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Castillo de Chapultepec

Explore this opulent former home of Mexican royalty, perched high above the city, and learn about the history of Mexico. 

Chapultepec Castle (Castillo de Chapultepec) is a beautiful building perched on a hill above Mexico City. The castle was designed in the 18th century as a country home for the local Spanish viceroy. It has since served many functions, including as a military academy and a presidential palace, among others. Today, its preserved interior is open to visitors and it houses the National Museum of History. Learn the story of the castle as well as the history of “New Spain” and Mexico’s struggle for independence. 

The lower levels of the castle house the National Museum of History. Find weapons, jewelry, costumes and letters tracking Mexico’s history from Spanish colonization in the 16th century, to the Mexican Revolution in 1910. See the sword used by José Maria Morelos, a Mexican hero, in battle against the Spanish in 1812. There are coins from the era of Spanish rule and an early edition of the Mexican constitution. The museum also includes a collection of sculptures, paintings and murals depicting Mexican life and important moments in the country’s history. 

The upper floors have been preserved as the home of Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico and his wife Carlota. Explore the opulent rooms, complete with gold chandeliers and lavish dining areas. Snap a photo from the deck, which looks out over Mexico City. Outside, take a walk amongst the flower gardens and admire the sandstone archways and pillars of the European architecture. 

Chapultepec Castle is located at the top of Chapultepec Hill in central Mexico City. The walk up the hill can be tough, but there is a light rail option that costs a few pesos and runs every 15 minutes from downtown. The castle is open Tuesday to Sunday. Head down to Chapultepec Park to picnic in the expansive grounds afterwards. 

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Camino Real Polanco Mexico $97
Reviewed on May 6, 2019
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Camino Real Polanco Mexico

Camino Real Polanco Mexico

Mariano Escobedo 700, Col Anzures, Mexico City, CDMX
     
    4.4 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0

    The overall quality of the hotel was an excellent value for the room rate.

    Galeria Plaza Reforma $85
    Reviewed on May 16, 2019
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    Galeria Plaza Reforma

    Galeria Plaza Reforma

    Hamburgo 195 Col Juarez, Mexico City, CDMX
       
      4.2 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0

      The pool in the terrace and the two restaurants in the first floor are nice and convenient.

      Hyatt Regency Mexico City $119
      Reviewed on May 2, 2019
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      Hyatt Regency Mexico City

      Hyatt Regency Mexico City

      Campos Eliseos No. 204 Polanco, Chapultepec, Mexico City, CDMX
         
        4.6 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0

        Beautiful property with in easy walking distance to many museums and points of interest.

        Grand Fiesta Americana Chapultepec $105
        Reviewed on Apr 7, 2019
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        Grand Fiesta Americana Chapultepec

        Grand Fiesta Americana Chapultepec

        Mariano Escobedo Av. #756 Col. Anzures, Mexico City, CDMX
           
          4.4 of 5
          4.5 out of 5.0

          I really like this hotel because of the location. I have stayed there many times these past months, and they had a very nice staff and they were very flexible, this time they were not that accommodating to my requests, for example having access to the lounge where they previously admitted me.

          Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City $295
          Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019
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          Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City

          Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City

          Paseo de la Reforma 500, Mexico City, CDMX
             
            4.7 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0

            Is so beautiful, clean and smells good, good Atencion and very good location

            InterContinental Presidente Mexico City $134
            Reviewed on May 16, 2019
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            InterContinental Presidente Mexico City

            InterContinental Presidente Mexico City

            Campos Eliseos 218, Mexico City, CDMX
               
              4.5 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Hotel room upon arrival wasn’t the cleanest I’ve ever seen and room appearance did not match pictures from the website, BUT the hotel was so phenomenally located walking distance from everything in Polanco and a short drive to everything else. I’d stay at this location again for the Hotel concierge ...

              Wyndham Garden Mexico City Polanco $79
              Reviewed on May 5, 2019
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              Wyndham Garden Mexico City Polanco

              Wyndham Garden Mexico City Polanco

              Leon Tolstoi 22, Mexico City, CDMX
                 
                4.0 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Lovely hotel near chapultepec park and castle, great views of both from the roof top restaurant. The place was good, clean and staff worked hard to help me even with my lack of Spanish. The location is about an hours walk from the centro historico, but a nice walk to do.

                Marquis Reforma Hotel Spa $131
                Reviewed on May 12, 2019
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                Marquis Reforma Hotel Spa

                Marquis Reforma Hotel Spa

                Paseo De La Reforma 465 Col Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, CDMX
                   
                  4.5 of 5
                  4.5 out of 5.0

                  Excelente service very nice room upgraded . Location wonderful