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Mexico City: choice of two neighborhoods

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I'm staying for three nights in Mexico City in December. (This is after spending 4 nights in Tepoztlan, about 85 km south.)

This will be my first visit to this city -- in fact, my first time in Mexico, not counting a day trip across the border from San Diego into Tijuana. I'm traveling alone.

I've gone through the Lonely Planet guide and narrowed down my lodging choices to these two:

Hotel Casa Gonzalez (
Chillout Flat (

Both of these are very appealing based on their web sites. My main debate is about location. Casa Gonzalez is in Cuauhtemoc; Chillout Flat is in the Centro Historico.

I should say my primary interests are history and architecture, wandering neighborhoods and exploring. I like eating in quiet neighborhood eateries, not so big on nightlife, clubs, and drinking into the wee hours. I'd rather enjoy evenings in a quiet bar or cafe with friendly locals.

I'm wondering if staying in Cuauhtemoc will mean I'm further away from the areas I want to see during the day, but might be a more pleasant area to return to in the evening?

Any thoughts about which location might be preferable?

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