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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Gillow Mexico City
Large, Clean Rooms
We (4 adults) spent 2 nights at the Gillow. We had a two room suite with 2 large beds in each room. The beds and pillows were nice. The price was only 68 dollars per night for 4 people (great deal). The bathroom was large and very updated and clean. I would definitely stay at the Gillow on our next visit to Mexico City. The security was great and the safety deposit box was first class. Nice cafe in the loby. Great location for visit to the Zocola and historical area of the city. We were told that same people that own the Hotel Catedral own this property also. Much preferred this property over the Catedral.
What a bargain!
The staff was friendly and accomodating. It seemed to be centrally located in the Zocalo, an easy walk to the big square or the Museo Belle Artes. Best of all was the price. We got a luxury suite with a king sized bed, a huge jacuzzi tub, separate shower, etc. for the price of a motel room in the U.S. Room service was prompt and efficient. Highly recommended.
The hotel is in a good location and the lobby and shared areas are very nice but the room was a bit gloomy and the bathroom was not wonderfully hygienic with no lid on the toilet and the towel hanging onto the toilet seat. The staff were not very friendly or flexible, they would not let me open my safety deposit box until 8am even though I had a flight to catch.
Great value and location
Spent 4 nights there in late Feb. A great deal. Location is excellent; 2 blocks from Zocalo. Easy walking distance to 2 Metro Stations and many, inexpensive resturants. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Top of line room about $40/night, including tax, booked by e-mail. Purified water and ice on most floors; fresh caraf placed in room daily by maid.
Certainly would stay there again on next trip to Mexico City.
Convenient location, good price
I recently stayed at Hotel Gillow and had a pleasant experience there.
We had a room on the top floor that included a small terrace with nice views of the street below and the top of the Municipal Cathedral. This hotel is conveniently located two blocks from the Cathedral and National Palace and four blocks from the Palace of Fine Arts, Latino Tower and la Alameda Central (park). Some floors were in the process of getting new carpet. I would definitely stay here again. Its a bargain for its convenience and the quality of the accommodations.
we stayed at Hotel Gillow again autumn 2003 after not having been to Mexico for 3 years. it is convenient to the Metro, Centro Historico and the hardware store and vegetarian restaurants we like. this time i didn't notice any cockroaches in our room and our first 4 nites the room had a ceiling fan and a sliding door on the tub/shower altho the switches right inside the entry door were confusing and we didn't have enough light to read in bed. this year we took a bus out of town and returned to M.C. for one last nite. at that time they gave us a room on the top floor with a balcony/patio altho the door was hard to slide. we couldn't get cable tv for some reason. unlike our experience in 2000, this time we had to walk to different floors to replenish our purified water supply. no one would offer an apology or explanation as to why the 2nd and 6th floors didn't have water dispensers. and of course there are never any washcloths in Mexico. i assume Mexicans never wash their ears. we paid around 40$ US for 2 people and expect to stay at the Hotel Gillow the next time we visit Mexico City. taxi drivers don't appear to be too familiar with the place (for one thing, i have never learned how to pronounce "Gillow", with the Spanish "ll" or not!) but it is at the corner of Isabel la Catolica and 5 de Mayo.
my wife and I stayed there early 2003. Found the staff very friendly and accomodating. Will also keep luggage when going on a side trip.
Restaurant is also good value.
Great Location, inexpensive, clean and comfortable (a steal!)
I picked this hotel out of the blue online and was pleasantly surprised, it is a gem. You can't beat the location, it is within walking distance of the Zocalo, the Palacio de Bellas Artes, and the Plaza Garibaldi. The Metro is nearby so you can go anywhere in the city. Very inexpensive, clean, comfortable, and quaint. I will definitely stay there again when I'm in Mexico City.
Very Comfortable Place
I stayed here 9 nights and it was a very comfortable place to come to after a long day exploring the central corridor of Mexico City. The location is superb, first of all, it is located in the heart of the main historic avenue (Cinco de Mayo), about 5 blocks from the Zocalo (Historic square), the hotel is surrounded by restaurants, cafes, pharmacies (good for shampoo, condoms and soap), the post office (to mail postcards) is 5 blocks away and the metro station can take you to any position in the city for only .20 cents (Allende station). The staff is helpful and delightfully courteous to gringos and there is even a safety box to store valuables (travellers checks, passport, watches, gold, money) which I would recommend using because I had my metro tickets (which were worth only $2) stolen from my room. The rooms are very clean and there is a fan on the ceiling to cool one off during the hot night, the restroom has a lot of cockroaches but it was not a problem considering that it only cost $50 a night to stay here and they were only annoying. A TV gets some American channels and there is even a phone and a small desk to write upon. The lighting is adequate and the hotel has plenty of "purified water" to drink because it is not recommended to drink the pipe water which has diseases. The bad point is that there is a speaker which plays loud music early in the morning and until about 9pm but if you are far enough from it, you can sleep quite easily or stuff some cotton into your ears. I would use this hotel again and would even recommend it to the common traveler, if you are looking for something more luxurious with amenities, you could try something else around the Polanco or Zona Rosa district and pay 4 times as much but this is a bargin.
You know you are in a foreign country when you enter the reception area -- it is interesting and different. Our twin room was quite spacious with a table and chairs and large, very clean bath. We had large windows opening onto Cinco de Mayo St. No one would call it luxurious but it was certainly very good value at about $ 45 US.
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