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“Nice old traditional hotel. A right place in historical downtown Mexico.” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Gillow
Isabel la Catolica 17, Mexico City 06000, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #25 of 277 hotels in Mexico City
San Jose, Costa Rica
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18 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Nice old traditional hotel. A right place in historical downtown Mexico.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

It's a best in downtown Mexico city. Rooms are clean, fine service and hospitality. Despite it is located two blocs from the Zocalo Plaza, there is no noise to worry.
Almost everything is at hand: Bellas Artes theater, Plaza Mayor, fine bookstores, museums, and lots of restaurants.

Downtown Mexico is also very secure. We strolled the area with no problem at all.

The building is old, but charming. We got a room with a nice terraza, facing an old church tower.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Hoodsport
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64 reviews 64 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Comfortable and safe but not cheep. Location is great just around the corner from the main square. The staff was helpful to get trips else where as Teotihuacan. The hotel is in the middle of the city so absolutly everything is within walking distance as reastruants and entertainment galore.

Room Tip: All rooms seem to be good that I know of.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Stayed here for a total of 5 nights on 2 occasions. Rooms were decent size but we requested a king size bed the second time for more comfort. Staff is helpful & several speak English. Sheets & towels were changed daily & purified water/ice was available on every floor. Plenty of hot water but limited electrical outlets. We enjoyed breakfast in the ground level restaurant & the breakfast buffet had numerous choices of fruit, omelets & Mexican specialties. I recommend a room on the upper floors because the location can be noisy. That said, you are blocks to the zocalo and other tourist attractions with an easy walk to the Metro stations.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Check to see if you can get a room with a terrace on the 6th floor
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Not having stayed at other hotels in Mexico city we choose this one on the basis of the reviews below and it did not disappoint. The building has some style and is well positioned near the Zòcalo, but not right on it so avoiding the worst of the noise. Standard rooms and beds are a bit small (and beds a bit firm) but our room on the 6th floor also had an outside terrace which was great. Nice shower cubicles, cable TV and WiFi are provided together with drinking water and ice on every floor. There is a restaurant in the building with a varied menu. They’re not good at responding to emails so always call ahead.

Tip. Do have a Sundowner at the rooftop bar of the nearby Gran Hotel - the lobby of which with its Tiffany glass roof are an absolute must see. For eating try the Café De Taguba just a couple of blocks away (NOTE: Spelt wrongly on Tripadvisor)

Room Tip: Try and get one on the 6th floor with terrace (ours was 601)
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

We have been staying at the Hotel Gillow off and on for about 12 or so years. For its location in the historic center, it cannot be beat. We have always been well taken care of the Gillow. From storing bags at the hotel to be picked up on the way back through the city, to being helped with directions, and given recommendations for great restaurants nearby, the staff are savvy and attentive. They can arrange for a driver to the airport in the early hours, or taxi to the outer limits of the Zona Rosa. And they can assist you in English, too!
Although, some rooms are better than others, and some of their pillows are more comfortable than others, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel next time you find yourself with no where to lay your head in the centro historico. As the centro evolves for the better, so has the hotel. They've recently installed two birds cages in the inner courtyard, and the pleasant sound of birdsong is a welcome start to the morning. And the top floor rooms boast flowering planters, where I saw a hummingbird one morning!

Room Tip: South facing top floor rooms have morning sunlight, flowering planters and table and chairs to soak...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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GMRoberto, Manager at Hotel Gillow, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Dear Customer

Thank you so very much for your positive comment of Hotel Gillow,

Im really pleased to hear that the cages for the brids really worked out to bring more harmony on your stay. Since your visit we had remodeled the 6th floor entirely, so now the next time you visit you will have a brand new room plus the balcony.

Nature (such as birds & flowers) are vital in a big city!

Roberto Gonzalez
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139 reviews 139 reviews
44 hotel reviews
Reviews in 76 cities Reviews in 76 cities
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

We were introduced to Gillow by our friends who frequently stay here. And we understand why now. great location, easy to walk around the central area. Very good price, passable restaurant, friendly staff. Decent bed/mattress. This is the place we will stay at when here... that says it all

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  • Stayed February 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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GMRoberto, Manager at Hotel Gillow, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comment of Hotel Gillow,

We are really pleased to see that some of your friends recommened our property. Since your visit we had remodeled the 6th floor entirely, so now the next time you visit you will have a brand new room plus the balcony you so much enjoy. Moreover you know what they say about the hotel rule of a turist, location location and location! :)

Hope you come back soon!

Roberto Gonzalez
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Additional Information about Hotel Gillow

Also Known As:
Gillow Hotel Mexico City
Gillow Mexico City
Hotel Gillow Mexico City
Address: Isabel la Catolica 17, Mexico City 06000, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Central Mexico and Gulf Coast > Mexico City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Best Value Hotel in Mexico City
#31 Business Hotel in Mexico City
#33 Family Hotel in Mexico City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Gillow is one of the oldest hotels in Mexico, with more than a 100 years of experience in personalized service and supreme quality. It is located in the heart of Mexico City just 2 blocks away from "El Zocalo" and 3 blocks from "Bellas Artes". You will feel the colonial environment of Mexico and at the same time the conformity of technology at your hand. Moreover, it has the best restaurant in downtown called "La Capilla" which offers an exquisite fusion of Mediterranean and Mexican cuisine. Don't miss the opportunity to visit Mexico with us. ¡Bienvenido! ... more   less 

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