Mexico City Hostel
República de Brasil #8, Mexico City, Mexico
www.mexicocityhostel.com - (01-55) 5512-3666 / 5512-7731
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Mexico City Hostel Reviews
Excellent hostel in excellent location Nov 05, 2011
Location! This hostel can beat others just for this one feature! It’s situated in the vibrant Zocalo area of Mexico City. Just across the street, within one block there are Cathedral, National Palace, Templo Mayor and Zocalo metro train station and many more attractions. What more do you ask for?
As soon as you enter the gate you will see how huge the hostel is. It’s an old Spanish style building with high ceiling, a sun dome and an elaborated staircase. The dorm rooms were pretty clean with two doors to the balcony inside which supplied plenty of fresh air and light. The rooms also had big individual lockers beside the bed where you can dump your valuable things and small bags without organizing too much. If you forget to bring your lock you can buy one from the hostel for only 20 pesos. Across the hallway there is a big women’s bathroom that has series of showers, toilets and wash basins…..like in a gym.
The hostel provides free breakfast from 8am which is great to start your day. There were bread, jam, butter, freshly cooked scrambled eggs, fruits (sometimes with yogurt), tea and coffee. I loved the breakfast! It’s served in the dining area where you can chat with people and make new friends. Sometimes the authorized tour guides will come here to ask if anybody needed an organized tour to some destinations. You can choose one if you don’t want to go by public transportation, they are pretty reasonably priced. The hostel reception can also provide all the info about these tours if you want to sign up beforehand. Outside the dining area there are two computers which people can use for internet. There is also free wifi available but the signal is strong only in the dining area and the tv area one floor above.
The room key is a key-card which you need to update/reactivate every day, preferably after 12pm. Basically, at the end of the day when you come back from a tour/strolling, head to the reception first instead of going upstairs to your room to find out that your key card is not working. Otherwise you will have to climb stairs multiple times (there is no elevator)! The hostel also provides bottled water for just 10 pesos which is much cheaper than outside. They sell maps for Mexico City for 45 pesos but I would suggest you get a free map from the tourist info center that is located near the Cathedral and Templo Mayor just a block away. The hostel staff are wonderful people specially Dina, Eric in the reception and David in the dining area. I chatted with them a lot and they are extremely helpful!
The hostel felt very secured with multiple locked entrances. They even have a security guard at the main entrance! There are plenty of bars and restaurants in the Garibaldi plaza and around Madero Street where locals as well as tourists can have fun time and good conversations. I met up with bunch of nice people in the hostel whose company made this trip absolutely fabulous!
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Mexico City Hostel Apr 24, 2011
A good hostel in the centre of mexico city. Friendly staff. Clean place, hot showers. Though the smell of cigarette smoke is not great if you are a non-smoker. However a good place to stay. Tours available from the hostel. Wifi and breakfast included. Recommend as a good place to stay.
Budget hostel in the heart of Mexico City Jul 02, 2010
Mexico City Hostel advertises economic comfortable accommodation for backpackers in the heart of the city. And that is precisely what it offers. Located right beside the Cathedral at Zocolo, you just cant get a more fabulous location than this. There are a bunch of other hostels and hotels in the area as well. Zocolo is well connected by the Subway and staying in this neighborhood makes exploring the city quite convenient.
The best way to get to the hostel from the Airport is via taxi. The hostel lies in Zone 3 and it costs 127 pesos to get here from the airport. The front desk is open 24 hours as they cater to overseas (and budget!) travelers who may have to check in at odd hours.
The hostel seems geared towards backpackers and goes all out to make things easier for its guests. The front desk agents all speak fluent English and know the area well enough to guide you to whatever you need.
As in all hostels, there are pamphlets and coupons offering discounted rates for restaurants and tours.
The hostel itself organizes tours in and around Mexico city at quite a reasonable rate.
Accomodation is available in private and semi private rooms as well as dorms. A bed in a dorm costs about 120 pesos and a semi private room costs 250 pesos. Linen and towels are provided. Every room has a bunch of lockers that you can store your belongings in.
Breakfast is served every morning in the dining area between 8 and 10. The meal usually consists of toast and cereal, eggs, fruit… tea and coffee
There are 4-5 desktop computers on the second floor that can be used for Internet access. There is no wi-fi facility available.
You can buy a calling card at the hostel and use it for reasonably priced international calls.
I had a slightly uncomfortable stay here but that was only because there was an electric fire in the neighborhood and all electricity was cut off for two days that I was there. But the staff was highly helpful and went all out to make alternate arrangements for those who did not want to continue there.
If you’re on an extremely tight budget and don’t want to spulrge on a hotel.. or if you just prefer hostels for their vibrancy and energy levels.. this is a good option to consider.
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