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I don't know what we were expecting... but I guess we hadn't done our research on the city itself!
We loved exploring this stunning city... from old to older and very new. Having been to other parts of Mexico, we were so excited about the variety of great international food... that might seem counter-intuitive, but after tacos de cualquier …
... into the ground. It's hard to tell which ones are sinking and which ones are actually straight! The Museum of Dona olmeada was actually an estate that was donated to the city of Mexico to display art. The owner of the home, Dolores olmeada, was actually close with Diego Rivera, so we were able to see a lot of works by Diego and Frida Kahlo. On our way back, we stopped at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, a giant theatre which is home to large murals by ...
... water) - natural rock formations made by calcium carbonate and other minerals creating pools and waterfalls. Friday we were heading back to Mexico City, a six-hour bus ride from Oaxaca. We decided to save some dollars and caught the second-class bus which is apparently something that not even most Mexicans do. Not surprisingly we were greeted by some fairly amused looks but everyone was very friendly and the bus had all the luxuries of air conditioning and comfy ...
... but we had never tried running, let alone sprinting, so we didn't really appreciate how hard it is too play football at this sort of altitude until now. Once you get out of breath, you won't get it back without a long rest. There was a ten minute break until his second match, in which Paul played in goal, before another ten minute break, by the end of which he was just about ready to play again and managed two consecutive matches outfield before going in goal again. ...
... back to the Zocalo, yours truly the guide en route. Had a break at the main Sanborn's, eating in the diner area, very reminiscent of Route 66. Will probably go back to Teotihuacan tomorrow.
To the Zocalo and a stop inside the Cathedral. The place was alot busier, including more local Indian dancers in colourful costumes. Realized the Mexican flag was at half mast re the Pemex
building explosion deaths. Went to the area where the city was ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRoom Mate Valentina Mexico City
Still amazing in many ways, but with a few broken things in the room... a main lamp/feature of the room, without which the room was rather dark in the evening... broken sink... it could have been better.
We would still likely stay there again... great breakfast!
Otherwise it was comfortable and perfectly located.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Room Mate Valentina Mexico City
A Wonderful Time
Just got back from 4 days in Mexico City and stayed in the Marco Polo.
Very nice staff, great view up in the Penthouse and at a very reasonable price. Perfect location for intercity discovery. Easy walking to Chapultepec and Zocola.
I would stay here again without hesitation. Taxi was $24 from the airport for two...so 12.50 a piece....my wife and I did not feel nickle and dimed at all. It was our first anniversery and was perfect.
Un tiempo maravilloso.
Acabo de regresar de 4 días en Ciudad de México y estuve en el Marco Polo.
El personal era muy agradable, tenía unas excelentes vistas desde el ático y a un precio muy razonable. Una ubicación perfecta para el descubrimiento interurbano. Es fácil llegar a Chapultepec y a Zócalo.
Permanecería aquí otra vez sin vacilación. El taxi para dos era 24 dólares desde el aeropuerto... Así que 12'50 cada uno...Mi esposa y yo no nos sentíamos en una baratija para nada. Era nuestro primer aniversario y fue perfecto.
Got a suite on the 6th floor of the adjoining building (access through a door to the left of the main entry). Kitchenette was dirty and refrigerator was inoperative. Decor was dark wood furniture with creepy Aztec sacrificial prints on the walls. Two rock hard twin beds. Needs renovation. Towel rack mounting screws were pulling out of wall in bathroom. Bathroom cauking falling apart. When I sat down in a chair in the sitting area the bottom fell out and I ended up on the floor!
Sounds funny now. The breakfast buffet was standard fare. I don't recommend it.
We originally checked in to the Sheraton Maria Isabel but were immediately aware that the high rates we were paying were for the luxorious surroundings, i.e. lobby, conference rooms, bar/lounge, etc because the rooms were very ordinary and small. We decided to check into the Marco Polo (which was right across Paseo de la Reforma) from the Sheraton due to the above and were very glad we did. The room rates were cut in half and we were given a suite that overlooked the Angel.
The rooms were very spacious and comfortable with a great sitting area.
The location was excellent and allowed you to go for an evening stroll to grab a bite to eat or have a drink after being out sightseeing all day. We felt safe (of course using common sense) being out and about the area. We also found the location of the Marco Polo away from the hustle and bustle that is Mexico City. The staff was attentive and it was great to come back to your room with turn down service, a robe, and slippers! The rate of the room also included continental breakfast. It was what you would expect. The on site restaurant was ordinary but again the staff was very attentive. I have travelled to Mexico City numerous times and have stayed in various locations. I would choose this location again due to the close location of the restaurants and night life. The Zocalo location is much more beautiful but you have to be cautious when wandering out at night. Here, with common sense, you feel a little more anonymous. My only concern would be that this area is fast becoming seedy. You see it in the nightclub hawkers and the type of bars that are sprouting up. All in all, I enjoyed my stay at the Marco Polo.
Marco Polo Hotel is small, quiet, and luxurious
Spent four nights at the Marco Polo Hotel in the Zona Rosa district of Mexico City. It's a great base for a vacation in this fascinating city. If you don't mind walking a bit, this is within 10 minutes of a large number of sites. The rooms are huge, luxurious, and quiet. Most guests are business people. This is a small hotel, unlike many of the famous tourist hotels. Hence, the staff is very friendly and helpful. The restaurant seems to be sparsely occupied most of the time, but we had a superb dinner meal there. The business center provides free internet access 24 hours a day. We had a suite on the top floor and it was fabulous (and very reasonably priced). This is certainly a "top of the line" hotel in Mexico City.
Best hotel in Mexico City
This is the hotel for the smart visitor who does not need adoring, expensive attention in faux surroundings but who needs genuine good service, clean, well appointed luxury rooms at decent prices and loads of free extras. Extras include a gym, free DSL service, breakfast and shoe shines!Please don't stay there, popularity kills good things.
El mejor hotel de Ciudad de México.
Éste es el hotel para el visitante elegante que no necesita que le adoren, una atención cara en una falsedad circundante, pero quién necesita el genuino buen servicio. Limpio, con habitaciones lujosas y bien equipadas, a precios decentes y un montón de extras gratis. Los extras incluyen: un gimnasio, servicio gratis de ADSL, desayuno y limpia zapatos. Por favor, no te quedes allí, la popularidad mata las cosas buenas.
Nice facilities, but for a price
The accommodations were above average and the facilities were excellent however I could not shake the feeling that I was being nickel and dimed for everything there. The hotel charged me $50 for a ride from the airport in a broken down, dirty car. The going market rate in a nicer taxi: $15-20. I expect to pay a premium for the hotel to arrange this for me but not 150%-200% and certainly not for the transportation I received. I believe a hotel of this quality (and price) should look out for the interests of its guests and this ride certainly failed in that respect. The staff was unapologetic when asked about it. At one point during my stay I needed a VCR and it took 3 phone calls over 5 hours before they brought it up - not the kind of service I expect. Also, they charged a premium on the exchange rate when billing me instead of the market rates that I am used to in business hotels or charging me in US dollars.I doubt I would stay here again.
My husband and I just returned from a week-long trip to Mexico City. Even though the Marco Polo is primarily a business hotel, we found the Marco Polo staff (especially Patricia) to be incredibly accommodating and considerate. We appreciated their small, on-site gym and free Internet access. At first, I was not thrilled with the Zona Rosa area, because it is situated between the ultra-posh Polanco area and the historic Zocalo area. In the end, I preferred the mid-way Zona Rosa location. Our hotel was within walking distance of Chapultepec Park/major museums and a short metro ride to the Zocalo. There was no purified water sign, but they do provide a few bottles of water on a daily basis.
The Marco Polo is centrally located in one other best parts of the city...the Zona Rosa. It was short blocks away from great shopping, entertainment, and restaurants. The American Embassy is two or three blocks away. The Marco Polo has a very nice affordable restaurant on site, which serves both Mexican and American breakfasts. Waiters are very courteous and accommodating. The hotel rooms are medium size, but well appointed. Some had exercise equipment (e.g., stairmasters, stationery bikes) in them. A great convenience was the free use of two computers (internet connected) with printers in a business center off the lobby. The hotel staff spoke and understood enough English to service even the most demanding patron. Stay here....I am sure you will enjoy yourself. For a small hotel, I think you would find it hard to beat.