AAA Editor Notes
Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico is just w. of the Zócalo at Av. 16 de Septiembre #82 (M: Zócalo, line 2); the parking entrance is located between avenidas 5 de Febrero and Palma. Renovations have ensured that this five-story building—a grand example of turn-of-the-20th-century architecture in the Chicago style—retains much of its original splendor. Take a peek inside the spacious atrium lobby; it boasts a spectacular Tiffany stained-glass ceiling and gilded, open-cage elevators. La Terraza, the rooftop terrace restaurant overlooking the Zócalo, is a great choice for lunch or sunset watching with a view.