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Alameda Central
Vacation Travel Guide

Alameda Central showing a park

In Mexico City’s historical center, this beautiful park is a great spot to bring the family for a moment of relaxation between sightseeing excursions.

Alameda Central is a very old park that takes its name from the alamos or poplar trees that were planted here to provide a green recreation space for Mexico City residents. Walk along the paths, now lined with ash and willows, to appreciate this calm haven in the heart of the city.

Journey back to the 1500s, when Viceroy Luis de Velasco had the foresight to create a place for recreation and quiet reflection under shade trees. Despite this plan, over the centuries, the park had several alternate uses before returning to its original purpose. After Velasco’s leadership, the large green space became a grazing area for neighborhood horses. Walls were erected to enclose the park. During the time of the Inquisition, enemies of the regime were condemned to death in the park’s San Diego Plaza.

In the 1700s, Philip V ordered construction of several fountains and other changes inspired by the gardens of Versailles. Viceroy Carlos Francisco de la Croix extended the park from a square to a larger rectangle. Take a romantic stroll through the Alameda Central today with your loved one as the amorous youth of the time did accompanied by supervising parents.

Carlota Amalia brought a Belgian influence when she became empress of Mexico. See the rose gardens she created and the Mathurin Moreau sculpted fountain, Venus Led by Zephyrs, which she donated. Soon after this time, the walls were removed and lights were added to reduce the potential for crime in the park.

Once the Alameda Central again became a popular spot for city residents to visit, Porfirio Díaz constructed the Palace of Fine Arts and the Hemicycle to Juárez within the park’s limits. He brought back Sunday music recitals that had been established by Viceroy Bucareli. Time your visit to the Alameda to enjoy this ongoing custom.

Within Mexico City, the Alameda Central is one of the best spots to relax and enjoy meeting local residents from across all parts of society. Use the metro to reach the park in the city’s historical center via the Hidalgo, Juarez or Bellas Artes stops.

Top Hotels Close to Alameda Central

Barceló México Reforma
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4.5 out of 5
Paseo de la Reforma, 1, Colonia Tabacalera, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$2,003 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
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"Excellent location, impressive lobby. Regular breakfast but Sonora Prime restaurant is excellent. Walking distance to Bellas Artes makes it a great choice. Rooms small but comfortable. A/C not good. Rooms warm at night."

Reviewed on 2021/4/14

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Zocalo Central Mexico City
Zocalo Central Mexico City
4 out of 5
Cinco de Mayo 61, Centro Historico, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$2,663 per night from May 4 to May 5
Located in Historic Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), Zocalo, and Templo Mayor. Palacio Nacional ...
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"Everything was real nice and helpful everyone in hotel real nice"

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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 NT$1,983 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
Located in Reforma, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Reforma 222, The Angel of Independence Monument, and Palacio de Bellas Artes. Zocalo and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,842 reviews)
"Very large and safe"

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Barceló México Reforma
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4.5 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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The price is NT$2,663 per night from May 4 to May 5
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4 out of 5
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The price is NT$1,983 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
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Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
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4.5 out of 5
Av. 16 de Septiembre #82, Col. Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$3,088 per night from May 17 to May 18
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Hilton Mexico City Reforma
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4.5 out of 5
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The price is NT$3,010 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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3 out of 5
Madero 30 Col Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,242 per night from Apr 30 to May 1
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3 out of 5
Paseo De La Reforma 24, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,010 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
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Fiesta Inn Centro Historico
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3.5 out of 5
Av. Juarez 76, Col. Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,428 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
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Hotel Punto MX
Hotel Punto MX
3.5 out of 5
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The price is NT$2,028 per night from May 1 to May 2
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