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“A great mid-range choice” 4 of 5 stars
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Donceles #95, Col. Centro, Mexico City 06020, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #16 of 293 Hotels in Mexico City
Singapore, Singapore
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“A great mid-range choice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Hotel Catedral's self description as "luxury" is somewhat ambitious, but if you get beyond that, this is a lovely little hotel in a fantastic location, right round the corner from the Zocalo. The rooms are clean, spacious and comfortable (although sadly lacking in safeboxes and hot drink-making facilities), and the complementary wifi is reliable. They ran out of single rooms, so I got upgraded to a nice double on the top floor (number 707), overlooking the roof terrace - it could get a little noisy with people sitting out there, but it was worth it for the view. I didn't try the breakfast, but the restaurant was rather disappointing when dinner there the first night. Plenty of great options in the vicinity, so no need to eat there anyway. The staff were all extremely friendly and helpful. Overall, very highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boerne, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Just a block off the Zocalo in the old historic city center. Great service from all the staff. Excellent breakfasts also. Rooms were very clean and well maintained. I'd have no reservations about going back or referring anyone.

Room Tip: Higher floors have a better view, but be prepared for street noise.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Great value, great location right behind the cathedral and the Zocalo. A good experience on our first trip to this very intense and exciting City. There were no downsides to our stay here and the location really is unbeatable. The traffic seems to be almost always gridlocked so the ability to stroll out of the hotel door and be in the centre of the city with all it's sights within walking distance was a boon.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Tracy, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

I have stayed here for 3 different trips to Mexico City now. The customer service is outstanding, especially the bellman Luis Angel! He goes above and beyond to assist with anything you need. the location is is perfect. close to everything. The breakfast buffet was very good. all is all this hotel is the best around for the $$.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012 via mobile

We recently had a great stay at the Hotel Catedral. They are remodeling the rooms floor by floor and prices have gone up somewhat, but it was still a bargain for our family of four at 1035 pesos. Ask for a room on floor four or above for nice city views. The nightclub on Donceles is noisy, but we were happy to put up with it in return for a balcony. The rooms were comfortable and the agua purificada tap in the bathroom is great.

We did not use the buffet breakfast in the hotel because we preferred to eat out, but it looked good. We did eat breakfast in the restaurant once and I have to say it was one of the worst meals we had in Mexico. The staff at the hotel were helpful and most spoke reasonably good English. We always felt safe returning home at night. The location is perfect being a block away from the zocalo. There is a 7-11 at the corner for cerveza and tons of great restaurants on 5 de Mayo and Madero. My kids loved the cookies and candy in the lobby. We will stay here again when we are in Mexico City.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Puerto Escondido, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

We spent a very pleasant week here and I would recommend this hotel to anyone. It's just behind the cathedral in the zocalo and therefore in a super location. The staff were terrific, and so were the galletas that resembled shortbread that were almost always on the front desk. A comment has been made here already about the air: it was not functioning but I'm not sure I would have been any more comfortable. Most city hotel rooms are stuffy, in my experience. The breakfast buffet was good and included in our room rate of $78 US a night, which I thought was very reasonable given the hotel's location. I cannot recommend the restaurant. We ate there a couple of times and really enjoyed the caldo xóchitl, but most other dishes were very mediocre. Service was a bit slow too. Our room faced the very small central courtyard: no view but we rarely heard a sound from outside and one morning slept till 10 because it was so dark with the curtains drawn. We ended each day with a cigar/cigarette and a whisky on the rooftop terrace, enchanted by the scent of gardenias and less so with the interminable Aztec drumming in the zocalo. But that's merely a comment, not a complaint. Happy memories all round!

Room Tip: Rooms facing the inner courtyard are quiet.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

My boyfriend and I liked the hotel’s accommodations, but faced some homophobia from the front desk staff. We booked a matrimonial room online (one king sized bed), but when we showed up and asked for our reservation, the clerks laughed and made seemingly homophobic remarks to each other in Spanish. (We don’t speak the language well, but it was obvious we were the butt of their jokes). It was not the welcome I anticipated and made us feel like crap.

The hotel is also under construction, a fact the hotel conveniently neglects to announce. Construction starts very early in the morning (6-8 AM) and continues throughout the day. The room wasn’t discounted at all even though this was going on the entire six days we were there. Despite the staff's insensitivity and the construction noise, Hotel Catedral is a good budget option with clean, modern rooms. It is in a location convenient to the Metro and cultural sites such as the Zocalo, Templo Mayor, and the Metropolitan Cathedral. The shuttle from the airport ($3 US) drops you off very close and, for us, was easier than getting a cab. Other areas of the city are far more beautiful and offer more diverse dining and shopping options, but if you want to be close to several tourist hotspots this is a good pick (if only for a few nights).

Room Tip: Ask for a quieter room away from construction if possible.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Donceles #95, Col. Centro, Mexico City 06020, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Central Mexico and Gulf Coast > Mexico City
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Mexico City
#15 Romantic Hotel in Mexico City
#17 Best Value Hotel in Mexico City
#33 Business Hotel in Mexico City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 116
Also Known As:
Catedral Hotel Mexico City
Catedral Mexico City
Hotel Catedral Mexico City

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