Mexico City is a massive city so it’s tough to pick a safe neighborhood that is near everything you want to see and do in the city. If you’re looking for any recommendations then check out my recent 5 things you must see in Mexico City guide for some ideas.
After staying at the Mexico City Hostel for two nights I decided to try another hostel about 20 minutes away from Zocalo. It was a good decision despite the distance from Centro as it had a much better atmosphere. I actually had people in my room! Although, I did enjoy having an entire hostel room to myself!
Hostel Suites DF is located near the Monumento de la Revolucion and Paseo de la Reforma. It’s in a safe part of the city, but isn’t very close to much else. It’s about a 20-minute walk from Zocalo. However, there is a Metro stop just outside the hostel. There’s a 24-hour store next door to the hostel so you’ll also be able to grab a bite to eat or a cold one.
The Hostel Facilities
Reception is open 24 hours so you can arrive at all hours of the day. The receptionists speak both English and Spanish and possibly other languages too. If you’re looking for advice on where to eat or what to do they can provide you with a free map and point out places for you. The ground floor is home to the kitchen and dinning area along with a living space with a television. Wifi is free and works well.
The breakfast is free everyday and is cooked fresh for you when you sit down. It consisted mainly of fresh fruit, bread or pancakes and homemade jams. Although it tasted good, it wasn’t all that filling. Outside of breakfast hours you can use the kitchen to cook, but with food being so cheap in Mexico City that it’s really not worth the hassle.
I stayed in a 6 bed female dorm with ensuite bathroom. It was large and airy, but it faced the road so it was a bit noisy. The sink was on the outside of the toilet and shower room, which I love! No waiting to see the toilet when someone is brushing their teeth or putting on makeup. Both the bathroom and room were very clean.
Beds were your standard hostel bunk beds. The mattress was comfortable, but the pillow sucked. Each bed has an outlet and reading light. Dorm rooms are located mainly on the 2nd floor while private rooms are on the 3rd and 4th floor. There is no elevator so if you’re carrying a heavy load be prepared to lug it up the stairs.
I enjoyed my experience at Hostel Suite DF. Although I didn’t get much sleep due to some personal reasons, I was comfortable the entire time. I met a few great girls in my room and we all went out to dinner one night. People were definitely friendly and looking to make friends.
I found the staff to be extremely helpful by letting me use their phone to call the airport and they also scheduled my taxi to the airport for me. You can book discounted tours through the hostel. I had other plans so I didn’t, but I was tempted by the Nacho Libre night.
Overall it wasn’t my favorite hostel ever, but it’s clean and modern. Showers are hot, breakfast is free, and you have a place to sleep. You really don’t need much else.
Hostel Quick Facts
- Location: Calle Jesus Teran, 38 Colonia Tabacalera
- Cost: $12 USD (6-bed dorm) to $49 USD (Private)
- Nearby Attractions: Not much
- Languages Spoken: Spanish, English
- Payment: Cash, Credit Cards
- Pros: Close to Metro station, clean, free breakfast
- Cons: A decent walk to any of the main sites