Conquistador Hotel (Vía 5, 4-68 Zona 4, tel. 2331-2222) was formerly a Ramada property and has comfortable rooms for $90 d including breakfast. You’ll find a lobby bar, the Café Jardín serving a breakfast and lunch buffet, and La Pérgola serving fine international dishes for dinner.
Centered around a swimming pool in an art deco building with a newer motel-style wing is Hotel Plaza (Vía 7, 6-16 Zona 4, tel. 2332-7626, $65 d).
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