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Priding itself on its passionately independent culture, the City of Mountains stands out from other cities in this still traditional Central American country.

Monterrey, the state capital of Nuevo León, stands out from more traditional Mexican cities. The sprawling city is recognized as a hub for innovative enterprises and cutting-edge educational institutions. Monterrey also has many cultural attractions, revealing the residents’ passion for contemporary art, music and design.

Set against a backdrop of the Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains, Monterrey is a picturesque city. Catch a glimpse of this landscape in the Chipinque ecological park, which is the most accessible part of the mountainous Parque Nacional Cumbres. These mountains are home to a cave system, the Grutas de García, which were formed between 50 to 60 million years ago.

Located close to the U.S. border, Monterrey used to be a major transit center for Americans on their way south. However, despite all its beauty and many friendly locals, Monterrey developed a reputation for drug-related violence. Since 2013 the situation has been improving and extra police officers are patrolling the streets. Stay cautious, especially at night. It is recommended to hire a guide if you want to explore the city.

Stay in the heavily guarded, upmarket San Pedro area and visit its Centro Cultural Alfa. This is an interactive science center with planetarium and gardens. San Pedro is also known for its malls and bars, so go shopping and try tacos.

Explore Parque Fundidora with its skating rink, raceway, theme park and gallery. Its Museum of Steel and old steel mill are all that is left of the former industrial park here. Nearby are the Zona Rosa, the entertainment district, and the Barrio Antiguo (Old Town) with the monumental Basílica de Guadalupe.

Monterrey, in northern Mexico, is well connected to the U.S.A. and the rest of Mexico by air, train and road. Summers can get very hot, so most visitors prefer to come in autumn and spring. Among them are the hikers who set out to climb the four peaks of Cerro de la Silla, the jagged mountain that has become the city’s icon.

Where to stay in Monterrey

Top Hotels in Monterrey

NH Collection Monterrey San Pedro
NH Collection Monterrey San Pedro
4 out of 5
Av Jose Vasconcelos 402, San Pedro Garza Garcia, NL
The price is NT$1,384 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Paseo San Pedro, Alfa Planetarium, and Plaza Fiesta San Agustin. Basilica de Guadalupe ...

3.9/5Good! (981 reviews)

"Very nice"…"

Reviewed on 2020/7/13

NH Collection Monterrey San Pedro
Antaris Valle
Antaris Valle
3 out of 5
Rio Danubio 400 Ote., Monterrey, San Pedro Garza Garcia, NL
The price is NT$1,313 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14

Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Paseo San Pedro and within 3 mi (5 km) of Plaza Fiesta San Agustin and Galerias Monterrey. ...

4/5Very Good! (840 reviews)

"Excelente hotel, un muy buen servicio. Desde el principio al final fue una experiencia muy recomendable."…"

Reviewed on 2020/11/24

Antaris Valle
Safi Royal Luxury Centro
Safi Royal Luxury Centro
4 out of 5
Pino Suarez No. 444 Sur Colonia Centro, Monterrey, NL
The price is NT$1,471 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19

This family-friendly Monterrey hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Auditorium Pabellón M and Macroplaza. Cintermex and Arena ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,356 reviews)

"Excellent !!! I will back again. The staff si very nice."…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/25

Safi Royal Luxury Centro
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Monterrey

Extended Suites Monterrey Aeropuerto
Extended Suites Monterrey Aeropuerto
2.5 out of 5
Av. Miguel Alemán km 15 No.518, Col.Parque Industrial Omolap, Apodaca, NL
The price is NT$898 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 4

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Parque Plaza Sesamo, Arena Monterrey, and Macroplaza. Barrio Antiguo and Faro de Comercio ...

3.8/5Good! (404 reviews)

"Excellent service, but just the humidity smell. Soap was not enough for three people in the room"…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/20

Extended Suites Monterrey Aeropuerto
Suites DIOH
Suites DIOH
3 out of 5
Loma Redonda 2728, Colonia Lomas de San Francisco, Monterrey, NL
The price is NT$1,075 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 4

Situated in the entertainment district, this aparthotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Convex Exposition Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Macroplaza and Museo del Obispado. ...

4/5Very Good! (296 reviews)

"this is a great hidden hotel that is super affordable whenever you need a quick place to stay this is the way to go!"…"

Reviewed on 2020/4/24

Suites DIOH
Staybridge Suites Monterrey - San Pedro
Staybridge Suites Monterrey - San Pedro
3 out of 5
Calzada San Pedro No 103, San Pedro Garza Garcia, NL
The price is NT$2,677 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6

Located in the heart of San Pedro Garza Garcia, this aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Paseo San Pedro and within 3 mi (5 km) of Galerias Monterrey and Plaza ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (89 reviews)
All sanitized

"all was clean and sanitized. When I called front desk for a second sanitation the manager himself was supervising the job. Good job Staybridge!!!"…"

Reviewed on 2020/7/11

Staybridge Suites Monterrey - San Pedro
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Monterrey


Top Destination

5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent 58.97435897435897%
4 - Good
4 - Good 32.532051282051285%
3 - Okay
3 - Okay 6.891025641025641%
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1 - Terrible
1 - Terrible 0.4807692307692308%

3/5 - Okay


Mar 22, 2020

Too much traffic between 7-9 and 5-7 pm.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2020

I like Monterrey and this wasn't my first trip there.

5/5 - Excellent


Mar 9, 2020

I love the city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 9, 2020

The Paseo de Lucia and the Fundidora park are outstanding!

5/5 - Excellent


Mar 7, 2020

Barrio Antiguo, Macroplaza and paseo santa lucia very nice places to walk and entertain.

5/5 - Excellent


Feb 5, 2020

Si deseas entrar al palacio de gobierno trata de ir con ropa "casual" y cubierta porque si vas en crosstop o algo es escotado te prohiben el acceso... de acuerdo a las palabras de los "oficiales": "no es discriminacion pero es recinto oficial"

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