The Best Budget Hotels in Playa del Carmen

Relaxing by the pool is the order of the day at the Fiesta Inn in Playa del Carmen
Relaxing by the pool is the order of the day at the Fiesta Inn in Playa del Carmen | Courtesy of Fiesta Inn Playa del Carmen /
Carl Pettit

When thinking of Playa, all-inclusive resorts spring to mind. But you don’t need to fork out a shed-load of pesos to enjoy a stay in this vibey Mexican beach town. Instead, check out these top cheap hotels in Playa del Carmen – all bookable with Culture Trip.

If you’re coming to Playa del Carmen, in the state of Quintana Roo on the Yucatán Peninsula, it’s likely for the sand and the sea. The shopping isn’t bad either, with a great range of stores lining La Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue), the main pedestrianized thoroughfare, along with countless bars and restaurants. Save some pesos on accommodation to spend elsewhere by checking into one of these top budget hotels in Playa del Carmen, which have a wealth of charm and traditional character.

1. Hotel Plaza Playa

Budget Hotel

A simple guest room at Hotel Plaza Playa with tiled floors and two beds
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Hotel Plaza Playa, situated a few blocks from the beach, is a simple yet stylishly decorated budget accommodation. There are 34 smartly appointed standard rooms and junior suites, and breakfast is included in the rate. The morning meal is served in the creatively decorated café, which is a nice spot to hang out during the day, too. The mood throughout the property is bright and breezy with shades of white and blue.

2. Hotel Club Yebo

Budget Hotel

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Holidaymakers looking for a tranquil abode in Playa del Carmen won’t be disappointed by Hotel Club Yebo. The hotel offers modern and fresh studios and apartments, decked out with kitchenettes. The “treetop” studio even comes with a secluded balcony. Other perks include a small pool and a thatch-roofed patio area, complete with hammocks.

3. Posada Mariposa Boutique Hotel

Budget Hotel

Guests check in at Posada Mariposa Boutique Hotel, the open-air lobby has lots of tall trees and green plants
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If you want to experience the bustle of 5th Avenue, Posada Mariposa puts you in the heart of the action. The hotel, with its charming rural design and antique-style furnishings, has a homey atmosphere. Some of the cozy rooms feature balconies overlooking the beautiful courtyard, complete with traditional tiling and an abundance of plants.

4. Hotel Riviera Caribe Maya

Budget Hotel

A simple, taupe guestroom at Hotel Riviera Caribe Maya has tiled floors, a fruit platter and two double beds
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This 25-room spot near 5th Avenue is all about no-frills comfort. For example, you’ll find no bar or food services on the premises. The rooms, with tiled floors, are clean and spacious, and the posh master suite is housed in a separate building, complete with its own rooftop plunge pool. If you don’t snag this suite, there’s a communal courtyard swimming pool fringed by palm trees.

5. Sercotel The Gallery By KLR

Budget Hotel

A row of half-sunken sun loungers at the pool at Sercotel The Gallery By KLR
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The Gallery is a contemporary art-inspired hotel with 160 spacious rooms and studios that have an apartment feel. Some include living rooms, kitchens and multiple bathrooms. The large rooftop and courtyard pools are a highlight, and there’s also a separate children’s pool. Common spaces and play areas have a Pop-Art vibe with a mix of funky decor.

6. La Pasion Hotel Boutique by Bunik

Budget Hotel, Boutique Hotel

A cozy guestroom at La Pasion Hotel Boutique by Bunik has a double bed with a dark cover and yellow cushions
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La Pasion offers guests a spot of serenity amid the buzz of Playa del Carmen. There are 34 rooms decked out with dark wood furniture, but for some real relaxation, head to the on-site spa. A tranquil garden and swimming pool are other perks of this place, along with a delectable breakfast buffet.

7. Fiesta Inn Playa del Carmen

Budget Hotel

A corner room at Fiesta Inn Fiesta Inn Playa del Carmen with a double bed, dark-wood furniture and a sliding door leading to a terrace
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Fiesta Inn Playa del Carmen is a great option for people who want to mix business with pleasure. The hotel features desk spaces in all of the 129 rooms, plus there is free Wi-Fi and a business center. When you’ve clocked off for the day, there are two fabulous rooftop pools to dip into and an outdoor bar for a well-earned sunset cocktail.

8. Hotel Hacienda María Bonita


Guestrooms in the brightly coloured Hotel Hacienda María Bonita overlook a central pool area with sun loungers
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Grab your sunglasses for a stay at this brightly hued property. A rainbow of colors bounces around this place, in true Mexican style. There are rooms of varying sizes, and the master suite includes a jacuzzi. After a day of sightseeing, the small pool here is a real treat.

9. Hotel Lunata

Budget Hotel

A simple room at Hotel Lunata with a double bed, chair with a Mexican-print cushion, and white walls
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Looking for a calm retreat in the city? This hotel, on 5th Avenue, exudes an authentic hacienda vibe, with friendly service and colonial-style interiors. The magic number here is 10, as that’s how many rooms are on offer — and that’s also the minimum age for children accompanying parents. Rooms come with terraces overlooking a lush garden, which is also where breakfast is served in a traditional open-sided dwelling.

10. Casa Ticul


A guestroom at Casa Ticul with two double beds with blue throws, dark-wood window shutters, and tiled floors
Courtesy of Hotel Casa Ticul, Playa del Carmen /

Casa Ticul is a stylish boutique hotel with well-appointed rooms, right on 5th Avenue. Splurge a little by opting for a higher-tier suite – these rooms come with exterior bathtubs for an open-air soak. Elsewhere on the property, there’s a pair of small courtyard pools and a tanning deck on the roof. This lofty spot is also where breakfast is served, with a fine spread of Mexican treats to kick-start your day.

This is an updated version of an article originally written by Mónica Ramírez López.
Looking for more budget-friendly stays in Playa del Carmen? Check out our pick of the best hotels to book in Playa del Carmen for every traveler, bookable with Culture Trip.

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