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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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Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico AU$174
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 Downtown Mexico City, this luxury hotel is steps away from Madero Street and Zocalo. Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) and Palacio Nacional are also within 5 minutes. Zocalo Station is only a 4-minute walk and Allende Station is 9 minutes.

    Fiesta Americana - Reforma AU$111
    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.

      Hampton Inn & Suites Mexico City - Centro Historico AU$74
      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 Downtown Mexico City, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Madero Street, Zocalo and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). Palacio Nacional and Templo Mayor are also within 10 minutes. Zocalo Station is 6 minutes by foot and Pino Suarez Station is 8 minutes.

        Zocalo Central Mexico City AU$174
        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 Downtown Mexico City, 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.

          Best Western Majestic AU$112
          Best Western Majestic

          Best Western Majestic

          Av Madero 73 Col Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Mexico City, this hotel is steps away from Madero Street, Zocalo and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). Palacio Nacional and Templo Mayor are also within 10 minutes. Zocalo Station is only a 3-minute walk and Allende Station is 7 minutes.

            Hostel Mundo Joven Catedral AU$24
            Hostel Mundo Joven Catedral

            Hostel Mundo Joven Catedral

            República de Guatemala No. 4, Col. Centro Histórico, Mexico City, CDMX
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Mexico City, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), Zocalo and Templo Mayor. Palacio de Bellas Artes and Palacio Nacional are also within 15 minutes. Zocalo Station and Allende Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              Comodo y Atractivo Departamento Isa 96
              Comodo y Atractivo Departamento Isa 96

              Comodo y Atractivo Departamento Isa 96

              Isabel la Catolica 96 depto 101 piso 1, Col Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Mexico City, this apartment building is steps away from Madero Street, Zocalo and Palacio Nacional. Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) and Templo Mayor are also within 10 minutes. Zocalo Station is only a 3-minute walk and Pino Suarez Station is 10 minutes.

                Sophisticated Penthouse Jacuzzi &terrace
                Sophisticated Penthouse Jacuzzi &terrace

                Sophisticated Penthouse Jacuzzi &terrace

                158 Tennyson 3, Polanco IV Seccion, Mexico City
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Mexico City, this apartment building is steps away from Madero Street, Zocalo and Palacio Nacional. Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) and Templo Mayor are also within 10 minutes. Zocalo Station is only a 3-minute walk and Pino Suarez Station is 10 minutes.