Cancun is in the state of Quintana Roo, at the north-eastern tip of the Yucatan peninsula. During the ’70s, after the construction of the first hotels, it became an exclusive tourist destination. Cancun is divided into two very distinct areas: the hotel area, an island separated from the mainland, connected by two bridges in the North and the South. In the interior is the lagoon called Nichupte. The second area is the centre of the modern city of Cancun, full of shops, restaurants and shows.
Cancun has a large range of 3 to 5 star hotels in the “hotel zone” and some more economical hotels in the city center.
Budget Cancun Hotels
International Club Hostel, Calle Orquideas num 7 Sm 22 mza 14, +52 988 8 98 26 73 ([email protected]). Great place to stay with many style rooms. All with great rates. It has a swimming pool, free internet, laundry service, kitchen service, room service, lockers, international phone calls, discounts on tours and local shopping, xbox360, play station, movies, and more. It is located one block from famous Yaxchillan where all the local bars are stationed. It is also one block from the famous Palapas Park, two blocks from Avenida Tulum and just 5 blocks from the ADO bus station.
Temptation Resort and Spa, Blvd Kukulkan Km 3, Cancun, ROO 77500, +52 998 848 7900. Check in: 4PM; checkout: 11AM. 2-3 Star place, Temptation Resort and spa has 3 fancy restaurants with reservations to be made from 10AM to 11AM the previous day. Internet access is $15 dollars for 24hrs. Beach front is calm mainly for boat use.
Las Palmas Hostel, Calle Palmeras #43 (off Calle Uxmal), +52 8842513. Checkout: 12:00. Just three blocks west of ADO bus terminal. Air-conditioned dormitories with clean bathrooms and showers en suite and secure lockers. Ample double rooms with kitchen and internet access. Quiet location off the main road. Dorms from 100 Pesos, doubles from 250 Pesos (fan) 300 Pesos (A/C).
Villa Playa Blanca, Carretera Puerto Juarez-PuntaSam Km 3.8 SM86M4L11 fracciones 1 y 2 (A lado del restaurante Flamingos), +52 19981098275 ([email protected]). Checkout: 13:00. 10 minutes by bus from downtown (buses leaving every 5 minutes for 4, 5 pesos). Very quiet and with a nice ambiance. The place could be (and according to the owner will be soon) more expensive. Now it’s a bargain. You get excellent rooms and free breakfast in your bed every morning, all for a good price. Free Wi-Fi, swimming pool and incredible views. Ask for the room “La Palma”, it’s 400 pesos, but you have more than 50 square meters of space for you. Doubles from 350 Pesos (A/C).
Mid-Range Cancun Hotels and Accommodations
Maria’s Kankin, Km. 4.5 Carretera al Parque El Garrafon, Fraccionamiento Mar Turquesa, Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico, (52) 998-8770015. Marias Kankin is on Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The hotel is about 50 minutes from the Cancun airport. Ferry boats also shuttle back and forth from the mainland. As the sunset looms, take it easy and rest in any of Marias Kankin’s nine suites. Decked in minimalist, Caribbean-inspired decor, each air-conditioned suite is furnished with a mini-bar, Internet access, sofa bed, and writing desk + chair.
Crown Paradise Club – All Inclusive Resort – Cancun, Blvd. Kukulkan Km 18.5 | Zona Hotelera, Cancun 77500. Crown Paradise Club Resort offers an inclusive package with amenities such as a water park for the kids with a pirate ship and 8 water slides, excellent a la carte and buffet dining, adult only areas, mini golf, disco, nightly entertainment.
RIU Cancun, Blvd Kukulcan Km 8.5, Manzana 50, Lot 5 | Zona Hotelera, Quintana Roo, Cancun 77500. An all inclusive resort with views of the Caribbean Sea. Several fine restaurants and bars. Choice of activities and entertainment options, including a popular sports bar, night club and theatre with theme shows.
Oasis Cancun, Blvd Kukulkan, 52 998 881 70 00. A pretty good resort for the college-aged crowd. The rooms are clean and surprisingly spacious for the price. Although, the best part about the hotel is clearly the beaches and pools. The pool is generally crowded during peak times but is large and features several swim-up bars. The bad part is that since the Oasis is all-inclusive you basically get what you pay for, the food and drinks are not the best quality. The buffet-style restaurants are bland and the food can get quite repetitive. An exception is the sushi restaurant. All bars also stop serving alcohol at midnight, which is unfortunate, but there is a twenty-four hour liquor store right across from the resort with reasonable prices, somewhat expensive for Mexico but slightly less expensive than alcohol in the United States. They also sell absinthe.
RIU Caribe, Blvd. Kukulcan, Km 5.5, Lote 6-C, Cancun 77500. All inclusive resort with Mayan-style architecture overlooking the Caribbean. Features 506 luxurious ocean view rooms with amenities such as a mini-bar and liquor dispenser. There is a wide array of restaurants, bars and facilities to enjoy, including 24-hour All Inclusive snacks and beverages. Fun and relaxing atmosphere created by the large swimming pool and spectacular beach.
The Royal Resorts; The Royal Resorts have been around since 1974 and include a string of four hotels all in close vicinity of each other. The Royal Mayan, The Royal Caribbean and The Royal Islander are side by side where as the newest hotel, The Royal Sands is no more than a five minute ride in bus. The Royal Resorts offer beautiful villas that overlook the Gulf of Mexico. Each villa is equipped with a kitchen, two bathrooms two bedrooms, one with two double beds, one with a queen sized bed, a living room with two murphy beds, three televisions, one in each room and a terrace that overlooks the other two hotels as well as the Gulf of Mexico. These hotels include free activities such as snorkeling and sailing in the ocean, tennis, and free beach towels. Also on the premises are a number of different restaurants and bars at which the vacationers may dine.
Soberanis Hotel; Soberanis Hotel is in downtown Cancun, Mexico. It is 3 km to the beach and 15 km to Isla Mujeres. The airport is 20 km away. The rooms at Hotel Soberanis are all air-conditioned. They have cable television, a private toilet and bath, and safe. The rooms are further equipped with an IDD telephone, Internet access, and writing desk and chair. Rates include daily breakfast. Non-smoking rooms are available.
Sotavento Hotel and Yacht Club, Blvd. Kukulcan Km 4 Zona Hotelera, Calle del Pescador, Lote D-8-4, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 52 998 8494707. Sotavento Hotel in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico is in Cancun’s hotel zone. It sits in front of Nichupte Laguna and is within walking distance to Cancun’s sandy beaches and downtown area. The airport is also nearby. Your affordable accommodation in Cancun features entertaining amenities, such as Internet access and cable television. Non-smoking rooms can be requested. Rates start at USD $40.
High End Five Star Cancun Hotels
ClubMed, Punta Nizuc 77500, Estado de Quinatana Roo Cancun, telephone: (52) 998 881 82 00. An all inclusive resort. A short distance outside the town, at the tip of the bay, on one of the most beautiful sites of Cancun, this Club Med resort is flanked on one side by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and on the other by a delightful lagoon. Almost thirty years ago, Club Med was the first to establish itself here on a beach of white sand with gardens of colored coral no distance from Tuba and the superb Mayan, Aztec and Toltec sites, all within reach of a short excursion. Traditional central square, bungalow-haciendas and specialty restaurants.
Gran Melia Cancun, Kukulcan Boulevard, km 16.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, Mexico 77500 Tel: (52) 998 1930090. Gran Melia Cancun offers the elegance and comfort exclusive of the most prestigious hotels of the world. It has been awarded by the AAA with their 4 diamonds for 2007, and is well known for its white sandy beach overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The resort also features 4 spectacular pools, specialized “a la carte” restaurants, and activities program for children and adults, a nine hole and par three golf course, a tennis court, two paddle tennis courts and recently awarded by The Leading Hotels of the World as a Leading Spa of the World.
Dreams Cancun Resort and Spa, Punta Cancun Zona Hotelera, +52 (998) 848 7000. Situated at the shore point known as Punta Cancun and surrounded on three sides by the brilliant turquoise Caribbean. All rooms offer private balcony views of the ocean, beaches, lagoon or gardens. Each are luxuriously appointed with marble floors, elegant furnishings, dining area, mini-bar, satellite TV and 24-hour room service. Several provide private whirlpools and other enhanced luxury amenities and services. A pod of 6 dolphins make the resort lagoon their home. Swim with the dolphin programs are available for guests and the general public.
Hyatt Cancun Caribe Resort, Blvd Kukulkan, km 10.5, Zona Hotelera, Quintana Roo (in the hotel zone), +52 998 848 7800 ([email protected]), 5 star hotel with 296 rooms and views of the Mexican Caribbean. The hotel is within walking distance of the main entertainment areas and shopping malls.
Hyatt Regency Cancun, Blvd Kukulcan, km 8.5, Quintana Roo (in the hotel zone), +52 998 891 5555 ([email protected]), 5 star hotel with a seafront location. 295 rooms. The hotel is just steps away from world-class shopping, restaurants and the best nightlife in Cancun.
CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort, Blvd Kukulcan, 52 998 881 2000, (Fax: 52 998 881 2085), The CasaMagna Cancun has been completely renovated in the wake of the devastation brought to Cancun by Hurricane Wilma. The resort features 418 rooms and 34 suites. Each room has a private balcony with a table and chairs. The hotel has 3 restaurants on-site, including a steakhouse, a Japanese restaurant and a sports bar. The beach in front of the resort has been restored, as has the pool area. The hotel itself tends to be priced on the higher side for Cancun, but that also tends to weed out the younger crowd. This resort is adjacent to the JW Marriott Cancun and is directly connected to it through a pathway.
JW Marriott Cancun Resort, Blvd Kukulcan, Km 14.5, Lote, 52 998 8489600, (Fax: 52 998 8489601), While traveling on a Mexico Vacation and staying in Cancun, The JW Marriott Resort offers luxury accommodations. The resort is adjacent to the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort and has a connected pathway.
Hilton Golf and Spa Resort, Blvd Kukulcan, Km 17, Lote, 52 998 8818000, (Fax: 52 998 8818093), The Hilton Cancun, is the only Golf & Spa Resort on the island. The pyramid-like hotel features 426 ocean-view rooms, including 82 secluded Villas offering a private lounge and executive services; five delightful restaurants, including a gourmet-dining beachside grill; seven splendid infinity pools and the largest beach in Cancun. The Hilton Resort has effortlessly embraced the natural timeless wonders of the region with the contemporary features of its cosmopolitan destination. The Hilton Cancun Golf + Spa Resort has been recognized with the AAA Four Diamond Award for over 10 years in a row and the Connie Award for best overall performing hotel within Hilton Hotels Corporation.
Paradisus Riveiera Cancun Resort, SM. 11 MZ., 9 Lote 10 Puerot Morelos, (52) 998 8728383. Enthusiasts can enjoy the gorgeous weather and beautiful beaches of Mexico. Paradisus Riviera Cancun luxury, all inclusive resort stretches along a lush tropical mangrove preserve on a 5,000 foot long Caribbean coastline and whose beach is protected by the second largest coral reef formation in the world.
You could also try out the growing vacation rental market as well. It’s a chance to experience Cancun without having to share close spaces with thousands of tourists. They are an alternative if you are willing to go without the frills of room service or resort commodities.
Most resorts in the hotel zone have a travel agent on site during the daytime to assist you with making reservations around Cancun, including the Mayan ruins. It is often better to book activities through these travel agents as they are employed by the hotel and cannot easily cheat you. Activities are also sold at booths found in the busier areas. Prices for the same activities are cheaper in Cancun town than in the hotel zone.