Although it is a sprawling megalopolis, Mexico City is not lacking in discount hotels. Bargain hunters will find among the upscale establishments that cater to business travelers a handful of hostels and hotels offering inexpensive lodgings to the budget-conscious. Although staying in discount hotels sometimes means doing without some amenities, they do offer a reasonably priced way to visit Mexico City.
Although Mexico City is a sprawling megalopolis, the hotel industry is concentrated in only a few districts of the city. Fodor's states that the bulk of the tourist-oriented hotels are located in Coyoacán, La Roma and San Angel, which are all in southern or south-central Mexico City. Of the three, La Roma is closest to the Centro Historico ("historic center"). Hotels in areas like Colonia Polanco are oriented toward business travelers and therefore not the best bet for discount hunters.
The Hostal Virreyes was one of Frommer's two choices for truly bargain-basement accommodations in Mexico City. In addition to the four- and six-bunk dorm rooms, however, the hostel also has private rooms with hardwood floors and simple furnishings like a wood work desk, TVs and en-suite bathrooms. Unlike many hostels, the Virreyes also has its own gym with exercise machines. Monthly rates are available for long-term guests. The Hostal Virreyes is situated between the neighborhoods of La Roma and Condesa, both inside Mexico City's inner ring road and therefore relatively convenient to the Centro Historico.
Located in the Centro Historico, the Hotel Catedral offers many of the amenities of a mid-range or upscale hotel at discount prices. The room furnishings are bit on the dated side but still typical of a motel-style room, and the rooms also come with cable TV. A special plus is the hotel's tap water, which is internally purified and therefore safe to drink. Some rooms command views of the namesake Cathedral, the biggest in the Western Hemisphere, while the hotel's roof-top terrace has views of the Zocalo.
Holiday Inn Zocalo
At the top of the discount range of Mexico City hotels are mid-rangers like this outpost of the Holiday Inn. Although the price might be a bit high by budget travelers' standards, the location is right around the corner from the Zocalo. The hotel is even part of Mexico's history, as one wing was once the home of conquistador leader Hernan Cortes. Guest rooms are bright and have a traditional feel with their wood floors, wood furnishings and wrought iron and wooden bed frames. Amenities include modern touches such as free Wi-Fi access and free parking. Overall, this Holiday Inn combines a first-rate location with all the amenities of a mid-range hotel, making it "really good value for the money" according to Fodor's.
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