10 Best Cancun Hotels That Won't Break the Bank
By Kristin Busse
Cancún Local Expert
There are so many resorts in Cancun, most of which are pretty expensive. If you're searching for a place to stay but you don't want to pay top dollar, don't worry, Cancun also has plenty of budget-friendly lodging options.
In Cancun the vast majority of hotels and resorts are on the beach and shopping malls, restaurants and nightclubs are just a short bus or taxi ride away. For the most part choosing a budget hotel means you will not have as many in-room amenities, restaurants or facilities at the resort. However for most budget-conscious travelers, this is a small price to pay, no pun intended.
Some budget priced hotels are all-inclusive properties, which makes them even more of a value, since meals and drinks are included. In addition, you never have to carry your wallet when you're on the all-inclusive plan nor do you have to worry about having a large outstanding bill when it's time to check-out.
Hotels in downtown Cancun, like the Adhara Hacienda Cancun and the Krystal Urban Cancun-Malecon are economical because they are not located on the beach. However they are near shopping, restaurants and bars and they are only about a 10 - 15 minute bus or taxi ride from the Hotel Zone and its white sand beaches and azure Caribbean waters.
Krystal Urban Cancun-Malecon
The Krystal Urban Cancun-Malecon is located in the heart of downtown Cancun, close to the best shopping, dining and downtown nightlife. It is also just 5-10 minutes from the Hotel Zone by taxi or bus. The hotel is only a few years old, and caters to business and event travelers. Many events are held at the B2B, as their meeting rooms have a capacity for up to 500 people. The hotel also boasts a pool on a large terrace and super views of the Hotel Zone and downtown. Executive Suites feature amenities like a terrace, WiFi and a flat screen TV.
Adhara Hacienda Cancun
The Adhara Hacienda Cancun is located downtown, just steps from the main drag, Tulum Avenue, and close to shopping and dining. Guest can take a bus or taxi to the Hotel Zone, just 10 minutes away. The charming pool area is located in a courtyard, so you'll forget you're downtown. The hotel includes both fitness and business centers. Guests enjoy complementary high speed internet access, a poolside bar and a restaurant, El Agave, which serves Mexican and international dishes. in room amentities include a coffeemaker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board and a safety deposit box/safe. Try a Bioharmony room, "an encounter with nature and its energy".
Celuisma Imperial Laguna Hotel Cancun
Slightly off-the-beaten-path in a residential area just off of Kukulkan Boulevard, the main drag that runs through Cancun's Hotel Zone, this small hotel is great for singles, couples, or families. Even though it's off the main street, guests can easily walk to a nearby bus stop in 5-10 minutes. With only 40 rooms, guests at this boutique hotel can relax and unwind, without hordes of other vacationers around them. There is no beach, but the hotel has a pool and is waterfront, facing Nichupte Lagoon. One of Cancun's best restaurants, La Palapa Belga, is located on the hotel grounds and should not be missed. There is also an open-air bar on the property.
Imperial Las Perlas Hotel
Las Perlas beach, where this 120-room hotel is located, is the closest beach to downtown Cancun. Guests at this hotel can easily get downtown in 10 minutes or less by bus or taxi. Downtown Cancun offers great dining and nightlife, as well as shopping. Cancun's Party Center nightclubs, are only about 15 minutes away from the hotel by bus or taxi. There is a bus stop right in front of the hotel. Guest rooms have kitchenettes and air-conditioning. The hotel has a pool, one restaurant, and one bar. Los Pelicanos, the on-site restaurant is an over-the-water structure with good food and nice views. Guests have the option of purchasing the all-inclusive meal plan (all meals, snacks, and drinks included in the price), or breakfast only.
Celuisma Dos Playas Hotel Cancun
Midway between downtown Cancun and the heart of Cancun's Hotel Zone, Dos Playas is in a great location. The hotel has 129 rooms with either garden or ocean views. The lush grounds are filled with beautiful trees and tropical flowers. There are two restaurants on the property. Guests may choose to have no meals included in the price of the room, or breakfast-only (buffet breakfast) or the all-inclusive option, which includes all meals, snacks, and drinks. The decor and beautiful grounds make this hotel feel like a much more expensive hotel than it is, but you won't break the bank if you select this cute, economical resort for your beach vacation.
Holiday Inn Cancun Arenas
This 220-room property is located on the beach in Cancun's Hotel Zone, but it is also very close to downtown Cancun, which makes it a great homebase for checking out restaurants, nightlife, and shopping in both sections of town. Holiday Inn Arenas is one of the few pet-friendly properties in Cancun, accepting dogs under 22 pounds. There are three restaurants, a pool and a fitness center available. Guests can purchase the all-inclusive meal option or opt for the European Plan, which does not include any meals or drinks. There is a bus stop in front of the hotel for easy access to shopping, restaurants, and attractions.
Aquamarina Beach Hotel
This small resort is located on the beach in the Hotel Zone. There is a bus stop in front of the hotel. Guests can opt to pay for only a room (no meals included) or they can book the all-inclusive plan, which includes all meals, snacks, beverages (including domestic brands of alcoholic beverages) as well as taxes and gratuities. There is a miniature golf course on the hotel grounds and unlimited rounds of mini-golf are also included in the all-inclusive option. The hotel is walking distance from a ferry dock and departure points for many activities, like fishing excursions, day trips to Isla Mujeres, and the incredibly popular Captain Hook dinner cruise.
Ocean Spa Hotel
With only 154 rooms (Standard rooms and Spa Deluxe rooms are available) this small spa resort is a nice option for people that don't like massive resorts or the hefty price tags that come with them, but still like to be pampered. The hotel has five restaurants and two bars, including a swim-up pool bar. Ya'ax Che Spa is amazing and is far better than the spas at most other Cancun budget hotels. The 27 Spa Deluxe guest rooms have upgraded amenities, like bathrobes, slippers, a spa shower and access to other services. Many of the Spa Deluxe rooms include a jacuzzi tub.
Flamingo Cancun Resort And Plaza
Flamingo Cancun is in a prime location right on the beach in the heart of Cancun's Hotel Zone. There is a bus stop directly in front of the hotel and Flamingo Mall is across the street in case you want to do a little souvenir shopping. The resort is all-inclusive so all meals and drinks are included. If you want to venture off the property to dine, you won't have to go far because Outback Steakhouse and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. are just across the street. The hotel's 260 air-conditioned rooms and junior suites have either an ocean or lagoon view.
Sea Adventure Resort & Waterpark Cancun
Located in Puerto Juarez just north of downtown Cancun, this family-friendly hotel is far from the hustle and bustle of the Hotel Zone. Mini-golf, a playground and an on-site waterpark make this hotel a favorite among families with small children. The white sand beach, beautiful views and great price are also good reasons to love this resort. The hotel is all-inclusive only so all meals, drinks, non-motorized water sports (like kayaking) and admission to the waterpark are included in the price of your room. Sea Adventure features three restaurants, a snack bar and three bars on the hotel grounds and all are included in the plan.
About Kristin Busse
After vacationing in Mexico many times, Kristin decided to move to Cancun "for a year". That was in 2001. Kristin grew-up in Michigan and studied Communications at Michigan State University. Chicago was her home for the next 9 years. Mexico has been good to Kristin, she became a mother and achieved her lifelong dream to become a professional singer. She loves to explore the area on the weekends with her 5 year old son, and she enjoys sharing her experiences and discoveries with others through writing and social media.
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