10 Best Cancun Hotels That Won't Break the Bank

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.



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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,...  Read More

Airport - Cun


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...  Read More



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...  Read More

All Ritmo Cancun Resort & Water Park


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...  Read More


Meet 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....  More About Kristin