Tourists are flocking to Guadalajara in growing numbers, drawn by its unique combination of tradition and modernity. Known as the birthplace of the mariachi and famed for its impressive colonial architecture, the city is also a vibrant cosmopolitan hub, with excellent restaurants and nightlife. Despite its popularity, it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg to visit. For travelers watching their wallets there are still plenty of options – here are the best of Guadalajara’s budget hotels.
Set in a brightly-painted colonial building, Casa Vilasanta has a cheerful, laid-back atmosphere. Perfectly positioned between the city’s historic center and the hip party street of Chapultepec Avenue, the hotel offers free breakfast and Wi-Fi. The central patio is also a great place to hang out and meet fellow guests.
Located just a few blocks from the cathedral, this hotel has a somewhat underwhelming exterior, especially when compared to establishments set in spectacular colonial mansions. Yet inside the hotel, guests will be pleasantly surprised by the clean, spacious rooms and the high-quality furnishings. For travelers who are unable or unwilling to splash out on expensive accommodation, this is a welcoming spot that provides great bang for your buck.
If you’re simply looking for a base from which to explore the city, then the Hotel Posada San Pablo may be right for you. It’s clean and well-located, with welcoming staff. The outdoor garden seating area is a nice place to relax, and the hotel has a community kitchen as well as free Wi-Fi and cable TV. The tiled-floor rooms are simple to the point of austerity, but do the job for budget travelers.
This well-placed guesthouse has basic but cheery rooms and comfy communal areas. Decorated in vibrant, primary colors, with murals depicting Aztec deities and Mexican farmers, the colonial-era building certainly feels like Mexico. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi, a laundry service and a communal kitchen.
If you’re on a budget but impressive historic architecture is a must, then this is the hotel for you. The elegant building dates from the fifteenth century and is only a three minute walk from the cathedral. Rooms are simple and spacious, with free Wi-Fi and TVs. Some also have beamed ceilings, balconies and whirlpool tubs. Room service is available and there’s a pleasant restaurant and bar. Great value for money.
A celebration of Mexican surrealism with a fantastically central location, Del Carmen Concept Hotel offers some of the country’s most unique accommodation. The white colonial building is striking and stylish, and the interior design is fun and unexpected. Most rooms have eccentric furnishings and unconventional color schemes, and each room dramatically differs from the rest. The hotel has a casual restaurant and offers all of the basic amenities, with some extras including massage services. Closer to an art gallery than a Holiday Inn, this is the ideal hotel for bohemians on a budget.
Also in the historic center, the Hotel Roma is a business hotel that offers an impressive range of amenities at an affordable price. Rooms are large and some boast impressive views of the surrounding city. The hotel also has an excellent restaurant on the top floor and all guests have access to its gym and outdoor pool. A comfortable and convenient option.
A boutique hotel situated in a beautiful hacienda-style home, Casa Alebrijes is aimed at “gay men and women and friends,” and is walking distance from the Cathedral and other main attractions. Inside, the hotel has a traditional look, with smart, well-maintained rooms scattered around a pretty garden courtyard. Two blocks from Guadalajara’s main gay village, this is a reasonably-priced option for visitors looking to explore the city’s top sights and its lively gay bars and restaurants.