Our first trip to Mexico city will certainly not be our last. This hotel was right in the center of everything: great restaurants, historic points of interest, shopping, cantinas, banks, hair salons, you name it! The staff the friendly and very accommodating to us even though we spoke very little Spanish. The room service was prompt and the prices were right. I can't wait to come back and stay here.
If you need a budget option, the Stella Maris is perfect. I have stayed at numerous hotels in Mexico City that offer more expensive rooms which are actually much smaller than the Junior Suite (room 211) at the Stella Maris. I loved the floor-to-ceiling windows that looked out on the park. If you want a quiet room, get one that faces the interior of the hotel. If you don’t mind the street noise, which includes music during the day and passing vehicles at night, I highly recommend an exterior room with a view of the park, which hosts assorted vendors during the week and an art market on Sundays. The staff at the hotel is very warm and always available if you need assistance. The hotel security is excellent, and the restaurant has an open-air option if you don't mind sitting with the smokers. The room tended to heat up during the day due to the sun coming through the windows, but the staff gave me a fan that supplemented the air conditioning, and the circulating air made the temperature comfortable. The location is perfect for walking to a local bakery and the laundry/dry cleaners, which are on the other side of the park on Río Neva. You can also easily walk to the large shopping mall (with restaurants and a movie theater) called Reforma 222. The taxi drivers at the hotel are excellent. The location near Reforma and Insurgentes is ideal. The hotel gym looked nice (only one treadmill--FYI). I chose to jog outside in the mornings. The Chapultepec park is within running distance.
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