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“Noisy, but good value”
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Hotel Principal
Ranked #136 of 307 Hotels in Mexico City
North Vancouver, BC, Canada
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129 reviews
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“Noisy, but good value”
Reviewed 18 March 2012

Although you don't hear street noise, one crying baby really disturb your sleep. Staff was very nice and room was clean. Price was great - small room with 2 people costs only 370 pesos/night.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2012

It's in a great location, near the Zocalo, metro stations, lots of food & restaurants around. The room we stayed in (king bed room) was really nice, clean & modern. Included was a bottle of water each per day, shampoo, soap etc. No fridge or breaky included. The restaurant was overpriced, but there's lots of food around to choose from. The main problem was the noise from outside. Our room faced the street & It was unbelievably noisy all night (I think it might be the case at most places in Mexico city on a busy road?). They have free internet & computers. No tour ideas from the front desk & not any atmosphere. Nice hotel for the price & good location.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Warsaw
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2012

Positives:
- 5 minutes walk from the zocalo
- 3 minutes walk from the nearest metro (Allende)
- 2 minutes from main shopping street/Starbucks:) and bars
- nice staff - helpful and English-speaking and patient with our attempts to speak Spanish
- basic, but clean rooms, with a daily cleaning service

Negatives:
- rooms have windows to the main hall - this is not a problem privacy-wise in terms of what you see (curtains), but a big one in terms of what you hear. Rooms are separated from the hall with the some kind of an open window. BRING YOUR EARPLUGS - that way you can have a peaceful night. Otherwise you will be forced to listen to the drunken songs of other guests, the hotel staff does not seem to care much.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 3 February 2012

The bigest advantage of this hotel is it´s location - 200 or 300m west from the Plaza Mayor, close to several Metro-stations, lots of shops and eating possibilities within short walk-distance.
The rooms are basic but clean, hot shower, TV and even safe represent satisfactory equipment for this low-price category of accomodation.
The main problem is the construction of the hotel (majority /if not all/ room-doors lead to the same huge "quasi-atrium" whereas the doors allow the noise to come out or in. Due to that you can share for free all imaginable TV programs (at the same time) and later on (espetially on weekends when many couples use the rooms for few hours only) judge the quality of sexual life of your twenty "nearest neighbours".

The hotel is a good choice for people who primarily intend to enjoy the night life of Mexico city and bad option for those who want to rest after strenuous day.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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3 Thank cimicak
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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

The hotel is 2 min walking from central square, we found staff is very helpful (we left them bags for 1 month storage, all information we needed they provided, own secure taxi servis - a bit more expensive than street taxi, but really secure, which is important in Mexico), safe box in the room. The hotel have 5 kinds of rooms (not mentioned on website) - 25 usd per night 3 kinds of double rooms, cheaper single rooms and more expensive family rooms if you stay with children. The only problem we had was no sound proof walls, so better take earplugs if you want to sleep well, but in all colonial style mexican hotels it is like that, if you want to sleep in the silence the only choice in mexico country could be Hilton or Mariott situated in new building, but they are all away from center. So if you want to stay in the center of any city in mexico country, you should be prepared for that, because you will have no choice.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Angela K
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Property: Hotel Principal
Address: Calle Bolivar 29 | Centro Histórico, Mexico City 06000, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Central Mexico and Gulf Coast > Mexico City > Centro Historico
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Mexico City
Price range (per night): $16 - $60
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Hotel Principal 1.5*
Number of rooms: 186
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