Do you know where to stay in Mexico on your next vacation? Chances are you don’t, and you may be wondering if you will have trouble looking for accommodations. You may have visited the country in the past, or it may be your first time. Whatever the case is, you need not worry as we’ve got your back.
There are several options at your disposal. In this article, I will present you with some options to choose from. Some of them may be obvious, while others may not. Without much further ado, let’s jump right in!
This will probably be your first lodging option. After all, hotels are very convenient and usually have several amenities to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. I always look for hotels in downtown areas as they’re close to everything. However, before booking anything, I always do some research to see what other people have to say about it.
There are hotels of all kinds. Many of them offer services like free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, cable TV, a swimming pool, parking, just to mention a few. Some even include breakfast. This will vary, so it’s important to pay close attention to what’s included.
A good hotel shouldn’t necessarily be too expensive or be a five-star hotel. I’ve learned this throughout my travels. It’s also important to consider there are several hotel categories: apart-hotels, business hotels, boutique hotels, eco-hotels, love hotels, etc.
As far as I know, motels were an American invention. Our European friends might not be familiar with them, but they’re pretty common in the U.S. You can also find this kind of establishment in Mexico, but there are some notable differences.
American motels are targeted toward those travelers on the highway and/or looking for cheap lodging. They’re usually cheaper than their hotel counterpart since their services are more limited.
However, motels don’t have a good reputation in Mexico, and rightly so. Most of them have private garages for their customers and some even offer hourly rates. And we know what kind of people search for these places, right?
Some motels are branded as hotels, so that adds to the confusion. If you run into a very cheap hotel, chances are it’s a motel. That’s why it’s important to see what other people have to say.
Hostels… Not to Be Confused with Hotels
Hostels are a perfect option for budget travelers. You can find them, especially in large cities. They cater more toward a younger crowd who doesn’t care about the amenities offered. Some even include breakfast.
I’m not a fan of hostels. They’re good for those people looking for cheap lodging or just a place to sleep. They also provide you with the perfect opportunity to connect with other fellow travelers. Foreigners love these places.
The obvious problem is you don’t have any privacy as you have to share your room with strangers. So, if that’s not a problem for you, consider this option for your next trip.
Bed & Breakfast
What? Are there any Bed & Breakfast establishments in Mexico? Yes, there are. Maybe they’re not as common as the U.S., but you can still find them. You can also hear the term posada, but it’s basically the same thing.
The main difference between them and hotels is you get more personalized attention. You can even see this in the food being served. There are also fewer rooms, and they tend to be larger than hotel rooms.
A Bed & Breakfast is the perfect option for those travelers who want to relax and feel more at home.
Airbnb has become very popular recently all over the world, and Mexico is no exception. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s an online platform where you can connect with other individuals and rent a room, an apartment, or even a whole house.
Airbnb is the perfect option for those people who value privacy and/or are looking for longer stays. Airbnb can save you money, but prices for shorter stays may be similar to hotel prices. There have been times when I haven’t seen any difference at all.
There has been a lot of controversy regarding AirBnB. We are not going to discuss it now, but I will write a post about it shortly.
I have used Airbnb, and I must say I don’t love it. At a hotel, everything is straightforward, not so with Airbnb. I remember one time in particular where I had a hard time getting ahold of the other person to check in. You have to call them or text them, and sometimes they don’t answer right away. You don’t have to face this at hotels.
There are advantages and disadvantages like everything. I have friends who love Airbnb and use it frequently. If you haven’t tried it yet, you might consider it as an option.
Are you the kind of traveler who wants to have all the services imaginable at his fingertips? A resort is what you need in this case. They have everything to provide you with the best experience possible: spas, bars, restaurants, golf courses, private beaches, night shows, casinos, etc. You don’t even need to leave the facilities to have the best time of your life.
Of course, you will have to spend more money to stay in one of these places. If money is not a problem, then definitely go for it.
I’m not a fan of resorts, but I understand some people just want to have a relaxing vacation and not worry about making any itineraries or the like.
Can you imagine the possibility of staying in someone else’s house in another country? Well, this is what Couchsurfing is about. It’s a worldwide network of people who are willing to provide you with free lodging and expect the same thing in return when they travel abroad.
There are obvious pros and cons to this. One of the main pros is you have a local guide who is knowledgeable and can give you pointers to make your itinerary. They can even go with you. It’s a great way of meeting new people and experiencing another culture differently.
On the other hand, there have been frequent reports of harassment. I think this played a major role in the platform’s decline. It’s still hanging on, but it has lost popularity among travelers.
The first time I heard about Couchsurfing was through a French friend. He said he’d used it more than once, and that he’d liked it. I have never used it, and I doubt I ever will. I have my concerns, but as they say, “Never say never”.
There are other similar platforms out there like BeWelcome and Trustroots. I might give them a try soon.
To Wrap Up
As you can see, when it comes to lodging, there are many options at your disposal. You can stay at a super expensive hotel or a hostel. There are options for all people and budgets: business travelers, backpackers, couples, families, solo travelers, etc.
You have to determine what’s more important to you. We’re usually concerned regarding money, but it might not be the determining factor in our decisions. However, keep in mind that more expensive does not necessarily mean better quality.
Remember it’s important to always do some research about your options. This way you will be able to make a more informed decision.
Please feel free to leave your comments and questions below. Thank you for reading and being part of this wonderful traveler community!
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Book your flight
The first thing you have to do is find cheap flights. But where do you find those? There are many search engines, but the one I highly recommend is Skyscanner. Here you can compare fares from all over the world and pick the one that suits you best.
Book your accommodation
The next thing you have to do is secure your lodging. Whether you prefer a hostel, a guesthouse, a B&B, or a hotel, you can find them all on Booking. You can find lodging of all kinds ranging from cheap to expensive and somewhere in between. Many people have scored good deals using it.
Another popular option is Hostelworld. This website focuses on hostels as opposed to hotels.
Book a tour
In some places, you might want to hire a tour. Not all places are equally accessible to visit by oneself. It helps enormously when you visit with a local guide who can show you around and answer any questions you might have…all in your native language. My to-go place is Viator as they offer tours of all kinds and have a presence all over the world.
Rent a car
Public transportation is usually cheaper than renting a car, but it’s sometimes more complicated and time-consuming. That’s a reality. In some cases, it’s more convenient to rent a car. My recommendation is Rentalcars.com. Here you can compare rates and choose the one that fits you best.
Book your bus tickets
You can save money by booking bus tickets online. My favorite site to do this is Busbud.
Get travel insurance
Never travel without a travel insurance policy, especially during these days! Travel insurance can save your life. My recommendations are World Nomads and Insured Nomads. Both companies cover COVID-19 related incidents, which is crucial these days.
Just click on the “Plan your trip” tab at the top of this page, and you will find more resources like getting Mexican insurance for your foreign car, buying travel accessories, and learning Spanish. And, of course, don’t forget to check back often to read about more tips on Mexico travel.