My wife and I loved this place. I have lived in England, visited Paris, Munich, etc. and we also love Rome but this place was special. Almost no other Americans there; perhaps they were scared off by the drug cartel violence that was happening 1000 miles north of Mexico City. We felt quite safe, certainly in the hotel, and even elbowing our way through the mercado crowds and strolling to the amazing museums and churches nearby. Many police and I am told they put more cops 'on the beat' the way New York did in the 90's to lower its crime rate.
People gawked a bit (I am a 6'3" bald guy so I look much different from most people there) but if we spoke to them, especially in my [rather improvised] Spanish, they were warm and friendly. I urge others to learn some Spanish before they go, as people there seem to really appreciate your efforts.
The hotel is beautiful, substantial, recently remodeled, and inexpensive if you get a package deal online. The staff were very efficient and sweet, and would patiently allow me to practice my Spanish on them. Excellent champagne brunch served all day on weekends, outdoors in the shady roof restaurant, with a grand view of the Zocalo (huge square) surrounded by the massive cathedral and the 300 plus year old Palacio National. In the evenings they have a fabulous menu and it was a real highlight to sip wine and savor the richly lit cathedral and other historic buildings around the Zocalo. On weekdays, breakfast at the luxurious, wood-paneled Cafe is very good also.
Only complaint was a wedding with a very stylish reception afterwards that thumped on until 2 AM, and our room was unfortunately nearby. But the tradeoff was the excitement and commotion of the wedding, with many beautiful people gathering for it there in the hotel.
People, especially the attractive locals, dressed up a bit to go to dinner in the hotel, but I would recommend more casual clothes when you go out on the streets, as many of the street sellers are obviously poor. For guys maybe avoid the American tourist look of white sneakers, baseball cap and shorts if you want to fit in. There are good -looking women all around town but they dress a little less sexily than in the US, and my wife felt self-conscious in a halter top, even on a hot day. The Metro (subway) is close, costs less than a quarter, is fast and modern, but again if you dress up you may feel a bit out of place, other than at rush hour when there are locals going to work in suits.
Rooms are luxurious and centrla A/C excellent. We were there in late May, great time to go, sunny daily despite daily forecast of rain.
We want to return there and stay at this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the Old World elegance of the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico, an exquisite turn-of-the-century property perfectly located in downtown Mexico City. You can feel the history from the moment you step inside. From the Art Nouveau decor to the gilded open elevators and immaculate stained-glass ceiling in the lobby, every inch of the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico pays tribute to the past while providing the comfort you expect from a fine luxury hotel. The palatial ambience continues in the guest rooms. Enjoy a unique blend of traditional and contemporary decor as you sink into a plush bed. Many rooms also feature stunning views of the vibrant Zocalo square just outside the hotel. You can also marvel at spectacular scenery from the Terraza Restaurant, which is perched on the fifth floor. When it's time to explore, ask our knowledgeable concierge for recommendations on the best shows, events and attractions in Mexico City. A 24-hour fitness area and well-equipped business center are among the other amenities you can enjoy. We also provide the perfect starting point for exploring everything Mexico City has to offer. Delve into Mexican culture at the Palacio de BellasArtes, explore Old Corpus Christi or embrace the charm of the Casino Espanol De Mexico. Stay at the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico and savor a unique blend of comfort, service and style. ... more less
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- Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico Mexico City