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Cancun Hotel Guide

The Best Places to Stay for Every Budget

February 2021

Cancun Hotel Guide. The best places to stay in Cancun
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Where to Sleep in Cancun

Cancún is Mexico’s largest and most popular resort destination, hosting millions of visitors from around the world each year. The city has an outstanding selection of accommodations that work for any budget. If you plan on visiting Cancún and want to know where to stay, here are our top hotel recommendations.

Best Hotel Neighborhoods

Zona Hotelera is where most of the large all-inclusive and luxury chain hotels are. Its on an incredibly beautiful strip of beach and is a great place if you just want to relax at the beach and eat at primarily fine dining restaurants. The northern part of Zona Hotelera is called Punta Cancun and is the nightlife party area with plenty of clubs and tourist bars.

Centro or Downtown Cancun is where the locals live and is your best stop for budget accommodations and local cuisine. It’s definitely more of a charming authentic experience, but you don’t have all the picture-perfect beaches and infinity pools!

Hostels

Nomads Hotel, Hostel, & Bar

Nomads Hotel, Hostel, & Bar. One of the best places to stay in cancun.
Nomads Hotel, Hostel, & Bar

This top-notch hostel has more of a sleek hotel vibe than a hole-in-the-wall feel.  Guests can choose from private rooms, female-only, and mixed dorms. Travelers can hang out with others at the rooftop pool and bar and grab breakfast at the coffee shop.

Located in Centro (Downtown).

The Yellow Capsule

The Yellow Capsule. One of the best places to stay in cancun.
The Yellow Capsule

Now for something really different! Just seven minutes away from the Airport is the Yellow Capsule, an affordable hostel near cafes, restaurants, and entertainment. Each single or double private “capsule” has an ultra-modern feel. But don’t worry, the hostel has everything a traveler needs, including common spaces, free breakfast and coffee.

Located in Centro.

Budget Hotels

White House Bed and Breakfast

White House Bed and Breakfast. One of the best places to stay in cancun.
White House Bed and Breakfast

This bright and roomy bed and breakfast offers guests a comfortable place to stay for a reasonable price. You can rent out a room for 2-4 people or the entire house for you and 24 of your friends! The large swimming pool is a star attraction.

Located in Centro.

Capital O Cancún Ocean View

Capital O Cancún Ocean View. One of the best places to stay in cancun.
Capital O Cancún Ocean View

While it is not a luxury hotel, Capital O Cancún offers many fine ammenities to its guests. The hotel has two swimming pool options (the rooftop one has ocean views) and a well-equipped gym. Delicious homemade breakfasts and dinners are optional for guests.

Located in Centro.

YurInn

YurInn. One of the best places to stay in cancun.
YurInn

This spacious house tucked into nature has excellent airport access and comfortable facilities. The Inn owners highly value hospitality, making guests feel welcome from the moment they step into the B&B. Visitors can enjoy tasty home-cooked meals while relaxing poolside. The pool area is surrounded by grassy lawns and hammocks for tranquility.

Located just south of Centro.

Midrange Options

GR Caribe by Solaris

GR Caribe by Solaris. One of the best places to stay in cancun.
GR Caribe by Solaris

For a luxurious all-inclusive experience at a reasonable price, check out GR Caribe by Solaris. This family-friendly Mediterranean-inspired resort is the perfect casual getaway. The property has plenty of entertainment, including beaches, multiple swimming pools, casinos, a well-stocked gym, and delicious food.

Located in Zona Hotelera.

Canopy by Hilton Cancún La Isla

Canopy by Hilton Cancún La Isla. One of the best places to stay in cancun.
Canopy by Hilton Cancún La Isla

Canopy by Hilton is a brand-new hotel located within Cancun’s newest retail complex. While the grounds have access to city life, it is right on the lagoon. Their rooftop has a refreshing pool and spectacular water views.

Located in Zona Hotelera.

Sandos Cancún

Sandos Cancún. One of the best places to stay in cancun.
Sandos Cancún

This relaxing resort has spectacular views of the ocean from every angle. Restaurants with floor-to-ceiling windows facing the Caribbean? Check. Three swimming pools and manicured laws? Check. You can relax on the grounds, drink in hand while soaking up the sun. Staff go above and beyond for guests to make them feel well taken care of during their stay.

Located in Zona Hotelera.

High End Options

The Grand at Moon Palace

The Grand at Moon Palace. One of the best places to stay in cancun.
The Grand at Moon Palace

And the winner for the most impressive swimming pool goes to…

If you’re looking for best-in-class rooms, amenities, and experiences, be sure to check out the Grand at Moon Palace Resort. This all-inclusive experience includes chic eateries, bars with top-shelf drinks, a top-notch kids area with bumper cars, endless pampering and a pool complex big enough for all. The only drawback is the location is far from the rest of Cancun.

Located on the South Shore about 30 minutes south of Cancun Centro.

Le Blanc Spa Cancún

Le Blanc Spa Cancún. One of the best places to stay in cancun.
Le Blanc Spa Cancún

The Le Blanc Spa Resort is the top-rated hotel in Cancún on Trip Advisor for a reason. This adult-only vacation destination pulls out all the stops for its guests with butler and concierge service, exquisite dining options, multiple swimming pools, a spa, and a spectacular beach.

Located in Zona Hotelera.

Staff Picks

La Villa du Golf a Cancún

La Villa du Golf a Cancún. One of the best places to stay in cancun.
La Villa du Golf a Cancún

Staff Pick – My stay at La Villa du Golf a Cancún was a truly unique and exciting experience. The property is a former hacienda style mansion converted into a bed and breakfast hotel! I also loved the high-quality breakfast in the morning and walking around the stunning grounds. The spiral staircase to the pool was something else.

Located in Zona Hotelera.

Coral Level at Iberostar Selection

Coral Level at Iberostar Selection. One of the best places to stay in cancun.
Coral Level at Iberostar Selection

Staff Pick – We thoroughly enjoy the beach vibes at the Coral Level all-inclusive. All of the rooms have a fresh and colorful décor inspired by its seaside location. The staff members were super gracious and accommodating, which made our stay extra memorable.

Located in Zona Hotelera.

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