does mean that side of the hotel is very very quiet!); and (2) the Historical Center is the most dangerous part of the city for crime--attested to by a newspaper article (in Spanish) while I was there, showing that the relative overstaffing of police there had not brought the area's crime rate down in comparison with other areas of the city. I don't consider this factor a huge problem IF you have the street smarts of someone who has lived in a large US city.
The desk personnel are totally professional and helpful, and the hotel is attractive. I'd gladly stay there again on my next trip.
Would be nice!
I have tried to contact Caterdral by fax and by email from New Zealand - but after several attempts they have not given the courtesy of any response! They MAY be great to stay with.... but how can you stay there if you can't make a reservation!
Home away from home
When I went to Mexico City in February 1999, I stayed at the Hotel Catedral near the Zocalo. It was extremely convenient to public transportation, just a few minutes from Benito Juarez Airport. The reservations desk was Internet friendly, and I was able to see a representative room on their web page. I was able to send them faxes and e-mail to make and confirm my reservation. The restaurant was everything I needed at a reasonable price. The clientele were international. The room was very clean, and television and telephone service was excellent (I enjoyed watching "CNN en Espaņol" and being able to call my friends whenever I wanted. Everything one would want to see is within easy reach. It was much better than paying the high embassy row hotel prices, and the accommodations were just as good. If I ever make it back to Mexico City, I will stay again at the Hotel Catedral.
My favorite hotel in Mexico City
I stayed in the Hotel Catedral for two nights March 9 and 10, 2002. I last stayed there in March 1996. I had very positive experiences both times. The hotel did show some wear and tear since my last visit but it is still clean and well maintained. The hotel has the amenities of a larger hotel without the larger price. It is very convienently located near the zocalo. There is a travel agency office in the hotel lobby that was very helpful in booking a flight to Oaxaca. That office also offers tours around Mexico City and to the Pyraminds. The hotel restaurant is good and very convienent for breakfast. Over all, a real bargain.