My friends here in Canada are often surprised when I tell them that I really like visiting Mexico City. "Isn't it dangerous?" and "How can you enjoy a city that big?" are common questions. The answer that I give is "Mexico City has so many amazing places to see and things to do. Just stay at the right place when you're there. You'll feel safe and you'll have a great time." That right place is the Dakota Bed and Breakfast.
My recent stay at the Dakota once again verified my assertion: This is the right place to stay when you're in Mexico City. I say this for 3 reasons: the location, the hotel facilities and the owners: Max and Ruth.
First, the location: Colonia Nápoles is a great location . . . it's a very safe and pleasant neighborhood. There are lots of great restaurants and cafes nearby and a charming little parque just around the corner. You also have easy access to the Metrobus on Insurgentes Ave. only a few minutes walk from the hotel. The Metro is a quick, easy and cheap way to get around . . . only 6 pesos gets you to a lot of great places!
Second, the hotel: A couple of years ago the Dakota moved to its present location on Milwaukee. This was my first time staying at this latest incarnation of the Dakota. I loved it! Very comfortable and spacious rooms . . . each with its own bathroom. A charming little patio garden for coffee and e-mails. Each morning a delicious Mexican deysayuno. The good taste and thoughtfulness of the owners is evident everywhere.
Third, the owners: Max and Ruth . . . without a doubt two of the most sincerely gracious and hospitable people I have ever met. And also the reason my experiences in Mexico City have been so pleasant and positive. Each morning Max would sit with me after breakfast and help me plan my day . . . complete with suggestions, maps, Metro card . . . in English or Spanish.
After several stays at the Dakota I now have an appreciation for Mexico City that is a reflection of the love Max and Ruth have for their hometown. Thanks to both of you for not only giving me a comfortable and affordable place to lay my head but also for helping me to have such wonderful experiences in Mexico City!