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Zocalo
Vacation Travel Guide

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.

Top Hotels Close to Zocalo

Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
4.5 out of 5
Av. 16 de Septiembre #82, Col. Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$2,774 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20

Located in Historic Center, this luxury hotel is steps from Plaza de la Constitucion and Zocalo. Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) and Palacio ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (991 reviews)

"This place is the plaza hotel of Mexico. We went during Covid so there weren't many people around the city, this place was the highlight."…"

Reviewed on 2021/1/15

Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
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$2,687 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20

Located in Historic Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), Zocalo, and Templo Mayor. Palacio Nacional ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (1,213 reviews)

"Love it, I felt very safe, amazing service at all times."…"

Reviewed on 2021/1/6

Zocalo Central Mexico City
Best Western Majestic
Best Western Majestic
3 out of 5
Av Madero 73 Col Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,982 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27

Located in Historic Center, this hotel is steps from Madero Street, Zocalo, and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). Palacio Nacional and Templo ...

3.6/5Good! (955 reviews)

"Location was everything, and having a wonderful view of El Zocalo was the absolute best!"…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/1

Best Western Majestic
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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Best Lodging Options Near Zocalo

Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
4.5 out of 5
Av. 16 de Septiembre #82, Col. Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$2,774 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
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$2,687 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Zocalo Central Mexico City
Best Western Majestic
Best Western Majestic
3 out of 5
Av Madero 73 Col Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,982 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Best Western Majestic
Downtown
Downtown
3 out of 5
Isabel La Catolica 30, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$2,811 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Downtown
NH Collection Mexico City Centro Histórico
NH Collection Mexico City Centro Histórico
4 out of 5
Palma 42, Col. Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,582 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
NH Collection Mexico City Centro Histórico
Hampton Inn & Suites Mexico City - Centro Historico
Hampton Inn & Suites Mexico City - Centro Historico
3 out of 5
Calle 5 de Febrero No. 24, Colonia Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,525 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Hampton Inn & Suites Mexico City - Centro Historico
Hostel Mundo Joven Catedral
Hostel Mundo Joven Catedral
2 out of 5
República de Guatemala No. 4, Col. Centro Histórico, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$232 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Hostel Mundo Joven Catedral
Comodo y Atractivo Departamento Isa 96
Comodo y Atractivo Departamento Isa 96
3 out of 5
Isabel la Catolica 96 depto 101 piso 1, Col Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
Comodo y Atractivo Departamento Isa 96
Hotel Ritz Mexico City
Hotel Ritz Mexico City
3 out of 5
Madero 30 Col Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,023 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Hotel Ritz Mexico City
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.