Where to Stay in Mexico City – What You Need to Know

Mexico City is the third largest city in the world, right after New York and Tokyo.

Best areas to stay in Mexico City

Best areas to stay in Mexico City

Moving through the vast territory of Mexico City is easier than in other Latin American capitals such as Bogota and Lima, due to the different transportation options available.

The metro, which has 195 stations, is the best option to avoid the usually heavy traffic of the city during peak hours, but it is also possible to travel by car, bicycle, bus or on foot through its avenues, since they are quite friendly for pedestrians.

This Latin American giant was built by the Aztecs over the lakes of the Valley of Mexico, at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level, which is why earthquakes are not that uncommon.

However, Mexico City is a destination worth knowing.

From its cultural attractions (it is the second city with more museums worldwide), the mixture of colonial architecture and art deco of its streets, its typical gastronomy and lively nightlife, the Mexican capital has something to offer for all types of visitors.

As for the best areas to stay in Mexico City (CDMX), if the purpose of your visit is to know in depth the history of Mexico, Centro Histórico (Old Town) is the best accommodation option for you (See accommodation in Centro Histórico). If you are looking for a good time, Polanco, with its great variety of shops, bars and nightclubs, is a great choice (See accommodation in Polanco).

This is a list with the best places to stay in Mexico City. As we did with our Bogota and Lima accommodation guides, additionally to the neighborhood information, we’ve also included a small safety section for you to take into account when choosing the best area to stay in CDMX.

Best areas to stay in Mexico City

1. Top Choice: Reforma

Reforma is the best area to stay in Mexico City since it is perfectly located.

Reforma is home to one of the most important avenues in the world: Paseo de la Reforma. This avenue is full of all types of accommodation options, including hotels that are, for the most part, luxurious.

If you’re aiming to join the Mexican nightlife, the Zona Rosa with its many LGBT-themed establishments is ideal for you. In the Zona Rosa the party starts early, at 8:00 pm you’ll be able to see the bars and nightclubs packed with people dancing to the latest pop music, electronic and Latin hits.

The shops and restaurants in the neighborhood make it easy to have a great experience during your visit to Mexico City, without having to move that much.

Safety: Although it is recommended to walk with caution, Reforma is a safe area to stay in Mexico City at any time.

Best area to stay in Mexico City - Reforma & Zona Rosa

Best area to stay in Mexico City – Reforma & Zona Rosa

Mexico City - Reforma - Click here to see all hotels on a map

Mexico City – Reforma – Click here to see all hotels on a map

WHY STAY HERE:

  • Cultural attractions
  • Zona Rosa
  • Paseo de la Reforma
  • Connected by metro
  • Close to Chapultepec forest

HAND-PICKED HOTELS IN THIS AREA

  • Our Top Pick

    The PF Suites is close to the areas of cultural, historical and financial interest of Mexico City, in the central Zona Rosa, and offers comfortable accommodation and friendly service.- from US$71.

  • Budget Option

    Monoambientes Cuauhtemoc offers accommodation in Mexico City. It is 400 meters from the Torre Mayor. Free WiFi is available in all areas.- from US$29 .

  • Midrange Option

    Hotel PF enjoys a magnificent location close to places of historical and cultural interest, such as Chapultepec Castle, and offers free Wi-Fi, among other services. – from US$59.

  • Luxury Option

    Barceló Mexico Reforma is located in Mexico City. It has a heated pool, spa center, fitness center, a la carte restaurant and private parking. – from US$147 .

 

 

 

2. Condesa – Roma Norte

Condesa and Roma Norte are two of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the Mexican capital and, therefore, are also among the best areas to stay in Mexico City.

These neighboring areas are a hipster paradise. Their walls are filled with street art and you can find vintage shops, avant-garde restaurants and venues devoted to poetry that could easily take place on some European street.

The European atmosphere of Condesa and Roma Norte is more obvious if you walk through Plaza de Cibeles, an exact replica of the one in Madrid that was given to Mexico as a symbol of brotherhood between the Mexican and Spanish cultures.

Roma Norte also includes the Medellín Market, a space recognizable from any distance, thanks to its colorful façade, where South Americans go to get ingredients from their native lands.

Safety: Condesa and Roma Norte are both safe areas to stay in Mexico City.

Best neighborhoods to stay in Mexico City - Condesa & Roma Norte

Best neighborhoods to stay in Mexico City- Condesa & Roma Norte

Mexico City - Condesa & Roma Norte - Click here to see all hotels on a map

Mexico City – Condesa & Roma Norte – Click here to see all hotels on a map

WHY STAY HERE:

  • Alternative shops
  • Plaza Cibeles
  • European flair
  • Medellín Market
  • Walkable

HAND-PICKED HOTELS IN THIS AREA

  • Our Top Pick

    Casa de la Condesa is close to the most important places of interest in Mexico City, surrounded by beautiful shops and lively nightlife. It offers spacious accommodations, personalized services and dining options. – from US$94.

  • Budget Option

    Entre Barrios Hospederia is located between 2 of the most modern areas of Mexico City, Roma and Condesa, and offers free WiFi.- from US$49.

  • Midrange Option

    Izta 54 is located in Mexico City, 1.7 km from Zona Rosa, it offers a terrace and views of the garden. – from US$55.

  • Luxury Option

    Casa Malí by Dominion Boutique Hotelis located in Mexico City, 1.6 km from Castillo de Chapultepec, it offers free WiFi and air conditioning. The property is 1.6 km from the Torre Mayor skyscraper.- from US$173.

 

 

 

3. Centro Histórico

Centro Histórico or Old Town is the best area to stay in Mexico City if you want to immerse yourself in the history of this unique, Latin American country.

This area of ​​Mexico City is so big that you could take a week to explore it and, still, find something new to see every day, without having visit other parts of the city.

Centro Histórico gathers buildings as representative of Mexican architecture as the Zócalo, the central square of Mexico City and the second largest in the world, with a capacity of over 100 thousand people.

The Alameda Central is another monument that you’ll be able to see in Centro Histórico, and it is considered to be the first urban park in America.

Next to La Alameda, you’ll find one of the most important museums in Mexico City: The Fine Arts Palace.

Another landmark of the old town is the Plaza Garibaldi, where mariachis and musicians join in the afternoons to serenade everyone who walks through this popular area of ​​Mexico City.

Safety: Although there is no problem during the day, at night Centro Histórico is not the safest area to stay in Mexico City.

Where to stay in Mexico City - Centro Histórico

Where to stay in Mexico City – Centro Histórico

Best areas to stay in Mexico City - Centro Histórico

Best areas to stay in Mexico City – Centro Histórico

Mexico City - Centro Histórico - Click here to see all hotels on a map

Mexico City – Centro Histórico – Click here to see all hotels on a map

WHY STAY HERE:

  • Historical buildings
  • Center of the city
  • Cultural attractions
  • Metro stations
  • Shops and entertainment

HOTELS BY AREA::

HAND-PICKED HOTELS IN THIS AREA

  • Our Top Pick

    Best Western Majestic is located in the historic center of Mexico City, near several dining options, and offers incredible views of the Zócalo, the main square of the city. The rooms feature ironing facilities, a safe, cable TV and a private bathroom with a shower or a bathtub, a hairdryer and free toiletries.- from US$82.

  • Budget Option

    Hostal Amigo Suites is located in downtown Mexico City, just a 3-minute walk from the city’s Metropolitan Cathedral, it offers free Wi-Fi and a rooftop terrace with sun loungers and a bar.- from US$32 .

  • Midrange Option

    City Centro Ciudad de Mexico is located in Mexico City, 600 meters from El Zócalo Square, it features free WiFi access and a fitness center. The hotel offers a free full breakfast. – from US$79 .

  • Luxury Option

    NH Mexico City Centro Historico is located in the heart of Mexico City, within walking distance of the Metropolitan Cathedral. The property is well connected to the most famous sights and offers modern soundproofed rooms with free Wi-Fi. – from US$224.

 

 

 

4. Polanco

Polanco is the most exclusive district of Mexico City, known for its top-quality cuisine and big fashion houses stores that fill its streets with style, particularly the Presidente Masaryk avenue.

In Polanco you can find the Soumaya Museum, with one of the largest collections of contemporary art in Latin America. In addition, a few steps away from the Soumaya, you’ll get to the Inbursa Aquarium, with over 350 aquatic species.

Polanco is home to the Chapultepec Forest, the second largest urban park in Latin America, where you can ride a bike, skate or walk while enjoying its beautiful views.

Accommodation in Polanco is very sought-after and also expensive. However, it is one of the best areas to stay in Mexico City, since there is always something to do.

Safety: Polanco is the safest place to stay in Mexico City.

Safest area to stay in Mexico City - Polanco

Safest area to stay in Mexico City – Polanco

Mexico City - Polanco - Click here to see all hotels on a map

Mexico City – Polanco – Click here to see all hotels on a map

WHY STAY HERE:

  • Exclusive shops
  • Soumaya Museum
  • Chapultepec forest
  • Great restaurants and nightclubs
  • Inbursa Aquarium

HAND-PICKED HOTELS IN THIS AREA

  • Our Top Pick

    Residence L´Heritage Aristóteles 140 by BlueBay offers rooms with cable TV, free Wi-Fi and free private parking. Located a 5-minute walk from Polanco Metro Station, this property also has a gym. – from US$79.

  • Luxury Option

    JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City is 8 km from the center of Mexico City and a 10-minute walk from the Auditorium Metro Station. It offers an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi and a health center with exclusive spa services, such as a gym and a hot tub. – from US$294.

 

 

 

5. Coyoacán

Coyoacán is one of the most charming places in Mexico City, thanks to its narrow colonial-style streets, with cobbled floors and lots of color.

Coyoacán is the birthplace of the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, where the famous “Casa Azul” is located, a house where she spent the last years of her life with her husband, the painter Diego Rivera. Nowadays, the house is a museum where some of Frida’s paintings, photographs and items related to her particular lifestyle are exhibited.

The cultural movement of Coyoacán is huge. This district has movie theaters, galleries, parks and entertainment areas for all types of audiences.

Coyoacán also has markets and craft stores where, without a doubt, you will be able to find something to give away, even for the pickiest of your friends.

Due to its distance from other areas of CDMX, accommodation in Coyoacán is usually cheaper than in other neighborhoods of the city.

Still, Coyoacán is one of the best areas to stay in Mexico City if you are looking for a peaceful time.

Safety: Coyoacán is a safe and quiet area to stay in Mexico City.

Coyoacán - Where to stay in Mexico City

Coyoacán – Where to stay in Mexico City

Reccommended area to stay in Mexico City - Coyoacán

Reccommended area to stay in Mexico City – Coyoacán

Mexico City - Coyoacán - Click here to see all hotels on a map

Mexico City – Coyoacán – Click here to see all hotels on a map

WHY STAY HERE:

  • Frida Kahlo Museum
  • Colonial-style architecture
  • Cultural attractions
  • Cheap and charming accommodation

HAND-PICKED HOTELS IN THIS AREA

  • Our Top Pick

    Chalet del Carmen is located in Mexico City. This charming property offers free Wi-Fi in all areas and has a nice garden and a shared kitchen. – from US$56.

  • Budget Option

    Hostal La Encantada is located in one of the most traditional and typical neighborhoods of Mexico City, in Coyoacán. It offers free Wi-Fi. – from US$43.

 

 

 

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