The purpose of our trip was to have a low key relaxing week in Mexico City as we had lived south of the city in 1972. Our expectations were exceeded. We loved the proximity of the Zocalo Hotel to multiple historic sites. Upon our arrival on the Sunday between Christmas and Three Kings' Day, we joined hundreds of holiday revelers in the Central Square or Zocalo, just a half block away. There was a beautiful sound and light show played out on the front of the historic Cathedral of the Assumption, built in sections beginning in 1573. The next day we strolled for about five blocks, had dinner at the Sanborn Restaurant in the Casa de los Azulejos, an 18th century palace covered with blue and white tiles. We enjoyed all of the sculptures in the park adjacent to the Palacio de Bellas Artes. We explored our local area which included the archeological site of the Aztec Templo Mayor, the Presidential Palace with the Rivera murals along the stairwell and first floor but which also had two different photographic exhibits and a show on masks of the world. We were very close to a main stop for the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour and wish we could have spent more time at beautiful Chapultepec Park with many museums including the National Anthropology Museum and where we saw the amazing pole flying of Los Voladores. We took a very inexpensive taxi ride to La Ciudadela, a market full of folkart. Our only other excursion was to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the highlight of our trip.
This was my time at this hotel; I was quite impressed at the spaciousness of the room and all its amenities. It was ideally situated near Juarez and Bellas Artes subway stations and very close to little China Town. Several other interesting places of interest are within easy walking distance ... Francisco Madero St., Sanborns, Zocalo, etc.
This is the second time I have stayed in this hotel. I like to stay in this hotel and will be continuing staying here. The hotel staff is very friendly and they are always making sure that you are doing okay. I also like the great location. It is near great restaurants and monuments. It is also walking distance to the Turibus service (if you are there for sightseeing). It is very safe and the area is also safe. I have recommended many of my friends to stay here and they have enjoyed it.
The location is in the middle of the historic area of Mexico city and all what we need was available within a walking distance . Staff was helpful but hardly speaks English but that's the case all over the city.
We wanted to stay a few days in Mexico City to take in some sites before moving on to other places in Mexico. My friend who works for the Mexican State Dept. recommend Hotel Marlowe. It was so affordable and in a fascinating location. We walked to the Belles Artes Museum, Zocalo and other places. Great little hotel restaurant too.
Pocket Guide: Mexico City Downtown Mexico City Hotels
The Centro Historico is the cultural and retail center of Mexico City. In it you’ll find the Plaza de la Constitucion, or Zocalo, a bustling public square surrounded by historic buildings. One of these buildings is the Palacio Nacional, where murals by Diego Rivera are on display. Nearby is the excavation site of Templo Mayor, believed by the ancient Aztecs to be the center of the universe.
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