we usually stayed at the Maria Cristina in Mexico City but the reviews on Tripadvisor gave Casa Gonzalez much better ratings so we gave it a try and we are so glad we did! This will definitely be our new home in Mexico City and anyone looking for a quiet, authentic Mexican place should give Casa Gonzalez serious consideration.
First, if you like fancy hotels, this is not the place for you. This place is a jem if you like to feel at home while on vacation. Casa Gonzalez gives you the feeling that you are visiting an aunt in the capital. The location is unbeatable just a few blocks or 2 minute walk from the Zona Rosa and a 10 minute walk from a big mall on Reforma. Security has never been an issue and we never felt that we were putting ourselves at risk while walking in the neighborhood with our kids, even at night.
We traveled with 2 kids (9 and 11) so we booked the two bedroom (Room 120). It is on the ground floor and has a private outdoor terrace. Each bedroom had a bathroom although the kids used mainly our bath becaus the shower had more pressure. The rooms are very clean albeit the furniture is on the older side. But this is exactly what gives Casa Gonzalez its charm. Please do note that although all doors and windows do shut properly and are safe, you will hear noise between the rooms and from outside. Do not expect soundproof rooms. However, the hotel is on a quiet street and given that the hotel is small this is not an issue. The interior patio is beautiful and the perfect place to hang out after a day in the busy city.
Although breakfast is not included, a simple light breakfast (juice, bread, jam, coffee/tea/hot chocolate) is extremely affordable, under $4 is I recall correctly. We had dinner at the hotel 2 nights and it was delicious. We have yet to try the paninis as both nights these were not available.
The staff at this hotel is outstanding, they all make you feel at home and immediately address any request that you might have. For example, we wanted to book a tour to Teotihuacan and 20 minutes later we had a confirmation in our room! I have nothing but good things to say about the entire staff, including cooks and breakfast staff.
On a side note, we ended up changing the day and person as another day did suit us better. If you need a fantastic, trustworthy, and kid friendly guide you should contact Carlos at www.travelmasmexico.com. He was incredible with the kids and explained the history of the country and the major dates in a playful way. He told the kids that he was going to quiz them at the end of the tour to see who wins and he did so. The kids had a fabulous time and learned so much. We paid 1200 pesos for the 4 of us for a customized visit of various sites for about 7 hours.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The most important is that we want to make this your home away from home, at an accessible price.Casa Gonzalez is four old homes surrounded by courtyards and gardens of different eras that have been adapted to make a home for travelers. The two original homes were built by the current owners grandfather in the mid 1920's.One of the houses belonged to a famous movie star, Lupe Velez (who married Johnny Weissmuller for a few years).The latest addition was built in the early 1940's by a relatively well know architect, Roberto Buenrostro, as his private residence. The guest house started operating in the early 30's by the grandmother and great grandmother of the current owners. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Gonzalez Hotel Mexico City
- Casa Gonzalez Mexico City
- Hotel Casa Gonzalez Mexico City