Located in Mexico City’s historic neighborhood, Downtown Mexico hotel is within easy walking distance of many of the city’s top attractions. But it’s not just a great location that attracts guests. Set in a restored 17th century former palace, the hotel leaves no doubt that being old, is something to be proud of.
When you first step inside, you may have a moment of confusion, wondering where to go first. But in a split-second the high energy scene comes together. The center of attention in the open-air courtyard is Azul Histórico restaurant; a good handful of shops are located around the courtyard’s perimeter. Tucked back in the far-right hand corner is the front desk.
Along with your key, a Mexico City map, and quick lay of the land, staff will offer up a shot of tequila before leading you to your room.
Of Downtown Mexico’s 17 rooms, six are larger suites with balconies that provide great views of the busy neighborhood below. Whenever I was awake in my suite, the doors were open to enjoy the scene and the fresh air that came along with it. (The only other windows in the room are in the double entrance doors, and when open can impact privacy.) Thanks to excellent blackout shades and soundproofing, once the balcony doors are closed, sleeping conditions are ideal.
With rock walls, clay tile floor and vaulted ceilings, rooms have a bare elegance. During the day, when sunshine streams in from the balcony, the rooms are bright, but at night, lighting is limited and rooms and bathrooms are noticeably dim.
The bathroom does not have any traditional doors separating it from the room, limiting privacy. A curtain is all that separates the toilet from the neighboring vanity. Same goes for the shower.
The bed is comfy, made European style (no top sheet) with a fluffy duvet. Electrical plugs are plentiful, but there are no USB ports.
The hotel rooftop is a popular place to relax and take in city views. Along with a bar, there’s a small pool and hot tub, surrounded by bright yellow, lounge chairs.
Just a couple blocks from Downtown Mexico is the city’s Zocalo, or central square. Bordered by the Metropolitan Cathedral, Palacio Nacional, (home to Diego Rivera murals) and Aztec ruins, there’s plenty to see. Shoppers who wander along Francisco I. Madero Street, will most likely recognize a good number of brands from home.
Breakfast, included in the room rate, is served every morning on the second floor patio. The small buffet of fruit, yogurt, cereal, cheese, hard boiled eggs, meats, cheeses, Mexican pastries, and juices makes for a colorful table. Wi-Fi is also complimentary.
Rates for a suite at Downtown Mexico range from $262 to $452. Check rates on Expedia. If you’re on a budget, Downtown Beds hostel is located on the backside of the hotel. Well hidden, most hotel guest come and go without realizing the hostel is there.
Review and photos, except where noted, by Dana Rebmann. Her stay was hosted by Visit Mexico, but as always her thoughts and opinions are her own.