I have stayed a couple of times at the hostel catedral and whenever i visit Mexico City i go there just to hang out even if i am not staying there as the place has a really nice cafe.
It´s a very modren hostel and the facilities are great.
Internet, travel agency, cafe, restaurant, big screen tv and a perfect location right behind the Zocalo are just some of the nice things to be said about this place.
Directions: Right behind the big cathedral on the Zocalo.
Great location.good breakfast ... good prices ver very clean and most of all secure... great terrace with Zocalo view.. people from all over.. stay if you can
Unique Quality: Great views, walking distance for more than 10 attractions....
I spent my first night in Mexico City at the Hostel Cathedral and moved to the Hostal Mondo after one night and was glad I did.
Note both of these Hostels are near the Zoloco and the location for both is PERFECT! Both are near the subway
Note if you take the subway from the airport for either you will need to change lines three times and there is a lot of stairs and walking involved...subway is two pescos (US 10 cents) and the cab is $15 from the airport and US $18 to the airport. I had a hard time getting a cab to take me to Zolco since many streets were closed down. If they give you a hard time ask them to get you as close as possible and maybe try a close subway stop on the purple line (the line the Zoloco is on). It is worth it to stay in that area!
I asked for a quite room (as I was told to do by other VTers) but it was so noisy none of us slept (I was even wearing ear plugs!). The problem is that the rooms are around a central court yard and there is a bar on the first floor and a bar on the roof so no matter what floor you are on its going to be noisy. The other issue is that the hostel is on the main square and the traffic and noise is high there too. The rooms also lack windows (they have shutters) so the noise, cold and bugs just fly in...
According to the staff I was there on a "quiet night" and the next night they were going to have a live band and things were going to be loud. I was told the next night was horrific.
Unique Quality: I also found the staff at the Hostel Cathedral were not unhelpful when it came to getting information on the area. They couldn't even tell give me subway station advise! They were not rude but did not provide any valuable info at anytime. The staff at the Hostal Moneda on the other had were fantastic and an invaluable resource.
Phone calls were 3 times the rate I paid at the Mondeo.
I did a day tour to the pyramids with the Hostel Cathedral and it was absolutely excellent. The guide was great, spoke English perfectly and was easy to understand (if you have traveled in South America you'll know this doesn't normally happen). You do not have to stay in the hostel to get their tours
The rooms that open into the courtyard do not have windows only shutters which makes them very noisy and cold
The rooms are quite a bit nicer than the Hostal Mondo. They have a drying hook per person which was great. Rooms were clean. The mattress was comfortable. Sheets, pillow and nice warm blankets (I was there in November and really needed it).
Breakfast and dinner is provided in the room price. Breakfast is good. Dinner was just OK (Hostal Mondo meals were great)
Hostel Catedral is located at 4, Guatemala on the very left facing the Cathedral. It's quite a good place for a budget traveller, though some prices are highly exxagerated, f.e. the beer costs 20 pesos, a triple of what you get at a local store (6,50 pesos only). The staff is quite nice but money-oriented: unwilling to honour your ISIC card that entitles you to discounts, trying to persuade you to take a 200 pesos taxi to the airport ( I was smart enough to travel on the metro - only 2 pesos one way). It can get quite noisy in the evening which prevents you from sleeping. However, I liked the mixture of people there, a nice bar area to hang out with international and local music. You can also enjoy the terrace on the 6th floor from where you see the panorama of the city.
Directions: Take the metro to Zocalo, get off and once you face the cathedral turn left.
Last night I was walking around the Zocalo, and I saw this famouse Hostel in the city. So I decided to get in and have a couple of beers. When you are traveling as a backpacker you look for cheep and nice acomodations and the with the best locations. This hostel provides the best location in the city, clean acommdation and during all year long you will be able to spend time with people of many different nationalities.
Unique Quality: The plus that this hostels has is the cheerful restaurant/cafe/bar that has downstars, so when you get in, don't think you are not invited to the party.
The exclente location in the heart of the city.
Directions: Back the Cathedral - ask for the "Turibus" Zocalo stop
As far as some hostels go, this one is tops! It is centrally located so getting around is easy..whether you need a taxi, bus or the metro. There is a tourist agency inside who I didn't actually use to book a tour, but one of the agents was kind enough to help me when I was having problems with a plane ticket.
There is food, drink, private showers, an internet cafe...(actually, you never have to leave;P), and a friendly staff.
I was downstairs doodling and having a beer when I met my new Mexican artist friends:) ..so locals like this place too.
Unique Quality: It was a bit chilly so I never sat on the terrace with it's views of the city.
Directions: Behind the Cathedral
Both my friend and I would wholeheartedly endorse this hostel. We stayed at other hostels in Mexico and none of them was a patch on this place. It is clean, well organised, secure and staffed by very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable young Mexicans. (hello to George and Alberto from Julia and Rachel!). The rooms each have own shower and separate toilet with hand basins also within the rooms. The rooftop terrace bar is also a great place to have a Corona and look out over the popular Zocalo or simply gaze into the distance and be mesmerised by the huge vastness of a twinkling Mexico City at night.
Unique Quality: The hostel offers organised tours round the city and to the pyramids. Both are accompanied by highly knowledgeable guides who explain both in English and Spanish.
We also got 4 nights for the price of 3, a nice welcoming touch.
Directions: Directly behind the Cathedral, 5 minutes walk from the Metro station 'Zocalo'.
i WROTE A REVIEW ABOUT A PLCE CALLED CATHEDRAL,BUT NOW i HAVE FOUND A BETTER PLACE -MEXICO CITY HOSTEL.This is one of the better hostels if you want to stay near the zocalo. .It is smaller than the other hostels nearby.There is a DVD player and the place is a good cozy 'break 'from the crowds of the zocalo.To the west of the hostel there is a huge market for cheap CD's mp3s and every DVD ever made.it is a very nice place for about $10-11$US.Nice staff.
Directions: Near the Cathedral in the main zocalo
The first time I was in Mexico City I came here many times to eat and drink. They have a very nice café in the first floor where you can meet people from around the world. The next time I came to the city I decided to stay here, but it was only for a night. We were lucky to get a whole dormroom all alone, but shared the bath with another dormroom. I waited more than an hour the next morning to come in to the bath because it was always occupied there. Except for this it was a very nice place to stay.
It's located very central, right behind the cathedral in the zocalo. You are in walkingdistance from many of the things in Centro Historico, and close to the metro.
The staff are helpfull and the rooms are clean. They have a roofterrace with a bar, in addition to the café and a shop selling travel gear in the first floor. There's also a kitchen, laundry, internet, luggagestoring, and other things.
Breakfast is included and is served in the first floor café. But because I had to wait so long to use the bath I almost came to late for the breakfast, and there was not so much left. I've heard that the breakfast is very good there, I just suppose you have to get there early.
It's part of Hostelling International, so you get a discount if you are a member. The price is from 13 USD and up.
This is one of the better hostels that I have stayed at. It is clean and nicely decorated. Furthermore, the location of this hostel is most ideal. It is located right behind the Catedral and is one of the favorite hangout for the locals who wants to strike up a conversation with the foreigners. It costs about 120 pesos a night. The subway station is located within walking distance. Really convienient to get around.
Unique Quality: Clean. Internet available. Great tour information. Nice location.
Have stayed there quite some time during my 2003/2004 trip to Mexico, now (Oct 2005) got back and it was as pleasant as before. The staff is absolutely friendly and always up with great tips and help.
Rooms are well-maintained, though those fencing the restaurant/lounge area can be a bit noisy till the restaurant closes.
Unique Quality: They have a gigantic breakfast in the mornings, which contains amongst all the common stuff a lot of fresh fruit.
Also they offer delicious pasta (arrabiata & putanesca) and great tortillas and some more stuff in their restaurant.
There is an in-door travel agency and internet café.
Directions: The hostel's neighbourhood is very good at daylight (all sites are to reach easily), but not that safe after dark - take care!
I never stayed at the hostal (the advantage of having friends in the city), just used the internet cafe. But the location can't be beat. It is located directly behind the Zocalo on a side street. The hostal features a internet cafe, restaurant, help desk (English speaking) and many many rooms.
Unique Quality: It is part of the hostel Internaional group. A discount applies for members.
If you are a backpacker you know already all what a Youth Hostel offers. But this one in México city Downtown is some how special. It´s architecture and interior design is worth even just for a visit. With a "colonial"-modern style with traditional hacienda- chairs (Equipales)c. Plus the ambient itself makes it a very special and cheerful place to stay.
It is right behind Mexico´s Zocalo. So its a perfect place to stay to visit Mexico Downtown and surroundings. Worth to spend around 3 days there.
Unique Quality: From this Hostel there are some guided tours to Tepoztlan Pyramids and La Basilica de Guadalupe
Directions: Right behind the "Zócalo"
If you're looking for cheap accommodation, this can be another option. This hostel belongs to the Youth Hostelling International association, so you will certainly find it in any hostel guide. I don't have the prices for this one but I suppose it's very similar to the hostel Moneda, in the previous tip. They have a small bar in the lobby, internet access, a youth travel agency (Mundo Joven) and it's located in a very nice place, right in the heart of town.
Directions: This is located right behind the Cathedral, with visible flags in the outter part.
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Address: Rep. de Guatemala 4 Col., Centro Historico, Delegacion Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, 06020, Mexico