Where to stay in Cancun | How to choose the best place in Cancun to stay

Where to stay in Cancun | How to choose the best place in Cancun to stay

Wondering where to stay in Cancun? If you are planning a vacation in Cancun it is important to do a little research before booking. Cancun has two distinct areas in which to stay and both are very different. In this post, I break down the best places to stay in Cancun depending on your budget, who you are traveling with, and the area you prefer to stay.

I have included Cancun hotels on the beach, the best Cancun airport hotels, budget accommodation in Cancun and the best family accommodation in Cancun.

Deciding where to stay in Cancun

The first thing you need to decide when planning a vacation in Cancun is where you want to stay. You have two main options:

  1. Hotels in Central Cancun
  2. Hotels in the Cancun hotel zone

If you are coming to Cancun with the intention of spending a week or two lazing on the beach or by a pool cocktail in hand then the best area to stay in Cancun is the Hotel Zone. It is a little horseshoe shaped island away from the rest of Cancun where you can stay quite happily with easy access to beaches, shopping malls and popular spots like Coco Bongo and Senor Frogs. This is the most popular area for families to stay and it is very safe. It is also the best area to stay in Cancun for nightlife.

Where to stay in Cancun | How to choose the best place in Cancun to stay

For those travelers who prefer to be in the thick of it a bit more, or who are on a tighter budget then you may want to look at staying in Central Cancun. This is where you will find the more affordable hotels in Cancun.

Should you go all-inclusive in Cancun

Deciding if you should go all inclusive can be tricky. The best all-inclusive hotels in Cancun can be very expensive. Although there are also some great value Cancun all-inclusive resort too.

If you can find a great all-inclusive deal and you plan on spending most of your time in your resort then go for it. If you know you will be making lots of day trips to the big parks or Mayan Ruins like Chichen Itza, Tulum, and Coba. Then maybe going all inclusive isn’t worth it for you.

Some resorts will actually give you the option. So you can book and pay for your room only. Then you can opt to do a few days all inclusive and a few days where you don’t. It is always worth asking as this can save you hundreds if you are visiting Cancun as a family.

Also, all-inclusive works best for families with children who want food and drinks all day and adults who like to drink alcohol. If you are planning on sipping mojitos all day for 7 days then all inclusive is going to be well worth it for you.

Where to stay in Cancun

Ok so now we have that part sorted out it is time to decide where to stay in Cancun. In this section, I am going to share with you my top picks for the best accommodation in Cancun. All of the hotels can be booked on Booking.com and have fantastic ratings on both booking.com and Tripadvisor.

Where to stay in Cancun | How to choose the best place in Cancun to stay

The Best All-Inclusive Adult only Hotels in Cancun Hotel Zone

Le Blanc Spa Resort

If you know you want an all-inclusive adult only vacation in Cancun, then this is my top pick for you. It is rated as the best all inclusive hotel in Cancun for adults.

The hotel is situated over 5 acres in Cancun’s Hotel Zone and boasts a full-service spa, state of the art gym with daily group fitness classes, three outdoor pools, and multiple restaurants that serve a variety of cuisine from around the world.

This kind of luxury is going to cost you from $700 per night, but it is ranked as one of the top 100 hotels in the world so it actually isn’t bad value for money especially as the swim up bar includes high-end drinks (many all inclusive hotels charge extra).

Where to stay in Cancun | How to choose the best place in Cancun to stay

Booking.com rating 9.5
Tripadvisor rating 5

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Hyatt Zilara

If you want an all-inclusive hotel in Cancun Hotel Zone with incredible views of the Caribbean sea, a private beach area, and daily activities and entertainment, then the Hyatt Zilara is for you.

One of the top-rated hotels in Cancun they have a dedicated adult only area so you can choose to avoid the family-friendly areas while on your vacation. Within the resort, there are 6 specialty restaurants and 5 bars meaning you have plenty of options during your stay.

Where to stay in Cancun | How to choose the best place in Cancun to stay

The rooms here are spacious with amazing sea views and your every need will be met by the super friendly staff.

You can actually get some great deals here with prices starting from $350 per night for 2 adults.

Booking.com rating 9.1
Tripadvisor rating 4.5

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Where to Stay in Cancun with the Family

I have picked three resorts that I think are perfect for families in the Cancun Hotel Zone. They all offer families slightly different things and are all at different price points so a lot will depend on your budget.

Iberostar Cancun – All Inclusive

My Cancun all inclusive pick for families is the Iberostar. Expect to pay around $4000 for a family of four for a 7-night stay here. You can get some great deals, especially in low season though.

Rooms are a good size and come well equipped. The hotel is right on the beach and all rooms either have a garden view or a sea view.

The resort has everything you need for a family friendly vacation in Cancun. Kids club, swimming pools, snack bars, and plenty of entertainment!

Where to stay in Cancun | How to choose the best place in Cancun to stay

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Booking.com rating 9
Tripadvisor rating 4.5

Fiesta Americana Cancun Villas

This is my top pick for families who want a great beach front location in Cancun but prefer the flexibility of being able to self-cater. Each room here has a small kitchenette so you can prepare simple meals for the family.

The location is amazing and it has everything you need to keep the kids entertained. Expect to pay around $1500 for a family of four here for a 7-night stay.

Where to stay in Cancun | How to choose the best place in Cancun to stay

Booking.com rating 8.6
Tripadvisor rating 4.5

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Marriott Cancun Resort

If you want to stay in a top resort, on the beach in Cancun Hotel Zone with the family without having to pay for all inclusive then this is my top pick. There are no facilities in the room for cooking or preparing food, so you will have to eat out. But if you plan on splitting your time between the resort and day trips then it is a great choice.

You can expect to pay around $3000 for a week here for a family of four.

Where to stay in Cancun | How to choose the best place in Cancun to stay

Booking.com rating 9
Tripadvisor rating 4.5

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The Best Value Cancun All-Inclusive Hotel

Flamingo Cancun Resort

If you want to stay in a beachfront all-inclusive resort in Cancun Hotel Zone but you can’t stretch to the prices of the top resorts then I recommend The Flamingo Hotel. At around $250 per night for two people all inclusive it is great value for money. It’s actually next door to the Hyatt so if you manage to get a room with a sea view it’s almost the same view, but costs a lot less.

It has two outdoor pools, two restaurant, three bars, and a gym making your options more limited than the bigger resorts but you do still have choices.

Where to stay in Cancun | How to choose the best place in Cancun to stay

Booking.com rating 7.9
Tripadvisor rating 3.5

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The Best Budget Hostels in Cancun Hotel Zone

Want to live the high life in Cancun Hotel Zone without paying top dollar in one of the all-inclusive resorts? I got you covered. All of these hotels are in the best area to stay in Cancun for nightlife. They are in the hotel zone so you will be close to places like Senor Frogs and Coco Bongo as well as within walking distance from the beach. Staying at one of these hostels is the most affordable way to experience the hotel zone nightlife.

Selina Cancun Lagoon Hotel Zone

If you have traveled through Latin America I’m sure Selina will be a familiar name for you. They are hostels geared towards backpackers and digital nomads. What you get with Selina is a party hostel with pool (plus swim-up bar), co-working space and great atmosphere. The location is perfect and the price is even better.

Where to stay in Cancun | How to choose the best place in Cancun to stay

Booking.com rating 8.4
Tripadvisor rating 3.5

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Hostel Cancun Natura

If you want to party in Cancun and be able to stumble to bed without taking a taxi Hostel Cancun Natura is the perfect place to stay. Close to the best nightlife in Cancun and with a 24-hour reception it is especially great for solo travelers. No pool but there is a terrace with hammocks!

Where to stay in Cancun | How to choose the best place in Cancun to stay

Booking.com rating 8.2
Tripadvisor rating 4.5

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Señor Frogs Hostel

You are going to need to book in advance if you want to stay here. Senor frogs hostel is very popular and for good reason. It is spotlessly clean, beautifully decorated and in the best location if you want to party in the Cancun Hotel Zone.

Where to stay in Cancun | How to choose the best place in Cancun to stayBooking.com rating 9.2
Tripadvisor rating 5

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Best Value Hotel in Central Cancun

Ambiance Suites

If you don’t want to be in the hotel zone and prefer something more central than the location of the Ambiance suites is great, especially if you decide to hire a car. From here you can easily access the airport, local attractions like Coba, Tulum Ruins and Chichen Itza, and neighboring places like Playa Del Carmen, Holbox, Merida, and Tulum.

They have an outdoor pool, WiFi, 24-hour reception, and lots of parking close by. The benefit of staying here is that you have several large supermarkets within walking distance and it is only a 5-minute drive to the beach and the hotel zone.

Where to stay in Cancun | How to choose the best place in Cancun to stay

Booking.com rating 8.4
Tripadvisor rating 4

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The Best Boutique Hotel in Central Cancun

Mexicasa Cancun Hotel Boutique

If you prefer to stay in a boutique hotel in Cancun then my top pick is in central Cancun. It is a 10-minute drive from the beach but walking distance from many more local (and budget-friendly) restaurants and bars. The Plaza Las Americas shopping mall is just 10 minutes walk and the Hotel Zone is either a bus or taxi ride away.

You have access to a pool, free WiFi and the hotel is well decorated and equipt for shorter or longer stays. And the best part… rooms start at just $25 per night!

Where to stay in Cancun | How to choose the best place in Cancun to stay

Booking.com rating 8.2
Tripadvisor rating 4

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Best Budget Accommodation in Central Cancun

Prefer to stay in central Cancun rather than the touristy Hotel Zone? Me too! If Coco Bongo and Senor Frogs don’t really do it for you then I would avoid the hotel zone and opt to stay in El Centro. Over this side of town, your money will go a lot further and you will get to experience a more local night out.

Don’t worry though you will still be able to catch the bus to the beach and to the hotel zone malls and nightlife if you choose to.

Akbal Hostel

This is my top pick for hostels in Cancun. It has a 9.7 rating on booking.com because of the location and the incredible staff. If you are traveling solo and want to stay at a super friendly hostel where the staff are going to go over and above to make you feel welcome, safe and give you lots of tips on things to do, look no further book to stay here, you won’t regret it.

Where to stay in Cancun | How to choose the best place in Cancun to stay

Booking.com rating 9.7

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La Casa Del Árbol

This is another great option of central Cancun hostels. The location is great, especially for solo travelers, and they even have free bikes to rent. Do be careful cycling on the crazy Cancun roads though!

Where to stay in Cancun | How to choose the best place in Cancun to stay

Booking.com rating 9.2
Tripadvisor rating 5

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The Best Hotel Close to Cancun Airport

Villa Airport Prestige

If you are looking for a private hotel room close to Cancun airport my top pick is Villa Airport Prestige. It is actually great value for money at around $60 per night for a private room with ensuite including breakfast. There is a swimming pool and a garden area you can relax in and plenty of restaurants within walking distance.

The offer airport shuttle transportation to and from Cancun airport for an additional charge.

Where to stay in Cancun | How to choose the best place in Cancun to stay

Booking.com rating 9.6
Tripadvisor rating 4.4

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Boom Feel Hostel

If you are on a budget and need a place to sleep close to the airport then Boom Feel Hostel is the number one choice. Expect to pay around $15 USD per night to stay here in a dorm room. They offer a continental breakfast (included in the price) and an airport shuttle (extra cost) to get to and from the airport.

The hostel is run by a friendly Mexican family and has a pretty sweet outdoor seating area and swimming pool. It really is the perfect budget place to chill before or after catching a flight from Cancun airport.

Where to stay in Cancun | How to choose the best place in Cancun to stay

Booking.com rating 9.1
Tripadvisor rating 4.5

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Final Thoughts

I really hope this guide has helped you to find the perfect accommodation in Cancun. Hopefully, it will help you to find the perfect place to stay on your vacation or business trip.

Where to stay in Cancun | How to choose the best place in Cancun to stay

All images in the post are taken from Booking.com.

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