Hotel review: Holiday Inn Express Mexico Aeropuerto

When the nice lady at the front desk asked me how my stay was, I didn’t have the heart to admit that I’d slept terribly both stays at this hotel in the past week.

It might’ve just been jetlag or coffee to blame for all I knew.

The hotel is only nine months old, and its sparse, modern decor is cool, but it almost feels like the builders stopped before putting on the finishing touches.

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Here are some pros and cons:

Pros

  • Free airport shuttle, about a 15-minute drive from the airport. You do need to call the hotel when you’re ready for pickup, though you could try your luck waiting at the shuttle pickup area (turn right after walking out Door 4 in Terminal 2).
  • Free hot breakfast, with my fave: fresh-squeezed orange juice.
  • It’s brand new.
  • Black-out curtains that open and close with the push of a button.
  • Friendly staff, several of whom speak great English.
  • Surprisingly nice rooftop gym with an outdoor jacuzzi.

Cons

  • It’s new, so some taxi drivers won’t know where it’s at.
  • The offline maps app “maps.me” has it mapped at a location four miles down the road from the actual location. This caused some trouble for me when I tried to help my taxi driver find the hotel.
  • The bedside clocks and ceiling smoke alarms have lights that are disturbingly bright when your room is blacked out from the curtains.
  • The AC works, but just barely. I couldn’t get either rooms as cool as I like.
  • The AC is silent. Wait isn’t that a pro?? Naw, these rooms were freakishly silent. If you like any level of white noise when you sleep, prepare to use your smartphone.

How much does it cost?

$60-$120 American dollars, or 10k IHG points.

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How far from downtown Mexico City?

Only about 5 miles, but about a 30-minute drive, or a ~$6 UberX ride.

Here are some photos:

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If you’ve stayed here, I’d love to hear your impressions.

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