Downtown Mexico City

Mexico City
Downtown Mexico City which includes a city and central business district as well as a large group of people

Discover the historic central plaza, scenic park and lovely architecture of this busy central district.

Downtown Mexico City is the center of the country’s capital. This enormous district covers an area of almost 4 square miles (10 square kilometers) and encompasses about 9,000 buildings. Stroll along the zigzagging alleys leading off from Zócalo, a square that marks the center of the city.

Spend some time wandering around Zócalo and appreciate the different styles of buildings surrounding the square, which were constructed at various times over the past five centuries. Notice structures of colonial and pre-Hispanic design.

See the spectacular Palacio Nacional looming over the square. Home to the offices of the president of Mexico and the Federal Treasury, this grand building is known for its spectacular murals depicting important events in the history of the country. Gaze up at the famous balcony, from which the president shouts “Viva Mexico!” annually to celebrate national independence. Check out the palace’s treasury and botanical garden.

On the northern side of the plaza is the Catedral Metropolitana. Built over more than 200 years, its blend of architectural designs reflect the ways styles of building have changed over the centuries. Admire its imposing twin towers and peruse the ecclesiastical artwork decorating its interior.

Relax with drinks and snacks at one of the cafés in the plaza. A popular spot is the bar of the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico, which offers particularly excellent views of the square.

Visit the attractions found just off the square, such as the Jose Luis Cuevas Museum and the Supreme Court. View the impressive art collections housed at the National Museum of Art and the Palacio de Bellas Artes.

Adjacent to Zócalo is the Alameda Central public park. Bring the kids to enjoy a picnic on its lush grounds and stroll amid its trees, fountains and statues. Walk around the nearby Chinatown to explore intriguing restaurants and shops.

Downtown Mexico City is located in the center of the larger Mexico City municipality. Get here by taking the metro and then begin your exploration of the capital.


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Hotel El Ejecutivo by Reforma Avenue
Hotel El Ejecutivo by Reforma Avenue
3.5 out of 5
Viena 8 Col Juarez, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is $55 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Located in Downtown Mexico City, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Paseo de la Reforma, Monument to the Revolution, and The Angel of Independence Monument. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (977 reviews)
"A clean comfortable room in a great location and at a very good price. No carpeting, great A/C, walk-in showers, and a comfortable king-sized bed. I would most definitely recommend this hotel."

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2021

Hotel El Ejecutivo by Reforma Avenue
Zocalo Central Mexico City
Zocalo Central Mexico City
4 out of 5
Cinco de Mayo 61, Centro Historico, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is $126 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Located in Historic Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Zocalo, Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and Templo Mayor. Palacio Nacional ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (1,242 reviews)
"Best hotel, great views and the staff is amazing. Great experience."

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2021

Zocalo Central Mexico City
Hilton Mexico City Reforma
Hilton Mexico City Reforma
4.5 out of 5
Avenida Juarez 70 Colonia Centro, Mexico City
The price is $100 per night from Jan 7 to Jan 7
Located in Downtown Mexico City, this luxury hotel is steps from Teatro Metropólitan and Alameda Central. Paseo de la Reforma and Palacio de Bellas Artes are ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (976 reviews)
"Excellent Hotel…."

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2021

Hilton Mexico City Reforma
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 $174 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Located in Historic Center, this luxury hotel is steps from Madero Street and Zocalo. Alameda Central and Palacio Nacional are also within 15 minutes. Zocalo ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (975 reviews)
"Hotel is beautiful. Staff was very friendly and helpful. The room was nice. Disappointed about lost dinner reservation. Also, timing wasn't great as the President was speaking in the Zócalo, which meant a near lockdown of the area and several hundred thousand people in the Zócalo"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2021

Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
Fiesta Inn Centro Historico
Fiesta Inn Centro Historico
3.5 out of 5
Av. Juarez 76, Col. Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is $65 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 15
Located in Downtown Mexico City, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Alameda Central and Paseo de la Reforma. Torre Latinoamericana and Palacio de Bellas ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (974 reviews)
"Location"

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2021

Fiesta Inn Centro Historico
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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $69 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Located in Historic Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zocalo and Palacio Nacional. Alameda Central and Palacio de Bellas Artes are also within ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (968 reviews)
"Súper bueno....finas atenciones. Higiene excelente. Trato amable y confiable. A mejorar la variedad del desayuno."

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites Mexico City - Centro Historico
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