Fodor's Expert Review Room Mate Valentina
Amberes 27, Mexico City, Quintana Roo, 06600, Mexico See on Map
The only Mexico location from this Spanish chain that looks for the sweet spot among budget-location-style. Rooms are minimalist and quirky: walls are awash with electric colors, the furniture is asymmetrical, the accents are futuristic. Flat-screen TVs and free Internet access in every room are nice touches. Suites on the top floor all have balconies with decent views.
In the heart of the Zona Rosa, a longstanding LGBT neighborhood, this is a good choice for budget-conscious LGBT travelers.
Rooms are surprisingly roomy for the prices, and suites are a bargain. The decor ranges from kids-room garish to cutting-edge modern, depending on the room and your perspective. Beds are on low platforms.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The neighborhood, while central, is chaotic and a bit seedy at night. Bring earplugs if noise is a concern.
Bathrooms are spacious, with rainshowers and some with soaking tubs.
Drinking water (and, in the mornings, coffee service) are a nice touch. Complimentary continental breakfasts are just off the lobby.
The best way to get around Mexico City is via Uber or similar ride-share services, like Cabify and the by-women for-women Laúdrive. The hotel is in the heart of the Zona Rosa, with easy access to Roma and Condesa.
Hiyoko Yakitori-Ya (10-minute walk) is a traditional, if upscale, yakitori bar; don't miss the baby corn grilled in its husk with soy butter. A branch of the Paris chain, Maison Kayser (9-minute walk) is a textbook French Boulangerie and patisserie. Barro Negro (6-minute walk) serves homey Oaxacan cuisine, and particularly good breakfasts.
Take in the city's hot cocktail scene at Xaman (4-minute walk), an underground bar with a prehispanic theme. Cicatriz Café (11-minute walk) is an all-day café that morphs into a hopping bar scene at night, with creative cocktails and intriguing natural wines.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Few budget hotels come with this much exuberant style (and free breakfast and wifi).
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