Cancun, Mexico: Accommodation

Cancun’s lodging options caters to the wealthy as well as to the budget tourists. With the high flux of tourists during the Christmas and New Year prices sky rocket in this period. High rates remain for the following months of February and March, when US spring break brings many visitors. July and August is holiday season for locals, which also cause prices to go up. The rest of the year is low season, and the majority of hotels offer discounts. The Zona Hotelera spots have many internet specials, so it is a good idea to book ahead.

Hostal Mayapan is currently the only hostel situated in the Zona Hotelera. This budget spot is located in an abandoned mall, 300 meters from the beach, and offers male, female or mixed doorms, internet and has breakfast included. With prices starting from 15$ per night, this is the cheapest place close to the beach.

Grand Royal Lagoon is a relatively cheap place for the hotel zone, offering cable TV, safes and a small outdoor pool. The hotel restaurant serves Mexican and international food. Prices start around 50$ per night.

An all inclusive resort for adults only, Hyatt Zilara Cancun resort and spa offers scuba diving lessons, craft making, tennis instructions, wine tasting as well as live nightly entertainment, theme parties, cultural shows and an onsite library. With its luxurious accommodations and excellent view of the Caribbean Sea, this resort promises quite a memorable stay. Prices start at 360$ a night.

Beachscape Kin Ha Villas & Suites is a beachside hotel complex well suited for families. Rooms come with cable TV and a balcony, while the complex has many restaurants, bars, markets car-rental and travel agencies on the premises. Prices at Beachscape vary with each of the many booking plans or all inclusive stay option.

Hard Rock Hotel Cancun All Inclusive is an exceptional first class oceanfront hotel. Its luxurious accommodations include private balconies, a stocked mini-bar and a double hot tub. The hotel has a specious outdoor pool, a full service spa, and two tennis courts as well as a kids and teen club, organized tours and live nightly entertainment. Five restaurants on site serve international cuisine.

Outside the Zona Hotelera, accommodations get cheaper. For 35$ per night, Hotel Antillano is a good mid-ranged option featuring an outdoor pool and rooms with TV and free Wi-Fi. The hotel is about 10 minutes drive from the beach, close to the city center. Another good option is Casa Laurel, starting at 25$ per night, with similar features.