InterContinental Presidente Guadalajara
If this is your first visit to Guadalajara, take the double-decker Tapatio tour bus, it stops right outside the hotel. The bus will take you downtown to the Cathedral and the old city centr. The best time to visit this part of town is in the morning while the weather is still cool and the attractions are not too crowded. Get off and walk around taking pictures, you will find three of the best museums here. While you are in the Plaza Tapatia try the local ice cream called sorbets. Once you have seen all that you want to and have taken photos of the incredibly beautiful architecture, hop back on the tour bus and return to the hotel to prepare for an afternoon of adventure. Around the hotel you will find banks, drugstores, bookstores, restaurants, cinemas, theaters, bars and all the facilities that a traveler needs. At the hotel we offer a special tour to the town of Tequila, a place where you will learn the manufacturing process of tequila among the agave fields.
Stroll along the cobblestone streets in the nearby town of Tlaquepaque. This quaint town is a must-see, the place for open-air markets (tianguis) and great little shops with inexpensive, good-quality Mexican crafts and souvenirs. Sip the best margarita around at El Adobe while sitting in a lovely art-gallery atmosphere, where you are served by the renowned chef and owner, Margarita Pulido.
Guadalajara City comes to live at night on Avenida Lopez Cotilla, a few blocks down from La Minerva, where you will find clusters of outdoor cafes, dimly lit bars and tiny terraces where you can sit back, sip a drink and enjoy the evening air.
Every Christmas, the hotel displays a big Ginger House decorated with chocolates and sweets. Miniatures of the house are sold as souvenirs in the hotel lobby.
Guadalajara is known as 'the city of roses' in honour of the hundreds of rose gardens which used to adorn the city parks.
Home of traditions
Guadalajara is Mexico's second-largest city and is considered to be the cradle of all Mexican traditions such as 'tequila', 'mariachi' and our national sport, 'charreria'.
Las Chivas soccer team
The city has three soccer teams, among them the world-famous Chivas. Fans are very competitive and the city comes alive when there's a match on.
In September, Guadalajara is filled with the sounds and excitement of the major musical event of the year, the International Mariachi and Charreria Festival. Many of the participants come from places such as Aruba, Venezuela, the United States, Colombia and as far away as Spain.