DOUBLETREE BY HILTON CENTRO HISTORICO
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If you read my previous post on The Worst Hostels in Mexico, you will know I switched from Hostel Hospedarte Centro to the Doubletree by Hilton, Guadalajara Centro Historico. I knew previous to booking, that Doubletree had acquired this property from NH Hotels around 2018. I could not locate any specific information to the acquisition. NH Hotels is a reasonable hospitality operation with over 350 units in 28 countries, based in Spain. I can honestly say I don’t believe I have ever stayed in an NH property, although I do enjoy staying with their competition, Melia Resorts (both are based in Spain).
Many Doubletree properties are independently owned and operated franchises, although it is the fastest growing business segment for Hilton since 2007. The first Doubletree Hotel was opened in Scottsdale in 1969, in the Fashion Square mall, which coincidentally even though I’ve been in Mexico for nine months, I live two blocks from back in Scottsdale. If you’re reading this and wondering if I’m concerned about people knowing where I live; the answer is no.
The neighborhood is gated and I carry everywhere I go in Arizona. The definitive aspect to the takeover though, is that Hilton/ Doubletree did a phenomenal job in adorning the property. The Doubletree Guadalajara Centro Historico looks like a brand new hotel, not a renovation. It was spotless, the staff was kind, and the location couldn’t be better in a high tech, booming city of five million people.
I was only there for a night, so I would have a more comprehensive review if I’d visited longer. The lobby is long and narrow and not very wide, but cleanly arranged. The property is situated literally in the square. Doubletree is famous for their “warm” chocolate chip cookie at check-in although regrettably it wasn’t warm when I arrived. Not sure if that’s an anachronism or a common occurrence due to the Covid mess.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here. The room is quite modern and was absolutely gleaming, along with the bathroom. The staff here clearly take pride in their work and were quite friendly. I openly admit that I normally stay at Marriott properties, what used to be Starwood, but this was a high quality property. The bed was restful and the shower I used multiple times, after being in a hostel for two weeks. There is something so comforting and so relaxing about a hotel shower.