As a wise wanderer equally enamored by our own continent's complexities as those across far oceans, you find Mexico's rich culture, and certainly its cuisine, simultaneously familiar and fascinating. You've felt enlivened by the rousing rhythms of a mariachi band, yet you know it was merely a nod to the joyful atmosphere of a live music-filled plaza in historic Guadalajara, the true home of mariachi. Many a food truck torta has sated your appetite, but none have been quite like Guadalajara's signature sauce-smothered torta ahogados. And while you've sipped tequilas silver and gold, you know down in Jalisco there are working distilleries aside agave fields, and after gazing over their otherworldly spiked landscapes for yourself, you'll go home with a new respect for the heady spirit. Satisfy such a yearning to immerse yourself in authentic Mexican culture by booking one of our great downtown Guadalajara hotels. Delve in with your curiosity piqued, your enchantment aroused, and a litany of questions ready to be answered.
The sunshine, mild temperatures, and infrequent rain that characterize Guadalajara's weather November through May make winter and spring both ideal seasons to visit. With even the coolest daytime temperatures in the mid- to high-70s Fahrenheit, the city is an especially appealing winter destination if you're longing to escape a cold climate. The hottest month is May, when highs generally stay below 90 F. June through October is the rainy season, with heavy and frequent storms at their peak in July. But that certainly doesn't make those months undesirable. You may well find Guadalajara's plazas and parks, colonial monuments, and its centerpiece 16th-century cathedral all the more beautiful under a hazy veil, the dust washed away and tourist crowds reduced to just a few umbrella-shrouded companions. Furthermore, when you book one of our Guadalajara downtown hotels in the historic district, such as the stunning Hotel De Mendoza, you won't have far to walk when you're ready to retreat from the rain. Some other seasonal considerations: Guadalajara hosts a vibrant cultural festival throughout the month of May, and celebrates its musical heritage with a Mariachi Festival in August.
Guadalajara is approximately 200 miles inland — eastward and upward in elevation — from the popular coastal resort city of Puerto Vallarta. Flights between Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta take less than an hour, so a quick side trip is a viable option. Many of our hotels, including Del Carmen Concept Hotel in Guadalajara, will gladly arrange airport shuttle services to make such a trip easy. Imagine the vibrant visual parade comprising a morning photographing the mural-covered walls of Guadalajara's UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hospicio Cabanas, and an afternoon snorkeling over colorful corals off one of PV's sandy beaches. Alternatively, take an unforgettable road trip through rugged and rural Jalisco. A straightforward drive along the modern highways connecting Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara will take five to six hours. Hit the road early and you can fit in a side trip to the rural town of Tequila or nearby Amatitan, both centuries-old centers of agave cultivation and distillery.
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Making plans to visit Hospicio Cabanas, Guadalajara's renowned attraction? Why not swing by some of its other noteworthy sights while you're at it? Metropolitan Cathedral and Plaza de Armas are well worth a look.
When hanging out in Downtown Guadalajara, take a day trip to one of Guadalajara's best-loved sights, Hospicio Cabanas.
Hospicio Cabanas has an excellent range of accommodation options nearby, including the Best Western Plus Gran Hotel Centro Historico, the Hotel Nueva York, the Gamma Guadalajara Centro Histórico, the Hotel Metropolitan and the Hotel De Mendoza. Check out the rooms and amenities at each one, then decide.
Many tourists like to stay close to Plaza de Armas. If you're keen to do the same, you'll be pleased to know that there are lots of fantastic hotels and other accommodation options to choose from, such as the One Guadalajara Centro Histórico, the Hotel Frances, the Hotel RC Plaza Liberación, the NH Collection Guadalajara Centro Histórico and the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Guadalajara-Centro Historico.
Looking for things to see in Downtown Guadalajara? Why not add Jaime Torres Bodet Teatro to your vacation schedule?The Hotel La Paz, the Blue Pepper Hostel & Bar and the Departamento Mariano Otero are some great places to stay within walking distance of this local attraction. If these options aren't quite your style, we also recommend the Trocadero Suites or the LA FE Hotel and Arts.Monumento a los Ninos Heroes is another fascinating sight to see while you're in the area. Be sure to check it out before taking off on your next adventure.Book a few nights at the Mesón Ejecutivo, the Hotel Santiago de Compostela or the Hotel Velvet Plaza to be an easy cab ride from this notable site. The Hotel Misión Guadalajara Carlton or the Hotel San Jose are some other traveler favorites in the area.
Downtown Guadalajara is home to a wide range of places to rest your head, including a few inexpensive options. If you're watching your money, check out the deals at the Hotel Aranzazú Eco and the Hotel Latino.
The NH Collection Guadalajara Centro Histórico and the Casa Pedro Loza are great choices if you'd prefer a luxurious accommodation experience.
Many visitors to this part of the globe also enjoy staying at the Hotel Morales Historical & Colonial Downtown Core and the Hotel Don Quijote Plaza.