Breakfast at Gran Hotel



Another day another market

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Disappointing meal in the hotel roof top restaurant

We booked in for a meal at 7:30pm in the hotels roof top restaurant but things started out badly and it got worse.

We ordered a soup each:

  • Pam had a creamy soup but it did not come creamy and it was very oily with no flavour.
  • I had a seafood soup which had a great broth but all of the seafood, Prawns, Clams & Sea Bass were overcooked to death.

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Pam sent her dish back and replaced it with a chicken stock soup and it was good.


I had ordered a salad with Scallops. The scallops we have seen in Mexico are pitiful things like we see in NZ from China. My dish has about 4 or 5 of these – in fact they looked like they had been cut in half and were overcooked.

I called the waiter over and sent the dish back, saying that this was the worst scallop dish I had every seen. I then remembered that I had ordered the Tuna as a main course as well so I jumped up and went over to the bar where they were inspecting my dish and told them to cancel my Tuna as well.

They were apologetic but I was not interested in any more of their food for me at all. The restaurant manager came over and apologised and offered me something else I still said no.

Then they brought the chef to me to apologise to me for the cooking quality.


Pam had a duck dish which she enjoyed although she did not eat it all.

In the end they did not charge us anything even though I offered to pay for what we had.

Later in the room about 9:45pm we get a call from the reception saying that someone it outside our door. I get up and see the restaurant manager again  - he has come with a place for fresh fruit and apologised again.

I was a bit rough on them when I sent the food back.

Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven

The cathedral is the largest cathedral in the Americas. The cathedral was built in sections from 1573 to 1813.



A photo from 1836 of the Cathedral and another showing it today 2015.

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A trip to the food La Merced Market

We decided to visit the local food market called La Merced Market to see what it was about – it is not too far from the hotel – about 1.6 km so we walked to it.

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A pretty busy place with almost 100% of the people local Mexicans. Prices were quite cheap for most food products especially Chillies. I bought 1/2KG of dried chillies so who knows if this will be allowed into NZ.

The room

I mentioned in the previous post about the air-conditioning not working very well in the room. I complained again along with the TV remote not working. The maintenance guy fixed the remote (grabbed another) but he could not fix the Air-conditioning.

So they upgraded us to a larger room on a higher floor.

The room is very similar but it has a separate lounge area.

We have basically the same view from the room which is great.

The main square which we overlook is called the Zocolo (240 meters x 240 meters) and it it contains the largest flag I have ever seen (50 meters x 28 meters) on a pole 100 meters high.


The army raise and lower the flag every day in a very professional way with marching and trumpet playing.


The picture above is taken from our room.

Gran Hotel–Mexico City

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The hotel we are staying in – Gran Hotel – in the Zocalo Square.

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The hotel was constructed in 1899 for a merchant named Jose de Teresa, it was first known as the Mercantile Center. The building stood as an example of how Mexico was modernizing its building techniques, by using iron and concrete, at the end of the 19th Century.

Soon after its construction, the Mercantile Center became the most exclusive department store in Latin America. It wasn’t until 1968 that the building’s owner decided to turn it into a hotel before the Olympic Games were held in Mexico City.

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A nice hotel room but the air-conditioning is a bit crap not really working properly. We did not mention it when we arrived but I have complained twice today (day 2)


A nice welcome when we entered our room the first time.

The hotel also gives you a glass a bubbles from Baha California. This was nice as it is about 600 pesos in the restaurant. But better than this we find that we can have a glass when ever we want (for free) 24 hours a day so obviously I am not going to let this go without being used.

Daily Drinks

Each day the resort has a special drink just for the day. Here is a list of the drinks over the week we were here.

Date Alcoholic Drink Non Alcoholic Drink
April 6 Coco Maya
Vodka, White Run, Coconut Cream, Triple Sec, Grenadine, Lemonade & Xtabentun
Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice, Banana and Grenadine
April 7 Banana Sexi
Coffee Liqueur, Pineapple Juice,  Coconut Cream and Banana
Fruit Passion
Orange Juice, Guava Syrup, Grapefruit Juice and Grenadine
April 8 Excellence Dreams
Peach Liqueur, Tequila, Triple Sec, White Rum and Guava Syrup
Mango Loco
Mango, Orange Juice, Lime Juice and Grenadine
April 9 Sea Breeze
Vodka, Grapefruit Juice and Cranberry Juice
Banana, Pineapple Juice, Lime Juice, Grenadine and Coconut Cream
April 10 Medias De Seda
Gin, White Cacao, Grenadine, Milk and Cinnamon
Mango Coctel
Mango, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice and Grenadine
April 11 Almenda Tostada
Amaretto Liqueur, Coffee Liquor, Milk and Cinnamon
Coco Rosa
Pineapple Juice, Coconut Cream and Grenadine
April 12 Sombrero
Coffee Liqueur,  Tequilla, Milk and Cinnamon
Coco Rosa
Pineapple Juice, Coconut Cream and Grenadine

Most of the drinks I find to sweet so I did not try that many this time.

Last walk around the pools at night

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We get back to our room and find that red rose petals have been placed leading to the spa bath which has been filled – so I thought I better use it.

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Last Dinner at the Lobster House


Clam Chowder – very nice – a lot better than it looks.


Happy Pam

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Pam had the Grilled Lobster and I had a seafood combination (Scallops, Prawn, Lobster) served in a Lobster Shell with a Jalapeno Cheese sauce.

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