The first time I traveled to Mexico City, I arrived on a bus from Guadalajara at around 8 pm, breaking one of my personal travel rules of never arriving in a new place at night when traveling alone. As the bus approached the megalopolis I was impressed and intimidated by its size. I selected one of the budget hotels that was listed in my guidebook and told the taxi driver to take me there. The driver expressed his doubts about the hotel being the right choice for me, but knowing that taxi drivers sometimes try to convince tourists to stay in higher priced hotels so they can receive a commission, I insisted that he take me to the hotel I had chosen.
When I walked into the lobby I realized that the taxi driver had been right. This was the type of hotel where they rent rooms out by the hour, not the kind of place where a woman traveling alone would feel comfortable. However, considering the late hour, I decided that it would not be wise to venture out in search of another hotel, and got a room for the night. I moved a table in front of the door and spent most of the night staring at my travel alarm clock, waiting for dawn. Early the next morning I left to look for more appropriate accommodations. I soon came across the Hotel Isabel and was delighted to find a haven in the big city.
I have since come across many other affordable and safe hotels in Mexico City, although Hotel Isabel remains a favorite. Here's my list of recommended cheap Mexico City hotels, and tips for women travelers.
Have you ever broken one of your own travel rules? How did it turn out?