I was very nervous about vacationing in Mexico City. I wrote in to Tripadvisor many times with questions. I will give you my take on vacationing in this Mexican Capital of 20 million people.
We had an awesome time, let me break it down for you:
The airport: Is modern and very impressive,They do have ongoing construction inside,which will only make it better..... the people were very friendly and helpful. Upon arriving the customs agent that stamped my passport said to us "Welcome to Mexico City" I felt at that moment that all would be ok.
We did not to have get a taxi, friends picked us up, but they do have airport taxis with a fixed rate that will transport you to your hotel safely.
Our Hotel:Hotel del Angel, The hotel is dated and worn, the rooms were clean..the bellboy and doormen were very pleasant and helpful...I do have one complaint they control the A/C from the front desk..it does not work very well when it is on. At 10:00 PM, they shut it off...When I complained they did bring us a fan to cool us off during the night. If when I return to Mexico City I will upgrade my hotel.Mexico City has beautiful and trendy hotels....But this hotel had a perfect location!!! it is a block from one of Mexico Citys best monuements "El Angel de la Indenpendencia"on the Reforma Ave...Mexico Citys most important and beautiful avenues, it is tree lined with satutes,fountains, park benches as well as impressive hotels and skyscrapers...it reminded me of avenues in Rome Italy. Also on Reforma avenue a block from our hotel is the Red double decker sightseeing bus stop.Like London has... This by far is the best value in Mexico City...for $10.00 dollars you can take in Mexico citys best sights...you can get off at any of there stops and re-board whenever you are ready for another adventure. The bus'es are clean and modern. Inclueded in that price you get ear phones you plug in to your language to hear information on the sights. We did this several days and loved it!!!!!we never had to take a taxi.
Zona Rosa: Not as upscale as I thought it would be..it looks a little seedy.
Sights: Plaza Garibaldi: we did drive by at night and it looked a little seedy. The Maraichis run to your car and tap on your windows offering their services...I mean they attack...that was enough for us to not want to stop.
Centro Historico Zocalo: WOW what a beautiful and awesome area, everything there is eye popping...it drips with history of old Mexico...please go to the top floor of the Hotel Majestic to the open terrace resturant...the view there of the Zocalo is etched in mind forever.....stick your head in the lobby of the Grand Hotel De La Ciudad De Mexico....Ultra luxury from Mexicos past...eye-popping.... Chapultepec Park and Castillo: The park is immense, all we did there is tour the Castillo (castle) it is something to see...but the views of Mexico City from that point are the best city views, it is out of this world...there you can see just how large this mega-metropolis really is..and it is something you have to see for yourself impossible to explain.
Polanco: Ultra swank, it rivals Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills..High end shopping., ..what I loved was the area...beautiful mansions in beautiful settings..we never got off the bus we just dreamed.
Condesa: Remined me of Paris...the streets in the Condesa area are all tree lined with bustling outside cafe's...filled with people having amazing conversations...the buildings have a French flair.....it made me remember my travels to Paris....
Palacio Bellas Artes: Italian masterpiece, we attended a performance of the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico....awesome!!!!
Before we went to the show we had dinner at the Sanbornes in the historic and restored "House of Blue Tiles" This building though sinking is so so beautiful...Mexicos royal era...it is very large with several impressive dining rooms on all levels...the dining rooms reminded me of dining rooms that might of been found on the Titanic. A must see.
Coyoacan: A lovely tree lined area..we went to a plaza that was holding a market..filled with crafts and Mexican items...it was fun and very colorful. We ate one of our best meals across the street from the outside market, at a vibrant building that housed many many food stalls with an array of mexican plates for almost next to nothing..we had deep fried quesadillas your choice of meat!!!!!!they were great and then we washed them down with an icy cold coke in the bottle...ah I miss those quesadillas....
Mall Shopping: Cuidad Satelite: an upscale suburb of Mexico City..we went to a mall there that could of been any mall in the USA....Ultra upscale and pricey, with all the eateries we are acustomed to here...I thought I was in LA.....
Shopping: it was hard to locate true Mexican crafts and gifts. The Zona Rosa had a marketplace but it was very pricey.
Our friends finally took us to Artesanias Buena Vista.....a Mega inside marketplace....we got all our gifts under one roof...so so many items to choose from..and great prices..the associates there were very professional and very pleasant..we had a blast shopping there.
Crime: We never saw crime or ever felt threatened....people in general were very friendly and very helpful...we never took the metro..or strayed away from the beaten path...I am aware there is crime.....you have it in your city as well..we just stayed away from harms way.....we only bumped into one other couple from Los Angeles the whole time we were there...very few Americans venture into this Jewel..we did meet many Europeans vacationing in Mexico and were enthralled with the City as we were.
Mexico City: Please do not stay away from this Worldclass City...perhaps many years ago, it was gritty, danger was rampant...those were my concerns...instead what a pleasant surprise...the city has emerged as a vibrant worldclass vacation destination...it is cosmopolitan and has become one of my favorite vacation spots, it's up there with Rome and Paris.
Traffic: Thank goodness we never had to drive...the traffic is chaos...that is a negative aspect of this city.
all in all I will return to this City I miss it and love it. If you have any questions or concerns please drop me a line.