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Long rid of its shady reputation, Mexico City is becoming just as popular as the country's world-famous beach resorts. In fact, it's now a favourite for those in search of cheap holidays to Mexico, backed with culture, history and a vibrant city backdrop. Expect to find a tantalising culinary scene, a revitalised downtown area and a cultural renaissance that's brought the streets to life with live music, eccentric street performers, kaleidoscopic murals, modern art galleries, fascinating museums and more. All underpinned by the city’s Hispanic roots and colonial grandeur, which see traditional cantinas and market stalls stand alongside chic restaurants and designer boutiques.
Mexico City covers a sprawling footprint, with plenty of accommodation options for travellers on every budget. The Distrito Federal (aka the Federal District) is eternally popular, and is brimming with everything from basic guesthouses to top-shelf hotels.
Another trending district is the Centro Histórico, where reasonable prices complement cheap yet atmospheric hotels with plenty of character. For a taste of Mexico City's luxurious side, try searching for accommodation around Polanco and the Zona Rosa. These districts are home to upscale hotels, including major international chains that offer plenty of parking for hire cars.
If you're craving a glimpse at Mexico City's cultural renaissance, make a beeline for the trendy neighbourhoods of Roma and Condesa, where chic boutique hotels stand alongside hip hostels. The Alameda and Plaza de la República areas are other great option for mid-range accommodation, with plenty of restaurants and cafes that cater to international tastes.
Mexico is famous for its wild festivals, which means the calendar year is peppered with dates when accommodation prices soar. Day of the Dead is one of the city's biggest celebrations, held every year on November 1 and 2.
Mid March hosts the two-week long Festival de México, with November 22 seeing locals flock to the city's famed Mariachi Square for the Fiesta de Santa Cecilia, a carnival that celebrates St. Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians. If your holiday coincides with a festival, be sure to use dealchecker to book cheap flights to Mexico City, and compare hotel rates.
Another way to save is to look beyond the high price tags of hotels in Distrito Federal, Polanco and Zona Rosa. Yes, they're lovely. But up-and-coming neighbourhoods like Centro Histórico, Roma and Condesa are favourites with Mexico City hipsters and budget holidaymakers alike.