The Best Cheap Hotels in Mexico City, Mexico

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25 November 2020

Rooftop bars and pools, group-gathering games rooms and tours that take in tacos and tamales are all on the menu at these budget-friendly casas in Mexico City.

Finding a hotel that won’t blow your budget doesn’t mean sacrificing on style and substance in Mexico City. From renovated mansions in artsy areas to casas offering tequila tasting and ancestral medicine workshops, the Mexican capital’s budget-friendly places to stay lay on more than a few surprises.

El Patio 77

Hotel, Bed and Breakfast
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El Patio 77 was the first green bed and breakfast in Mexico City
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This renovated mansion turned eco-minded B&B in the artsy San Rafael neighborhood puts sustainability first without compromising on ambience. Each of the eight bedrooms, named after Mexican states, have high ceilings, antique furniture and vintage decor. But the hotel also prides itself on solar-heated showers, rainwater-capture systems and recycled grey water, making el Patio 77 a great choice for eco-conscious travelers. Several calm and collected courtyards are the perfect places to leaf through books and fuel up on breakfast before heading out to explore.

Be Mate Condesa

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Be Mate Condesa
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Be Mate blends on-point amenities, comfort and privacy in a cool Condesa complex. Each of the 16 pastel-hued apartments here has a kitchen, living and dining space, bedroom and bathroom – and all guests have access to the building’s view-spying rooftop terrace, kitted out with Acapulco chairs, cushioned loungers, tables and even a parrilla (grill) for alfresco barbecue nights. The apartments are also just a few minutes from two of Mexico City’s major parks: Parque México and Parque España.


Casa Pancha

Budget Hotel, Hotel
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Casa Pancha, Mexico City
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Macramé, rattan lighting and neutral tones tick all the boxes of modern Mexican design at Casa Pancha. It’s all in the detail here; furniture has been crafted by local artisans, and two communal areas, the balcony and el Patio de Pancha, create space to play board games, catch a movie and chill. It’s hard to believe it’s actually a hostel, offering private doubles as well as modular shared dorms. But don’t worry, the party-going crowd is notably absent at this tranquil on-trend oasis.

Downtown Beds

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Downtown Beds, Mexico City
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Enter through the towering wooden door of this former 17th-century palace to arrive at Downtown Beds – a hostel-style, wallet-friendly alternative to sister stay, Downtown Hotel. Located inside this luxury-for-less stay in the Centro Histórico, you’ll find a rooftop pool and bar, a courtyard and games room, plus bikes to borrow, Mexican street food to try and tours to take you around Zócalo and beyond.

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  • Hotel Villa Condesa

    Hotel, Villa
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    Hotel-Villa-Condesa, Mexico City
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    Homero and Daisy Nava spent three years carefully renovating and remodeling this former mansion into a 15-room, family-run boutique hotel, now recognized by the National Institute of Fine Arts as a piece of Mexico’s heritage. Guests are greeted by the Navas on arrival and get the same personalized attention from check in to check out

    Isaaya Hotel Boutique

    Budget Hotel, Hotel
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    Isaaya Hotel, Mexico City
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    A cold welcome drink on arrival welcomes guests to Isaaya Hotel Boutique. Perfect for tech-savvy travelers, the hotel has a business center and meeting rooms if you’re in the city for work, plus Netflix, Apple TV, smart lights and coffee makers in the rooms, plus a concierge for the time-poor in need of inspiration. Downstairs, Anyuna restaurant serves some of the city’s best Mediterranean fare.


    Casa Pepe Hostel

    Budget Hotel, Hostel
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    Casa Pepe Hostel, Mexico City
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    Participate in an artisan tequila tasting, plant your own vegetable garden or attend an ancestral medicine workshop with Casa Pepe – a hostel that places experiences at heart. Adventures extend well beyond the hotel walls, with hot air balloon rides over the nearby Teotihuacan ruins and hipster food tours that take in tacos and tamales. Rooms range from dorms to studios and a stylish loft-style suite.


    Hotel MX Roma

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    Hotel MX Roma, Mexico City
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    Contemporary and cool, Hotel MX Roma’s industrial feel is a far cry from many of Mexico City’s boutique hotels. Though the rooms are compact – with bare walls and beds crafted from simple medium-density fiberboard – there are plenty of common spaces to spread out including a cafe-cum-bar, compact gym, computer hub, squash court and large outdoor terrace.

    These recommendations were updated on November 25, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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