Saving Money on your Stay in Mexico

Updated on November 3, 2019
profile image

Sarah is an expat living in Mexico and getting to know the entire country.

Mexico is one of the most affordable travel options for those looking for an international getaway. When compared to other destinations in Europe, Asia and even within the United States, this country south of the border will more than likely end up giving you more for your money.

As affordable as the prices already are, you can find hotel room prices that will leave you wondering why you did not pack your bags sooner. Here are a few tips to help you get the most bang out of your buck.

Zona Hotelera in Cancun
Zona Hotelera in Cancun

Tips for Saving Money on Hotels in Mexico

The prices that you will pay for a hotel room when you travel through Mexico vary depending on the destination. A room in Mexico City or Cancun is more likely to charge more than one from Puebla or Queretaro, but don’t let that keep you from visiting popular destinations. There are ways to get cheaper rooms even in those highly coveted destinations.

You could realistically get a 5-star hotel room for as little as $60 at a great location, while some can go as high as a few thousand dollars. The important thing is to do your research before you book.

If a 5-star hotel is not something you would like to try, it is realistic to find 3-star hotels close to the center of the city for around $25. Cancun is a little more difficult because of its popularity and the number of hotels in great locations is smaller. The rules below still apply and should help you get better prices.

Mexico City Cathedral
Mexico City Cathedral

1. Pay in Pesos

The first thing that you should do when looking at your destination is to pay in Pesos. Most sites will allow you to decide what currency you would like to make your payment in (e.g. This saves you money because their conversion rate is not always the best.

You should figure out the conversion rate that your bank will offer you and compare it to the current one. The currency for a website is usually located at the top of the page. You can use the current currency rate when you are ready to book and compare the prices.

The “pay in pesos” applies to anything you want to buy, so if you are traveling to a popular tourist destination and you are given an option to pay in dollars, always choose to pay in pesos. While you may think that it will be easier to keep track of your transactions if you pay in dollars, your bank should show you the transactions in your currency when you check your statement online anyway.

Hotel in Valladolid, Mexico
Hotel in Valladolid, Mexico

2. Use the Mexican Website to Book

If the website that you are using to book your hotel has a Mexican version, and you can access it, then use that for your reservations. Usually, if a website has a Mexican version, you can find it by substituting the “.com” for either a “.mx” or “”. If you can access that version of the website, you will likely find the hotel you are looking for at a lower rate. When you first access a Mexican travel website, they will likely be in Spanish, but they will have an English tab so you can surf in your language.

The only thing to remember about this trick is that the savings apply only to the hotel, and not necessarily the air travel. If you are booking everything as a package, then you will likely pay less in the regular version of the website, but if you are booking your flight and hotel separately, you could end up saving a pretty penny.

3. Book Your Room the Same Day

Booking your hotel before you travel gives you peace of mind that you will not have any issues with your stay. That said, you can also save some money if you book a hotel on the day of your stay. It is not recommended that you do this in the high season or for your home-base hotel. If you are traveling to Mexico City and you decide to do a short one or two-day trip to a city or town nearby, booking on the day of your stay does save some money when compared to reservations online.

Most hotels will list their prices in the lobby, which will help you decide where to stay. In the low season, some hotels even lower their prices if they are not full on the day of your stay, but that is not as common as it is in other parts of the world. It is more likely that you will run across one of those deals if you are in smaller cities and towns.

There is always a chance that hotels will be booked if you are trying to get a room on the same day, so it may be best to try it on the offseason or after confirming that there aren’t any big events taking place in town. The weekend is too risky and you should probably not try that.

Bonus Tip

Before you book a room online, make sure that you look at a map of the city and where the hotel is on that map. It is possible to find some great rooms for amazing prices, but when you get there you find that you are far from everything or not in the best area in the city. Google the area, and read the reviews for the hotel you are looking to book to avoid any unpleasant surprises. Other travelers are a great source of information when you are traveling through Mexico.

Beach hotels can get loud depending on the location.
Beach hotels can get loud depending on the location.

© 2019 Sarah Friedman


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)