The Most Budget-Friendly Hotels in Puerto Vallarta

The Malecon Waterfront in downtown Puerto Vallarta
The Malecon Waterfront in downtown Puerto Vallarta | © Shelly Rivoli / Alamy Stock Photo
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7 January 2021

Between the Sierra Madre mountains and the Pacific beaches of Bahía de Banderas, Puerto Vallarta, on the west coast of Mexico, is a popular vacation destination for those seeking a quick getaway or a longer stay. Spending less does not mean compromising on comfort or style. Here’s our selection of the city’s the best cheap hotels.

Hyatt Ziva

Less than 30 minutes from Puerto Vallarta International Airport, Hyatt Ziva provides a relaxed and intimate setting on a private beach known as Las Estacas. The resort features 11 restaurants, bars, and lounges plus seasonal opportunities for whale watching and other adventure excursions or eco-trips. Other amenities include a fitness center, a sauna and spa facilities. Choose from ocean- or garden-view rooms – more budget-friendly partial ocean-view rooms are also available. Higher-end options include swim-up suites and two-floor suites featuring a private plunge pool and terrace.

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In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Smoke-free property

City Express Plus

For a vacation that balances beach time with shopping and urban night life, City Express Plus is a popular place to stay. It’s conveniently close to Liverpool, the largest shopping mall in the city, and offers both ocean- and mountain-view rooms. Guests also have access to a pool, swim-up bar and fitness center during their stay. Breakfast is included, as is a free airport shuttle.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
In-room accessibility
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace
Smoke-free property

Casa Ritual

Budget Hotel, Boutique Hotel
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With an emphasis on wellness and connecting to nature, the hacienda-style Casa Ritual offers a boutique experience that includes a private pool in a tropical garden-like setting. Although not a beach-front hotel, staff will help you to book excursions in and around Puerto Vallarta and the nearby destinations of Riviera Nayarit, as well as arrange beach club packages. Shibui, the on-site restaurant, serves a Mexican-Japanese fusion of flavors using local and organic ingredients. You can also partake in private yoga and meditation lessons, as well as aromatherapy, sound healing and acupuncture sessions. Breakfast is included.

San Tropico Petit Hotel

The charming San Tropico can be found in the peaceful marina district. Shops and restaurants are within a comfortable walk, and the hotel has bicycles available to guests. Accommodation consists of well-equipped apartment-style rooms with a large kitchen and full-sized modern appliances. Breakfast is available at their on-site restaurant, and one on-site yoga session per day is included in the room rate. The hotel also arranges deals with a popular golf course, surf school and beach club nearby.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Concierge services
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge

Zona Z

Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel
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This adults-only B&B in the historic Zona Romantica (also known as the Old Town) offers easy access to Los Muertos Beach and the robust nightlife that draws many visitors to Puerto Vallarta. Overlooking a private courtyard and rock wall swimming pool, the modernized villa-style building offers eight private suites, including a bi-level accommodation which sleeps up to four guests. The on-site health and wellness spa offers a variety of massages – foot, facial or full body – as well as chiropractic services.

Luna Liquida Boutique Hotel

Just a few steps from El Malecon, the sea-front boardwalk, and the downtown area, Luna Liquida is on a steep, cobblestone street, which rises from the bustle of the city. There are five villa-style rooms offering either a garden or ocean/city view. A daily continental breakfast is included, and a rooftop pool and terrace offers a stunning panorama of Bahía de Banderas. The proprietor of the hotel is musician and composer Fher Olvera, frontman of Mexican rock band Maná.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
In-room accessibility
Concierge services

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  • Casa Maria

    The colonial-style Casa Maria offers adults-only accommodation in the heart of Zona Romantica, on a quiet street just a few steps from restaurants, bars, galleries and nightlife. An ideal spot for couples on a getaway, Los Muertos Beach is within walking distance and the hotel also has a pool and bar. The vibrantly decorated rooms include coffee makers and microwaves.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    In-room accessibility
    Concierge services
    Terrace
    Smoke-free property

    Hotel Posada de Roger

    A family-run business since the 1970s, the traditional hacienda-style Hotel Posada de Roger is located in Zona Romantica – a few blocks from the beach, and within walking distance of many restaurants, food stalls and markets. The rooftop pool and patio area is surrounded by lush tropical plants in a garden-like setting. A communal kitchen allows you to serve your own meals or enjoy an evening in. Alternatively, next door is Fredy’s Toucan, a popular restaurant serving American and Mexican specialties for breakfast and lunch. Hotel Posada offers special rates for long-term stays.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Express check-out
    24-hour front desk
    Multilingual staff
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Garlands Del Rio

    Centrally located yet tucked away along the Rio Cuale, Garlands Del Rio feels more like a private retreat than a hotel in the heart of the city. When you step through the front gate you’ll find yourself transported to what feels like a remote jungle destination. The peaceful terrace overlooks the river, and guests have access to a pool at their sister hotel a few minutes away. The beach and the best restaurants, markets and attractions are within walking distance. Complimentary coffee, juice and fruit are served riverside, and hot breakfasts are available at a reasonable rate.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Restaurant
    Concierge services
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Container Inn

    The eco-friendly Container Inn has an innovative structure consisting of maritime shipping containers. Other eco features include solar energy to heat the water, the use of biodegradable cleaning products, and the design, which allows the hotel to self-generate 90 percent of the energy needed to operate. Catering mainly to business travelers, there’s a rooftop terrace and modern lobby, free breakfast and an on-site restaurant. The hotel is halfway between the airport and main Puerto Vallarta bus terminal, which makes it a great place to stay if you’re catching an early morning flight.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Restaurant
    24-hour front desk
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Smoke-free property
    These recommendations were updated on January 7, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.