Mexico has been ranked as the second most visited country in the Americas (after the United States). Travelers from all over the world chose to vacation in this beautiful Latin American country and enjoy the beautiful things it has to offer.
From some of the best restaurants in the world to beach resorts in renowned beaches like Cancun, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Escondido, Puerto Vallarta, and more.
Mexico has so much to offer and people who visit and travel there wish they could stay to live in this country. There are so many things there to see and do. However, you have to find the right place to stay!
We've created this free guide to help you find a great place to stay in Mexico City and how to find accommodation on a budget. Keep in mind that you have many options like hotels or Airbnb and to start your search you need to keep an open mind.
The first thing to do is define a budget and the kind of place you want to stay in. For example, do you want to find hotels with a pool? Do you wish the price to be all-inclusive (food included)? Do you want to find package deals that include day trips?
Once you define the things you're looking for in your Mexican accommodation, you can start your search! Keep in mind that you should find places in the city that are safe and well located. You don't want to be 45 minutes away from the main attractions since you will lose time and money getting yourself into the city every day.
If you want to learn more about Cancun, Tulum, Puerto Vallarta, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Escondido, and more, continue reading about it on Cities You Have to Visit in Mexico.
Which are the best neighborhoods in Mexico City?
Going to a city where you don't live can be scary, especially since you don't know the safe places to stay. Travelers must always research where are the safest spots in the city, beach, or town they plan to visit. But they should also check how the prices are in the places they plan to stay. Is it an expensive area or is it a cheap area?
If you're planning to travel to Mexico soon, don't worry, we're here to give you a quick overview of the best neighborhoods to look for hotels or accommodation.
- Roma: it is also called Barrio Magico which means magic neighborhood. It will become instantly clear why this place is called this way. It has vibrant Art Deco architecture and stunning street art.
- Condesa: Right next to Roma, this neighborhood is also filled with color and great energy.
- Polanco: This is the fancy neighborhood and the place where you will find world-famous restaurants.
- Coyoacan: Like Roma and Condesa, this neighborhood is colorful and artsy, but it's a little quieter and chill.
- Juarez: This neighborhood has many instagramable places and some of the best restaurants.
- Zona Rosa: Mexico's City party central!
- San Rafael: An upcoming and vibrant neighborhood.
- Centro Historico: This is the favorite one for travelers since it is close to most tourist attractions.
- San Angel: This is a quiet and safe neighborhood but also beautiful and peaceful.
- Narvarte: While Narvarte is considered to be fairly safe, it is also an often overlooked destination—which means it's a great neighborhood to explore.
Wondering what you can visit in Mexico? Check out this quick list of The Best Monuments in Mexico.
Accommodation for young travelers
If you're a student traveling on a budget don't worry, there are plenty of affordable places you can stay in. We just hope you weren't planning on staying in a fancy resort in Cancun or Tulum!
The solution to your budget problems lies in youth hostels! Whichever Mexican state you're in, Yucatan, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Puebla, or any other, we can guarantee you will find youth hostels.
And although you might think beach cities like Cancun, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, or Puerto Vallarta only have resorts you are mistaken. There are also places for people traveling on a budget.
In Mexico, the average price for youth hostels is 15 USD per night. But there will be cheaper and more expensive options. All-inclusive packages might cost more but they are also worth it since you save time and money if you eat certain meals in the hotels or hostels.
If you manage to find a well-located place you can save money on transportation. Sometimes the places outside the city area are cheap but the cost of transportation makes the entire situation more expensive. So make sure you calculate things correctly!
If you're going on vacation with a group of friends you can look for hostels or hotels with shared bedrooms, this way you can all stay in one room throughout your trip.
Are you traveling on a budget? Learn about The Cost of Visiting Mexico.
Using Airbnb to find a place to stay in Mexico
As we all know, Airbnb can be a great option for anyone traveling abroad. You can find beautiful rooms or apartments that are located in a great area and have the best hosts.
When you start looking for a place keep in mind the neighborhoods we mentioned earlier in this article. You will have to search on a map but that won't be hard to Google.
If you want a full experience you can look for someone who is living in Mexico and renting out a room.
Staying with a local can be way better than staying at a hotel or a resort. They can teach you about the food, the places to go on a day trip to a small town nearby and give travel tips about prices, view sites, and more.
Now, if you're a fan of a hotel with a pool, then we can't stop you. All we are saying is that there are many advantages to staying with someone who is living in the city you're visiting. And even though the pool can be fun, it does not compare to the free tips a local can give you!
Other types of accommodations in Mexico
Latin America is filled with unforgettable places and Mexico is not an exception. Between the beautiful beaches with an amazing view, delicious and world-renowned food, and great hospitality, Mexico continues to be a great destination.
Many travelers choose to stay at a hotel or rent out an apartment, but how about finding a small town with beautiful cabins? You can have an amazing experience with the beautiful and diverse sites the country has to offer.
You can also go to vacation villages or campsites. These have become increasingly popular over the last couple of years, especially amongst young people.
Wherever you choose to go you have to try to book your accommodation before you go on your trip. Trying to find a place to stay once you're there can be tricky, not to mention dangerous.
If you're planning to go to Mexico this summer check this Guide to Traveling to Mexico.
Finally, don't forget that the official language in Mexico is Spanish and even though many people speak English, it wouldn't hurt to learn a little bit of the language. You can hire a Spanish private tutor right here on Superprof.