The Best Hotels in Guadalajara: Where to Stay in Guadalajara

The RIU is one of the best hotels in Guadalajara

Guadalajara is the capital of the State of Jalisco and has a long history and thriving economy. There are a lot of different neighborhoods and lodging experiences in the city. You can find a great hotel at every price point and for every type of traveler. Where to stay in Guadalajara is going to be influenced by the points of interest, restaurants, and overall neighborhood vibe that you are looking for. These are my recommendations for the best hotels in Guadalajara for every occasion.

A theme that we are going to come back to over and over again is the contrast of modern vs traditional. You can see it in the architecture, the food, and even in the people. I like taking my friends to see the historic downtown in the morning and then to the super modern Punto São Paulo in the evening to show both sides of Guadalajara’s personality.

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The Best Guadalajara Hotels – Where to Stay

The best hotel in Guadalajara is the Casa Habita (formally Casa Fayette) in the Colonia Americana for a stylish design that combines a historic mansion with a modern highrise. It has some serious art deco fabulousness and legendary pool parties. Casa Pedro Loza is a 19th-century mansion in downtown Guadalajara that has been converted into a hotel and wedding venue. The Hotel Riu is a corporate Spanish chain that my family raved about after my wedding. The best budget hotel in Guadalajara is the Hotel Morales in Downtown Zona Centro. Lastly, the Demetria Hotel and the Demetria Bungalows are beautiful and stylish properties that will delight architects and travelers alike.

These are the best neighborhoods to stay in Guadalajara. The Colonia Americana because of the bar district, the restaurant scene, the flea markets, and well-preserved architecture. Downtown Guadalajara for the museums, markets, and oldest buildings. Chapalita and Ciudad del Sol for the suburban, mid-century modern mansions and tree-lined streets with great food. Providencia for the boutique business district and the upscale plazas and food courts like Punto São Paulo and Midtown. Tlaquepaque for an artisans’ village, pueblo magico feel that is inside of the Guadalajara Metropolitan Region but a world apart. Maybe your want to take a vacation from your vacation. Less than an hour away from Guadalajara are several hacienda hotels and the towns of Tequila and Chapala which are regional highlights. There is a lot to see and do in this area.

While most of these hotels have excellent restaurants, it would be a shame to skip the local restaurants. Guadalajara has a vast selection of restaurants, bars, and street food options for every mood. There are excellent restaurants in every part of the city. The bar scene in the Colonia Americana highlights smaller, and what some might call hipster establishments, while the bar scene in Providencia is bigger, better financed, and a little more expensive. Alcalde Restaurant is a regional treasure and is considered to be one of the best restaurants in Latin America. palReal Café has the best coffee in the city, one of the best breakfasts, and Chef Fabian Delgado throws awesome parties with distinguished visiting chefs. And while you are in tequila country it would be advisable to drink some agave spirits at the Gallo Altanero or Pare de Sufrir.

Depending on how many days you have in Guadalajara you are probably going to want to stay relatively near to the parts of town you plan on visiting. Driving back and forth from Tlaquepaque to Zapopan every day is doable but if you only have a weekend it is a waste of time especially at rush hour. My favorite place to start exploring Guadalajara is in the Downtown Centro Historico because of the museums, cantinas, and centuries-old history. Tlaquepaque is famous for folk art and shopping. Providencia and Puerto de Hierro are considered to be wealthy parts of town and have excellent high-end restaurant scenes and boutique shopping. Chapalita and Plaza del Sol are somewhat suburban but they have easy access to the Expo Convention Center if you are lucky enough to catch the book festival. Don’t stop with just Guadalajara. The entire state of Jalisco is amazing. The Pueblos Magicos in Jalisco will leave a lasting impression of old-world hospitality and country-style cooking.

Guadalajara and Jalisco have excellent transportation infrastructure for every budget. You can easily rent and drive a car all over the state, hire a driver, take an Uber or a taxi, or even take the bus. However, one of my favorite activities in Guadalajara is walking. There is no better way to appreciate the historic architecture than walking the back streets of a new city and stopping for a drink in something you find on a whim. The Colonia Americana and Downtown Guadalajara are the two most popular neighborhoods for walking or renting bikes.

Try to use pesos. Some local businesses will accept dollars but you will be paying an exchange rate substantially more expensive than the market rate. Guadalajara has a reputation for money laundering and there are currency controls at all of the local banks. Grey market money changers are supposed to limit transactions over a thousand dollars but nobody actually does. However, they sell dollars at about one peso less than what the official bank rate is and they buy dollars for two pesos less than the official bank rate. If you want to buy dollars from a money changer in Guadalajara you will get a great deal.

When to Visit Guadalajara

While the capital of Jalisco doesn’t see a lot of international tourism, it is a major destination for Mexican travelers. During Semana Santa (Holy Week or the week before Easter) most of the Tapatios (the locals) head to the beach but the city is flooded with tourists from other parts of Mexico and the price of hotels increases. During big events like the book festival (late November/early December) or the film festival (mid-March) getting a last-minute room becomes difficult. Make sure to plan ahead if you want to find a nice, affordable place to stay.

The spring months of Abril and May are the hottest months of the year. The summer is the rainy season and while it is still hot the rains lower the temperature. It rains most days during the summer but usually not all day. I would recommend carrying an umbrella with you just in case because the storms can appear on the horizon in the blink of an eye. Fall is my favorite season in Guadalajara because the rains are dying down and the weather is lovely. Winter gets a little chilly at night but the daytime temperatures will probably be in the 70s. There might be a cold streak or two.

The 15 Best Hotels in Guadalajara

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1. Casa Habita (Formally Casa Fayette)

Calle Lerdo de Tejada 2308, Colonia Lafayette, Guadalajara, Jalisco // Instagram
Hotel Telephone: 33 3679 2000
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Price: $$$

Casa Habita the best hotels in Guadalajara

The Casa Habita was built by one of my favorite Hotel Groups in Mexico, Grupo Habita. They have a pattern of restoring historic properties and combining them with contemporary construction and design. They also choose the best neighborhoods in a city and in this case the wildly popular Colonia Fayette.

The original property was built in 1940 and the tower was added in 2015 as a boutique hotel. The Colonia Fayette is an architectural treasure with dozens of well-preserved 20th-century mansions of different styles. The Original Casa Habita Hotel has a lot of art deco glamor with some regionalist or eclectic accents.

The Casa Fayette Restaurant has excellent food and design that evokes emotion. It is just plain fun. Last time I was there I got to talk with the chef about what he was growing on the rooftop garden and the sorts of heirloom ingredients that he likes to use. Expect to see seasonal recipes and recipes that you know but somehow a little different. Like pumpkin seeds and avocado on a Cesar Salad instead of croutons.

The pool is known for parties on the weekends when it gets crowded. It is very small. However, during the week it is a great place to host an event with your friends.

2. Casa Pedro Loza

Calle Pedro Loza 360, Centro Histórico, Guadalajara, Jalisco // Instagram
Hotel Telephone: 33 1202 2423
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Price: $$

Casa Pedro Loza the Best hotels in Guadalajara

Casa Pedro Loza is a 19th-century mansion that has been converted into a hotel and wedding venue. The boutique hotel has just 12 rooms but the wedding venue is one of the most highly coveted places to throw a party in Guadalajara. This is where my wife and I celebrated our wedding reception.

The hotel is located on Calle Pedro Loza which is a pedestrian avenue six blocks north of the Guadalajara Cathedral, three blocks south of the immigration office, and two blocks west of Mercado Alcalde. It is a highly walkable part of Guadalajara by day but not my favorite place to walk around after dark.

One of the most memorable parts of our wedding reception was the sunset toast on the rooftop patio. The view from the roof is awesome with many church belltowers visible in the distance. Casa Pedro Loza is a time capsule that will help you step back in time to experience a golden era.

Casa Pedro Loza the Best hotels in Guadalajara

3. Hotel Demetria and Demetria Bungalows

Avenida de la Paz 2219, Colonia Lafayette, Guadalajara, Jalisco // Instagram
Hotel Telephone: 33 9690 6100
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Price: $$$ and $$

Hotel Demetria the best hotels in Guadalajara

The Demetria Hotel is a designer’s dream come true. The ultra-modern building is flanked by historic properties and decorated with reminders of Guadalajara’s architectural past. One of the partners literally wrote the book on the Fayette neighborhood documenting the history of most important properties.

Demetria has two properties that are a block and a half away from each other: Hotel Demetria and Demetria Bungalós. Both properties are perfectly situated for walking tours of the neighborhood. Hotel Demetria is a little more luxurious and the bungalows are in a renovated, historic building,

4. Riu Plaza Guadalajara

Avenida Adolfo López Mateos Sur 830, Chapalita, Guadalajara, Jalisco // Instagram
Hotel Telephone: 33 3880 7500
Hotel Website // Review prices on Expedia.com
Price: $$

Hotel Riu Plaza Guadalajara

The Riu Hotel is Guadalajara’s newest landmark. For a short period of time, it was the tallest building in the city. The 44 story building can be seen from all over town. The RIU is located at the intersection of three of the most important avenues in Guadalajara and is a favorite of business travelers because of its central location.

I watched this tower go up and I really enjoy staying here. This is where my family stayed for my wedding and everybody loved it. There is plenty of English-speaking staff and the comforts of a top-notch hotel. You can’t go wrong with the Riu Plaza Guadalajara.

5. Hotel Morales

Avenida Ramón Corona 243, Mexicaltzingo, Guadalajara, Jalisco // Instagram
Hotel Telephone: 33 3658 5232
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Price: $$

Hotel Morales the best hotels in Guadalajara

The Hotel Morales was the first hotel that I stayed at in Guadalajara and one of the most recommended hotels in the Mexpat Guadalajara Facebook group. It is historic, clean, centrally located, and very affordable.

The building dates back to the late 19th-century Porfirian era when a family turned their house (mansion) into a guest house. In the 1930s the owner put a lot of effort into expanding the property and turning it into a luxury hotel. The old bullring used to be in front of the Hospicio Cabañas and the Hotel Morales was where the high society of the era would come to party before and after the corridas de toros. There are pictures of Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete, and Maria Felix having a blast at the Hotel Morales.

The neighborhood around the Hotel Morales is right on the edge of where Guadalajara gets a little rough. Walking around during the day is no problem but I would avoid the unaccompanied, nighttime sightseeing tours. The area is urban.

6. DoubleTree by Hilton Guadalajara Centro Historico

Calle Colón 73, Zona Centro, Guadalajara, Jalisco // Instagram
Hotel Telephone: 33 3942 5200
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Price: $$

View from the DoubleTree hotel restaurant

The DoubleTree Hotel was rebranded during the pandemic of 2020. Prior to 2020, it was affiliated with the NH hotel group before that.

The rooms are normal but there is a million-dollar view and the restaurant is the best-kept secret in Downtown Guadalajara. Even if you do not stay here it is worth a trip to get lunch just for the picture.

7. Hyatt Regency Andares Guadalajara

Blvrd Puerta de Hierro 5065, Zapopan, Jalisco // Instagram
Hotel Telephone: 33 3883 1234
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Price: $$$$

Hyatt Regency the best hotels in Guadalajara

I don’t think most people realize how much money there is in Mexico. Plaza Andares attracts some serious shoppers from neighboring states that don’t have the same high-end offerings. The hotel is in Plaza Andares so you will have access to excellent dining, one of the hottest nightclubs in the city, a world-class hospital, and some overpriced designer boutiques.

The Hyatt Regency Andares Guadalajara took the title of the tallest building away from the Riu Plaza. It is one of the most important pieces of real estate in the metro area and has a price to match.

The hotel has a great breakfast but it is substantially more expensive than the options in the plaza.

8. Hotel La Mansion del Sol

Avenida Moctezuma 1596, Ciudad del Sol, Guadalajara, Jalisco // Instagram
Hotel Telephone: 33 3647 4762
Hotel Website // Review prices on Expedia.com
Price: $

Mansion del Sol Hotel in Zapopan, Jalisco

You can think about the Mansion del Sol like you are going to stay with your rich grandparents. The hotel is a mid-century (mid 20th century) mansion that has been converted into a hotel with an old-school motif. It is fabulous and tacky at the same time but super comfortable. You are right down the street from Plaza del Sol and right down the street from Chapalita. Having a car is recommended because it is right in the middle of a suburban neighborhood and there isn’t too much walking distance.

Did I mention the price? It is super cheap. My friends recently scored it for less than $800 pesos a night and were so happy they booked it a second time a week later. They are pet friendly but charge per animal which can add up quickly.

9. Hotel 1970 Posada Guadalajara

Avenida López Mateos Sur 1280, Chapalita, Guadalajara, Jalisco // Instagram
Hotel Telephone: 33 3121 2424
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Price: $$

Hotel 1970 in Guadalajara, Jalisco

The Hotel 1970 spent some money on a remodel just before the pandemic hit. The property was always nice with lots of stone accents but the exterior needed a little sprucing up. They got one of Guadalajara’s celebrity chefs to do the menu and rebranded the restaurant. It all came out great.

The location is not in a touristy part of town and the clientele seemed to be quite bilingual. There were a lot of families that were speaking both English and Spanish. The internet is good enough to take zoom class off of the WiFi.

The hotel restaurant, Jal, is very enjoyable. Prolific restauranteur, Nacho Cadena, was associated with it at one point and the menu still reflects his influence. The recipes are interesting, the salsas are spicy, and the service is excellent.

This is a great mid-range option.

10. AC Hotel by Marriott Guadalajara

Avenida de las Américas 1500, Country Club, Guadalajara, Jalisco // Instagram
Hotel Telephone: 33 1253 9800
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Price: $$$

AC Hotel by Marriott in Guadalajara, Jalisco

As of October 2021, the satellite view on Google Maps still shows this place as a dirt field without the slightest sign of coming construction. This neighborhood is one of the fastest-growing parts of Guadalajara and a little off the tourist track. The AC Marriott is right across the street from Providencia but it is in the Country Club part of town with a lot of old money.

My dad stayed here for my wedding and raved about the place. He loved the view from the pool deck, said the room was very comfortable, and that everyone spoke English.

One of the best parts of the AC Marriott is the food court next door. Pannarama Food Court has one of the best concentrations of really good restaurants in the city. The second floor is lined with high-end, hip, and design-focused restaurants and bars blasting loud music that feels somewhat like a nightclub.

11. Casa Bruselas Hotel Boutique

Calle Bruselas 30, Col Americana, Guadalajara, Jalisco // Instagram
Hotel Telephone: 33 3259 1188
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Price: $

Casa Bruselas is another great option in the Colonia Americana that is a little more budget-friendly. The owners run a beautiful coffee and gelato shop across the street, and the property is within walking distance of some of the best food in the city.

12. Presidente Intercontinental (An IHG Hotel)

Avenida Moctezuma 3515 , Ciudad del Sol, Guadalajara, Jalisco // Instagram
Hotel Telephone: 33 3635 7522
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Price: $$

Presidente Intercontinental Hotel Guadalajara, Jalisco

I always thought that the Presidente Intercontinental Hotel looked very 1980’s from the outside like the Nakatomi Tower in Die Hard or something. There is a ton of glass. It is important to remember that the Intercontinental Hotel Group represents Hyatt, Holiday Inn, and Marriott in Mexico. These are the professionals and the Presidente Intercontinental is a high-end concept for a mid-range price. Inside the place is impeccable and has one of the best French restaurants in the city.

The location is excellent for those driving and those without a car. It sits on the corner of Avenida López Mateos and Avenida Moctezuma in the Ciudad del Sol neighborhood, across the street from the Plaza de Sol mall and minutes away from the Expo Convention Center and the Trasloma Festival Grounds. If you are going to the Book Festival, Corona Capital concerto, or one of the wine festivals, this is the best place to stay. This is a great hotel in a great location.

13. Quinta Don José Tlaquepaque

Calle Reforma 139, Centro, San Pedro Tlaquepaque, Jalisco // Instagram
Hotel Telephone: 33 3635 7522
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Price: $$

My wife and I spent a number of romantic weekends in Tlaquepaque while we were dating. This is a beautiful property that is characteristically Mexican with design features that are typical of the artisans of Tlaquepaque.

You can walk everywhere. It is two blocks to the Parian and one block to the Abejeño. Look at the reviews for their restaurant on TripAdvisor. It’s an Italian/Mexican fusion but people go crazy for this place. The service is excellent and the kitchen is even better.

Tlaquepaque reminds me of a little Coyoacán. It feels like a village because of great properties like Quinta Don José.

14. Hotel Solar de las Animas Tequila

Calle Ramón Corona 86, Centro, Tequila, Jalisco // Instagram
Hotel Telephone: 37 4742 6700
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Price: $$$$

Hotel Solar de las Animas is part of what makes Tequila, Jalisco such an important touristic destination. The Jose Cuervo group has built what I consider to be one of the premier touristic products in the whole country.

The hotel is a testament to the wealthy ranching culture of the hacienda era. The rooms are adequate but you will not be spending much time there. The restaurants, bars, pools, distilleries, event spaces, waterfalls, and agave fields are ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. There is so much to see and do in this part of Mexico that drinking tequila might actually get in the way of all the other activities like hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

The Hotel Solar de las Animas is an expensive yet worthwhile hotel experience. Tequila, Jalisco should be on your list when you come to Guadalajara.

15. Hacienda Labor de Rivera

Km. 55 Carreteara Guadalajara-Etzatlán, Teuchitlán, Jalisco // Instagram
Hotel Telephone: 33 3616 9198
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Price: $$$

Hacienda Labor de Rivera is an old hacienda that has been refurbished as a boutique hotel 40 minutes outside of Guadalajara in Tequila Country. The hotel happens to be 10 minutes away from the Guachimontones pyramids archeological site.

The 21 rooms are decorated in a historic yet comfortable fashion. There is a working ranch on site and lots of room for the kids to run around.

This is an excellent base camp to experience the Ruta del Tequila.


Staying in El Centro Histórico, Downtown Guadalajara

Guadalajara’s historic core is an architectural dream with good museums and excellent examples of Mexican muralism. There are a few buildings that date back to the 16th century but the real jewels are the 18th-century baroque churches and the 19th-century Porfirian buildings (European influenced architecture built during the presidency of Porfirio Díaz).

No trip to Guadalajara is complete without a stroll through downtown to marvel at the architecture of the Spanish colonial era. Many of these buildings have stood for hundreds of years and are remarkable for the detail of the ornamental carved stone. Many of the temples and government buildings are open to the public and hide some of the best examples of Mexican muralist frescos that you will find in all of Mexico.

I highly recommend taking a walking tour of downtown Guadalajara

There are dozens of Spanish, colonial-era churches, expansive plazas, and museums that need to be seen. This is where you are going to get your best pictures of Guadalajara. You need to see the old town before you can understand Guadalajara’s dichotomy of modern and traditional.

The Best Hotels in the Centro Histórico

The Best Restaurants in the Centro Histórico

My favorite places to eat in Downtown Guadalajara are in the markets. Mercado Alcalde has one of the best birrias in the country. Mercado Corona and San Juan de Dios have no shortage of great food stalls.

The seventh-floor restaurant in the DoubleTree Hotel has a spectacular view of the Guadalajara Cathedral and the Plaza de Armas. Los 7 Pozoles is a great place to break up the walking tour of downtown. As the name would imply, there are 7 awesome pozoles representing different parts of Mexico.

Staying in the Colonia Americana

The Colonia Americana is the heart of hipster Guadalajara. Much like the Colonia Roma in Mexico City, you will find plenty of small restaurants and bars set in historic buildings. The architecture dates to the era of Porfirio Díaz but runs all the way through the 20th-century. The old mansions make cool nightclubs and restaurants.

Avenida Chapultepec is the heart of the bar district while Avenida López Cotilla has some of the best restaurants in town. The area is a little run down in parts especially as you move east towards Avenida Enrique Díaz de Leon and downtown. Make sure to be aware of your surroundings and not to walk around focused on your cell phone.

The Americana is kind of a blanket term that describes multiple neighborhoods just west of the city center. Think urban hipster with early 20th-century European-style mansions as the backdrop. There is a thriving restaurant and bar scene, some of the best coffee in the city, and a cultural flea market. Young people love the Colonia Americana because it is very walkable and has a high concentration of nightlife options.

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Casa Habita is the best hotel in Guadalajara's Colonia Americana

The Best Hotels in the Colonia Americana

The Best Restaurants in the Colonia Americana

I think that the best restaurants and bars are not located directly on Avenida Chapultepec but rather on the side streets. El Sacramonte is an absolute classic that launched one of the most important restaurant groups in the city.

Restaurante Allium is one of the best restaurants in Guadalajara for farm-to-table and ingredient-focused cuisine. Chef Adolfo Galnares is from Mexico State/City and went to school in New York at the Culinary Institute of America. He keeps a kitchen garden on the roof of the restaurant and has access to some of the best artisanal products in Mexico. He is a nice guy and a great chef.

I have spent a lot of time talking about food and architecture with my friend Bernie of RinTinTin Cafe. There are few people who understand the Colonia Americana better than he does. Plus, he is a true epicurean and operates one of the best bakeries in the city.

Staying in Ciudad del Sol, Chapalita, and the Expo Guadalajara

The best Guadalajara hotels in Chapalita

Chapalita and the area is my favorite part of Guadalajara. These residential neighborhoods used to be rural but the urbanization caught up long ago. The streets are lined with orange trees and roses, there are plenty of parks and the mid-century modern and art deco architecture is accented with Mexican Stone and color. The Glorieta Chapalita holds a lovely art market on Sundays and the surrounding restaurant zone is very enjoyable. Calle Parque Juan Diego is my favorite street in the metro region.

Plaza del Sol was one of the first American-style malls in Latin America and the neighborhoods that grew up around the mall are midcentury and wealthy with some style.

The Expo Guadalajara convention center was built in 1983 creating the need for a lot of lodging options close by. The prices skyrocket when there is a big convention in town like the book fair. It is hard to find a room close by when that is going on.

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The Best Hotels in Ciudad del Sol, Chapalita, and the Expo Guadalajara

The Best Restaurants in Ciudad del Sol, Chapalita, and the Expo Guadalajara

Chapalita has some great restaurants along Avenida Tepeyac, Avenida de las Rosas, and Avenida Guadalupe. That is a very walkable area around the Glorieta Chapalita roundabout. On the Avenida Mariano Otero side of Plaza del Sol are big restaurants like Karne Garibalie Carne en su Jugo and Pampas Brazilian BBQ. The Presidente InterContinental has a great French restaurant called Bistro La Bastille.

The Expo just happens to be next to Mercado de Abastos. The market is not fancy but has some of the best food in the city. Birria, menudo, carne asada, street tacos and much, much more await those in the know.

Staying in Providencia, Guadalajara

In the 1960s and 1970s Providencia was the most luxurious neighborhood in Guadalajara. While Puerto de Hierro may have taken the crown of ultra-luxury, Providencia has a great restaurant scene, fancy boutiques and plenty of green spaces. The massive park, Parque Colomos, predates the neighborhood as a residential area and is still a weekend favorite for Tapatios. Make sure to check out Punto São Paulo, Av. Terranova, and Av. Pablo Neruda. They are all loaded with great restaurants and shopping

The Best Hotels in Providencia

The Best Restaurants in Providencia

Providencia is a little more expensive than other parts of town but there are some great restaurants. Let’s start with Tacos Providencia which is a cult favorite. Avenida Terranova has an excellent restaurant district Oaxacan food, Yucatecan food, Italian, steaks, burgers, and much more. Punto Sao Paulo is a very high-end mall with great restaurant options. La Docena is on the list of the best restaurants in Latin America. Casa de los Platos has one of the most beautiful properties in the city with four different concepts. It is worth it to just stroll the property and ask to see the menus before deciding where to eat.

Staying in Tlaquepaque

Staying at the best hotels in San Pedro Tlaquepaque
San Pedro Tlaquepaque

The municipalities of Tlaquepaque and Tonalá are folk-art lovers’ paradise. Tlaquepaque has excellent galleries and pedestrian walkways while Tonalá is where a lot of the workshops are still churning out smoke, blowing glass and forging the pieces you see in the high-end Tlaquepaque galleries. There are enormous restaurants where the locals come to drink tequila, listen/sing mariachi, and gorge on regional dishes. Make sure to save room for a corn-on-the-cob in the plaza; they are the best!

The Best Hotels in Tlaquepaque

The Best Restaurants in Tlaquepaque

In Downtown Tlaquepaque, I really like El Abajeño, El Patio, Casa Luna, and Real San Pedro. In Las Juntas, Tlaquepaque is one of the most iconic birria restaurants in the State of Jalisco and possibly the entire country. Birrieria El Chololo is a Guadalajara institution and should not be missed.

Staying in Zapopan and Puerta de Hierro

Zapopan is most famous for its 17th-century Basilica and the annual pilgrimage where thousands of the faithful make their way to the Basilica to ask the virgin for her blessing and look for strength and encouragement. Coming in a close second of famous things in Zapopan is the mall. Walking around Plaza Andares for a few minutes will give you a sense of the money in this part of Mexico. The skyscrapers, the Ferrari dealership, the tech companies and the sheer number of Michael Kors bags will remind you that shorts and sandals are not in style.

Tlajomulco

Besides the airport, Tlajomulco is probably not too high on the to-do list. There is a burgeoning suburb with a couple of golf courses, a bunch of multinational restaurant chains, a couple of tech campuses and the occasional abandoned narco mansion, but nothing to drag you out that way unless you are on business or driving to the beach.

In the last couple of years two big, luxury malls opened up in the south part of the city or El Sur as it’s being rebranded. Lot of the big restaurant groups like La Tequila, Campomar, and El Abajeño have built big restaurants. Tlajomulco is turning into an important and large suburb of the Guadalajra Metro Area but the traffic at rush hour is no joke. Plan accordingly.

The Best Hotels in Tlajomulco

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