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Hotel Principal

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Waikiki, Hawaii
Reviewed 7 April 2017

(1) Your Room Has an OLD SiNK (2) WiFi in Room!! (3) $11 PRiVATE Room (4) Fabulous LOCATiON (5) Emotionally SUFFOCATiNG rooms Hotel Principal is on a cobble stone street right in the middle of the Historic District. Restaurants, Burger King and convenient-store nearby. The room is uninspiring. Windows are about 170 meters high so only the very tall can...

2Thank SoundOfPurple
Puebla, Mexico
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Nothing fancy, and the rooms can be quite small. (If you need space, request one of the rooms in the front of the building.) Comfortable beds, good bathrooms with plenty of hot water. Some rooms have a shared bath, but I've never stayed in one. Amiable staff. Excellent location, a few blocks from the Palacio de las Bellas Artes. Very...

Thank Heloderma
Reviewed 12 January 2017

I had one of the super-cheap rooms on the top floor. It was a little prison-like, only one shared toilet and shower on the floor, which could be a bit inconvenient, but I can't complain for the price. It's in a fantastic location, easy walk to Zocalo, Belles Artes, Diego Rivera mural museum, plus tons of food and shops within...

Thank mcvanderbears
Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

I ve experienced absolutely the worst nightmare waking up in the morning with red skin bites all over! Watch out for the bed bugs on the cheapest -4th floor! The truth is that it was affordable hotel/hostel 280pesos for dbl room in the centrum but i would NEVER come back there. Bathroom (1) and toilet (ONLY 1) to share with...

1Thank Kamila F
Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

We were on a shared bathroom room for 4 nights, we arrived in 6:30 at the morning and got the room to take a much needed sleep,friendly and helpfull staff, we were happy with our room but some rooms looks much worst! 406 it is a good one, you have a sinck in the room which we found usefull but...

1Thank מעיין כ
Reviewed 31 October 2016

I booked my room on Bookings for $MX 220 - that's about $US 12 and incredibly super cheap. For that I got a dive hotel room, fairly clean, shared bathroom in a very central location. My room was on the 4th floor and had a steel door, ratty sink and felt like a prison cell. Kinda depressing room, but you...

1Thank rrrenter
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 30 August 2016

I would highly recommend this hotel for its location and price. The staff are friendly and extremely helpful. There are several room types here, so I would recommend asking for one with windows as the ones without are dark. The hotel is clean and comfortable and it's right in the centre close to the shops and restaurants.We stayed here last...

Thank kathtek
Whistler, Canada
Reviewed 17 May 2016

for the price, this would have to be one of the most centrally located hotels in all of mexico. 5 minute walk to the dead centre of centro meant you were right in the thick of it, ready to explore in what ever direction you see fit. we saw the reviews and some random pictures of the rooms, that stated...

1Thank DarrenHalls
Brussels, Belgium
Reviewed 1 December 2015

I took an offer from booking, and the price was really good taking into account the location (5 min walk to the Zócalo subway station) but the room was similar to a prision. Only a noisy bed and a Chair, a steel door and, literaly, only one toilet and one shower for, at least, 15 rooms that (according to the...

2Thank Thecatalanboss
San Diego, California
Reviewed 22 November 2015

Overall: good, clean, inexpensive hotel in a great location. Good for solo travelers or budget couples. The rooms are clean, the beds are comfortable, the location is fantastic, and the wifi works quite well. No frills here, just a nice safe place to rest at night. Only reason I have chosen to deduct a few points from my rating is...

2Thank Eduardo L

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Centro Historico
The beating heart of the city lies within Centro Histórico, the vast expanse of historical buildings and monuments that are a must when exploring Mexico City. Places such as the Museo Biblioteca Palacio Postal, Casa de los Azulejos and Palacio de Bellas Artes are the perfect eye candy for anyone seeking to admire arts and architecture. Don't forget to visit the wide variety of markets and plazas where any vintage item, handicrafts and jewelry characteristic of each state in Mexico can be found on Sundays. Admire majestic views of the city from the Monumento a la Revolución and Torre Latinoamericana, and round out the experience with restaurants of all cuisines nearby.
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Additional Information about Hotel Principal

Address: Calle Bolivar 29 | Centro Histórico, Mexico City 06000, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Central Mexico and Gulf Coast > Mexico City > Centro Historico
Price Range: $16 - $60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Hotel Principal 1.5*
Number of rooms: 186
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“(For budget customers) Ask for a room away from the bathroom's sounds”
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  • Notice How High Your Room Window Is: NO VIEW
  • I Never Looked @ the Tv. WiFi iN ROOM!!!
  • Down the Hallway and Make a Left for the Bathroom
SoundOfPurple, 7 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Cheap but Bad room”
Thecatalanboss, 1 Dec 2015 | Read review
“The budget rooms do not have windows to the street, but do have windows that open to spacious ventilation shafts (ours had a huge potted plant in it) that extend upward to the open sky and provide a draft of fresh air and some diffuse natural light.”
Islenia, 2 Jan 2015 | Read review
“Get a room on the first floor and avoid the elevator,”
zaphod_es, 8 Jun 2014 | Read review
“DON'T choose the cheapest rooms with shared bathrooms ask to change the small 3x2 room to the bigger one, and the same price has bigger rooms with a desk and mirror Don't stay in the room close to the bathroom 4 floor is with the worse rooms”
IvetaT_13, 29 Apr 2014 | Read review
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