Rich in history, very industrial, and less touristy than what it should be Veracruz is Mexico’s largest city along the gulf’s shore, and its harbor is the largest in the country. It’s not surprising then that there are many hotels to choose from, yet I found Hotel Veracruz very conveniently located just five minutes away from the malecon, right besides the cathedral and very good value for money.
Facilities at Hotel Veracruz
Its colonial architecture stands out in the intersection of Independencia and Miguel Lerdo’ street, and you’ll probably find plenty of people enjoying lunch or an evening cafe in its outdoors restaurant Sanborns. This is a franchised restaurant in Mexico that serves a great variety of traditional Mexican food, customizing its dishes to local cuisines and to the different festivals happening in the country throughout the year. Best of all it is very fairly priced yet skips nothing when it comes to comfort or food quality- it is my favorite franchised food chain in Mexico, by far.
It is difficult (if not impossible) to find parking in the area, so your best bet will be to leave the car to with the valet parking service they have. The parking is in the opposite side of the block- a 5+ minute walk- so you probably won’t feel like dragging your suitcases. Once inside you will easily recognize the lobby, where friendly staff will be waiting for you. But before doing so take a look at your right; Sanborns also has a shop where you’ll find everything you need (pharmacy, book store, cameras) and a lot that you won’t. It’s not a cheap store, but it is top quality. On the first floor you’ll find the outdoor swimming pool and business center with free computer and internet usage.
There are two elevators that will take you to the rooms, most of which boast great views of the Zocalo. Without a doubt the views are one of the best perks of the hotel, as they are picture worthy both during the day and at night.
The rooms at Hotel Veracruz
The rooms at Hotel Veracruz are spacious enough for up to four people if they have two queen size beds and have plenty of space if yours is meant for a couple, then having one king size bed. They all have free Wi-Fi internet access, a few jarocha decorations (anything “jarocho” refers to it being from Veracruz) and are cool enough despite the constant heat you should expect in this area at any time of the year. Of course the AC makes them much more comfortable, however you’ll turn it off during the night more days than not. I particularly liked having the sink separated from the toilet and shower, allowing two guests to take care of business at the same time.
Continental breakfast is included in the reservation and served in a small restaurant on the first floor from 7 am to 12 pm. It is here that I found a small opportunity for improvement; I found that without the continental breakfast being too plenty or particularly complicated serving time was not quick even when the restaurant was mostly empty. This said the staff was very polite and the coffee, fruit, toast and fresh juice quite tasty.
Hotel Veracruz review: conclusion
Hotel Veracruz is comfortable, very conveniently located and well staffed without it being very expensive. While the rooms might like some of the character most of the hotel has they are cool, well appointed and have very comfortable beds. The Sanborns shop and cafeteria guarantee you’ll find good food and anything you might need without having to leave the hotel if you don’t want too, and the outdoor pool is a nice place where to chill out after checking your email at the free Business Center (1st floor) or a long day of tourism or work. I would recommend this hotel to couples and families on vacation, but perhaps not as much to business travelers. Still, I am sure that anyone who stays at Hotel Veracruz will enjoy their stay and take some time to walk to all the nearby attractions.
My stay was kindly comped by Hotel Veracruz during my visit, but this has not affected my opinion in any way. All the opinions in this post are, like always, my own. You can reach the hotel at their website www.hotelveracruz.com.mx
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