The Most Budget-Friendly Hotels in Cancún

A visit to Cancún needn't break the bank with these budget-friendly hotels
A visit to Cancún needn't break the bank with these budget-friendly hotels | © Joseph Barrientos / Unsplash
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13 November 2020

Flashing your cash on an all-inclusive is one way to enjoy Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. But doing it on a budget guarantees authenticity, adventure and better accommodation options than you might imagine. Here’s our roundup of the best.

There are all sorts of ways to make the most of your Cancún adventure without breaking the bank. Eat tacos and sip tequila in no-frills bars; bus it out to jungle-cloaked Mayan temples; go swimming with dolphins in the turquoise depths for free. And you can make the belt even tighter with a stay at one of these great-value hotels, many beyond the borders of Cancún’s renowned hotel zone.

Oh! By Oasis

Hotel
4.1/5 (846 Reviews)
Oh! Cancún the Urban Oasis 
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Price Drop
Now from $63 per night
The epitome of boutique on a budget, the Oh! Urban Oasis in downtown Cancún features big beds, air-con and plentiful light in its 52 ensuite bedrooms. The smart monochrome decor is upbeat and punctuated with splashes of primary colors. The vibe continues throughout: Pop-art prints and rainbow colors in the café get your day off to a good start, but the pool area is the clincher, with its relaxing daybeds and lush palms.
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Hotel del Sol

Budget Hotel, Hotel
3.7/5 (372 Reviews)
Hotel del Sol EDIT
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Price Drop
Now from $41 per night
A great bargain option beyond the busy center of Cancún, Hotel del Sol is five minutes away on foot from the nearest beach. And if you want to snorkel coral reefs, the jetty for the Isla Mujeres ferry is right out front. There’s an old-world feel to the dark-wood bedheads in the 22 spartan but comfy rooms, which are cooled by ceiling fans. Grab a cold beer and hit the rooftop terrace for a bird’s-eye view of Cancún coming alive at dusk, and the departing ferries leaving white trails across the sea.
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  • Beachscape Kin Ha Villas and Suites

    Spa Hotel
    4.1/5 (970 Reviews)
    Beachscape Kin ha Villas & Suites
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    Price Drop
    Now from $131 per night
    Unlike other budget-friendly bases, Beachscape is in the heart of the hotel district, with roomy villas, kitchen-ready suites and no-fuss rooms for sleeping off the night before. Cane furnishings nod to the Caribbean, adding character to the spotless, spare rooms, many with balconies and terraces. Throw in a restaurant-café, a generous pool for those morning lengths and a spa offering massages for maximum relaxation. Meanwhile, right outside you’ll find one of the most Instagrammable beaches in Cancun, with swaying palms, soul-soothing jade waters and white sand.
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    Gamma Cancun Centro

    Hotel
    Gamma Cancun Centro 2
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    Just off Tulum Avenue, the city’s main artery, Gamma Cancún Centro is surrounded by bars, boutiques and buzzy restaurants. It’s a quick ride from the airport and a few minutes from the bus station, the Hotel Zone and the beaches – a no-brainer for big-city types. Cement flooring adds understated style to the pared-down rooms, and hammocks slung before big windows are ideal for viewing antics outside. The highlight, however, is the rooftop pool, where you can socialize with a tropical-fruit cocktail in hand as the sun sets over the glinting towers and the darkening sea beyond.
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    Suites Malecon Cancun

    Hotel
    4.3/5 (930 Reviews)
    Suites Malecon Cancun
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    Price Drop
    Now from $46 per night
    Budget travellers really do get luxury for less in these 64 hotel rooms. Spread across two mid-rise blocks, this place is part of the Americas Shopping Plaza – that means direct access to some 250 shops, restaurants, cinemas, designer stores and supermarkets. The single-, double- or triple-bedroom apartments are functional, with views across the city on one side and the calm waters of the Nichupté Lagoon on the other. Book a room with a whirlpool tub on the balcony for extra bougie vibes while lying back and admiring the view of downtown Cancún.
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    Hotel Imperial Laguna by Faranda

    Hotel
    3/5 (481 Reviews)
    Hotel Imperial Laguna Faranda
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    Price Drop
    Now from $50 per night
    This genial hotel is set around a pool in the popular hotel zone, giving you doorstep access to all of Cancún’s most buzzing bars and restaurants. The rooms are no-frills and have kitchenettes with mini-stoves for budget mealtimes, and private balconies complete with views over the Nichupté Lagoon with its glinting ripples and knotty mangroves. Down by the pool, you can lounge on thatch-shaded daybeds, whiling away the afternoon with a good book or podcast. For a splurge, try onion soup and mussels at La Palapa Belga, a French-Belgian restaurant loved by locals, just a few steps from the pool.
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    These recommendations were updated on November 13, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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