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Budget hotels & hostels
Guesthouses and B&Bs
Hotel Hacienda Flamingos
This superbly restored colonial gem provides the classiest accommodations in town. The spacious rooms and courtyard are evocative of old Mexico without even a whiff of kitsch. There’s a lounge serving well-crafted cocktails and botanas (snacks).
Catering primarily to package tour groups, this venerable 160-room hotel is showing its age but still offers reasonably priced rooms given its beachside location...
Sophisticated design and luxurious flourishes define this extremely popular resort catering to both gays and lesbians...
Hotel Sands Acapulco
An excellent choice for families, Sands is located across the highway from the beach and has a large children’s playground, minigolf, pools and a waterslide. Bungalows are small but cozy; the larger rooms sleep up to four people...
Bali Hai Hotel
This Polynesian-themed motel in the heart of Acapulco Bay and across the street from the beach is a good moderate choice, with long rows of 1960s-vintage rooms flanking a pair of palm-lined pools...
Hotel Los Flamingos
Once owned by John Wayne, Johnny ‘Tarzan’ Weissmuller and their pals, Los Flamingos is a living museum to Acapulco’s heyday...
Vallarta Sun Hostel
A very welcome addition to Vallarta’s budget accommodations scene, this hostel two blocks from Playa de los Muertos is run by world travelers Kathy and Ricardo, whose affable personalities and love of adventure recently won them a spot on the Latin Am...
The Amazing Hostel Sayulita
Between the plaza and the Puerto Vallarta bus stop, this great new hostel has three five-bed dorms with en suite bathrooms, along with two air-conditioned private rooms...
Banyan Tree Cabo Marques
Jutting into the ocean at the far end of Punta Diamante peninsula, about 32km south of downtown, this gorgeous resort is Acapulco’s newest name in luxury, dazzling guests with private villas, ocean-view sundecks, outdoor massage beds and Asian-themed ...
Less than two blocks from Muertos pier, this three-story hotel features 28 rooms around a pleasant courtyard with a stylish pool and bar. Rooms have fridges, wi-fi, cable TV and double or king-sized beds with fine linens...
Near the center of Acapulco’s crescent of beaches, the Elcano is an older high-rise with a nice pool right on the waterfront...
Hotel Posada De Roger
Three blocks from the beach, this agreeable travelers’ hangout has long been one of Vallarta’s most beloved midrange options.
Quinta Maria Cortez
This exclusive resort south of town is perhaps Vallarta’s most atmospheric and sophisticated lodging...
Hotel Villa Mexicana
Its chain-hotel sterility won’t inspire much enthusiasm, but you can’t argue with the choice location right on Playa La Ropa, at a fraction of the price you’d pay at the luxury resort next door...
This well-priced favorite offers a wide variety of basic but bright rooms, a small pool and breezy communal kitchens.
Barra de Navidad
The homey Delfín is one of Barra’s best deals. It has 24 large and pleasant rooms featuring shared balconies, a grassy pool area and an exercise room. Discounts are available for longer stays, but repeat customers fill the place in winter.
La Casa Que Canta
Regularly ranked among the finest hotels in the world, La Casa Que Canta – The House that Sings – is the epitome of luxury, exclusivity and customer service...
La Paloma Oceanfront Retreat
San Patricio Melaque
Original art abounds at this unique boutique resort. The 14 singular, comfortable studios have kitchens and terraces with rewarding ocean views...
Hotel Fray Junipero Serra
The 98 rooms in this efficient modern hotel are tastefully appointed and come with deluxe amenities; many have a view over the plaza.
Hotel Playa Mazatlan
This large resort – the first built in the Zona Dorada – maintains impeccable standards. Half of the rooms have ocean views, and all come equipped with satellite TV, private terrace and the thoughtful touches that mark a classy operation...
Like a reliable relative, Irma attracts regulars back year after year for the family-like atmosphere and service. Located just above Playa Madera, Irma has renovated rooms, some with great views of the bay and the huge pool and terrace below...
Well kept and spacious, with unbeatable views and beach access, these bungalows are not fancy, but all have thatched terraces with hammocks, room safes and kitchens or kitchenettes. The newest suite has a Jacuzzi and a terrace overlooking Playa Madera.