Fodor's Expert Review Hotel María Cristina
Río Lerma 31, Mexico City, Quintana Roo, 06500, Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico See on Map
This Spanish colonial–style gem is a Mexico City classic. Impeccably maintained since it was built in 1937, the building surrounds a delightful garden courtyard with a fountain--the backdrop for the hotel bar. Three apartment-style master suites come complete with hot tubs. In a quiet residential neighborhood near Parque Sullivan, the hotel is equidistant from three popular areas: Polanco, Centro, and Roma/Condesa.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Hotel wifi is only free for one device.
With their sweet archways, rooms are small but homey, if a bit old-fashioned. Rooms facing the courtyard are quieter, in addition to having a nicer view.
Some rooms have air conditioning for an extra cost, but Mexico City gets quite cool at night year-round so you won't likely need it.
Basic, with a choice of shower or bathtub.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Towels are extremely thin; you may even want to buy your own towel from a nearby shop.
Lobby retains much of the original charm, with a tiled spiral staircase and ornate ironwork.
There's no restaurant per se, but the hotel staff can arrange food delivery from local restaurants.
The courtyard bar is a charmer, and nicely set apart from the neighborhood noise.
Though extremely central, most of the more popular sights and neighborhoods aren't walkable from the hotel.
Bravo Loncheria (5-minute walk) is a chic lunch spot serving tortas with fillings like chicken pipián and grilled octopus. Try the chiles rellenos and tasajo (dried beef) platters at La Bella Lula (4-minute walk), a longtime favorite for Oaxacan cuisine.
Located behind an unmarked door, Le Tachinomi Desu (11-minute walk) is modeled after the Japanese standing bars called "tachinomis" and specializes in natural wines. Kinky Bar (10-minute walk) is a straight-friendly gay bar with shirtless bartenders and a packed crowd ready to party.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Few Mexico City hotels come with this sort of vintage charm.
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