Sheraton Centro Historico
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sheraton Centro Historico Mexico City
Great time at Sheraton Centro Historico
First time traveller to Mexico City and enjoyed my stay at Sheraton Centro Historico. I stayed on the Sheraton Preferred Guest floor and the room was quite large with a huge bathroom. View from 24th floor was exceptional. The room was very clean and well kept.
The Los Dones restaurant had a nice breakfast buffet and also enjoyed the wine bar. The location was great as we could walk to the historical sites and to the Palacio de Bellas Artes. The concierge did a very nice job in recommending restaurants and getting tickets for Ballet Folklorico (which was great). Concierge also provided a top notch guide for tour of Historic district. Very pleased with my stay.
Excellent in every respect
This is the best hotel I've stayed at in quite awhile. And by far the best bargain.
Because I was in Mexico City as a guest of the federal bank, I was upgraded to a 'king corner' room. This was an immense room with a great city view, quite pleasantly furnished and decorated. And very quiet. My discounted rate was a remarkable $120 a night -- about a third of what a comparable room would have cost in London or New York.
My colleagues and I ate several times in the hotel's Cardinale restaurant, which was very very good. And inexpensive. It features a large Diego Rivera mural.
The service was consistently first-rate -- attentive, friendly and efficient. My only minor complaint was that the waiters were a little slow in bringing the cheque in the restaurant occasionally.
But overall, I enjoyed the Centro throughout my four-day stay. I recommend it highly.
pleasantly suprised. the hotel is in a great location walking distance to the historical locations and to the art center. it's almost across the street.
the lobby is great looking and new. the service great. the rooms were fabulous with new bathrooms updated furniture. large rooms and fab views of the city. the hallways and elevators were impressive with fab furniture and tasteful. i would recommend this hotel. we got a good rate of $150 a night on the weekend. i would say it's worth it. you could be impressed. it's quite contemp and elegant.
Loved the hotel, hated the service
We stayed here for 3 days. It is very close to the Central Plaza and Palace of Fine Arts, which is great, and very safe. My boyfriend and I were walking around at midnight, but unfortunately, most of the city is closed at this time. We ended up just sitting in front of the Palace of Fine Arts. The hotel had a great gourmet Mexican restaurant, El Cardinale, with great prices. We noticed that a lot of local businessmen were eating there. The breakfast buffet also looked great, but we ordered a la carte. The great thing about Mexico City is that an average American can go and enjoy fine dining and theater shows for great prices, unlike in the States. We saw a show with center orchestra seats for $70 for two! At the Kennedy Center, it would costs $400 to see the opera with those seats. I would definitely go to this hotel again, which is close to everything. It has huge rooms with beautiful decor.
The bad thing is that we asked for a room with a view, but we never got one. My father had a mix up with his room, so they granted him a suite with a great view of Almeda Park. I don't see what the big deal was, but we were stuck with a view of an alley. The front desk guy didn't care, but the doormen and bellboys were great. On our last day we tipped our bellboy $20 for at least pretending to care unlike the front desk people.
Very nice...and expensive!
I have just returned from Mexico City and this was my first stay at Sheraton centro historico. The rooms are very nice and definitely clean. The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. I can say without a doubt this hotel will not dissapoint anyone, there is nothing wrong with it. The only thing I found in VERY bad taste is that they charge local calls by the minute!! they charge you $.20 for each minute you are on the phone, I found that excesive and ridiculous! OHH!! but wait, they charge you as well $2.50 for each 1-800 call that you make even though they are supposed to be FREE!. I found this in very very poor taste. Evrn though the hotel is very nice I dont like when they steal from me, thats why I am not returning here. I better stay at Fiesta Americana Reforma, not as plush as this one but much more than enough for any buissness or casual travel.
Welcome to the new milenium!
Being a world traveller, who has been to 52 countries, I was pleasantly surprised with a stay at this hotel. I was attending a business conference and recieved prompt and courteous service. The staff from housekeeping to front office reception, food & beverage to the little coffee cafe was exceptionally professional as well as friendly. What more can you ask of a city center hotel in the largest city in the western hemisphere. One doesnt experience this in many city centers elsewhere. However, the truly exciting aspect of this hotel is its modern approach and safety features. The Business center is world class and in-room amenities stand out. It is truly state of the art!
What a view...
My partner & I stayed for Thanksgiving 2004 at this hotel.
+ If want a great view, request a room that is on the East side. You will recieve a wall of windows.
+ Even though it is $10 USD per day, their gym has a ample CYBEX and freeweights. Plenty of treadmills.
+The bar is very nice (however, avoid the friday night duo - they are worse than Steve and Edie)
+The first floor wine bar has a great selection,
+The rooms are very, very quiet.
-None of the windows open, therefore you have to use the AC all the time and therefore dry out your sinuses. This may not be a bad thing as Mexico City has smog worse than Los Angeles.
We really enjoyed the location and didn't need to take a taxi. Took Metro at all times. Staff was attentive to our needs. I would stay at this hotel again.
Great hotel, but not perfect.
I stayed here recently for a large conference and was generally happy with the hotel and staff. That said, the hotel is much better than the staff. Rooms are extremely spacious and comfortable with all amenities you expect. The layout is nice and the hotel is quiet.
The downside, and these shouldn't be taken as major criticisms, just FYI, are few, but worth mentioning. First, the location is iffy since the Centro Historico has experienced an overall slide in terms of economics and safety. We were often told to take a taxi even if going 4-6 blocks away after dark. Second, the hotel does not use a checklist for their staff, so I didn't have coffee for the coffeepot until the afternoon I was leaving. It was never an issue since I had coffee with colleagues in the restuarant. Third, more than a few of my colleagues, including yours truly, had to fight with the reception staff upon check-out to delete hundreds of pesos worth of bogus charges, ranging from faxes never received to mini-bar items never consumed. Finally, as we were part of a high-profile group, security was very tight, but fell apart in the details. We were all subjected to multiple metal detector scans, but I never saw one bag opened and inspected, it was simply handed around the scanner to the guard who then handed it back after you walked through the machine. This was a consistent problem for all of the 3 security posts for hundreds of people over a 5 day meeting.
Still, if you don't mind these rather picky, but potentially serious, problems, the newness of the hotel with a central location and great restaurant and bar should convince you to stay there. However, there are better deals in safer parts of the city, and with a pool.
The best in Mexico City, great internet access.
The rooms and service are comparable to the very best in orient. Food is great. There is a mexican restaurant in its first floor, that was just recently chosen as the best in Mexico City.Also the internet access is "real" high speed. It is in walking distance from National Museum.
Just as an info for some Mexico visitors. The hotel is not finished yet - the top two floors are still under construction. So there isn't any Rooftop-Garden or Spa (as advertised). Anyway the hotel is quite nice - because it's new. The location is OK for sightseeing but you are better of in or around the Zona Rosa if you are looking for some nightlife.
The breakfast buffet isn't that splendid and quite expensive - but for $80 a night (breakfast included) not a bad deal for a 5 star hotel. I also stayed at the Gran Melia (half a mile away) which is little bit more impressive (nice open atrium) but also more expensive.