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Faro de Comercio

This contemporary tower offers an interesting contrast to Monterrey’s historic monuments and is a good base for exploring the city’s major attractions.

Rising from the southern end of Macroplaza is the impressive Faro de Comercio, a great place to take pictures of Monterrey’s contrasting architectural styles and visit important city landmarks. Designed by Mexican architect Luis Barragán, this monumental orange tower is an imposing 230 feet (70 meters) tall. The Faro de Comercio honored the 100th anniversary of Monterrey’s National Chamber of Commerce with its inauguration in 1984.

Position yourself at the base of the tower and gaze up at its tall structure. On a clear day it’s possible to take pictures of the tower with the mountains of the Sierra Madre as a backdrop. Note how the tower’s modern style contrasts with nearby historical landmarks, such as the 18th-century Catedral Metropolitana de Nuestra Señora de Monterrey (Monterrey Metropolitan Cathedral). After sunset, the tower often projects a bright green light circling from its summit, illuminating downtown Monterrey. 

About 30 minutes is enough time to visit the tower and take photos. Afterward, sit on one of the benches in Macroplaza and watch an interesting mix of characters pass by. See excited tourists, street performers and local artisans selling arts and handicrafts.

Be sure to investigate the other attractions around Macroplaza. These include the bronze Fuente de la Vida o Neptuno (Neptune’s Fountain) and the equestrian statue of Ignacio Zaragoza, a former Mexican general. Learn about local history and culture at the Museo Metropolitana de Monterrey (Metropolitan Museum of Monterrey). Spot work by famed Mexican artists, such as Frida Kahlo and Gabriel Orozco, at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (Monterrey Museum of Contemporary Art). 

Located in the heart of downtown Monterrey, the Faro de Comercio is easily accessible via public transportation. Buses stop on the streets that surround Macroplaza and the nearest metro stop is Estación Zaragoza. Use metered parking available adjacent to the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey.


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Lodging Near Faro de Comercio

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$43
Hotel Monterrey Macroplaza

Hotel Monterrey Macroplaza

Morelos 574 Ote Col. Centro, Monterrey
3.5
of 5, from 24 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Monterrey Centro, this hotel is steps from Museo Metropolitano de la Ciudad de Monterrey, Fuente de la Vida o Neptuno, and Faro de Comercio. Macroplaza and Museo del Obispado are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$103
Fiesta Americana Monterrey Pabellón M

Fiesta Americana Monterrey Pabellón M

Av. Benito Juárez 1102, Monterrey
4.7
of 5, from 317 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Monterrey Centro, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Auditorium Pabellón M, Faro de Comercio, and Fuente de la Vida o Neptuno. Macroplaza and Museo del Obispado are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$64
Krystal Monterrey

Krystal Monterrey

Calle Corregidora 519, Monterrey
4.3
of 5, from 579 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Monterrey Centro, this hotel is steps from Museo Metropolitano de la Ciudad de Monterrey and Faro de Comercio. Fuente de la Vida o Neptuno and Macroplaza are also within 5 minutes.

$62
Hotel Mision Monterrey Historico

Hotel Mision Monterrey Historico

Padre Mier 201 Pte., Monterrey
3.2
of 5, from 458 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Monterrey Centro, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Auditorium Pabellón M, Faro de Comercio, and Fuente de la Vida o Neptuno. Macroplaza and Explanada de los Heroes are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$38
Travohotel Monterrey Histórico

Travohotel Monterrey Histórico

Padre Mier 194 Pte., Monterrey
3.4
of 5, from 396 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Monterrey Centro, this hotel is steps from Casino Monterrey and Faro de Comercio. Fuente de la Vida o Neptuno and Macroplaza are also within 5 minutes.

$84
Safi Royal Luxury Towers

Safi Royal Luxury Towers

Pino Suarez No. 444 Sur Colonia Centro, Monterrey
4.3
of 5, from 1,283 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

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 Monterrey are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$59
LQ Hotel by La Quinta Monterrey Centro

LQ Hotel by La Quinta Monterrey Centro

Avenida Pino Suarez, 1001, Monterrey
3.8
of 5, from 509 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Monterrey Centro, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Auditorium Pabellón M.

$90
Sheraton Ambassador Hotel

Sheraton Ambassador Hotel

Av Hidalgo 310 Oriente, Monterrey
4.0
of 5, from 632 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This 229-room hotel is within walking distance of most Central Zone attractions, including the Macroplaza and Santa Lucia Riverwalk (2 blocks) and the Old Quarter (4 blocks).