View from the terrace of Zócalo | Courtesy of Zócalo Central Hotel
The Zócalo Hotel is a stunning building from the 1890s. With many of its rooms and suites looking out directly onto Mexico City’s main square which is also the second largest square in the world, the Plaza de la Constitución (Zócalo), the Zócalo Central hotel is perfectly located in the heart of the Historic Center.
This five-star hotel has proved popular with many a tourist, with its historic architecture which brings the atmosphere of the Historic Center right into the impressive building. Located in the Zócalo, many of the city’s other main attractions are within walking distance. However, it is the hotel’s rooftop bar and restaurant which are the highlight, as they give a stunning panoramic view of the city center. The Gran Hotel offers three restaurants, each of which serve traditional national cuisine to complete the Mexican experience.
The Hotel Isabel is an attractive and convenient hotel, just a short walk away from the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Zócalo. With a colorful central courtyard and columns, this hotel has a folkloric Mexican essence about it. The restaurant offers good, satisfying meals; however, the bar is what adds a special touch to the hotel. It is very lively, full of friendly locals and is popular with local groups and bands that perform and share their music there. The staff at the hotel is friendly and helpful, the rooms are clean and some even have a balcony, perfect to enjoy the cool Mexican twilight.
The Hotel Catedral gets its name for the views it has of the Cathedral from its quiet backrooms. The Hotel Catedral’s restaurant offers an extensive evening menu as well as a traditional Mexican breakfast buffet, although the chef even prepares breakfasts à la carte. The rooms are very spacious and some have a balcony.
Downtown is a modern hotel with a trendy atmosphere in the Historic Center, particularly good for young travelers. The building of the hotel is a renovated historic home, which has a beautiful courtyard. Comfortable king-sized beds will ensure a good night’s sleep. However, for those who would rather spend some time outside of their rooms, there is an excellent rooftop bar offering a range of drinks and snacks.
A relaxed atmosphere makes guests feel welcome at Hotel Gillow, one of the oldest hotels in Mexico City. Its central location means that the main attractions are easily accessible – the Plaza de la Constitución and the Metropolitan Cathedral are only two streets away. The rooms have recently been refurbished, some of which have balconies. The decor is traditional, with its warm reds and oranges, red being the national color of Mexico. Tradition continues in the restaurant, where the dinner menu is faithful to authentic recipes and where breakfast is plentiful.
Slightly further away from the main center on the Paseo de la Reforma stands Hotel Sevilla Palace. With a restaurant offering international cuisines, a cafe and a piano-bar on site, there is much choice on where and what to eat here. Hotel Sevilla Palace has a beautiful, warm rooftop pool and two smaller ones for children.