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Castillo de Chapultepec

Explore this opulent former home of Mexican royalty, perched high above the city, and learn about the history of Mexico. 

Chapultepec Castle (Castillo de Chapultepec) is a beautiful building perched on a hill above Mexico City. The castle was designed in the 18th century as a country home for the local Spanish viceroy. It has since served many functions, including as a military academy and a presidential palace, among others. Today, its preserved interior is open to visitors and it houses the National Museum of History. Learn the story of the castle as well as the history of “New Spain” and Mexico’s struggle for independence. 

The lower levels of the castle house the National Museum of History. Find weapons, jewelry, costumes and letters tracking Mexico’s history from Spanish colonization in the 16th century, to the Mexican Revolution in 1910. See the sword used by José Maria Morelos, a Mexican hero, in battle against the Spanish in 1812. There are coins from the era of Spanish rule and an early edition of the Mexican constitution. The museum also includes a collection of sculptures, paintings and murals depicting Mexican life and important moments in the country’s history. 

The upper floors have been preserved as the home of Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico and his wife Carlota. Explore the opulent rooms, complete with gold chandeliers and lavish dining areas. Snap a photo from the deck, which looks out over Mexico City. Outside, take a walk amongst the flower gardens and admire the sandstone archways and pillars of the European architecture. 

Chapultepec Castle is located at the top of Chapultepec Hill in central Mexico City. The walk up the hill can be tough, but there is a light rail option that costs a few pesos and runs every 15 minutes from downtown. The castle is open Tuesday to Sunday. Head down to Chapultepec Park to picnic in the expansive grounds afterwards. 


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Camino Real Polanco Mexico ¥10,118
Camino Real Polanco Mexico

Camino Real Polanco Mexico

Mariano Escobedo 700, Col Anzures, Mexico City, CDMX
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Mexico City hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Museo de Arte Moderno, Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art, and Castillo de Chapultepec. Parque Zoologico de Chapultepec and Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez are also within 9 mi (15 km). Chapultepec Station is 16 minutes by foot and Sevilla Station is 18 minutes.

    Hyatt Regency Mexico City ¥13,130
    Hyatt Regency Mexico City

    Hyatt Regency Mexico City

    Campos Eliseos No. 204 Polanco, Chapultepec, Mexico City, CDMX
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Mexico City hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Chapultepec Park, Auditorio Nacional, and Museo Nacional de Antropologia. Parque Zoologico de Chapultepec and Castillo de Chapultepec are also within 1 mi (2 km). Auditorio Station is 8 minutes by foot and Polanco Station is 11 minutes.

      Grand Fiesta Americana Chapultepec ¥11,546
      Grand Fiesta Americana Chapultepec

      Grand Fiesta Americana Chapultepec

      Mariano Escobedo Av. #756 Col. Anzures, Mexico City, CDMX
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Reforma, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Chapultepec Park and Paseo de la Reforma. Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Castillo de Chapultepec are also within 15 minutes. Chapultepec Station is 12 minutes by foot and Sevilla Station is 14 minutes.

        Wyndham Garden Mexico City Polanco ¥5,284
        Wyndham Garden Mexico City Polanco

        Wyndham Garden Mexico City Polanco

        Leon Tolstoi 22, Mexico City, CDMX
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Reforma, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Chapultepec Park and Paseo de la Reforma. Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Castillo de Chapultepec are also within 15 minutes. Chapultepec Station is 11 minutes by foot and Sevilla Station is 13 minutes.

          Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City ¥33,715
          Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City

          Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City

          Paseo de la Reforma 500, Mexico City, CDMX
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Reforma, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paseo de la Reforma and Chapultepec Park. The Angel of Independence Monument and U.S. Embassy are also within 15 minutes. Chapultepec Station is 7 minutes by foot and Sevilla Station is 7 minutes.

            Be Mate Condesa ¥5,601
            Be Mate Condesa

            Be Mate Condesa

            Cto. Interior Mtro. Jose Vasconcelos 65, San Miguel Chapultepec II Secc, Mexico City
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in La Condesa, this condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Monumento a los Ninos Heroes, Paseo de la Reforma, and Castillo de Chapultepec. Chapultepec Park and Museo Nacional de Antropologia are also within 1 mi (2 km). Chapultepec Station is 7 minutes by foot and Juanacatlan Station is 9 minutes.

              Fiesta Americana - Reforma ¥7,242
              Fiesta Americana - Reforma

              Fiesta Americana - Reforma

              Paseo De La Reforma 80, Col. Juarez, Mexico City, CDMX
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Reforma, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Reforma 222, The Angel of Independence Monument, and Torre Latinoamericana. Palacio de Bellas Artes and Zocalo are also within 2 mi (3 km). Juarez Station is 10 minutes by foot and Revolution Station is 12 minutes.

                Suites Rio Elba ¥3,589
                Suites Rio Elba

                Suites Rio Elba

                Calle Rio Elba No 31, Col Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, CDMX
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Reforma, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Paseo de la Reforma and Chapultepec Park. The Angel of Independence Monument and U.S. Embassy are also within 15 minutes. Chapultepec Station is 11 minutes by foot and Sevilla Station is 11 minutes.