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Zocalo
Vacation Travel Guide

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

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$3,088 per night from May 17 to May 18
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! (985 reviews)
"It’s a wonderful experience! It’s like a time travel back to the beginning of 19 hundred century! Especial thanks for Celia and Jose Luis! A really especial time! Food is amazing!"

Reviewed on 2021/4/16

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$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 ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (1,151 reviews)
"Everything was real nice and helpful everyone in hotel real nice"

Reviewed on 2021/4/16

Zocalo Central Mexico City
Hotel Ritz Mexico City
Hotel Ritz Mexico City
3 out of 5
Madero 30 Col Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,239 per night from May 2 to May 3
Located in Historic Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Madero Street and Torre Latinoamericana. Palacio de Bellas Artes and Zocalo are also within ...
4/5Very Good! (990 reviews)
"Staff was very friendly and Jesus was awesome! No buffet available which is completely understandable due to the pandemic, however they will bring up a meal to your room if you'd like to purchase one. Taking all the necessary precautions and more by sanitizing and wearing masks. Thank you! Great ..."

Reviewed on 2021/3/22

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.

Zocalo

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$3,088 per night from May 17 to May 18
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$2,663 per night from May 4 to May 5
Zocalo Central Mexico City
Hotel Ritz Mexico City
Hotel Ritz Mexico City
3 out of 5
Madero 30 Col Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,239 per night from May 2 to May 3
Hotel Ritz Mexico City
Hotel Punto MX
Hotel Punto MX
3.5 out of 5
Calle República de Uruguay 47, Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$2,035 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Hotel Punto MX
Downtown
Downtown
3 out of 5
Isabel La Catolica 30, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$4,134 per night from May 3 to May 4
Downtown
Best Western Majestic
Best Western Majestic
3 out of 5
Av Madero 73 Col Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,987 per night from Apr 24 to Apr 25
Best Western Majestic
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$1,530 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
Hampton Inn & Suites Mexico City - Centro Historico
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$1,465 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
NH Collection Mexico City Centro Histórico
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$2,127 per night from May 9 to May 10
Barceló México Reforma
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.