The Best Hotels to Book in Tijuana, Mexico, for Every Traveler

Tijuana is evolving into a vibrant cultural spot, with savvy hotels to match
Tijuana is evolving into a vibrant cultural spot, with savvy hotels to match | © Witold Skrypczak / Alamy Stock Photo
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25 August 2021

Just over the international border with California, Tijuana is throwing off its rebellious reputation and evolving into a vibrant cultural spot. As a result, hip urban boutique hotels are emerging to cater to the savvy traveler crowd. But if you’d prefer a familiar base for your time in Baja California’s largest city, there are still plenty of international-standard favorites. Choose the right spot for you from among our top picks, bookable with Culture Trip.

Hotel Lucerna

4.2/5 (897 Reviews)
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Now from $159 per night
Shopping fans will appreciate the location of Lucerna. The nearby Plaza Rio mall means you can shop ‘til you drop. But for something a little more authentic, walk 15 minutes to the spice-perfumed Hidalgo Market and pick up brightly colored handicrafts. Back at the hotel, there’s a great pool. All 168 rooms have balconies or patios where you can put your feet up with a glass of local wine and watch the sun set over the cityscape.
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Tijuana Marriott

4.2/5 (735 Reviews)
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Now from $123 per night
City slickers looking for guaranteed comfort and quality amenities can always be confident a Marriott will tick the boxes. The international-standard rooms come with pillow-top mattresses and marble bathrooms. The 24-hour gym and rooftop pool have great views over the city. The Tijuana Country Club and golf course is just a five-minute walk – so when city life gets too much, there’s always respite on the greens.
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Gamma by Fiesta Inn Tijuana

3.8/5 (948 Reviews)
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Now from $75 per night
Great for sports fans, Gamma Tijuana is a 15-minute cab ride to the city’s biggest stadiums: Caliente Stadium for soccer and Chevron Stadium for baseball. If the kids are in tow, the slide-tastic Aquatica is only 15 minutes in the other direction, across the border in San Diego. Catering to a business-focused clientele, rooms are clean and comfortable, and there’s a restaurant on site.
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Quartz Hotel and Spa

4.4/5 (697 Reviews)
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Now from $154 per night
Design devotees will appreciate the aesthetic of Quartz – it’s a step up from the standard city hotel offerings. The reception desk is a colossal slab of quartz setting the cool, clean-lined theme for the hotel. The seating looks like it could be at home in a gallery, and the food resembles artwork on your plate. All rooms look out to the garden area.
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  • K Tower Hotel

    4.4/5 (233 Reviews)
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    Price Drop
    Now from $211 per night
    Located in the financial district beside sister property Hotel Lucerna, the K Tower Hotel is an adults-only affair – a champagne at check-in type of place. This contemporary high-rise has a popular rooftop bar and sushi restaurant alongside a pool and hot tub with city views. The uber-luxe loft rooms, named after Hollywood legends, dazzle in shades of gold and sumptuous fabrics. The minibar pleasingly stocks craft beers and Guadalupe Valley wines.
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    Alou Boutique

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    Urbanites will love this little boutique bolthole set in the heart of downtown Tijuana. The hotel has its own coffee lobby and a restaurant on the top floor but makes the most of the eateries and taqueros on the doorstep. There’s one on nearly every corner and a great food market just a block away. The nine bedrooms are hip and huge with colorful zig-zig patterned walls.


    4.3/5 (88 Reviews)
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    Now from $75 per night
    Art and modern culture lovers will adore the quirky nature of this corner hotel. The interiors of the pastel pink Nook are inspired by the cross-culture lifestyle of the border cities San Diego and Tijuana. One side of the hotel faces the street that heads north to the US border. The hallway outside all 17 rooms doubles up as an art gallery, and there’s a 1980s-inspired restaurant next door.
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    These recommendations were updated on August 25, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh. This article is an updated version of a story created by Ali Ray

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