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Mexico City’s Zócalo has all kinds of establishments. In a single visit you can cover museums, restaurants and historical buildings, so it makes sense to find a hotel near the City’s main square. How about a hotel inside a mall? We’re talking about Downtown, Habita’s boutique hotel.
This peculiar hotel is located in what was once the Palace of the Counts of Miravalle, so it preserves a seventeenth-century architectonical style. Downtown’s walls are decorated with handmade stained glass; the lobby has other ornamental details and volcanic rock structures. It is a perfect dining spot, whether you are a guest or not.
Downtown goes for quality over quantity, so they only have 14 rooms, seven of which overlook the Casino Español de México. They offer four types of bedrooms: colonial queen with safe deposit box, iPod docking, minibar and Wifi service; colonial king with the same amenities in a more ample space; the Independence Suite with a balcony, and the Revolution Suite with a bathtub.
Sunbathing should not be restricted even in the city, so enjoy Downtown’s terrace, where you can sip a speciality drink while taking in views of the Zócalo and the Torre Latinoamericana. You’ll also find a jacuzzi and an outdoor pool to make the most of summer weather.
Since you are already inside a mall, you might as well visit the shops: make-up stores, jewelry stores, coffee shops and restaurants are literally at your doorstep. The Puntarena restaurant specializes in seafood, but if you’re looking for traditional Mexican food, Azul Histórico is your best bet.
Downtown also provides free bicycle rentals and a Turibus booth.