Zocalo

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Zocalo featuring heritage architecture, a city and night scenes

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

Hotel Ritz Ciudad de México
Hotel Ritz Ciudad de México
3 out of 5
Madero 30 Col Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,295 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Historic Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palacio de Bellas Artes, Zocalo, and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). Alameda ...
4.2/5Very Good! (958 reviews)
"Esta en excelente localidad muy cerca varios lugares turísticos. Muy buen servicio en su restaurant. Buena limpieza en la habitación. Buen servicio en la recepción"

Reviewed on 2021/9/6

Hotel Ritz Ciudad de México
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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$3,437 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Located in Historic Center, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Ayuntamiento (City Hall) and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Arena Mexico. Zocalo and Palacio Nacional ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (981 reviews)
"Beautiful property, service and staff are awesome they exceed all my expectations, definitely enjoyed my stay there highly recommended!!!!!"

Reviewed on 2021/9/16

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$3,159 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
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! (1,195 reviews)
"The food was excellent"

Reviewed on 2021/9/16

Zocalo Central Mexico City
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Best Lodging Options Near Zocalo

Hotel Catedral
Hotel Catedral
3.5 out of 5
95 Donceles Col. Centro, Mexico City
The price is NT$1,249 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 20
Hotel Catedral
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$3,437 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
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$3,159 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Zocalo Central Mexico City
Hotel Ritz Ciudad de México
Hotel Ritz Ciudad de México
3 out of 5
Madero 30 Col Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,295 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Hotel Ritz Ciudad de México
Barceló México Reforma
Barceló México Reforma
4.5 out of 5
Paseo de la Reforma, 1, Colonia Tabacalera, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,996 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Barceló México Reforma
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$1,302 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Hampton Inn & Suites Mexico City - Centro Historico
Fiesta Americana - Reforma
Fiesta Americana - Reforma
4 out of 5
Paseo De La Reforma 80, Col. Juarez, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,940 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Fiesta Americana - Reforma
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$1,692 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 20
NH Collection Mexico City Centro Histórico
Histórico Central Mexico City
Histórico Central Mexico City
4 out of 5
Bolivar No. 28, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$2,635 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 20
Histórico Central Mexico City
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