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The 9 Best Bargain Hotels in Riviera Maya

Luis Fernando Dominguez Mora | April 27, 2018

The Riviera Maya is filled with luxurious mega-resorts and upscale boutique hotels. But what about the affordable accommodations in remote but beautiful corners of the Yucatan peninsula? Or the small, simple hotels, in places like Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos, that cater to the needs of the budget-conscious traveler? They are not flashy and the Riviera Maya won’t get any more (or less) famous because of them, but they do have a role in the food chain of hotels of the Mexican Caribbean.


Riviera Caribe Maya

Why it made the list

Location is the name of the game for affordable hotels in Playa del Carmen, and Riviera Caribe Maya has the right one just one block from the famous Quinta Avenida. Rooms are basic but with contemporary décor, and balconies overlooking the pool (it has a pool!)

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Hotel Coco Rio

Why it made the list

Coco Rio is the definition of affordable accommodation. Set just around the corner from famous Fifth Avenue, offers a décor style that budget hotels usually don’t bother to develop. Rooms are fresh and ample, and the rates are among the most competitive in the area.

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La Selva Mariposa

Why it made the list

This little gorgeous hotel set away from the beach (which guarantees low prices in the region), is like a little oasis in a desert depleted of good accommodation options. Low prices notwithstanding, La Selva Mariposa manages to offer suites with inspired decor and shared cenote-like pools in the middle of the jungle.

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Why it made the list

Just an old fashion bungalow right on the beach, isn’t that we were all looking for? Accommodations are clean and fresh (even without air conditioning), and the beach is a little piece of paradise on Earth.

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Paamul Hotel and Cabañas

Why it made the list

Located in a secluded beach south of Playa del Carmen, Paamul is a little-known gem of the Riviera Maya. The natural surroundings are fantastic, but are the rustic oceanfront cabanas what sneak Paamul into this list. They are even more affordable than the hotel rooms just because they don’t include air conditioning. Great value in those cabanas.

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Petit Lafitte

Why it made the list

Petit Lafitte is not that much of a bargain, but it is arguably the hotel that offers best value in the whole Riviera Maya. The kind of accommodations you can get in this cool hotel makes it a very interesting option for travelers not going the mega-resorts route, but are not ready to go to the cheap, basic hotels of downtown Playa del Carmen neither.

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La Posada de los 40 Cañones

Why it made the list

If La Posada de los 40 Cañones were located in Playa del Carmen, it would cost the double of its actual price. As it is set in the remote unspoiled town of Mahahual, it provides excellent value and an opportunity to discover new places off the beaten path.

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Aventura Mexicana

Why it made the list

Compared to other hotels in the area with similar rates, Aventura Mexicana offers many more amenities and much better value. This is a budget hotel just in rates, as it features a good restaurant, two swimming pool, adults section and ample rooms with balcony and air conditioning.

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La Tortuga Hotel & Spa

Why it made the list

If you are looking for affordable accommodation in downtown Playa del Carmen, La Tortuga should be your first option. It is a small hotel just like all the others of this category, but it features a gorgeous swimming pool, swim-up suites, and an overall chic feeling that doesn’t match its going rates.

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