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22 Affordable Hotels In Puerto Vallarta

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If you’re headed to Puerto Vallarta and looking for accommodations, you are truly spoiled for choice! This article is dedicated to the affordable hotels in Puerto Vallarta, the ones that won’t empty your wallet, giving you more money for food and activities, otherwise known as the important things!

One of the best parts of Puerto Vallarta being such a popular tourist destination is that we are given accommodation options of all kind. It doesn’t have to be all about the all-inclusive vacation here; instead, you can splurge on a luxury hotel on the beach as easily as you can find affordable hotels in Puerto Vallarta; you can find a boutique hotel, a cheap dorm for a night, or rent an apartment. If you want it, chances are Puerto Vallarta has it.

When I was visiting Puerto Vallarta I stayed in the Marina Zone in two different hotels. I loved this zone for the proximity to the airport, the beautiful views from the marina, the food and markets, and the quick ride to downtown Puerto Vallarta.

While I would happily stay in the Marina zone again, there are so many different neighborhoods throughout the city that I think staying in a different area each visit would help me get to know Puerto Vallarta more, and give opportunity to find all the hidden gems you won’t find staying in the same zone each time.

Let’s dive in to the 22 affordable hotels that I’ve rounded up!

A lion statue at the Westin Puerto Vallarta, posed in the dirt in the hallway, with hot pink walls behind it
I loved these animal statues at The Westin

22 Affordable Hotels In Puerto Vallarta

The best way I thought to write this post was by dividing the sections into the zones. Puerto Vallarta’s zones are the equivalent to neighborhoods.

Each zone has it’s pros and cons of course, so think about what kind of stay you’re looking for.

Do you want to be downtown in the action? Or close to the airport? Would you like to be a bit further out by quiet fishing villages, or in the Romantic zone?

By deciding what kind of stay you’re looking for will help you narrow your zone options!

When I visited Puerto Vallarta I stayed in the Marina Zone and loved it! My favorite restaurant, Victor’s Place, was in the Marina Zone, and I loved walking the harbor over there. I had been lucky enough to be visiting during Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, so I got to experience a market on the boardwalk one night, and see the children dressed up in homemade costumes another night.

Next time I visit though? I would love to stay in Zona Romantica or 5 de Deciembre.

Hotel Zone

I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that the hotel zone is full of hotels. This is a great area for families to stay in since there are so many amenities in this zone. You have pools, lots of activities for the kiddos, and even some day care options.

There are restaurants galore with kids menus, so you’re little one doesn’t go hungry. There are even some playgrounds in this zone!

Hotel Mio. This hotel is adults only, has a gorgeous rooftop pool and jacuzzi, is a quick several minute walk to the beach, and offers private balconies.

The rooms are quite spacious, high speed internet is included, and the rooftop pool is open until 10 pm. No 8 pm kick outs here!

Personally, Hotel Mio is at the top of my list for a stay in the Hotel Zone.

Puerto de LunaIf you are travelling with your pet then Puerto de Luna is where you want to stay! Known for how pet friendly they are, you don’t need to find a pet sitter for your Puerto Vallarta vacation here!

With 50 suites spread out between 7 buildings and a large pool in the center of it all, your suite here includes a kitchen, air conditioning, and is just 12 minutes from the beach!

City Express Plus by MarriottThe best part of a stay at City Express Plus has to be the closeness to the beach. Just 400 metres away, this hotel is more of a place to rest your head than somewhere to spend your entire vacation.

The hotel is clean, close to all the shops and restaurants, and has breakfast included!

A cat sleeping on a chair in the hotel lobby in The Westin Puerto Vallarta
I love how many hotels in Puerto Vallarta have hotel cats!

Zona Romantica (Old Town)

Known for the nightlife, LGBTQ+ bars, colorful displays, and quaint courtyards, Zona Romantica will charm you, making you want to keep coming back. Old Town is also very walkable, which makes it that much more attractive in my mind. (Walking > public transit any day!).

Lots of expats call this area home, and I can see why! This is where the party is at, but equally, where the relaxation the next day is at. With Los Muertos beach just a few minuets walk away, you can have your cake and eat it too.

Joint Boutique HotelHome to one of the best co-working spaces in the city so you can get your work done before you play, Joint Boutique also has a fitness center, restaurant, spa, and hot tub. This is perfect for a working vacation!

Tropicana Hotel Puerto VallartaIf you want to stay right on the beach, but also have a huge pool at your disposal, Tropicana Hotel is the perfect choice! Free Wi-Fi is included in rooms and public areas, and the hotel even boasts its own private beach for you, with the cutest beach chairs!

Emperador VallartaLocated right on the beach, the property is beautiful! A stay here means you can step out of the hotel onto the sandy beach and go for a swim.

The hotel also features a beach club, a restaurant serving all meals, and room service until 11 pm.

Centro & 5 De Diciembre

While technically two separate neighborhoods, these two comprise Puerto Vallarta’s downtown core. As such, I felt it made sense to lump the affordable hotel options in together.

One of the most popular neighborhoods in Puerto Vallarta, here you are in the center of everything, making it the ideal base for first time visitors. This is perfect if you don’t want to take taxis or public transportation often, and you can walk to the beaches, shops, restaurants, and the Malecon.

Here you’ll find some of the best restaurants in the city, you’re close to some major sights (looking at you Malecon, Playa Camarones, and the Cathedral of our Lady of Guadalupe), and you can take your time exploring Puerto Vallarta on foot.

Hotel Encino Malecon Centro Puerto VallartaThe very first thing I noticed about this hotel were the views of the Sierra Madre mountains. Next was the old school charm, with brick mingling into the white walls.

There is a courtyard in the middle that brings the Hotel Encino together, and you are steps away from the Flea Market, restaurants, and beach.

Hotel Posada De Roger. The reviews for Hotel Posada De Roger are near excellent, with emphasis on the proximity to Los Muertos beach and great food!

The beautiful gardens are a huge selling point, as is the authentic Mexican feel of the space.

Hostel VallartaA mere 600 meters from Camarones beach, this is your typical hostel with dorm rooms. You have options from 8 bed dorms to private rooms, and every room is clean, colorful, and spacious.

You’re close to the beach, the town, the shops, and the hostel included hammocks, Netflix, a Ping-Pong table, a foosball table, a rooftop to hangout, and a huge kitchen to cook meals if you’d like to save some money!

This sounds like the perfect hostel experience to me!

Hotel Porto Allegro. You can’t go wrong with the location of this hotel, but the included breakfast is always a win! Being just two blocks from the Malecon, not to mention the incredible views, makes this hotel a top choice with many travelers wanting to stay in Centro.

Beach side restaurant tables, with the beach of Boca de Tomatlan
A view of the beach in Boca de Tomatlan

Marina Vallarta

Marina Vallarta is a great place to stay for families and those looking for all-inclusive and luxury. Since this post is dedicated to the affordable hotels in Puerto Vallarta, we aren’t here to talk about the luxury hotels. But I couldn’t mention the Marina without letting you know that this is typically where the bougie hotels are also located.

Interesting though, that there are so many affordable hotels in the Marina zone!

One Puerto Vallarta AeropuertoThis is your spot if you’re looking for a comfortable, basic room, free included basic breakfast, and a close walk to the airport.

This isn’t where you would go if you’re looking for something special, but a great spot for a no frills stay.

Flamingo Vallarta Hotel. I heard great things about Flamingo from a woman I met at Victor’s Place during a leisurely dinner. She told me she makes an effort to stay there at least once during her frequent trips to Puerto Vallarta, as she loves the vibe and location.

Her rave reviews had me dreaming about booking a few extra days to check it out!

San Tropico Boutique HotelThose looking for true R&R have found it with a stay at San Tropico. Here the whole theme is relaxation and well being. You can relax on a hammock, play some golf, explore the gardens, or even take a free yoga class.

The Marriott. The Marriott was my favorite place we stayed during our visit to Puerto Vallarta. The rooms were large and clean, the location perfect, the restaurants delicious. I loved everything about the Marriott.

The Westin. I really enjoyed my stay here at the Westin. My favorite parts were between the huge pool and getting to play pool at the bar in the evening.

Conchas Chinas

Conchas Chinas is a pretty pricey neighbourhood to stay in, meaning there aren’t maybe options under $200 a night. I’ve listed a few options totaling around $200 a night for those who really want to stay in this area, but for me personally, I don’t know if I would call them affordable hotels. I would treat these as places to splurge for an “affordable” night or two in this zone.

MondaviMondavi is a stunning hotel, there’s no way around that. With the infinity pool and jacuzzi overlooking the blue waters of Banderas Bay, you needn’t do more than relax here.

But if you want to check out the beach club, the hotel offers visitors free transfers and priority seating in their restaurant.

Every room is unique, with terrace and a great view, and the staff are known to be exceptional.

Maxwell Residences at IndahThis property will blow you away once you see it. With two infinity pools to choose from, relaxation is never far away.

The rooms are clean, bright, and spacious, and make you never want to leave. While you may be in a private residence, you will still feel spoiled, as if at a luxury hotel.

View of the pool area at night, from inside a viewing area covered in plants

South Zone

South Zone is about 10 miles from downtown Puerto Vallarta, but it is close to El Eden, Boca de Tomatlan, the smaller beaches and fishing villages, and the Los Arcos Nature Reserve. There are only two hotel options in this zone that I found to be affordable. They are,

Hotel Casa IguanaOne of the best things about Hotel Casa Iguana is how you feel more like you’re in the jungle than cramped up between other hotels. Being in Mismaloya rather than in PV, you have a more authentic Mexican feel.

Here you have the space to roam free; by enjoying the pool, being a close walk to a beach, or spending time in the courtyard. The rooms are known to be large and very clean.

Traditional Sierra LeonFirst things first; this hotel is adults only. Music to your ears when you’re looking for peace and relaxation.

Reading reviews, several mentioned seeing whales and dolphins from their terrace, depending on the time of year! That sounds so magical.

The staff are known to be very friendly and accommodating, the restaurant is known for the good food, and you can’t beat the atmosphere.

Since this location is pretty far from downtown Puerto Vallarta, this would be ideal if you either rent a car, or just plan to stay in the hotel.

Versailles

Versailles is one of the trendier locations of Puerto Vallarta to base yourself in. With new restaurants constantly popping up, some may call Versailles foodie heaven.

Versailles is home to both expats and locals, giving you a more authentic experience.

Soy LocalBeing just a 5 minute walk from Camarones beach is always a plus, but what I’d really like to highlight here are the rooms. You can choose between a double room, a loft room, or even an entire apartment.

Breakfast is included, the pool is gorgeous, and all rooms have a balcony with glorious views.

Zenharmony SuitesThis is a good option to stay if you’re looking for something a bit more spacious than the typical hotel room, and wondering what life in Puerto Vallarta is truly like.

IxayaIxaya proudly shows off a clean hotel, with a seasonal pool and terrace. This is the type of place that doesn’t offer any frills; you won’t find a spa, for example. Nor is breakfast included. Instead, this is the place to lay your head for a night. A stay here means you’re in a good location for restaurants and the beach, but the hotel itself isn’t where you’d want to spend all of your time.

No matter which of these 22 affordable hotels in Puerto Vallarta you choose, you really can’t go wrong. All of the zones listed above have their own magic that makes them special, meaning no matter where you choose to stay, you’ll have a great time!

Which of these 22 affordable hotels in Puerto Vallarta would you most want to stay in?

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Brooklyn Murtaugh

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Hi! I’m Brooklyn. Like many, I thought my purpose in life was to go to university, settle down and have kids. But that is not me. 

My aim is to inspire you to travel as much as you can while you can, whether that be through au pair work, or on your limited vacation days. It CAN be done. This world is incredible, let’s explore it!

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