Visiting Mexico’s capital city is nothing short of amazing from our experience. This incredible city is full of history, art, amazing culture, and food that you’ll dream about after you leave. It’s pretty spread out, so figuring out where to stay in Mexico City can be tricky. We put together a neighborhood guide for the best places to stay in Mexico City as well as our picks for the best hotels to take help make planning your trip as easy as possible.
Be sure to also check out our guide for what to check out in each of the Mexico City neighborhoods mentioned in this post.
And trust us, no matter how much time you plan it just won’t be enough! You’ll be leaving with the feeling that you’ll want to come back for more.
Where to Stay in Mexico City
Historic Center of Mexico City
The Historic Center is where to stay in Mexico City if you’re wanting to hang out near many of the must-see tourist attractions while staying in the iconic and historical center of town. The scene here is incredible and full of life. From all the food options, Alameda Park, and its food stalls, to museums, and government complexes. This is where to go if you are looking for the most culture and history in one spot.
Who It’s For
This is one of the best places to stay in Mexico City f you’re a business traveler because its proximity to many of the government and business centers and also for the general traveler.
We also recommend this area if you are in the city for a short time since you can walk a good chunk of the tourist attractions and museums from right here in the historical heart of the city.
Being in the heart of the historical center is the best because you have so many of the top sites in the city just footsteps away. You have Zocolo, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the lively Avenida Madero, the Latin America Building, Palacio De Bellas Artes, Alameda Park, Barrio Alameda, Diego Riveria Mural Museum, and tons of rooftop bars with killer views of the historic center for a perfect way to spend a sunset in this area.
We recommend Chaya B&B for our pick for where to stay in Mexico City’s historic center. This chic and stylish boutique hotel is the perfect spot overlooking Alameda Central Park in the historical Mexico City neighborhood. The building has a central location and has a beautiful rooftop terrace, patio garden, and a hammock area to rest in. The rooms have en-suite bathrooms and suites have even better views and larger living areas.
Roma & La Condesa
Roma Norte, Roma Sur, and La Condesa are all right next to each other and easily walkable as well as some of the best places to stay in Mexico City. We sort of lumped them all together since they are so close together but this is a fun and trendy neighborhood. Besides being just a cool place to be it’s also foodie heaven.
Who It’s For
This is where to stay in Mexico City if you’re a foodie! Also, Roma and La Condesa are great for the younger crowds as there is a hip vibe here. This is where we spent most of our time in CDMX and would do it again in a heartbeat.
One of our favorite attractions in this area is eating your way through Alvaro Obregon, a big street full of restaurants and bars that really comes to life at night. We also recommend checking out the cool Latin America food court at Comedore de los Milagros. There’s also a cat cafe and Parque Mexico is a must!
La Valise Hotel is a great option in the Mexico City neighborhood of Roma Norte. The hotel is a trendy boutique property in a 20th-century building that has to die for rooms and even a terrace to relax on. Each room is equipped with Nespresso machines, living rooms, and TVs. Some rooms even have a hammock and a terrace you can move your bed out to.
This amazing 2 story house is the perfect little nest to call home during your stay in Roma Norte. This unique and spacious Airbnb offers an open-air outdoor patio on the second floor and a beautiful terrace. The entire apartment is yours and it sleeps up to 3 people. The interior has chic and modern decor making this a cozy feeling living space during your visit to the city.
This is another spot for where to stay in Mexico City if you love art and culture. A bit south of the rest of the city, Coyoacan is a neighborhood to get lost in. Filled with museums, colorful Spanish baroque architecture, markets, adorable shops, and cantinas. This area is famous for being home to inspiring artists for ages including famous locals Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Jose Chavez Morado to name a few.
Who It’s For
If you want to stay in a cool, artsy neighborhood that’s a bit removed from some of the main tourist attractions, then this is one of the best places to stay in Mexico City. The neighborhood is chill and laidback and unlike the rest of the city. You will want to shop until you drop here at the cutesy shops, dine at every cute cantina, and visit all the cultural hotspots.
One of the biggest attractions in the area is the Frida Kahlo house where she grew up which is now a museum dedicated to Frida Kahlo! There’s also the Leon Trotsky museum, the colorful Mercado Coyaocan, and the Plaza de Coyaocan which is not to be missed.
There were honestly NO hotels in Coyoacan that we would recommend any of our readers to stay in, so to keep it real we picked two of the best Airbnb option for this neighborhood!
Our first option is more affordable and an adorable new loft in the heart of Coyoacan. The rooms have a modern chic decor and the only shared space at this amazing loft is the garden area and laundry. This is a quiet spot that is walking distance to all the best attractions in the area.
Our next option for Coyoacon is more posh and luxury. If you’re going to stay in this cool Mexico City neighborhood you might as well do it in style. The rooms and space here is breathtaking will full amenities which makes this place feel more like an upscale boutique hotel rather than your very own apartment.
This is where to stay in Mexico City if you love luxury! Polanco is the ritziest neighborhood in the city and this is where you can find luxury hotels, shopping, galleries, museums, and even embassies. This is the part of the city where you will find modern and Californian Colonial architecture.
Who It’s For
Luxury and business travelers will probably prefer this as one of the places to stay in Mexico City.
Be sure to check out Museo Soumaya here, the building is unmissable and better yet, the gallery inside is free to the public, there’s also the performing arts hall at Teatro TelCel, one of Latin America’s largest aquariums, high-end shopping, fine eateries, Museo de art Popular, Museo Tamayo, and the Museum of Modern Art.
If you’re going to stay in Polanco you should go for one of the best hotels in Mexico City, the W Mexico City. Each of the rooms are decked out with contemporary decor, custom designed beds, artwork, and some rooms even have patios and or balconies. You’ll feel stylish staying here in one of Mexico City’s hottest neighborhoods.
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