Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
What We Love
- Historic features like the incredible Tiffany stained glass ceiling and ornate iron elevators
- The strolling-distance proximity to the city’s historic downtown
- Guest rooms are spacious by Mexico City standards
What To Know
- There’s no parking lot onsite
- Pets are not allowed
- There’s a fee of around $15 per person for breakfast
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
From the Fin de siècle illuminated Tiffany stained glass ceiling designed by French artisan Jacques Gruber to the Louis XV-style chandelier hanging in the entrance, this grande dame is pure Art Nouveau decadence. Travel in the turn-of-the-century iron cage elevators to one of 60 rooms bursting with old-school touches like striped wallpaper, ornately-carved headboards, and velvet-covered footstools. Not everything’s a time-warp though: there’s a well-equipped 24 hour gym and high speed WiFi. The 5th floor Terazza bar has commanding views over the Zocalo.
In the Area
Mexico City’s many historic treasures are msteps from the hotel door. Admire the Palacio Nacional de Bellas Artes opera house and cultural center, and nearby Alameda Park, an Art Deco masterpiece containing huge murals by Mexican masters like Diego Rivera. The Templo Mayor, the remains of a Great Temple that was once the center of the great Aztec City of Tenochtitlan offers an insta-primer on Aztec history. Or check out Palacio de los Condes de Miravall, an atmospheric 17th century converted mansion on cobblestone Isabel la Católica street that now houses several high-end restaurants and a host of cutting edge boutiques. Shop for Hermes-like silk printed scarves at homegrown Pineda Covelin, then nosh on Mexican traditional favorites like guacamole with fried grasshoppers or tikin xic fish from the Yucatan at Azul Historico.
How to Get There
I could say a of things and all of them
impressed Me and my whole Family
we all wish we could stay longer
the days seems goes faster when your having that much Fun
plenty of things to do around
and I could never rate high enough
Try it & you’ll see what I mean
We arrived at the Gran Hotel located at the corner of Zocolo Square off the back of an 11 hour flight from England to be greeted by the wonderful Jose Luis, Jamie & Cynthia, plus a complimentary glass of bubbly.
Our check in took just about the right amount of time where the staff briefed us on all of the Hotels facilities.
Our Porter was amazing and so enthusiastic (sorry I forgot your name) and whilst ascending in the 100 year old lift on the way up to our room he described all of what the Gran Hotel had to offer.
The room itself was spacious air conditioned and well looked after, as was the bathroom. Unfortunately though when we had a shower or bath the floor would flood out of the drain leaving a smell and dirty water.
Outside our room the staff would leave complimentary bottled water, its the small gestures that leave the biggest impression.
Our room overlooked Zocolo Square where in the morning we would watch the Army raise the flag at first parade.
The resteraunt where we ate Breakfast was nice, offering a mixture of fresh fruit, fruit juice, cereal and cooked food and for those that feel the need to eat them at such a early hour there was also a plentiful selection of cakes.
The staff were attentive, keeping the table clear of used plates and the cup full of fresh coffee.
After Breakfast lead by Jeorge we took the chance to take a tour of the Hotel. Jeorge was exremely knowlegable, he took the time to point out the Hotels hidden secrets and described its rich past. The Hotel with its iconic foyer and Tiffany glass roof famously features in 2 Bond movies, and has been used as a location for many other TV and film backdrops. So it was a pleasant surprise on the morning of our visit to watch an actual shoot take place. we have no idea if the character lived...
For its superb views of Zocolo Square the roof top terrace is well worth the visit. However the service on the night was disappointing as our food arrived seperately and in effect we ate apart.
One other dissapointment during our stay and its a modern one, is the lack of useable WIFI. During our stay it was intermittent and extremely slow at best.
We stayed for a 2 night stop over, our mistake was not to stay longer as the city has so much to offer, its worth noting if you are intending to visit for a short time do not come in a Monday as all of the museums are closed.
I would like to thank all of the staff for making us most welcome at the Gran Hotel it was our pleasure. We have begun planning a return visit very soon.
We have loved staying in this hotel. Our room is spacious and has a great view of the Zocalo. We can open the windows and hear all the sounds as well as see all the sights, but when closed we can hardly hear anything. Also, when we need to rest, the window has a fantastic, automatic room darkening shade. The service is awesome, the rooftop terrazzo is wonderful and has wonderful food and the lobby itself is out of a great Gatsby movie. Can't say enough about this place. The only thing that was so so was the breakfast. it was good, but not great. I forgot, the location is the best. Right on the Zocalo.
There has been movies and song about famous hotels and the stories that accompanies it. I say that this Gran Hotel Cuidad de Mexico is no different.
It is right in the middle of the city and you can find it easily as it is a landmark in Centro Historico.
The hotel bellman must have one of the most difficult jobs in the world. They have to scrutinize whoever wants to get to the hotel. More like bouncers in a niteclub. And they do not allow you to get in to the lobby to take photos.
For the tourists, it is a must go to for photo taking and therefore the bellboys are a nuisance.
For Hotel Guests, the bellman are guardian angels to keep it peaceful.
So to get in, just say you are going to the restaurant at the roof top.
And then you will have a wonderful dining experience overlooking the square. And that calls for a different review.
We loved the Gran Hotel Ciudad de México. Our room was lovely and the ambiance of the hotel with ironwork from Eiffel and a gorgeous stained glass ceiling was amazing. We loved the Terrace with its views. The breakfast was delicious and the staff so competent. The concierges arranged taxis to and from museums so we could see many museums with ease. They can also arrange tours less costly than those advertised on Trip Advisor. Their restaurant suggestions were also excellent. A pianist played two nights in the lobby. Stay here!