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Camino Real Polanco Mexico
Ranked #78 of 307 Hotels in Mexico City
Singapore, Singapore
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“Distinctly Average”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

For my 2nd business trip to Mexico, I had a chance to stay in this hotel as the other choices were fully booked. I wasn't mightily impressed with what I experienced over 6 nights.

1) When I checked in on the morning of 10th Feb 2014, the lady manning the reception probably wasn't in good mood. She didn't even bother to smile at me while pulling a long face throughout the check in. I told her that my name was wrong and I thought she would make amendments to it. I was wrong because when I checked out, I realised my name on the bill was still wrong. I told her to amend it but didn't expect her to throw the old piece of bill (with the wrong name) in front of me. Yes, it was the same lady attending to me during check in & check out. Customer service is non existent!

2) Next up, the dreaded walk to the hotel room. As many reviews on this webpage mentioned, the walk to the room can be quite long. I estimated mine to be about 150 meters from the elevator. So that's a walk of 300 meters everyday to & fro my hotel room.

3) The room wasn't in the best condition and you can see it's age. There were no complimentary water, no room slippers, no toiletries. And the room was very dark with inadequate lightings. I got a room that was facing the road and the honking from the vehicles starts at 7am and there is no chance you can get decent sleep.

After all the bashings, let's give it credit when it's due.

1) The breakfast is simply excellent! The service at the restaurant was good and so were the food. It had a generous spread every morning and I never once got tired of the selection of food throughout my 6 mornings.

2) Though the room was old but the bed and pillows were very comfortable. I rested well throughout my 6 nights of stay.

If you do not mind lousy service, long walk to a dark and gloomy room go for this hotel. But I probably will not stay here again if I was given a choice.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Key Biscayne, Florida
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

I have been at this hotel so many times I cannot count them. I always get a room in the upper floors looking over the interior garden (and pool) but far away from the elevators and pool to have privacy.
They have a little terrace to smoke a cigar, drink a cognac, have breakfast. The birds in the trees are so loud in the morning they will wake you up. Like if you were in the country side.....except that you are right in the middle of the city!
Service could be better but is good. The hotel's overall architecture by Legorreta is phenomenal with a museum quality mural by Tamayo that will leave you speechless. The restaurants in the hotel are very good and the taquerías within a few block (in particular Los Panchos) absolutely fantastic.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the inner yard
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

Great location in the Polanco neighborhood. The place is modern, with fast and friendly service. The rooms are spacious and full breakfast. Has a good gym, good pool and 5 restaurants. Internet access was good, the room or lobby. A great value for money in Mexico City.

Room Tip: ask for a room facing internal garden - you will have a good sleep.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

I have been a business traveller in mexico for many years and have stayed at the camino real - polanco many times. Last year alone I estimate a total of 30 nights at the hotel...

After noticing a steady and constant decline in the hotel infrastructure, service, and dining experience over the years, I have decided to change my future hotel stays in polanco to the many other hotel options in the area.

In general, rooms at the camino real are extremely dark, many rooms are very (extremely) far away from the elevator, the beds are old, bathrooms very dated, and the extra charges are absurd considering the hotel price.... They will often not recognize your stays towards their rewards program....

In addition, prostitutes have been present near the elevators which make it for a terrible hotel experience. Equally bad, once in a while, hotel management will crank down on the issue making hotel entry a pain for any female. Many female guests or companions are treated under the suspicion of prostitution.... Terrible....

In summary, Find yourself another hotel. There are many in the area with higher review ratings while providing a safer and cleaner environment at a similar price point....

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Panama City, Panama, Panama
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

Beautiful display of modern mexican arquitecture, but the rooms need a little facelift.
Comfortable hotel with all the expected ammenities, and good location in polanco, but not as many restaurants within walking disctance as other hotels in the area. However, if you're traveling for business, you might just want to dine at the hotel, which has a lot of great choices.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

Stayed here on business, with a reservation on the Club Floor; was upgraded to a bi-level suite, which was very large. Decor of the hotel is spare, modern, and very Mexican. If one is looking for opulence like a Four Seasons or Ritz Carleton, this is not that sort of place. Instead it has modern take on Mexican motifs, and does that well. The restaurants in the hotel are excellent, and the location is very good, too. Staff in the 5th Floor executive lounge was very helpful, and the lounge itself was small, but offered snacks and drinks and a good, but not great, breakfast, and the service there was courteous and bilingual. Overall, a very fine stay.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed January 16, 2014

Though business was my purpose, I did a considerable amount of exploring, and the Camino Real was excellent for that. It is located in the Polanco district, where there is an abundance of shops and restaurants, very comfortable walking.
The hotel, itself, is large, sparkling clean, well decorated and friendly. I was a little disappointed that there was no on-site shop, per se, but there are several 24 hour small stores within easy walking distance...as in several hundred yards.
Great gym/work out facilities, if you like.
Room was excellent, and maid service thorough and accommodating.

This hotel would also be excellent for family, and I found rates reasonable

Room Tip: All good, none that I saw with any particular view...though there at that location, none really exis...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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Property: Camino Real Polanco Mexico
Address: Liebnitz 100 Col Anzures | Colonia Anzures, Mexico City 11590, Mexico (Formerly Camino Real Mexico City)
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Location: Mexico > Central Mexico and Gulf Coast > Mexico City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#33 Luxury Hotel in Mexico City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Camino Real Polanco Mexico 4*
Number of rooms: 712
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Camino Real Polanco is unique architectural concept, created by highly-regarded architect Ricardo Legorreta. This space is considered a Hotel-Museum for its beauty and art collection. It opened its doors to the public on July 25, 1968, combining modern features with shapes clearly reminiscent of Prehispanic pyramids, the elements of which merge together to create a wonderful architectural work. Camino Real Polanco has hosted two soccer World Cups and the Olympic Games, as well as over 210 official visits from presidents and kings from all over the world. Category 5 Stars / 4 Diamonds ... more   less 
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