Our location in Guadalajara, Mexico is in the city's Northwest area of Chapalita, past the Minerva Fountain, and it is blocks from the Exposition Center. We are in the center of the new Luxe Hotel zone for the last few years, along with a vibrant restaurant scene of several cuisines for anyone's pocketbook.
The proximity to the United States, Canada, and many national cities makes it a perfect location for conventions and tourism equally. The historical district is a short Uber ride away if you are coming for tourism.
From the Mexico Tourism Board:
Guadalajara is Mexico's second-largest city. In many respects, it is often considered the most interesting of Mexican destinations — the birthplace of mariachi music and close to the town of Tequila, where the beverage of the same name is produced. It has become one of the country’s industrial and business centers, often being referred to as Mexico's Silicon Valley. Unlike many colonial cities that maintain their original town plan, in the early 1950s, Guadalajara underwent a significant project that changed the core of the town to the sprawling metropolis that is now home to a large number of people including thousands of American and Canadian citizens.
As with all cities of this age, progress tends not to treasure the historical value of older buildings. Several were razed to allow wide avenues with new constructions, underground parking lots, and shopping centers. With many thanks to those who fought to keep the city's history protected and left intact, Guadalajara boasts many buildings from a bygone era - one famous one being the telephone company on Juarez Avenue. The well-respected architect Jorge Matute Remus actually rolled back the building while still being used. It was a feat that was not thought possible at the time. A brass man's statue can be seen as pushing on the front of the building, letting his legacy be known. The new Matute Remus suspension bridge in Chapalita near the Dickinson Guest House is another tribute to this -now passed -architect's genius.
With sensible shoes- Guadalajara will give you an appreciation for the typical Colonial Spanish architecture of the past, with today's modern conveniences. Many sites to see, including the baroque façade of the government palace and a spectacular mural in the interior main staircase, which Jose Clemente Orozco painted, depicts real historical events in the history of Mexico through the eyes of this master muralist. To the north-east of the Cathedral, which in its long building stages changed it's architectural designs four times before being finished, is The Rotunda de Los Jaliscienses Ilustres, a green space with a central circular monument with seventeen ribbed Corinthian columns; the statues surrounding it represent Jalisco's illustrious sons (and two daughters), people from Jalisco who have made notable contributions in the arts, education, science, and politics.
Behind the Cathedral is the large Plaza de la Liberation, so named to commemorate Miguel Hidalgo’s abolishment of slavery. A statue of Miguel Hidalgo holding a broken chain commemorates the event before he was assassinated long before President Lincoln, for doing the same thing. The Teatro Degollado is at the far east end of the plaza. Guadalajara's Opera and fine Symphony perform here and the famous Ballet Folklorico in this beautiful neoclassical building dating to 1856. Walk around to the back of the theater to see a fountain depicting the Guadalajara city founders. The Plaza Tapatia begins here and stretches over half a mile to the Hospicio Cabanas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you stroll along, you'll pass picturesque arcades and promenades, sometimes bubbling fountains, remarkably restored colonial buildings, and modern sculptures. Nearby, the Plaza de Los Mariachis offers a space to have a drink and listen to the mariachis play, a fitting end to a full day of sightseeing in Mexico's second city.
Whether you choose to explore the city by foot, double-decker bus, or horse-drawn carriage (calandria), you'll find that Guadalajara's 7 plazas in the central core, designed in the shape of a cross - you will find that colonial architecture and modern conveniences make this a destination city to add to your itinerary.
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