The Most Budget-Friendly Hotels to Book in Puerto Vallarta

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

Between the Sierra Madre mountains and the Pacific beaches of Bahía de Banderas, this city on the west coast of Mexico is a popular vacation destination for those seeking either a quick getaway or a longer stay. Spending less won’t mean compromising on comfort or style when you choose from our selection of the best cheap hotels in Puerto Vallarta.

1. Hyatt Ziva

Chain Hotel, Budget Hotel

A sea-view room at the Hyatt Ziva in Conchas Chinas with tiled floors, a double bed and a large mirror with a wooden frame
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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.

2. City Express Plus

Budget Hotel

A modern bedroom at City Express Plus with wood-effect floors, a double bed with a red throw and city views
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For a vacation that balances beach time with shopping and urban night life, City Express Plus is a popular budget place to stay in Puerto Vallarta. 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.

3. Casa Ritual

Budget Hotel, Boutique Hotel

A stylish guest room at Casa Ritual with a jute rug, large plant and double bed
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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.

4. San Tropico Petit Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel

A chic bedroom at San Tropico Petit Hotel with a wood-framed bed, trendy bedside lamps and a triptych cactus image on the wall
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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.

5. Zona Z

Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel

A modern guestroom at Zona Z with traditional Mexican cushions, an ornate headboard and a leaf-print armchair
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This adults-only Puerto Vallarta B&B, in the historic Zona Romantica, 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.

6. Luna Liquida Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

A bright guestroom at Luna Liquida Boutique Hotel with yellow-and-white walls, a yellow bed throw and cushions and sea views
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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.

7. Casa Maria

Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel

A simple guest room at Casa Maria with white-tiled floors, two double beds and a potted plant
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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.

8. Hotel Posada de Roger

Budget Hotel, Hotel

A traditional bedroom at Hotel Posada de Roger with terracotta-tiled floors, a double bed and colorful scatter cushions
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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.

9. Garlands Del Rio

Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel

A bright bedroom at Garlands Del Rio with blue walls, a white bed and an ensuite bathroom
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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.

10. Container Inn

Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel

A trendy suite at the Container Inn with yellow walls, a double bed, a green rug and a kitchenette
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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 a design that 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 – one of the best budget hotels in Puerto Vallarta – is halfway between the airport and main bus terminal, which makes it a great place to stay if you’re catching an early morning flight.

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