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Zocalo

This is the heart of Mexico City with wide-ranging architecture, cultural events and a lively arts scene.

The Zocalo is the epicenter of Mexico’s capital city. The massive square can hold more than 100,000 people, making it one of the largest of its kind in the world. Officially named Plaza de la Constitucion, the Zocalo was once the heart of Tenochtitlan, an ancient Aztec city. You can see the square’s history in the wide variety of architecture, which ranges from pre-Hispanic ruins to palatial structures and modern buildings. Make sure to step into the Zocalo Metro Station, where you can see models of how the square has changed over time.

On the eastern side of the square is the National Palace. This site has served as a home for Mexico’s rulers since the Aztec era, and the building that stands today uses some of the materials from Moctezuma II’s original palace. Visitors can explore some of the National Palace’s rooms, which have been converted into a museum. Be sure to keep your eyes open for artist Diego Rivera’s frescos in the courtyard. The building is also home to the Biblioteca Miguel Lerdo de Tejada, one of Mexico’s grandest libraries, a botanical garden and the president’s private quarters.

The square is a hub for political and cultural events. Centuries ago, the Zocalo was where bull fights were held, and today, it hosts festivals, concerts and outdoor markets. The Independence Parade, held annually in September, features a military procession that goes through Mexico City before ending here. Every morning, military personnel raise a massive Mexican flag that has become symbolic of the historic district. Stop by the square at 6 o’clock, when they ceremoniously lower the flag for the day.

Luxury hotels and fine restaurants flank the Portal de Mercaderes, where you can savor fine dining and quaint shops. Enjoy an aerial view of the Zocalo from the rooftop of the Majestic Hotel or take an afternoon drink at the beautifully preserved Gran Hotel.

The Zocalo is a perfect home base while visiting Mexico City, as it provides historic sightseeing and is easily accessible to the city’s other destinations.


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Zocalo Central Mexico City ¥13,736
Zocalo Central Mexico City

Zocalo Central Mexico City

Cinco de Mayo 61, Centro Historico, Mexico City, CDMX
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Historic Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), Zocalo, and Templo Mayor. Palacio Nacional and Palacio de Bellas Artes are also within 10 minutes. Allende Station and Zocalo Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico ¥14,406
    Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico

    Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico

    Av. 16 de Septiembre #82, Col. Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Historic Center, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Zocalo, Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and Palacio Nacional. Palacio de Bellas Artes and Templo Mayor are also within 15 minutes. Zocalo Station is only a 4-minute walk and Allende Station is 9 minutes.

      Fiesta Americana - Reforma ¥8,929
      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.

        Histórico Central Mexico City ¥11,947
        Histórico Central Mexico City

        Histórico Central Mexico City

        Bolivar No. 28, Mexico City, CDMX
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Historic Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Madero Street, Palacio de Bellas Artes, and Zocalo. Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) and Palacio Nacional are also within 15 minutes. Allende Station is only a 4-minute walk and San Juan de Letran Station is 6 minutes.

          City Express Ciudad de Mexico Alameda ¥7,333
          City Express Ciudad de Mexico Alameda

          City Express Ciudad de Mexico Alameda

          Revillagigedo No. 23, Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Mexico City, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Teatro Metropólitan and Museo Memoria y Tolerancia. Mercado de Artesanías La Cuidadela and Alameda Central are also within 10 minutes. Juarez Station is only a 3-minute walk and San Juan de Letran Station is 8 minutes.

            Umbral, a Curio Collection by Hilton ¥13,959
            Umbral, a Curio Collection by Hilton

            Umbral, a Curio Collection by Hilton

            Calle de Venustiano Carranza 69, Centro Historico, Mexico City, CDMX
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Historic Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zocalo, Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and Palacio Nacional. Palacio de Bellas Artes and Alameda Central are also within 15 minutes. Zocalo Station is 6 minutes by foot and Isabel la Catolica Station is 8 minutes.

              Hampton Inn & Suites Mexico City - Centro Historico ¥8,323
              Hampton Inn & Suites Mexico City - Centro Historico

              Hampton Inn & Suites Mexico City - Centro Historico

              Calle 5 de Febrero No. 24, Colonia Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Historic Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zocalo, Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and Palacio Nacional. Palacio de Bellas Artes and Templo Mayor are also within 15 minutes. Zocalo Station is 6 minutes by foot and Pino Suarez Station is 8 minutes.

                Hotel Canada ¥4,269
                Hotel Canada

                Hotel Canada

                Calle 5 de Mayo, No. 47, Centro Historico, Mexico City, CDMX
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Historic Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Zocalo and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). Palacio de Bellas Artes and Templo Mayor are also within 10 minutes. Allende Station and Zocalo Station are within a 5-minute walk.