Hotels in Cancun
Cancun is paradise made accesible to everyone; the city currently has around 30,000 hotel rooms (without counting those on the Riviera Maya) which should be enough to host everyone that wants to visit us. With 30,000 rooms operational and another 5000 on their way in the new development of Playa Mujeres, it is practically impossible for you not to find an option that you love.
Most of the hotel rooms here are located in the Hotel Zone, a sandbar roughly 28km in length with the beaches of the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Nichupte lagoon on the other. The Hotel Zone has more than just big and incredible hotels; here you will find some of the best and most exclusive restaurants in town, the most incredible shopping malls, the best nightlife, and many, many tours for you to take.
Besides the Hotel Zone, Cancún can be divided into two other areas: Downtown and the recently built Playa Mujeres. Downtown is where you will find Cancun’s daily life; it is where us locals live but you can still find a hotel or two around here. Meanwhile, Playa Mujeres is a new development that some people are calling “Cancun’s second Hotel Zone”, located North of the city this new development already has a couple big hotels and there are at least 5000 new rooms being built here.
Wherever you end up staying you will see that we have all sorts of hotels here. From high-end luxury, very exclusive hotels, all-inclusive resorts, and the more affordable hotels and even hostels. You can find them in every type of deal possible, such as All-Inclusive plans, European plans (just the hotel room with no adicional services) and combined plans (room with breakfast or a meal), bed and breakfasts and hostels.
These make up the majority of the hotel that you will find available in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. All-Inclusive resorts, as their name implies, are those in which you are paying for a full package: your rate includes all the food and drinks that you want to enjoy during your stay. These hotels usually have plenty of activities available for the whole family in their own facilities as well as access to all sorts of tours and expeditions in the area. These resorts are ideal for families that are looking for a holiday of fun, for adults in look of relaxation and for literally everyone else. They are one of the most versatile option and although they are usually not the cheapest, they break even when you realize you do not have to pay for any meal or drinks during your stay. Take your time to browse resorts, there are many All-Inclusive resorts for every budget out there.
At least three out of every four hotels in Cancun's Hotel Zone have been rated as 5-star hotels, the highest ranking a hotel can get in Latin America. And if this is not enough, there are three hotels in Cancun that have received the exclusive AAA Five Diamond distinction - the world’s most coveted symbol of excellence in luxury and sophistication. These hotels are the Ritz Carlton Cancun, the JW Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa, and the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach. Within their walls you will find a world of unparalleled comfort and great luxury. You can find different deals and packages for these hotels offering different services at different costs. Find the one that suits you best; if you are going to do this the luxury way, do it the right way!
You will see that it is absolutely possible to find hotels for moderate budgets in Cancún. The hotels in downtown Cancun are cheaper than their bigger counterparts in the Hotel Zone. Just take into account that to enjoy the beaches, restaurants, and all the fun the Hotel Zone has to offer you will need to go at least a few kilometers away. Walking is not really an option in most cases and if you are moving around by taking cabs all the time you may end up spending a fortune. A good option to avoid this is using the public transport busses that move you around the hotel zone. Note that ride sharing apps like Uber and Lyft are not yet available in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.
Another good option to find good rates is looking at the hotels in the lagoon side of the Hotel Zone. These are a great option and many of them have arrangements with the hotels at the beach to grant you access to their facilities. Staying at these hotels can be the same or just a little more expensive than staying downtown but it will make your transportation life a thousand times easier and it will keep you near all the fun.
Your last option for these vacations is to rent a house or an apartment for your stay. Whether you are doing this through Airbnb or some other company you will notice that vacation rentals are flourishing in this area. Just like when it comes to hotels, you will be able to find vacation rentals that meet your needs and your budget and in every corner of the city.The most important thing to pay attention to when booking your vacation rental is its location. How easy will it be for you to move around and is it near areas of interest for you? If you keep this in mind then everything else will sort itself out, making vacation rentals a great option.