Holidays in Plaza Machado

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Plaza Machado which includes a park and a square or plaza as well as a large group of people

Admire colonial-era mansions, listen to live music and people-watch from sidewalk cafés at this sophisticated square in the heart of Mazatlán’s historic center.

Home to French- and Spanish-influenced architecture, Plaza Machado is one of Mazatlán’s most eye-catching squares and the social centerpiece of Mazatlán’s Old Town. Come here to admire antique buildings, dine at stylish cafés and see local musicians perform.

Built in 1837 with money donated by wealthy Filipino merchant Juan Nepomuceno Machado, the square was a popular evening meeting place for locals in times gone by. Today, the surrounding buildings have been restored to their original splendor. Inspect the attractive colonial architecture, which is characterized by arcades, Parisian-style balconies and pastel colors. Some of these buildings house bars, cafés and restaurants with outdoor seating areas, ideal for casual diners who want to watch the world go by as they eat. Other buildings host shops that sell handicrafts and jewelry.

Dominating the center of the paved square is a 19th-century iron gazebo. Local musicians and bands often use the gazebo as a stage for free concerts. Enjoy the square’s ambiance from the comfort of a tree-shaded bench. Towering over the plaza are tall palms and rows of pretty orange trees.

A good time to visit here is during one of the annual celebrations that take place in the city. Arrange your trip to coincide with Mazatlán Carnaval, which normally takes place in February or March. The square is particularly animated at this time.

Find the beautiful Angela Peralta Theater just south of the square. This theater complex includes a superb 800-seat concert hall as well as art galleries. Dance performances, operas and music concerts as well as other events are held here.

Plaza Machado is easy to reach by foot from other major attractions in Mazatlán’s Old Town and is just a 5-minute walk from Plaza República. While you’re in the neighborhood, marvel at the resplendent Immaculate Conception Cathedral and browse the food stands at José Maria Pino Suárez Municipal Market. For more cultural exploration, continue on to the Mazatlán Archaeological Museum and Mazatlán Art Museum, both of which are about a 5-minute walk away.

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Gamma Mazatlán The Inn Centro Histórico
Gamma Mazatlán The Inn Centro Histórico
3.5 out of 5
Belisario Domínguez #1607, esquina con, Angel Flores Centro Histórico, Mazatlan, SIN
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$87 per night from 14 Dec. to 14 Dec.
Located in Downtown Mazatlan, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Angela Peralta Theater and Plaza Machado. Olas Altas Beach and Mazatlan Aquarium are also within ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (132 reviews)
"It was in the old part of Mazatlan"

Reviewed on 22 Nov. 2021

Gamma Mazatlán The Inn Centro Histórico
Hotel Raíces de Mar
Hotel Raíces de Mar
3.5 out of 5
512 Sixto Osuna Centro, Mazatlan, SIN
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$128 per night from 14 Dec. to 14 Dec.
Located in Downtown Mazatlan, this hotel is steps away from Angela Peralta Theater and Plaza Machado. Olas Altas Beach and Playa Norte are also within 15 ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (17 reviews)
"Overall im happy with the hotel the only thing that really sucks is the parking and you have to pay 120 pesos every day and the wifi really sucks super slow and really bad signal, other than that the hotel is great."

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2021

Hotel Raíces de Mar
Best Western Posada Freeman
Best Western Posada Freeman
3 out of 5
Av Olas Altas 79 Sur, Centro Historico, Mazatlan, SIN
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$115 per night from 14 Dec. to 14 Dec.
Located in Downtown Mazatlan, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district and within a 10-minute walk of Olas Altas Beach and Plaza Machado. Mazatlan ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (492 reviews)
"I love Fatima at the front desk! Though very busy that weekend she definitely looked out for me and my family. Arranged required testing for return travel with a local lab and a direct line to quick cab service! She even helped me locate my lost phone when I was rushing to the airport with two kids. ..."

Reviewed on 27 Nov. 2021

Best Western Posada Freeman
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Top Plaza Machado Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Hotel La Siesta
Hotel La Siesta
2 out of 5
Olas Altas #11, Historic Center, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is AU$64 per night from 21 Dec. to 21 Dec.
Hotel La Siesta
Gamma Mazatlán The Inn Centro Histórico
Gamma Mazatlán The Inn Centro Histórico
3.5 out of 5
Belisario Domínguez #1607, esquina con, Angel Flores Centro Histórico, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is AU$87 per night from 14 Dec. to 14 Dec.
Gamma Mazatlán The Inn Centro Histórico
Hotel Raíces de Mar
Hotel Raíces de Mar
3.5 out of 5
512 Sixto Osuna Centro, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is AU$128 per night from 14 Dec. to 14 Dec.
Hotel Raíces de Mar
Best Western Posada Freeman
Best Western Posada Freeman
3 out of 5
Av Olas Altas 79 Sur, Centro Historico, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is AU$115 per night from 14 Dec. to 14 Dec.
Best Western Posada Freeman
The Melville Boutique Hotel
The Melville Boutique Hotel
3 out of 5
Constitucion #99, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is AU$99 per night from 14 Dec. to 14 Dec.
The Melville Boutique Hotel
Villa Serena Centro Histórico
Villa Serena Centro Histórico
3 out of 5
Heriberto Frías #1610, Col. Centro, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is AU$115 per night from 13 Dec. to 13 Dec.
Villa Serena Centro Histórico
The Jonathon Boutique Hotel
The Jonathon Boutique Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Carnaval 1205 Colonia Centro, Mazatlan, SIN
The Jonathon Boutique Hotel
Hotel Casa de Leyendas
Hotel Casa de Leyendas
3.5 out of 5
Venustiano Carranza 4, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is AU$147 per night from 14 Dec. to 14 Dec.
Hotel Casa de Leyendas
Beautiful condo in the heart of Mazatlán!!!
Beautiful condo in the heart of Mazatlán!!!
Carnaval 1116, Mazatlan, SIN
Beautiful condo in the heart of Mazatlán!!!
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