Zacatecas

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Zacatecas is the capital and largest city of the state of Zacatecas, located in the north-central part of the country.

The city started as a Spanish mining camp in the mid-16th century, the wealth from which turned Zacatecas into one of the most important cities in New Spain.

The city’s historic center is a World Heritage Site as a result of Baroque and other structures built during its mining heyday. Mining remains an important part of the region’s unique cultural landscape today.

Zacatecas lies at the foot of the Cerro de la Bufa, a mountain that was one of the greatest silver mines in the world and can now be visited on foot or by cable car.

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Overall Atmosphere: Cultural
A Cultural Atmosphere includes both the historic (eg, landmark town centers) and the contemporary (music, nightlife, etc).

Cultural Interests tend to be:
(a) indoors-oriented, and therefore not as linked to weather conditions for enjoyment
(b) relatively physically accessible, while also not being physically demanding.
Featuring mainly indoors-oriented historical or contemporary attractions.
Recommending Sources:
   World Heritage Site
   Rough Guide

 
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Don Miguel

Located in Zacatecas’ Universitaria district, Don Miguel features an indoor swimming pool, a gym and a restaurant. It offers free Wi-Fi. All spacious rooms, suites and apartments at Don Miguel have simple décor, air conditioning and a flat-screen... Average score from 223 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$37 - $82

 
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Quinta Real Zacatecas

Built around a restored 19th century bullfighting ring in the heart of the picturesque colonial city of Zacatecas, this luxury hotel offers elegant accommodations in a warm and historic atmosphere. Average score from 173 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$135 - $330

 
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Hotel Meson de Jobito

Meson de Jobito offers elegant accommodation in the centre of Zacatecas, just 450 metres from the city’s Plaza de Armas. Free Wi-Fi and free private parking are both available. Average score from 149 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$78 - $98

 
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Hotel Casa Santa Lucia

Hotel Casa Santa Lucia has a roof terrace with fantastic views of Zacatecas Cathedral, located just 100 metres away. This restored 16th-century building offers charming rooms with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Average score from 105 guest reviews: 7.2/10.

$36 - $56

 
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City Express Zacatecas

Situated 10 minutes’ drive from the historic centre of Zacatecas, this modern hotel offers free transportation to any destination within a 10 km radius. It includes a gym, free Wi-Fi and free continental breakfast. Average score from 195 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$43 - $54

 
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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Casa Torres

Casa Torres

Casa Torres offers elegant accommodation in the centre of Zacatecas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is just 300 metres from the city’s main square, Plaza de Armas and includes free Wi-fi throughout. Average score from 212 guest reviews: 9.2/10.

$50 - $112

 
$509.2
Hampton Inn Zacatecas

Hampton Inn Zacatecas

Offering a fitness centre and free WiFi in all areas, Hampton Inn Zacatecas is located just 2 km from Galerías Zacatecas shopping centre and 10 minutes’ drive from Zacatecas Cathedral. Average score from 348 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$53

 
$539.1
Hotel Santa Rita

Hotel Santa Rita

Located in the historic centre of Zacatecas and offering fantastic views of the Cathedral, Hotel Santa Rita features a spa, a restaurant and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. Average score from 198 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$82 - $154

 
$829.1
Emporio Zacatecas

Emporio Zacatecas

Located in the heart of Zacatecas, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this luxury hotel is within walking distance to many of the city's attractions and offers exceptional accommodations and services. Average score from 147 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$76 - $219

 
$768.9
Quinta Real Zacatecas

Quinta Real Zacatecas

Built around a restored 19th century bullfighting ring in the heart of the picturesque colonial city of Zacatecas, this luxury hotel offers elegant accommodations in a warm and historic atmosphere. Average score from 173 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$135 - $330

 
$1358.9
Hotel Meson de Jobito

Hotel Meson de Jobito

Meson de Jobito offers elegant accommodation in the centre of Zacatecas, just 450 metres from the city’s Plaza de Armas. Free Wi-Fi and free private parking are both available. Average score from 149 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$78 - $98

 
$788.8
Fiesta Inn Zacatecas

Fiesta Inn Zacatecas

Fiesta Inn Zacatecas is located next to the 45 Zacatecas-Morelos Motorway and 10 minutes’ drive from Zacatecas Main Square. It features a gym, spa, business centre and free Wi-Fi in public areas. Average score from 155 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$54 - $93

 
$548.3
Hotel Baruk Teleferico y Mina

Hotel Baruk Teleferico y Mina

This hotel is within a 3-minute drive of the city center and one mile from Parque Sierra de Alica. The hotel offers guests a gym and suites with free Wi-Fi. Hotel Baruk Teleferico y Mina suites include a private bathroom and bathrobes. Average score from 56 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$76 - $93

 
$768.3
Hotel del Vasco

Hotel del Vasco

Just 500 metres from Zacatecas Cathedral, and 5-minutes’ walk from central Zacatecas, Hostal del Vasco offers free Wi-Fi connection throughout and 24 hour front desk services. Also available are meeting facilities and luggage storage. Average score from 33 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$64 - $85

 
$648.0
Hotel Casona de los Vitrales

Hotel Casona de los Vitrales

Situated 400 metres from Zacatecas Cathedral, this charming colonial-style hotel has a roof terrace with city views. It offers a gym, a restaurant and bright rooms with free Wi-Fi and cable TV. Average score from 24 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$90 - $94

 
$907.9
Hotel & Spa Hacienda Baruk

Hotel & Spa Hacienda Baruk

Located on the northern edge of Zacatecas, this hotel features a spa, state-of-the-art gym and Los Olivos restaurant. This hotel provides guest suites with free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen cable TV. Average score from 241 guest reviews: 7.5/10.

$54 - $82

 
$547.5

Highlighted Interests:

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Cultural
Historic Landmarks
Zacatecas conserves many of its original structures from the colonial period such as churches, colonial government buildings and monasteries and mansions built by rich miners in pink stone.

Like other mining cities in Mexico, such as Guanajuato and Taxco, the city was built near the mines on very rough terrain. Instead of having an orderly plan of streets, the Spanish settlement followed the old Indian neighborhoods with narrow streets and alleys squeezed into a large ravine or "cañada."
Combination
Unique Cultures

Historic and Modern Mining

Around the city are the Brittany hills or small mountains that contain silver and other minerals such as the Cerro de la Virgin, Cerro de Clerigos, Cerro del Grillo, Cerro del Padre and Cerro de la Bufa. These hills are starkly barren of vegetation, due to the semi-desert climate.
Other Interests:
Cultural
Theater
Museums
Churches
Combination
Unusual Local Feature
Natural
Lowland Mountains

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