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Where to stay

Backpackers

Hostel Catedral. Probably the most famous and well managed hostel in Mexico City. Right at the corner of Zócalo square. The rooms have bunk beds and are somewhat small, but clean. They also offer tours, roofbar, internet, downstairs restaurant and free breakfast. The ambient is very international. You will certainly find fellow travelers here but if you want quiet and privacy you might have a problem. It was the place where I spend my first night in Mexico (many years ago)!
Price: 190 pesos (per person in a shared room, includes breakfast) 300-600 (price for private room, includes breakfast). República de Guatemala 4, Centro Histórico. Tel: 55-5518 1726. catedral@mundojovenhostels.com, mundojovenhostels.com

Hostel Regina. Nice and „chic“ hostel near the historical center (10 minutes walk). Sofas, tv lounge, huge windows with balconies, joist ceilings, shared kitchen, wifi, luxury bathrooms and a roof terrace. I really liked it! The shared rooms are perhaps a little too big (10 to 18 beds) but the attic suite (with two king size beds) and own bathroom is fabulous. 
Price: 180-220 pesos (dorm, includes breakfast), 800 pesos (suite, includes breakfast). 5 de Febrero 53 corner with Regina, Centro Histórico. www.hostalcentrohistoricoregina.com

Downtownbeds. New and very "chic" hostel in the historical center. It is part of a design hotel with a luxurious restaurant in the central patio. You can also join the hotel's roof pool (consumption is a must). If you are looking for a quiter place with lost of style, this is it! Price: 200-300 pesos (dorm including breakfast and wifi). downtownbeds.com

Stayinnbarefoot Hostel. This realatively new and very nicelly designed place is in Condesa, Bohemian part of Mexico City (parks, bars, cafés ...). Doorms are simple, but common areas are very nice. No crowds, ideal if you want to get far from "loud and busy". Condesa is a very safe neighbourhood about 30 minutes by subway to the center. Price: 200-250 pesos (dorm including breakfast and wifi). www.stayinnbarefoot.com

Hotel Zamora. Two blocks from the Zócalo square. Very simple hotel in a colonial building. Most rooms have a small balcony and a nice street view. They manage private rooms with or without bathroom. Wireless internet available. It is a very good option for those on the budget that don´t like hostels.
Price: 200 pesos (private room with shared bathroom), 250 pesos (with bathroom). Street 5 de Mayo 50, Centro Histórico. Tel: 55-512 8245, 55-512 1832

Middle of the road

Hotel Canada. Very centrally located, just few blocks from the main square Zócalo. Medium size hotel from the 80thies without much design. All rooms have their own bathroom, some have street windows, others only inside ones. The rooms are somewhat small, but very clean. It is ok. Price includes Mexican breakfast!
Price: 500-900 pesos (private room with breakfast). Street 5 de Mayo 47, Centro Histórico. Tel: 55-5518 2106. www.hotelcanada.com.mx

Hotel Isabel.
Pretty colonial building in a historical center. The rooms have an older carpet and furniture that will (in just few more years) be officially „retro“, but they are clean, have a window, tv and a safety box. The hotel counts with a restaurant, bar and wi-fi. There are some slightly „unfriendly“ rules thought, such as that visits are only allowed in the reception area (and the strict lady behind the reception desk keeps an eye on that, believe me!). Price: 450 – 900 pesos (private room with or without breakfast). Isabel la Católica 63, Centro Histórico. www.hotel-isabel.com.mx

Hotel Principal. The historical building of hotel Principal is located in the very center of Mexico City, just few blocks from the main square Zócalo. Rooms have high ceilings, tv, wifi, security box and own bathroom. Some of them have windows to the street, others count only with tall door into the corridor/patio. The furniture is somewhat older but clean and the ratio price/quality is good. Downstairs is a restaurant Parilla Leonesa.
Price: 380 - 800 pesos (private room with bathroom). Bolívar 29, Centro Histórico. www.hotelprincipal.com

Get spoiled

Boutique Hotel de Cortéz. From the flat roof of the building rise cactuses. The walls are from old stones. The colonial patio is mixed with modern design and surrounded by the habitations. They are modern, spacious and some have the huge shower as a part of the bedroom. However, most of them have only patio views. I recommend the rooms on the second floor, that get more light, privacy and fresh air. Upstairs is a roofbar with sofas and a view at the Alameda park.
Price: 2000 - 3800 pesos. Av Hidalgo 85, Col. Guerrero. Tel: 55-55182181.
www.boutiquehoteldecortes.com

Holiday Inn Zócalo. The building of the chain hotels Holiday Inn is located directly at the corner of the main square Zócalo. Even thought from outside it does not look anything special, the rooms are tastefully decorated and have a historical touch. Upstairs is a restaurant which gives great view over the main square and the Catedral! You can get a special discounted price including buffet breakfast ordering through iliveinmexico!
Price: 1500 - 2200 pesos. Av Cinco de Mayo 61, Col. Centro.
www.holidayinn.com/mexicodowntown

Hampton Inn Suites. Very nice corner building two blocks from the main square Zócalo. Hotel and rooms have hisorical touch and are well kept. The neighbourhood is kind of busy. Price: 1400 - 2500 pesos. hamptonmexicocity.com

Hilton Reforma. Business hotel just between the historical center and the Reforma Avenue (business district). Modern, well managed, corner suites have amazing city views! Price: 1800 - 4000 pesos. hilton.com