Value-Oriented Accommodations: 10 Best Budget Hotels in Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas offers a number of excellent value-oriented hotels, with clean, comfortable accommodations available at a variety of price points. The city’s best bargains may not showcase ocean views or five-star restaurants, but basic amenities like cable television and complimentary Wi-Fi access are generally included, and most lower-cost lodgings feature swimming pools and private patio areas. As a rule, rates are lowest during the summer and early autumn – off-season months – but great deals can be found year round at hotels within easy walking distance of the Marina and Médano Beach neighborhoods.

Our top choice, Mar de Cortez, owes at least some of its popularity among return visitors to sheer longevity. When it opened in the early 1970s, the hotels in Cabo San Lucas could be counted on one hand. But the venerable downtown property also offers a winning combination of comfort and convenience – it boasts a central downtown location, just around the corner from live music landmark Cabo Wabo Cantina – plus great value.

There are now three large hotels on the Cabo San Lucas Marina, two of which are of interest to budget-conscious travelers: El Tesoro and Marina Fiesta. Both feature excellent views and abundant amenities, and rates are surprisingly reasonable, particularly if guests are willing to attend short time share presentations.


Marina Fiesta is located in the midst of the Golden Zone, a privileged portion of the Cabo San Lucas Marina than includes the Puerto Paraíso and Luxury Avenue shopping centers. Few resorts can match the convenient setting and scenic views of Marina Fiesta, which is a five minute walk from Médano Beach, and has a pool deck overlooking million dollar yachts and charter fishing boats. All-inclusive packages are available, and feature access to restaurants on the marina boardwalk like Jack's, Los Deseos, and Baja Lobster Co. Spa services include massages, body and facial treatments, beauty salon services and waxing. Timeshare presentation attendance is typically a requirement for the most budget-friendly rates.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: This is an terrific option for those that would like proximity to the Marina and Médano Beach.

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One of Los Cabos' newest budget-oriented lodgings, Cabo Cush offers 22 comfortable rooms at very value-oriented price points (special rates start at $38). The hotel's boast is old world charm and new world comforts, and the property delivers on its promise with traditional Mexican appointments like tile floors and hand-painted fixtures offset by free Wi-Fi, cable television, and complimentary long-distance phone calls to the United States and Canada. Cabo Cush has two room styles, standard king and deluxe king, with double occupancy rates set at $80 U.S. for the standard, and $100 for the deluxe. All rooms are spacious and airy, with high ceilings and large windows.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: One of the newer value hotels in San Lucas, Cabo Cush showcases comfortable appointments and traditional Mexican accents.

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Seven Crown is a convenient and affordable lodging for business travelers, as well as visiting families. The hotel features 65 rooms and suites decorated in modern minimalist style, with abundant amenities that include air-conditioning, a swimming pool, coffee shop, business center and services, internet access in public areas (including a computer station in the lobby), and free parking and car rental service. The hotel is within walking distance of Médano Beach and downtown shopping and dining. In addition to its Cabo San Lucas location, Seven Crown also operates two hotels in Baja California Sur's capital city of La Paz. Rooms are available for as low as $50.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Seven Crown is perfect for family or business travel, and is conveniently located along Cabo San Lucas' main thoroughfare.

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A small value-oriented inn with a boutique feel, Los Milagros' charms include colorful appointments, a beautiful garden filled with magenta bougainvillea and jasmine, a stone fountain, a plunge pool, and a circular staircase that leads from the garden to the sun terrace. There are four room types available here: standard, double, one-bedroom kitchenette and master suite, with the latter including a sunken bath. Standard rooms are available for under $100 U.S., a great value for downtown Cabo San Lucas. All of the rooms have air conditioning, ceiling fans, cable television, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a fish freezer. Los Milagros is centrally located, and is within easy walking distance of the Marina and Médano Beach.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Los Milagros offers affordable rates, and an excellent downtown location.

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Siesta Suites is one of the top local options for budget-conscious travelers. The hotel has a great downtown location, and in addition to an onsite internet cafe, there is an Italian restaurant in the courtyard, Salvatore's, that dishes up the largest portions of any eatery in town. The lasagna alone could feed a small village. If that weren't enough, Siesta Suites' penthouse may be the best deal in town, with rates from $74 U.S. for an expansive rooftop suite with a queen-sized bed, private terrace (with hammock), a large kitchen, and beautiful city views. All rooms feature air-conditioning, cable television and free Wi-Fi.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Siesta Suites penthouse is the best value in town.

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Set amidst flowering bougainvillea and colorful African tulip trees, Norman Diego's Mexican Inn is a charming B&B that is located in a residential neighborhood a few blocks from the downtown shopping district. Guests will feel like they're really in México, right down to crowing roosters and parades of uniformed children heading to school each morning. All of the rooms are individually decorated with traditional Mexican furnishings and artwork, and are named after famous Mexican women like Frida Kahlo. If the street outside is pretty, the courtyard is beautiful, with a lush garden and lovely colonial-style fountain. Rates are very reasonable.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: This charming B&B is one of the few hotels located in a residential area.

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El Tesoro is a large hotel whose best features are its central location and proximity to the Cabo San Lucas Marina. It occupies a perfect spot, close to both Médano Beach and the downtown shopping district, and the rooms are surprisingly affordable. Formerly known as Wyndham Cabo San Lucas Resort, Plaza Las Glorias, and Costa Real, the property has been a mainstay on the of the downtown area for better than two decades. A bit of walking is required to reach some of the rooms farthest from the elevators. On the flip side, guests enjoy lovely balcony views of the Marina and Cabo San Lucas Bay, and there is a scenic second story pool area and restaurant.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Tesoro may have the best location in Cabo San Lucas.

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Originally built in 1950s, when it thrived as a bordello, Cabo Inn has for many years now been one of the best budget hotels in Cabo San Lucas, with comfortable accommodations at very, very competitive rates. Rooms showcase style but few frills, and there are a number of great amenities: rooftop pool, library reading area, barbecue grill, free drinking water, free fish freezing, free wireless, and a complimentary cup of coffee in the morning. Basic spa services are also available. Cabo Inn is a short walk from all the tourist neighborhoods, and several first-rate, low cost dining options are located within a few blocks, including Pollo de Oro, Mariscos Mazatlán and Los Tres Gallos.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Cabo Inn is the benchmark for budget accommodations in Cabo San Lucas.

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This charming little bed and breakfast - 16 suites and two-bedroom bungalows - is located just off the beaten tourist track, but within easy walking distance of downtown Cabo San Lucas, as well as the Marina and Médano Beach neighborhoods. There are a variety of suites available, ranging from "Cozy" studio style accommodations to spacious "King" and "Honeymoon" lodgings. Palm-shaded hammocks, including double-wides, are popular patio features for select suites and bungalows. All rooms include a private bathroom and kitchenette, and standard amenities such as air-conditioning, refrigerator, microwave and complimentary Wi-Fi service. Gourmet breakfasts are served each morning, with menu highlights such as Apple-Cinnamon Belgian Waffles and Bungalows Benedict.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Bungalows is one of the best budget-friendly B&Bs in Los Cabos.

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Built in the early 1970s, Mar de Cortez is one of the oldest hotels in Cabo San Lucas. It is also one of the best values. Located around the corner from Cabo Wabo, Mar de Cortez has a loyal following of regular visitors, all of whom seem to appreciate the hotel's central downtown location, affordable rates and comfortable accommodations. The spacious courtyard is anchored by a large swimming pool, with food and drinks available at an adjoining restaurant. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi, secure parking, and optional laundry and airport shuttle service. Children under 8 years of age stay for free.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Mar de Cortez has been around forever, at least by Cabo standards, and is a favorite of regular visitors to the area.

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