Mexico City

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Palacio de Bellas Artes which includes heritage architecture, a garden and night scenes

A huge city where you'll find a rich architectural and cultural heritage waiting to be explored.

Once known as Tenochtitlan, Mexico City was originally established by the Aztecs in 1325, before later being conquered by the Spanish. Today, it has grown to become one of the world's biggest metropolises. Home to some 20 million citizens, the city today offers the opportunity to discover a historic mix of native and European culture, as well as a spectacular artistic scene.

Take a walk down the Paseo de la Reforma, the city's most impressive thoroughfare which links the National Palace and the Chapultepec Castle (Castillo de Chapultepec). The castle stands on top of a hill overlooking Mexico City, and you can take a tour of its splendid state rooms where Emperor Maximilian I once resided. In the castle, you'll also find the National Museum of History, complete with weapons, costumes and many more artefacts that will take you on a journey through hundreds of years of Mexican history.

For a taste of the city's great artistic scene, check out the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts). With four Art Deco storeys containing works by Mexican artists behind a stunning marble façade, this is a fascinating place to explore, and if you visit at night, you may get to see an opera, ballet or classical music show at the palace's theatre. Among the works you'll be able to see is Diego Rivera's “Man at the Crossroads”, which was turned down by the Rockefeller Center in New York after they originally commissioned it, on the grounds of its communist sympathies.

As well as the contemporary culture which abounds throughout Mexico City, you can also step back through the ages and discover the ancient history from around this part of the world. Visit the Museo Nacional de Antropologia (National Museum of Anthropology) where you can explore reconstructed temples, tombs and sculptures drawn from historic civilisations including the Mayans and the Aztecs. Close to the heart of the city, you will also find the Teotihuacan Ruins – all that remains of a city constructed as far back as 100 BC. On the site, you’ll discover temples and murals as well as the third-largest pyramid in the world.

Situated in the central Valley of Mexico, Mexico City is best explored by taking the efficient and extensive underground metro system. If you want to get around the Historic Center, you can go by foot, or ride a bike thanks to the city's public bike hire programme.

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Where to stay in Mexico City

Galeria Plaza Reforma
Galeria Plaza Reforma
4 out of 5
Hamburgo 195 Col Juarez, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is AU$123 per night from 20 Feb. to 21 Feb.
Located in Reforma, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Angel of Independence Monument and U.S. Embassy. Reforma 222 and Torre Mayor are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,168 reviews)
"The hotel is in a good area, it has a nice gym and my room was very big, it is a little dated but other than that is perfect"

Reviewed on 21 Jan. 2022

Galeria Plaza Reforma
Camino Real Aeropuerto Mexico
Camino Real Aeropuerto Mexico
4 out of 5
Puerto Mexico No. 80, Col. Penon de Los Banos, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is AU$132 per night from 15 Feb. to 16 Feb.
Located in Venustiano Carranza, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Foro Sol and Sports Palace Dome. Zocalo and Metropolitan ...
4/5 Very Good! (4,495 reviews)
"It was a great place to stay close to the airport and other places"

Reviewed on 22 Jan. 2022

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Fiesta Americana - Reforma
Fiesta Americana - Reforma
4 out of 5
Paseo De La Reforma 80, Col. Juarez, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is AU$125 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
Located in Reforma, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Reforma 222, The Angel of Independence Monument and Palacio de Bellas Artes. Zocalo and Metropolitan ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,903 reviews)
"Staff is very nice and friendly. The property is in a good condition overall. We stayed in 3 different rooms during this vacation since we used it as our headquarter for our Pueblos Magicos vacation. They even stored our big suitcases during our overnight trips.Only flaw was the A/C, no matter how ..."

Reviewed on 11 Jan. 2022

Fiesta Americana - Reforma
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HauSuites Santa Fe
HauSuites Santa Fe
3.5 out of 5
Prolongacion Reforma 1190, Colonia Cruz Manca, Santa Fe, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is AU$75 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
Located in Santa Fe, this aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Parque La Mexicana, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Chapultepec Park and Papalote Museo del Nino. Plaza ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (273 reviews)
"The hotel is in a great location. Staff were pleasant, breakfast was good, room was bright had a nice view. The only disappointing part was that you could hear the noise from the next room."

Reviewed on 25 Dec. 2021

HauSuites Santa Fe
Stadía Suites Mexico City Santa Fe
Stadía Suites Mexico City Santa Fe
4 out of 5
Juan Salvador Agraz # 60, Colonia Lomas de Santa Fe, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is AU$89 per night from 20 Feb. to 21 Feb.
This family-friendly Mexico City aparthotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Centro Santa Fe and Parque La Mexicana. Paseo Interlomas ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (415 reviews)
"I didn’t receive the additional VIP rewards"

Reviewed on 19 Dec. 2021

Stadía Suites Mexico City Santa Fe
Paradox Santa Fe
Paradox Santa Fe
3 out of 5
Av Santa Fe 546 Depto., Mexico City, Ciudad de México
The price is AU$150 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
Located in Santa Fe, this aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Parque La Mexicana and 1 mi (1.6 km) from Centro Santa Fe. Centro Medico ABC Santa Fe and Tecnologico ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (20 reviews)
"Excellent"

Reviewed on 19 Jan. 2022

Paradox Santa Fe
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