Best Areas to Stay in Mexico City

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Where to stay in Mexico City – A guide to the Mexican capital

Mexico City (or CDMX) limits to the south with the state of Morelos, while to the north, east and west borders the state of Mexico. This Latin American city is the core of Mexico’s economic and cultural activity, with lots of entertainment options to choose from.

This huge city of 1,485 km² is the capital of Mexico and was called Distrito Federal or DF until January 29, 2016.

Despite being known as one of the cities with most traffic in the world, CDMX has a different transportation options such as taxis, buses and a light rail, as well as a metro system that runs the length and breadth of its territory, making moving from one area to another an easier task.

Mexico City is a popular destination thanks to its typical cuisine that includes tacos, burritos, enchiladas, chilaquiles and other delicacies famous for having a very spicy touch.

Before traveling to Mexico City, it is important to consider what is the best time to visit and make the most out of your stay.

The dry season (which usually extends from October to April) has temperatures that reach a maximum of 25ºC and will allow you to enjoy green landscapes that contrast with the mixture of colonial architecture, Art Deco and Art Nouveau that embellish the main streets of Mexico City.

Mexico City is full of cultural attractions to discover, highlighting museums such as the Palace of Fine Arts, the Soumaya and Tamayo (all devoted to contemporary art), as well as the Casa Azul (Blue House) and the Dolores Olmedo, where collections of important Mexican artists are exhibited, including Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s paintings.

In addition, CDMX has open spaces as iconic as the Bosque de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Forest), one of the largest urban parks worldwide.

When it comes to nightlife and shopping, Mexico City does not fall short, offering alternatives for all types of visitors, taking into account their particular preferences and budget.

When deciding where to stay in Mexico City, it is important to consider the reason for travel. If you want to shop at the most exclusive boutiques in the Mexican capital, Polanco is the best area for you (See Polanco accommodation). On the other hand, Centro Histórico (Old Town) is also a good accommodation choice if you want to know in depth the history of CDMX (See accommodation in Centro Histórico).

This is a guide with the best areas to stay in Mexico City.

The best areas to stay in Mexico City

Our favorite area: Polanco

Polanco is the most exclusive neighborhood in Mexico City, so Mexicans refer to this district as the posh area of ​​the capital.

When walking through this area, it is common to see shops belonging to large fashion houses, exclusive restaurants and five-star hotels.

Polanco is also home to Bosque de Chapultepec, an enormous urban park where the inhabitants of Mexico City go for a ride on bicycle or roller skates, and that also includes the National Museum of Anthropology and the Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art among its territory.

The nightlife in Polanco is among the liveliest of CDMX, with bars and clubs that present the latest musical, gastronomic and cocktail trends.

Polanco is the best place to stay in Mexico City for the most demanding travelers who want to stay close to the fun and, at the same time, witness the most elegant side of CDMX.

Polanco is connected by line 7 of the metro (the orange one), including its very own station.

Best areas to stay in Mexico City - Polanco

Best areas to stay in Mexico City – Polanco

Accommodation in Mexico City - Polanco - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Mexico City – Polanco – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Mexico City:

  • Exclusive area
  • Walkable
  • Great nightlife
  • Luxury hotels
  • Bosque de Chapultepec
  • Museums and cultural options

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Suites Contempo

This all-suite hotel offers free Wi-Fi and free shuttle services within a radius of up to 5 km.

from US$99
Budget

Lety’s place

Is located in the commercial district of Masaryk, in Mexico City, 900 meters from the National Museum of Anthropology and 1.4 km from Antara Polanco.

from US$45
Luxurious

Las Suites Campos Eliseos

Is located in the elegant neighborhood of Polanco. It has a rooftop terrace with an outdoor pool and views of Mexico City.

from US$199

 

 

 

Centro Histórico

Centro Histórico is the Old Town of Mexico City and it conserves most of the city’s cultural heritage, making it an almost obligatory stop when visiting the Mexican capital.

Each corner of Centro Histórico is representative of Mexican culture, highlighting the Zócalo, which is the main square of CDMX that regularly hosts outdoor events for the entire family.

This area of ​​Mexico City is ideal for walking and marveling with architectural monuments that include the Palace of Fine Arts, the Alameda Central Square and the lively Plaza Garibaldi (Garibaldi Square), where it is not at all strange to run into a recital of mariachis.

On the other hand, when it comes to food, Centro Histórico offers you the true Mexican flavor at affordable prices, in addition to markets like San Juan, where you can get all kinds of fresh and exotic ingredients for your recipes.

Centro Histórico is one of the best areas to stay in Mexico City, since every day you will have something to do or see if you book one of the many accommodation options in this district. Its large number of shops makes it the favorite place for those seeking for souvenirs to give to their family and friends.

However, it is advisable to be careful during the night, as the area is not the safest in Mexico City.

Centro Histórico connects with the rest of Mexico City by lines 1 (Salto del Agua Station), 2 (Zócalo Station), 3 (Juarez Station) and 8 (Bellas Artes and Garibaldi Stations) of the metro.

Accommodation in México DF - Centro Histórico

Accommodation in México DF – Centro Histórico

Alameda Central - Mexico City

Alameda Central – Mexico City

Best areas to stay in Mexico City - Centro Histórico - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Best areas to stay in Mexico City – Centro Histórico – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Mexico City:

  • Packed with cultural attractions
  • Plaza Garibaldi
  • Plenty of accommodation options
  • Palacio de Bellas Artes
  • Charming streets
  • Zócalo

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel Histórico Central

Located less than 5 minutes’ walk from Palacio de Iturbide and the Torre Latinoamericana, it occupies a colonial-style building and offers free Wi-Fi.

from US$50
Budget

Hotel San Diego

This hotel is located a few steps from the craft markets and 3 blocks from the Metropolitan Theater and the Palace of Fine Arts.

from US$42
Luxurious

Hilton Mexico City Reforma

The luxurious Hilton Mexico City Reforma offers elegant rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, a hot tub and a gym.

from US$142

 

 

 

Condesa

Condesa is the favorite area for fans of the alternative cultural scene in Mexico City, with shops, bars and cafes ideal for hipsters and bohemians.

This is a neighborhood adorned by street art, buildings and monuments that can be compared to those of some european countries, such as, for example, its own replica of Plaza de Cibeles.

Condesa also has among its main attractions green, open spaces such as Parque México and Parque España, for visitors looking to spend some time outdoors, without having to leave this attractive neighborhood of Mexico City.

When moving to other CDMX locations, both Condesa and its neighbor Roma Norte make it easier for you with metro stations such as Sevilla on line 1 at your disposal.

Condesa is one of the best areas to stay in Mexico City if you want to know the emerging artistic movement of the Mexican capital.

Stay in Condesa - Mexico City

Stay in Condesa – Mexico City

Where to stay in Mexico City - Condesa - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Where to stay in Mexico City – Condesa – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Mexico City:

  • Alternative area
  • Plaza de Cibeles
  • Parque México y Parque España

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Casa Decu

Offering a fitness center and terrace, Casa Decu is located in Mexico City and there is free Wi-Fi.

from US$89
Budget

Condesa 185

Located in the lively and popular district of Condesa, it offers free Wi-Fi in all areas. All rooms include smart TV.

from US$55
Luxurious

FlowSuites Condesa

Rooms at FlowSuites Condesa feature elegant, minimalist and modern décor with original works of modern art.

from US$120

 

 

 

Reforma

Reforma is probably the best located area in Mexico City and houses one of the most famous avenues of the Mexican capital: The Paseo de la Reforma, with sculptures like La Diana Cazadora and the Ángel de la Reforma that are architectural references.

In this part of the city you will never run out of options, as it has a large selection of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and shops for all types of visitors. In addition, you also have many types of hotels and accommodation according to your needs and budget.

Reforma is the most “gay-friendly” area of ​​Mexico City, where you’ll find the famous “Zona Rosa” and its many LGBT-themed places, so the price of accommodation in this district tends to rise during June, due to Gay Pride month.

Moving from Reforma to any other area of ​​CDMX is an easy task, thanks to its metro connections (with several stations on line 1) and buses. In the same way, it is a friendly and safe neighborhood for the pedestrian.

Reforma is one of the best areas to stay in Mexico City if you want to be right at the center of events or if you travel for professional reasons and are looking for the best area to stay in Mexico City for business.

Staying near Paseo de la Reforma - Mexico City

Staying near Paseo de la Reforma – Mexico City

Best areas to stay in Mexico City - Reforma - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Best areas to stay in Mexico City – Reforma – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Mexico City:

  • Great metro connections
  • Zona rosa
  • Business-type hotels

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel Carlota

It offers a year-round outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi in all areas. It is 100 meters from Paseo de la Reforma.

from US$99
Budget

Hotel Premier

It is located in the famous Zona Rosa district in Mexico City, just a 2-minute walk from the elegant Paseo de la Reforma.

from US$39
Luxurious

Eurostars Zona Rosa Suites

This hotel is located in the heart of Mexico City, within walking distance of Paseo de la Reforma.

from US$142

 

 

 

Coyoacán

Coyoacán is the most picturesque neighborhood of Mexico City and, despite being a little far from the most popular areas, has many entertainment options and cultural attractions that you have to know.

This district of CDMX houses the iconic Casa Azul (Blue House) that was the home of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, where a large part of their paintings are exhibited, as well as objects representative of their lifestyle.

Furthermore, the streets of Coyoacán, with their colonial style, present charming hotels and cozy pensions ideal for visitors seeking quiet accommodation in Mexico City.

Coyoacán connects with the rest of the city through lines 2, 3 and 12 of the metro and is one of the best areas to stay in Mexico City thanks to its vibrant cultural life.

This neighborhood is also the place to look for typical handmade gifts to give to your loved ones.

Coyoacán - Best areas to stay in Mexico City

Coyoacán – Best areas to stay in Mexico City

Mexico City - Coyoacán - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Mexico City – Coyoacán – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Mexico City:

  • Charming hotels
  • Frida Kahlo Museum
  • A lot of cultural attractions

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Holiday Inn Mexico Coyoacan

The rooms at Mexico Coyoacan are decorated in a modern style and feature air conditioning and a flat-screen TV with cable channels.

from US$69
Budget

Casa Ayvar

Casa Ayvar is located in Mexico City, 200 meters from Frida Kahlo House Museum. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

from US$35
Luxurious

Hache 21

Hache 21 is 700 meters from Frida Kahlo House Museum. The rooms are equipped with a seating area, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.

from US$99

 

 

 

Near the Azteca Stadium

The surroundings of the Azteca Stadium are ideal for those who visit Mexico City to attend a concert or important sporting event.

This stadium, which has capacity for almost 100 thousand people, has been the venue for concerts by great music figures such as Michael Jackson, Elton John, U2 and Paul McCartney, which makes it a legendary place in CDMX.

This area of ​​Mexico City is out of the reach of the metro, but has a light rail that connects it with other important attractions.

The surroundings of the Estadio Azteca are among the best areas to stay in Mexico City if you travel to a specific event, ensuring that you can arrive on time and without any inconveniences to the game or concert.

Stay near the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City

Stay near the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City

Stay near the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Stay near the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Mexico City:

  • Best area for sporting events
  • Concerts
  • Cheap accommodation

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Mexico Medica Sur

This hotel is located steps from the Azteca Stadium and offers rooms with free Wi-Fi.

from US$89
Budget

Hotel Cuore

Hotel Cuore is just 1 km from the Azteca Stadium in southern Mexico City. It offers free parking and air-conditioned rooms.

from US$54
Luxurious

Fiesta Inn Periferico Sur

The Fiesta Inn Periférico Sur, located next to the Perisur Shopping Center, features a gym, free Wi-Fi and free parking.

from US$99

 

 

 

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