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Where to Stay During Your Visit to Mexico City (Updated 2022)

The skyline of Mexico City, Mexico and its towering skyscrapers and lush greenery
Posted: 11/28/2022 | November 28, 2022

Mexico City used to be off the radar of many travelers because it was perceived as dangerous. But things changed in CDMX (short for Ciudad de México) and today it is one of the most popular places in the country.

I loved my time in Mexico City. It’s an incredible foodie destination, has fun nightlife, lots of history, green spaces and has many galleries and museums to explore. (The art and literature scene here is one of the best in the world.)

It’s also a huge, sprawling metropolis, so it’s important to choose the right neighborhood to stay in – one that suits your interests and travel style. Traffic can be slow, so you don’t want to waste your visit passing through — or risk your safety by staying in the wrong neighborhood.

To help you decide where to stay in Mexico City, here’s my breakdown of the best neighborhoods to visit (as well as recommended places to stay in each).

But before I get to that, here are some common questions I get asked about staying in Mexico City:

What’s the best neighborhood for foodies?
Although the whole city is a foodie’s paradise, Condesa and Roma Norte are two neighboring districts with excellent food markets, street food and restaurants.

What is the best neighborhood for families?
Coyoacán is quite far from the center, but that makes it perfect for families: there’s a subway connection and the area is quiet and safe.

What’s the best neighborhood to party in?
You can find a party anywhere, but Condesa and Roma Norte are still two of the best for tourists. Zona Rosa and Jaurez also have many bars and a vibrant nightlife.

What’s the best neighborhood for history buffs?
Mexico City’s Centro Histórico is crammed with interesting historical sites and is pretty much unavoidable anyway, being the most centrally located neighborhood.

What is the best area for shopping?
Upscale and sophisticated, Polanco is packed with high-end boutiques and outposts of famous fashion designers. If you want to shop ’til you drop (and maybe max out your credit card), this is the place to do it.

What is the best neighborhood overall?
For me, Roma Norte is the best neighborhood to stay. It’s beautiful, has lots of green space, is safe, centrally located and has many of the best restaurants in town. It’s the hip place.

With those questions answered, here’s my detailed breakdown of each quarter!

Accommodation options in Mexico City for Overal: Roma Norte or Condesa

A quiet street with colorful houses in Condesa, Mexico City with a car parked on the street

Roma Norte and Condesa sit next to each other and are referred to as the “sister neighborhoods”. They’re both super green and safe, the streets are lined with world-class restaurants, amazing taco stands, hip coffee shops, craft cocktail bars and major food markets. This is the hip bohemian district of the city and one of my absolute favourites. (It’s also the most “foreign,” as most visitors and expats stay here, so you’ll see more gringos here than anywhere else in the city.)

The best accommodations in Condesa and Roma

BUDGET: Hostel Home – The premier hostel in Roma, Mexico City offers fast and free WiFi, comfy beds and free bottled water. The cozy interior is filled with potted plants and comfortable furniture. If you like an “old school” hostel vibe, this is the place for you. AVERAGE: Hotel Villa Condesa — Fifteen spacious and comfortable suites make up this boutique hotel in Condesa. Housed in a former 19th-century mansion, the hotel is stylish and the staff go out of their way to be welcoming and friendly. Some rooms have balconies, and there’s also a lovely terrace for relaxing. LUXURY: Condesa DF — This boutique hotel is one of the coolest and most stylish in Condesa. Interiors are retro-chic, and rooms come with LCD Bluetooth speakers, rainfall showers, and Malin+Goetz bath products. The property also has a fleet of bicycles for guests to further explore the area.

Accommodation in Mexico City for families: Coyoacán

People relax in a park in the Coyoacan neighborhood of Mexico City, Mexico on a sunny day

Coyoacán, about 35 minutes by subway from the Zócalo (Main Square), in the southern part of the city, is one of Mexico City’s prettiest neighborhoods. The cobblestone streets and colonial-era houses give the neighborhood a charming atmosphere. It’s quiet and safe here too. And the neighborhood’s central park, Jardín Centenario, is a great place to hang out and people-watch. Coyoacán is also home to the Frida Kahlo Museum and a number of incredible food and clothing markets. It’s a really good place to stay if you want to stay away from big crowds.

The best places to stay in Coyoacan

BUDGET: Hostel Cuija Coyoacán — Located within walking distance to all neighborhood attractions, Hostel Cuija offers free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and free parking. While the bunks are basic, the bathrooms are clean and the staff goes out of their way to help you make the most of your visit. MIDRANGE: Ágata Hotel — This super-stylish Coyoácan boutique hotel features fluffy bathrobes, in-room coffeemakers, and oversized TVs. The Mexican breakfast is free (and delicious). LUXURY: H21 — A true boutique hotel, H21 has only five rooms. Decorated with a unique design and color scheme, each features private patios, artwork by local artists and craftsmen, in-room coffeemakers, and premium bath products.

Where to stay in Mexico City for history buffs: Centro Histórico

A large Mexican flag in front of one of the many historic buildings in Mexico City, Mexico

The Centro Histórico is home to all the must-see historical sites, such as the Zócalo, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Palace (and the Diego Rivera murals inside), the Palacio de Bellas Artes cultural center, and the Torre Latinoamericana skyscraper. If you plan on doing a lot of sightseeing, it’s worth considering spending at least part of your visit here.

The best places to stay in Centro Histórico

BUDGET: Selina — Hands down the best hostel in Mexico City, this hostel is spacious, clean and has a fun vibe. There are plenty of common areas to hang out and the staff are constantly organizing events so it’s easy to meet people. MIDRANGE: Zócalo Central Mexico City – This centrally located property is housed in a late 19th-century building and offers free bicycles for guests, a fitness center, and a steam room. Guest rooms feature hardwood floors, oversized TVs, air conditioning, and coffeemakers. LUXURY: Gran Hotel Ciudad de México — The stately and historic Art Nouveau hotel offers rooms overlooking the Zócalo, the famous central square. The interior lobby with its wrought iron elevators and balustrades is a feast for the eyes. Huge rooms have marble bathrooms, large TVs, desks, and air-conditioning.

Luxury and shopping in Mexico City: Polanco

A view of the shopping center in the Polanco neighborhood of Mexico City, Mexico

Known as the “Beverly Hills of Mexico,” this posh neighborhood is home to Pujol, perhaps the best restaurant in the country, as well as upscale restaurants Mr. Chow, Morimoto, Nobu and Basque/molecular eatery Biko. You’ll also find the country’s densest collection of luxury shopping here (Antara Fashion Hall, a high-end mall, is located here). Come here to max out your card for clothes, or simply stroll the streets for some window shopping.

The best places to stay in Polanco

BUDGET: Golden Buda — One of the few budget options in Polanco, Golden Buda is a no-frills hostel with decent showers, free breakfast, and yoga and meditation classes. The bunks aren’t amazing, but you can’t beat the price. INTERMEDIATE: Green Park Hotel – Housed in a beautiful Art Deco building, the Green Park offers a great deal of comfort in the heart of Polanco. The suites are packed with amenities and offer either a view of the adjacent park or the inner courtyard. The rooftop bar is also a great place to hang out. LUXURY: Pug Seal – This 20-room boutique hotel on Calle Edgar Allan Poe is a quirky yet luxurious neighborhood property. Each room is unique and designed by a different Mexican artist. Breakfast is included, as is a fleet of bicycles to explore the area. ***

Mexico City is such a gigantic, busy metropolis that you need to take the time to plan your accommodation. By researching the best neighborhoods in town, you can stay safe, save money, and make the most of your time in this incredible and underrated destination.

Book your trip: logistical tips and tricks

Book your flight
Find a cheap flight with Skyscanner. It’s my favorite search engine because it searches websites and airlines around the world so you always know that no stone is left unturned.

Book your accommodation
You can book your hostel at Hostelworld. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com as they always show the cheapest prices for guesthouses and hotels.

Don’t forget travel insurance
Travel insurance protects you against illness, injury, theft and cancellations. It’s total protection in case something goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I have had to use it many times in the past. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value for money are:

Are you ready to book your trip?
Check out my resources page for the best companies to use while traveling. I list all the ones I use when I travel. They are best in class and you can’t go wrong using them on your journey.