If you want to be near the Zòcalo without being immersed in its commotion, the location of Hotel Gillow can't be beat. It is an older hotel with an unassuming entrance and an interior that appeared to me to be meticulously maintained. A central atrium provides light to floors one through six; a fountain and caged birds on the first floor of the atrium make a comforting sound. My room was quite ample in size. The bed was a bit firm but not so much so that I would complain. Bathroom fixtures were fully functional and up-to-date. As with the public spaces, I was struck by my room's cleanliness and its level of maintenance. A friend had a room on the sixth floor with an exterior terrace facing 5 de Mayo. Though his room was much smaller than mine, the terrace almost doubled his actual living space and was a great place to hang out at off times. I doubt that any room is like any other, but I would recommend trying to get one of the rooms with terraces if you can. The staff was friendly, accommodating, and responsive; and assisted readily in fluent English and nary a snicker whenever my pitiful Spanish faltered. I was unimpressed by the breakfast served by the restaurant in the building, though it was adequate. But since there are plenty of restaurants and bars in the area, this is not a significant negative. At the price, this hotel can't be beat. It is a genuine bargain without being a bargain hotel, and I would not hesitate to stay here again if I visit Mexico City again.