Zócalo

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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 Zócalo

Histórico Central, Fine Coffee Shop & Walking tour included
Histórico Central, Fine Coffee Shop & Walking tour included
4 out of 5
Bolivar No. 28, Mexico City, 06000
The price is $104 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Mexico City. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (1,028 reviews)
"The location is perfect. The staff were excellent."

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

Histórico Central, Fine Coffee Shop & Walking tour included
Zocalo Central Mexico City
Zocalo Central Mexico City
4 out of 5
Cinco de Mayo 61, Centro Historico, Mexico City, 06000
The price is $108 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Mexico City. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (1,260 reviews)
"Excelente!!!!"

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2022

Zocalo Central Mexico City
Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
4.5 out of 5
Av 16 De Septiembre N 82, Mexico City, 06000
Fully refundable
The price is $178 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 29
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Mexico City. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (1,012 reviews)
"Needs to be updated; renovated"

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2022

Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
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.

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Best Lodging Options Near Zócalo

Zocalo Rooms - Hostel
Zocalo Rooms - Hostel
1.5 out of 5
Pino Suarez 17 - Primer Piso, Centro Historico, Mexico City, CDMX, 06080
The price is $9 per night from Jul 16 to Jul 17
Zocalo Rooms - Hostel
Zocalo Central Mexico City
Zocalo Central Mexico City
4 out of 5
Cinco de Mayo 61, Centro Historico, Mexico City, 06000
The price is $108 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Zocalo Central Mexico City
Histórico Central, Fine Coffee Shop & Walking tour included
Histórico Central, Fine Coffee Shop & Walking tour included
4 out of 5
Bolivar No. 28, Mexico City, 06000
The price is $104 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Histórico Central, Fine Coffee Shop & Walking tour included
Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
4.5 out of 5
Av 16 De Septiembre N 82, Mexico City, 06000
The price is $178 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 29
Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
Best Western Majestic
Best Western Majestic
3 out of 5
Av Madero 73 Col Centro, Mexico City, CDMX, 6000
The price is $77 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 29
Best Western Majestic
NH Collection Mexico City Centro Histórico
NH Collection Mexico City Centro Histórico
4 out of 5
Palma 42, Col. Centro, Mexico City, 06000
The price is $72 per night from Jul 22 to Jul 23
NH Collection Mexico City Centro Histórico
Hotel Catedral
Hotel Catedral
4 out of 5
95 Donceles Col. Centro, Mexico City, 6020
The price is $57 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 2
Hotel Catedral
Hotel MX zócalo
Hotel MX zócalo
3.5 out of 5
29 2a. Cerrada 5 de Mayo Centro, Mexico City, CDMX, 06000
The price is $51 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
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Hotel Roble
Hotel Roble
3 out of 5
Uruguay No. 109, Col. Centro, Mexico City, CDMX, 06060
The price is $37 per night from Jun 29 to Jun 30
Hotel Roble
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.