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Cancun Hotel Guide

The Best Places to Stay for Every Budget

Updated October 2021

Cancun Hotel Guide. The best places to stay in Cancun
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Welcome to Cancun

Cancun 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 Cancun and want to know where to stay, here are our top hotel recommendations.

Cancun 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 Cancun and want to know where to stay, here are our top hotel recommendations.

Where to Sleep

The Top Neighborhoods

CENTRO

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.

  ZONA HOTELERA

Zona Hotelera is where most of the large all-inclusive and luxury chain hotels are. It’s 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.

Budget Hotels

Capital O Cancun Ocean View

Price: $     Average Reviews: 4.0/5

This accommodation has fantastic value for its price. Rooms are clean, vibrant, and spacious with flatscreen TV’s coffeemakers, free wifi, and private bathrooms. Enjoy views of the city from the pool on the rooftop terrace or take a swim in the indoor pool. Outside the hotel are a host of local shops and restaurants. Other attractions nearby include Cancun’s white, sandy beaches, Cancun Aquarium, and the Playa Mujeres Golf Club.

Casa Blanca Boutique & Organic

Price: $     Average Reviews: 4.5/5

This gorgeous house tucked into nature has comfortable rooms, beautiful grounds and a great location. 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 breakfasts while relaxing poolside. The pool area is surrounded by a lush garden, perfect for a bit of tranquility. Located just south of Centro

La Villa du Golf a Cancun

Price: $$     Average Reviews: 4.7/5

La Villa du Golf a Cancun is a romantic bed and breakfast in the heart of Cancun. As a former mansion turned hotel, each of the six rooms are spacious, vibrantly decorated, and include a private bathroom. As a former residence, the property is filled with charming details, beautiful archways, and winding staircases. The pool is backed against a golf course and surrounded with tropical greenery. Enjoy your scrumptious  complimentary breakfast in the beautifully sunny great room and later, wander outside for several local lunch or dinner dining options.

Eco-Hotel El Rey del Caribe is a best hotel in cancun
Eco-Hotel El Rey del Caribe is a best hotel in cancun
Eco-Hotel El Rey del Caribe is a best hotel in cancun
Eco-Hotel El Rey del Caribe is a best hotel in cancun
Eco-Hotel El Rey del Caribe is a best hotel in cancun
Eco-Hotel El Rey del Caribe is a best hotel in cancun
Eco-Hotel El Rey del Caribe is a best hotel in cancun
Eco-Hotel El Rey del Caribe is a best hotel in cancun
Eco-Hotel El Rey del Caribe is a best hotel in cancun

Eco Hotel del Ray Caribe

Price: $     Average Reviews: 4.7/5

Eco Hotel del Ray Caribe is a tropical oasis in the heart of downtown Cancun. The hotel’s courtyard is a peaceful retreat from the clamor of the surrounding area. Trees and plants surround the pool, giving the entire yard a jungle-like feel. The rooms are clean, elegant and spacious enough for families. In addition to comfort and beautiful aesthetics, the owners are committed to green practices. This includes solar water heaters, composting food waste into the gardens, capturing rainwater, solar clothes driers, and more.

Kabah Boutique Hotel a best hotel in cancun
Kabah Boutique Hotel a best hotel in cancun
Kabah Boutique Hotel a best hotel in cancun
Kabah Boutique Hotel a best hotel in cancun
Kabah Boutique Hotel a best hotel in cancun
Kabah Boutique Hotel a best hotel in cancun
Kabah Boutique Hotel a best hotel in cancun

Kabah Boutique Hotel

Price: $$     Average Reviews: 4.5/5

Kabah Boutique Hotel has natural, elegant beauty and décor without the price tag of a large-scale resort. In addition to spacious, modern rooms, Kabah offers a fresh, complimentary breakfast and a small rooftop pool with 360-degree views of the city. Outside the hotel are a variety of local restaurants and street food vendors as well as Kabah Urban Park which offers sporting activities such as cycling or hiking. A trip to Cancun is not complete without a trip to the beach, a nearby drive from Kabah hotel.

Casa Namal a best hotel in cancun
Casa Namal a best hotel in cancun
Casa Namal a best hotel in cancun
Casa Namal a best hotel in cancun
Casa Namal a best hotel in cancun
Casa Namal a best hotel in cancun
Casa Namal a best hotel in cancun
Casa Namal a best hotel in cancun

Casa Namal

Price: $$     Average Reviews: 5.0/5

Venture a bit out of downtown Cancun to Casa Namal. This luxury boutique hotel is one block from the ferry to Isla Mujeres, home to world renowned beaches. Guests enjoy a more laid back, local feel of the surrounding area, including an abundance of Mexican street food nearby. The hotel itself also includes a bar and lounge, restaurant with outdoor seating, and rooftop terrace. Rooms are clean, modern, and minimalist with large beds, a spacious living area, and private bathrooms.

Hotel Casa Maya is a best hotel in Cancun
Hotel Casa Maya is a best hotel in Cancun
Hotel Casa Maya is a best hotel in Cancun
Hotel Casa Maya is a best hotel in Cancun
Hotel Casa Maya is a best hotel in Cancun
Hotel Casa Maya is a best hotel in Cancun
Hotel Casa Maya is a best hotel in Cancun
Hotel Casa Maya is a best hotel in Cancun
Hotel Casa Maya is a best hotel in Cancun

Hotel Casa Maya

Price: $$     Average Reviews: 4.8/5

Hotel Casa Maya is located in the heart of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, overlooking the white sand beaches and clear water of the Mexican Caribbean. This family hotel has something for everyone. In addition to a water park, multiple pools, and a private beach, daily activities are organized for family members of all ages. This includes sporting events, snorkeling tours, and tournaments. Enjoy Mexican and seafood specialties at the onsite restaurant or grab a snack from the Coco Loco snack bar. Rooms are designed with families in mind, with multiple beds or suites complete with a kitchen and full living area.

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Midrange Hotels

GR Caribe by Solaris is a best hotel in cancun
GR Caribe by Solaris is a best hotel in cancun
GR Caribe by Solaris is a best hotel in cancun
GR Caribe by Solaris is a best hotel in cancun
GR Caribe by Solaris is a best hotel in cancun
GR Caribe by Solaris is a best hotel in cancun
GR Caribe by Solaris is a best hotel in cancun
GR Caribe by Solaris is a best hotel in cancun
GR Caribe by Solaris is a best hotel in cancun
GR Caribe by Solaris is a best hotel in cancun
GR Caribe by Solaris is a best hotel in cancun
GR Caribe by Solaris is a best hotel in cancun
GR Caribe by Solaris is a best hotel in cancun
GR Caribe by Solaris is a best hotel in cancun

GR Caribe by Solaris

Price: $$$     Average Reviews: 4.2/5

GR Caribe is a chic resort with family-friendly conveniences. As a deluxe, all-inclusive resort, the property fuses elegant Mediterranean architecture with a separate kids zone loaded with entertainment. In addition to the pool and beach, families can partake in mini golf, an indoor play area, a kids club, and waterslides. Not only is the resort packed with style and activities, but next door is a sister resort that is also open to all guests of GR Caribe. The resort also offers babysitting services, so make sure to book a couples massage for mom and dad!

Canopy by Hilton Cancun La Isla is a top cancun hotel
Canopy by Hilton Cancun La Isla is a top cancun hotel
Canopy by Hilton Cancun La Isla is a top cancun hotel
Canopy by Hilton Cancun La Isla is a top cancun hotel
Canopy by Hilton Cancun La Isla is a top cancun hotel
Canopy by Hilton Cancun La Isla is a top cancun hotel
Canopy by Hilton Cancun La Isla is a top cancun hotel
Canopy by Hilton Cancun La Isla is a top cancun hotel
Canopy by Hilton Cancun La Isla is a top cancun hotel
Canopy by Hilton Cancun La Isla is a top cancun hotel

Canopy by Hilton Cancún La Isla

Price: $$$     Average Reviews: 4.6/5

Canopy by Hilton is a high end, urban contemporary resort in a prime location. While many resorts on Cancun’s Hotel Zone are isolated from local attractions, Canopy is in the heart of all the action, nestled between the busy Kukulcan Boulevard and the white sand beaches of the Caribbean. Right outside the resort is some of the best shopping and restaurants in the area. Additionally, the resort has a coffee shop, restaurant, nightclub, and DJ as well as several other alluring features.

Sandos Cancun is a best hotel in Cancun
Sandos Cancun is a best hotel in Cancun
Sandos Cancun is a best hotel in Cancun
Sandos Cancun is a best hotel in Cancun
Sandos Cancun is a best hotel in Cancun
Sandos Cancun is a best hotel in Cancun
Sandos Cancun is a best hotel in Cancun
Sandos Cancun is a best hotel in Cancun
Sandos Cancun is a best hotel in Cancun
Sandos Cancun is a best hotel in Cancun
Sandos Cancun is a best hotel in Cancun
Sandos Cancun is a best hotel in Cancun
Sandos Cancun is a best hotel in Cancun
Sandos Cancun is a best hotel in Cancun

Sandos Cancun

Price: $$$     Average Reviews: 4.0/5

Step into paradise at Sandos Cancun. As an all-inclusive resort, guest enjoy spacious rooms with balconies, a sprawling pool, and chic, modern style throughout the resort. What makes Sandos standout amongst the other nearby resorts is the mouthwatering culinary experience. There are multiple international restaurants serving gourmet cuisines. For breakfast, head to the buffet offering flavors from across the globe. For lunch and dinner, choose from four different restaurants including Italian, American, Mexican, and Japanese cuisines. While food is a defining feature, the rooms, amenities, and activities are what make Sandos the complete package.

InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort
InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort
InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort
InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort
InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort
InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort
InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort
InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort
InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort
InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort
InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort

Intercontinental Presidente Cancun

Price: $$$     Average Reviews: 4.4/5

Immerse yourself in a beachfront, tropical retreat at Intercontinental Presidente Cancun. Whether you prefer to spend the day rejuvenating at the spa or sprawled across a sun lounger, you’re pretty much guaranteed a relaxing stay at the Intercontinental. In addition to luxurious rooms and amenities, the resort is located on one of the most pristine beaches in Cancun and Isla Mujeres is just across the water. Not to mention, central shops and nightlife are just ten minutes away.

The Royal Islander

Price: $$$     Average Reviews: 4.3/5

The Royal Islander is an ideal resort for families and couples alike. Book a room overlooking the beautiful turquoise waters of the Caribbean and enjoy top-notch facilities and amenities. Kick back on a beach lounger or enjoy the pristine beach, winding swimming pools and great swim-up bar. You might not want to leave as the resort has multiple restaurants to choose from in addition to daily activities like water volleyball for the entire family to enjoy. Guests also have free access to two other Royal Resorts in the Hotel Zone.

Casa Tortugas Boutique Hotel in Cancun
Casa Tortugas Boutique Hotel in Cancun
Casa Tortugas Boutique Hotel in Cancun
Casa Tortugas Boutique Hotel in Cancun
Casa Tortugas Boutique Hotel in Cancun
Casa Tortugas Boutique Hotel in Cancun
Casa Tortugas Boutique Hotel in Cancun
Casa Tortugas Boutique Hotel in Cancun
Casa Tortugas Boutique Hotel in Cancun

Casa Tortugas Boutique Hotel

Price: $$$     Average Reviews: 5.0/5

Across the street from Playa Tortugas beach, you and your family can enjoy a peaceful, quiet vacation on the Mexican Caribbean. Not only are the rooms luxurious, but the hotel offers a tranquil waterfront pool and easy access to adventurous aquatic activities or romantic getaways. Additionally, within walking distance is the ferry to Isla Mujeres and a variety of restaurants, night clubs and shops.

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High-End Hotels

The Grand at Moon Palace in Cancun
The Grand at Moon Palace in Cancun
The Grand at Moon Palace in Cancun
The Grand at Moon Palace in Cancun
The Grand at Moon Palace in Cancun
The Grand at Moon Palace in Cancun
The Grand at Moon Palace in Cancun
The Grand at Moon Palace in Cancun
The Grand at Moon Palace in Cancun
The Grand at Moon Palace
The Grand at Moon Palace
The Grand at Moon Palace

The Grand at Moon Palace

Price: $$$$     Average Reviews: 4.4/5

And the winner for the most impressive swimming pool goes to… The Grand at Moon Palace! If you’re looking for best-in-class rooms, amenities, and experiences, be sure to check out the Grand. This all-inclusive resort 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. Note that the Grand is located on the South Shore about 30 minutes south of Cancun Centro.

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

Le Blanc Spa Cancun

Price: $$$$     Average Reviews: 4.7/5

The Le Blanc Spa Resort is often considered the top hotel in Cancun for a reason. This adults-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.

Coral Level at Iberostar Selection a best hotel in Cancun
Coral Level at Iberostar Selection a best hotel in Cancun
Coral Level at Iberostar Selection a best hotel in Cancun
Coral Level at Iberostar Selection a best hotel in Cancun
Coral Level at Iberostar Selection a best hotel in Cancun
Coral Level at Iberostar Selection a best hotel in Cancun
Coral Level at Iberostar Selection a best hotel in Cancun
Coral Level at Iberostar Selection a best hotel in Cancun
Coral Level at Iberostar Selection a best hotel in Cancun

Coral Level at Iberostar Selection

Price: $$$$     Average Reviews: 4.5/5

Beach vibes abound at the Coral Level adults only all-inclusive which shares a private beach with the more family friendly Iberostar Selection next door (you can use the facilities at both!) All of the rooms have a fresh and colorful décor inspired by its seaside location. Multiple pools, loads of activities and more are available around the clock. The staff members are famously gracious and accommodating as well, making your stay extra memorable. Located in Zona Hotelera.

Beach Palace Resort

Price: $$$$     Average Reviews: 4.4/5

This luxury beachfront resort is perfect for couples and families alike with its all-inclusive perks, relaxation amenities and adventure options seemingly never-ending. Find world-class entertainment and plush accommodations to suit your needs. Each room has a double whirlpool tub, mini bar, and a welcome bottle of wine. Take a moment to unwind at the spa and Turkish baths for some well-deserved pampering. Finish the day with a gourmet meal from one of the upscale restaurants in the resort and experience flavors from around the world. 4 swimming pools, 4 restaurants and 4 bars provide plenty of excellent choices.

JW Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa

Price: $$$$     Average Reviews: 4.5/5

Marriott is known for excellent accommodations and hospitality and this Cancun Resort and Spa is no different. Clean, polished rooms and premium access to local attractions makes this stay an ultimate vacation. Indulge yourself at the Mayan-inspired spa, with many therapeutic treatments and a steam room, all with stunning ocean views at every turn.  Spend the day on a luxurious Bali bed on the beach or beside the gorgeous serpentine swimming pools. In the evenings, elevate your resort stay and delight your palate at Club91, an upscale lounge with a variety of cuisines and 5 new exclusive food presentations every day.

Villa del Palmar Cancun

Price: $$$     Average Reviews: 4.2/5

The Villa del Palmar is not just another Cancun hotel, but a AAA Four Diamond-rated resort. With 5 pools, a spa, a kids club, and 4 gourmet restaurants. It’s pretty easy to relax and unwind at this luxury oasis. Guests can choose between all-inclusive or room-only options. There is never a dull moment here with a multitude of resort activities, including volleyball, snorkeling, kayak tours, a floating aqua park, dance lessons, and more. This family-friendly, beachfront resort is the epitome of what a vacation should be.

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  1. Thanks for all the great recommendations. Very helpful. We stayed at Yurinn in 2018 and also highly recommend it.

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