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Zócalo Central

Zócalo Central

Zócalo Central has 105 rooms and is housed in the former residence of Hernán Cortés at the heart of Mexico's main plaza, Zócalo. The side-street entrance opens up to a 24-hour reception, which also has a concierge service. There's also a welcoming café.

The guest rooms are spread across six floors and have a tasteful modern style. They can accommodate between one and four adults and come with either interior, street or Zócalo-facing windows. The seventh floor rooftop is home to the property's restaurant, Balcon del Zócalo, which serves authentic Mexican dishes with a modern twist and an interesting mix of cocktails at the bar area.

Our rating: Medium

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Housed in an 1890’s-era building, the Zócalo Central offers 105 tastefully decorated rooms spread over six floors featuring a flat-screen TV, desk and a spacious private bathroom. Rooms are appointed with wooden floors and crisp-white bedspreads and can accommodate between one and four adults. Windows have either interior, street or Zócalo -facing views. 


The Zócalo Central is situated in the heart of Mexico City’s historic heart, within walking distance of a variety of museums, restaurants and historic landmarks.

Food and drink

The seventh floor rooftop is home to the property's restaurant, Balcón del Zócalo, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant serves authentic Mexican dishes with a modern twist and an interesting mix of cocktails at the bar area.

Facilities and activities

Guests have complimentary use of bicycles and the hotel’s concierge can also arrange a variety of local tours. There is also a 24-hour gym available as well as a steam room and the hotel has an on-site café that serves a selection of refreshments. 

Our opinion

We like this property's location, which is ideal for exploring the historic part of the capital. What really makes this hotel special, though, are the views of the Zocalo. Please note that you're likely to hear some noise due to the close proximity of Mexico's largest plaza, which can host performances, protests and rallies.

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