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Hotel Casa Gonzalez
Ranked #28 of 313 Hotels in Mexico City
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Reviewed October 11, 2006

I chose this hotel based on price and location, and the fact that the owner spoke some English. I couldn't have imagined how much I would like it.

You can have your meals family style in the diningroom, and can vary it. They just need notice. The fellow travelers were very knowledgeable and Sr. Gonzalez joins you late in the meal and is available for advice. The breakfast was great and the talk a good start for the day. The rooms are simple, though it looks like they've done some improvements. I loved the area. Very normal, not fancy. Green and leafy, but with a supermarket and a daycare center to the left and many vendors on the right on the way to the Zona Rosa shops, Insurgentes, etc.

The hotel was created by joining two family homes, so courtyards and balconies aplenty. The gate is locked often, but you get a door key, and the hotel will arrange a cab.

  • Stayed: November 2002, traveled solo
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13  Thank Crankygrannie
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Reviewed September 9, 2006

I recently spent 5 nights at Casa Gonzalez with friends and absolutely loved it!

The hotel is very charming (in a colonial style), the rates are very reasonable and best of all the staff are beyond helpful. I spoke with one of the owners at the hotel (Jorge) and he provided invaluable assistance in finding a private taxi for a day, providing advice on restaurants and helping me receive a money wire.

The hotel's location is very central and safe. The neighborhood is primarily residential, but is very close to Zona Rosa restaurants (5 min walk away) and the metro station (10-12 min walk). Furthermore, there is a large, modern grocery store within a 5-6 min walk from the hotel which is helpful if you're on a budget.

The main downside was that a) the water pressure at the hotel was not fantastic (although it was typically quite warm) and b) mosquitos occasionally entered our room and bit us in the evening.

However, I would highly recommend this hotel over 'standard' Western hotels -- it's a great deal and is run by wonderful staff.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled with friends
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3  Thank SF_intrepidwanderer
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Reviewed July 25, 2006

Our mission team recently stayed at Casa Gonzalez. We had spent a week in Puebla and spent 2 days in Mexico City for sightseeing. It was a pefect place for our group of 12 and a great way to end our trip. I thought the rooms and furnishings were fine, although you might want to bring an extra towel with you. No one in our group mentioned anything about the beds being too hard. Some other reviews mentioned that the price of the meals at Casa Gonzalez were too high. But, again, traveling with a group, the dining room set-up was ideal. We payed 70 pesos each for a full breakfast of fresh fruit, juice, coffee or hot chocolate, your choice of breakfast entree, and bread. Dinner was 130 pesos each and included fresh fruit, a large bowl of soup, the entree (one night we had pork chops, baked potato, carrots and green beans), dessert and coffee. The quality of the foood was excellent. Our group was able to sit in the courtyard with excellent cappuccinos, soft drinks, etc. or check email. Everyone enjoyed their stay. Only one person had street noise but only until 10:00 or 11:00 at night. We would definitely come back.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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5  Thank VIMTraveler
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Reviewed July 23, 2006

We stayed here with our 8-year-old son in June and, as we had found 10 years earlier, this is a wonderful oasis in the city. We were assigned a suite with two bedroms - bunkbed for our son and two singles in another room, with entrance hall, bathroom and balcony. The furnishings are not fancy but the beds were comfortable, the rooms clean and the hardwood floors well polished. But it's what else the Casa has to offer that makes it special: convivial, knowledgeable owner and manager who are willing to help with travel suggestions and information; a convenient internet cafe; a communal dining room with good breakfasts and great conversation with other travelers (and the occasional Mexican resident); proximity to transit and most popular destinations; location in a quiet, interesting neighbourhood and real Mexican shops and restaurants untatinted by the sleaze of the Zona Rosa; and a reasonable price. This certainly beats the impersonal atmosphere of most hotels. We cannot imagine staying anywhere else in the city.

  • Stayed: June 2006, traveled with family
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7  Thank loraxes
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Reviewed May 29, 2006

My husband and I stayed here for four days at the end of May in the matrimonial room. Casa Gonzalez is a lovely, friendly place to stay, sort of a step up from a hostel. Very affordable. The grounds and the rooms were beautiful, and I loved the potraits of various unknown people hung around our room.

There were a few cons, however. The bed was extremely hard and uncomfortable, to the point of that I would move to the loveseat to sleep because my back was aching so much. It squeeked so much that every time we rolled over it woke one of us up. The noise outside, at times, was a bit much. It didn't bother me, becuase I live in the city anyway, but I know it bothered my husband.

All in all, a great value if you are willing to compromise. I recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed: May 2006
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13  Thank Eems
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Reviewed April 28, 2006

Friends in the Zona Rosa arranged accomodations for us here as they had done for others in the past. Casa Gonzales is a charming, walled hotel with an assortment of different rooms around central courtyards. I advise not getting a room on the street. Despite the windows being screened (unusual in Mexico City) the traffic was noisy. The manager and staff were very friendly and gladly showed us other rooms that were available. We switched to one on an inner courtyard that was peaceful and serene; hard to believe when the busy Zona Rosa was a short walk away. The room was comfortably cool despite no air conditioning. Despite reading a previous review that hot water was in short supply we had no shortage. Breakfast was around $7 US and served in a charming dining room where we felt free to mingle with other guests. Inexpensive internet access was available. The grounds felt secure. Cost per night was around $40 US. I recommend it highly if you would like something outside the usual hi-rise hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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15  Thank jimmie_k498
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Reviewed April 14, 2006

We returned from Casa Gonzalez on April 7. Previous Trip Advisor postings were a big help for us in planning our trip to Mexico City and Casa Gonzalez. We followed TA's advice and did very well.

Casa Gonzalez was prepared for our arrival and check-in took all of about 5 minutes. The two-person rooms we requested were quite small, but after all, we only wanted to sleep there. There were no TV's, which was a lovely change of pace and forced the kids to read in order to relax in the evening.

Our family of 4 traveled with another family of 4 and all of us enjoyed the quaint atmosphere of Casa Gonzalez. As per a TA reader's advice, we showered only at night for less than 10 min. each and always had hot water.

The place is very reasonably priced considering it's only a hop, skip and jump from the exhorbitantly-priced Zona Rosa area. Access to the more traditional Mexican sites was easy - just a short walk to Reforma and get on a bus. There's even a Casa de Cambio on the way, if you need one. I also appreciated the fact that Casa Gonzalez had good security. All exit doors are locked from both sides and can only be accessed with a key. In today's Mexico City, that's very reassuring.

Our traveling partners made the error of coming down to Mexico with little cash, counting on being able to use a debit card. When they found that the card would not work in Mexico, the manager of Casa Gonzalez cheerfully refunded the cash our friends had paid for their room and charged it to their credit card instead. He kept his word to not leave them stranded without cash.

Breakfasts were good, although a bit expensive ($7 for fruit, eggs, bacon and bread.) Much cheaper breakfasts can be had fairly close by.

I recommend Casa Gonzalez . . . it's not luxury (the beds were small and a little hard) . . . but it's clean, safe, relatively quiet and reasonably priced.

11  Thank magallanes12
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Address: Calle Rio Sena 69, Mexico City 06500, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Central Mexico and Gulf Coast > Mexico City
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Best Value Hotel in Mexico City
#17 Green Hotel in Mexico City
#18 Business Hotel in Mexico City
#21 Romantic Hotel in Mexico City
Price Range: $51 - $63 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Casa Gonzalez 3*
Number of rooms: 33
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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