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Mexico City: Hotel Catedral

Donceles # 95, Col. Centro
www.hotelcatedral.com

Reviewed by: WillTravel from Canada, review #2168

When: February 2008

Very central 4* hotel with great service

Hotel Catedral is only a couple blocks from the Zocalo, past the Catedral, as you might expect. The lobby is gleaming and bright, with a fountain, two Internet computers, a restaurant, a bar, and a meeting room. It is advertised as a 4-star hotel, and the lobby and services definitely reflect that. The rooms are relatively simple, but my main draw here was the price.

The hotel has a water purification system in place, so you do not need to fear the tap water. I had three huge towels in the bathroom. Later in the week, they also started including a hand towel. The shower is wall-mounted, with good pressure and temperature control. The TV has numerous channels, including CNN in English, and a movies channel in English.

Paying in cash, the cost was 497 pesos per night including breakfast, for a single room. I was given a room with two beds, although I booked a single. The hotel has unanimously good reviews in several guidebooks.

The staff graciously allowed me to speak Spanish, but can speak English very well indeed.

The hotel has two very nice 7th floor terraces with seating areas. These have great views all over the city.

The hotel is close to the Zocalo and Allende metro stops, the Catedral, the Zocalo, and many historic buildings and nice restaurants. There's a 7-11 on the corner, a health food store a block away around the corner on Republic de Brasil, and a little cappuccino/coffee kiosk at the corner of Donceles and Republic de Brasil.

I had a salmon appetizer a couple nights in the restaurant, and it was very good and nicely presented.

I had breakfast included at Hotel Catedral, using their voucher system. You get the following: * juice or fresh fruit * toast and a bun * coffee or tea * your choice of breakfast entree, with most options involving some combination of eggs and meats and tacos and chillaquiles and refried beans, etc. In other words, it is rather heavy going. However, there is a pancakes option, and a platter of fresh fruit option. Plus, you can use your breakfast voucher to offset the cost of something else on the menu, like an omelet.

As a new visitor, I was happy to have the breakfast and have one less thing to worry about. On a return visit, I would likely forego it, in favor of neigborhood options. There are what look like some good options, in particular, on Madero street.

Internet access is available at a relatively reasonable rate, but there's a cheaper Internet cafe half a block away on Donceles.

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