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Traveling on a budget doesn’t have to mean skimping on style. From coast to coast and throughout the interior cities, Mexico is dotted with an array of cheap but chic accommodations. Even some well-known properties can be surprisingly good places to find value.
With a budget of $250 or less per night, here are some of the coolest places to enjoy unique style around Mexico.
AcapulcoFrom the Kennedys to Brad Pitt and Madonna, Las Brisas Acapulco has welcomed countless celebrities. This iconic Acapulco hotel enjoys a prized location that offers a bird’s-eye view of the bay, with midcentury-style casitas that feature their own private swimming pool.
A much-photographed fleet of pink-and-white Jeeps — each named after a famous Las Brisas guest — is the favored mode of transportation around the scenic property. Dinner at the beautiful Bellavista Restaurant is a must, as are sunset cocktails at the bar.
And the cost is surprisingly low for those who want to enjoy some of the glamour that has enchanted the likes of Denzel Washington and John Travolta: Room rates start at about $150 per night, including breakfast.
www.lasbrisashotels.com.mx/en/acapulcoCancunWith its wide variety of hotels, Cancun is an ideal destination for finding value and style. Budget-conscious travelers looking for modern design and a central location in the hotel zone will do well at Aloft Cancun, a European-plan hotel with rates as low as $80 a night.
It’s not located on the beach, but sun, sand, shopping and nightlife are all within walking distance. And Aloft’s trademark hip vibe is present in everything from the industrial-chic lobby to the rooftop pool.
New on the scene is Melody Maker Cancun, an all-inclusive property that opened in December 2018. The 679-room hotel, which offers rates starting at $250 a night, is designed for music lovers, with tunes spinning at Delirio Day Club as well as Clandestino Night Club. Room rates sometimes also include free admission to concerts by performers; past artists have included David Guetta and Steve Aoki.
GuadalajaraYou just might think you’ve stepped out of the city and into a historic hacienda when checking into Quinta Real Guadalajara, a luxurious property in the heart of Mexico’s second-largest city.
Its lush grounds are graced with original sculptures, and the spacious rooms are well-appointed with oversized bathrooms and furnishings worthy of a European villa. Yet for all its indulgent peacefulness, it’s centrally located in the city and has room rates as low as $155.
www.quintareal.comMexico CityMexico City, the nation’s capital, is a style hub for travelers looking to give their wallet a rest. In the historic city center, consider a stay at the appropriately named Downtown Mexico City, which is run by Grupo Habita, Mexico’s trendsetting boutique hotelier. Set in a trendily restored 17th-century building, the property is ideally situated for landmarks such as the Zocalo and cathedral, while its rooftop bar and restaurant are the perfect place to relax and refuel. Prices start at about $126, but globetrotters who want to save even more can opt for Downtown Beds, the hotel’s value-priced section, which offers private rooms for about $50 and bills itself as the “trendiest hostel in Mexico City.”
Mexico City’s upscale Condesa district — one of the capital’s loveliest neighborhoods for accommodations, shopping and dining — is also home to budget-friendly, well-designed properties such as Condesa Haus, which is set in a beautifully restored former home within blocks of peaceful parks, upscale eateries and scintillating nightlife. Prices at Condesa Haus start at about $119. And in the nightlife-centric Zona Rosa district, Room Mate Valentina offers hip, contemporary style for well under $100, just steps from Mexico City’s LGBTQ nightlife.
Playa del Carmen Mexico’s Riviera Maya may be known for its sprawling all-inclusive hotels, but you can enjoy a healthy dose of style and affordability at Bric Hotel and Spa, a 14-room property in Playa del Carmen. Rooms look out onto vibrant gardens overflowing with pink bougainvillea and coconut palms, and feature hand-painted tiles, beach hats and locally made Acapulco chairs. Low- and mid-season rates start at just $50.
Priced a bit higher — at about $195 and up — is Mahekal Beach Resort, which offers comfy bungalows that are conveniently close to Playa del Carmen’s always-popular Fifth Avenue.
San Miguel de AllendeThe attention this historic hot spot has garnered in recent years is due in part to its growing number of high-end hotels. But you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy the upscale perks.
Hotel Amparo, which opened in January, offers room rates that start at $250 but include daily breakfast, afternoon happy hour and an evening dessert hour. Located in a centuries-old former mayor’s residence, the property has just five guestrooms, complemented by two courtyards and a rooftop wine bar and restaurant.