The Best Hotels for First Time Visitors in Mexico

Where to Stay on Your First Trip to Mexico

Guadalajara, Mexico Guadalajara, Mexico

Visiting Mexico for the first time can be an exciting, yet overwhelming experience. With so many incredible hotels to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to stay. If you're deciding where to stay for your first visit to Mexico, we've compiled a list of the best hotels for first time visitors. We analyzed all of the hotels in Mexico based on price, location, amenities, guest ratings, and more to determine which would be the ideal places to stay for first timers. Whether you're here for just a few days or longer, these hotels offer the perfect combination of amenities, location, and price. For those visiting Mexico for the first time, it's important to choose a hotel in a safe and convenient area to make the most of your first visit. You'll want to be close to the activities, shopping, and dining options, of course. When looking for hotels, consider the amenities they offer. Some hotels may have a fitness center, a bar or restaurant, a pool, or even a spa. All of these features can add to your overall enjoyment if you've never been to Mexico before. Also, guest ratings and reviews are also important to consider when choosing a hotel. Whether you're visiting Mexico for the first time, or you're a seasoned traveler, the best hotels in Mexico for first-timers offer the perfect combination of comfort, convenience, and affordability. So, here's our list of suggestions for your next trip.

(Prices are listed in U.S. Dollars.)

La Mision Loreto

Loreto, Baja California Sur State
3-star Hotel with prices starting at $187 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect Hotel to Make the Most of Your First Visit
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Beach

Located at Paseo Adolfo Lopez Mateos y Rosendo Robles S/N, La Mision Loreto has great rooms from $187 (before taxes). It offers an outdoor pool, room service, a restaurant, scuba diving, and snorkeling. It has a terrific 9.30 rating out of 10 from previous guests who have stayed here. Only a short distance from the city center, first time visitors will especially love a bar, hiking, mountain views, rooms with kitchenettes, and child care at this relaxing hotel. We find the kitchenette here to be a great way to get a good breakfast and save time and money.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Child pool
  • Indoor pool
  • Horse riding
  • Beach
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hiking
  • Kitchenette
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Pets allowed
  • Hot tub
  • Free parking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Fishing
  • Family rooms
  • Coffee shop
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Breakfast in the room


Posada del Tepozteco

Tepoztlan, Morelos State
4-star Hotel with prices starting at $149 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Great Hotel for First Time Visitors
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Heated pool

A great place to stay is Posada del Tepozteco which has nice rooms starting at $149. Offering an outdoor pool, room service, a restaurant, a bar, and hiking, it also has a great guest rating of 9.00 out of 10 from many previous guests. It's located at Paraiso 3 Barrio San Miguel. This convenient hotel is also nice because it offers mountain views, child care, laundry services, city views, and a hot tub which visitors will enjoy. Also, it's just a short drive from the city center. After a busy day, the heated pool is a nice place to unwind.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Spa
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hiking
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Hot tub
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Family rooms
  • Heated pool
  • Coffee shop
  • Breakfast in the room


Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal

Los Cabos, Baja California Sur State
5-star Resort with prices starting at $961 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect for Your First Visit to Mexico
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Beach
  • Family-Friendly
  • Heated pool

We found Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal to be a great place to stay, and the price starts at $961. We loved that is has an outdoor pool, a pool bar, room service, a restaurant, and a fitness center, and it also has a terrific guest rating of 9.80 out of 10 from previous guests. It's located at Camino Del Mar 1. You'll also find scuba diving, a bar, mountain views, child care, and laundry services which travelers will love. And this fun hotel is just a quick trip from the center of town. We love a fun pool bar, and this one is a nice spot to chill and relax by the pool.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Child pool
  • Horse riding
  • Beach
  • Family-Friendly
More Great Amenities
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Pets allowed
  • Hot tub
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Fishing
  • Family rooms
  • Heated pool
  • Coffee shop
  • Refrigerator
  • Playground
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Infinity pool
  • Saltwater pool
  • Kids' club


Hacienda de los Santos

Alamos, Sonora State
4-star Hotel with prices starting at $234 (before taxes) - See All Prices
A Good Stay for Your First Trip
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.

With terrific rooms from $234, Hacienda de los Santos, at Calle Molina 8 provides an outdoor pool, room service, a restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar. Its terrific guest rating is 9.60 out of 10 from previous guests staying here. New visitors will really like this amazing hotel which also offers a kid-friendly buffet, hiking, mountain views, child care, and pet-friendly rooms. It's located just a short distance from the city center, too. The restaurant serves delicious food, too.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Airport shuttle
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Hiking
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Pets allowed
  • Hot tub
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Fishing
  • Tennis
  • Refrigerator
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Luxury


Villa del Pescador

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero State
2-star Hotel with prices starting at $63 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect for Your First Time in Mexico
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for first time trip hotels.
  • Beach

Villa del Pescador has a great guest rating of 8.60 out of 10, and offers an outdoor pool, skiing, room service, a restaurant, and scuba diving. The great rooms here start at $63 before taxes and depending on the season. It can be found at De la Noria 7. Furthermore, it also offers snorkeling, a bar, city views, a hot tub, and free parking, which is nice for first time visitors. Just a short drive from the city center, this fantastic hotel is a terrific choice. The pool here was very nice, relaxing, and fun. We found the price of this hotel to be a great value because the price is less than average for first time trip hotels.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Skiing
  • Room service
  • Snorkeling
  • Beach
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot tub
  • Free parking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Fishing
  • Private pool
  • Refrigerator
  • Breakfast in the room


Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita

Punta de Mita, Nayarit State
5-star Resort with prices starting at $1318 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect for First-Timers
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Beach

The great guest rating of Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita is 9.40 out of 10. This place has an outdoor pool, a pool bar, room service, a restaurant, and a fitness center. Prices for the terrific rooms are from $1318, and it's located at Bahia de Banderas. We also love the scuba diving, snorkeling, a bar, a kid-friendly buffet, and rooms with kitchens which are great for visitors. And since it's just a quick trip from the center of the town, the location is great, too. And with the ability to cook your own meals in the kitchen, you can save money and time.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Snorkeling
  • Kitchen
  • Spa
  • Child pool
  • Beach
More Great Amenities
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Kitchenette
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Pets allowed
  • Hot tub
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Fishing
  • Family rooms
  • Private pool
  • Tennis
  • Coffee shop
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Playground
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Kids' club


Ixtapan de la Sal Marriott Hotel Spa & Convention Center

Ixtapan de La Sal, Mexico State
4-star Hotel with prices starting at $89 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Among the Best Places to Stay for a First Visit to Mexico
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 4-star hotels.
  • Family-Friendly
  • Heated pool

A cool place is Ixtapan de la Sal Marriott Hotel Spa & Convention Center because it has great rooms that start at $89. It has an outdoor pool, room service, a restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar, it also earned a great guest rating of 8.40 out of 10 from people who have stayed here before. It's found at Jose Maria Morrelos S/N Fraccionamientao Bugambilas. Only a short distance from the city center, travelers will especially love outdoor tennis, mountain views, child care, laundry services, and golf at this convenient hotel. Everyone loves a nice indoor pool, and the one here does not disappoint! It's also less than the average price for first time trip hotels, so it's a great value.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Child pool
  • Indoor pool
  • Airport shuttle
  • Family-Friendly
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Pets allowed
  • Hot tub
  • Game room
  • Table tennis
  • Bicycle rental
  • Family rooms
  • Heated pool
  • Playground
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Kids' club


Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit State
5-star Hotel with prices starting at $811 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect Hotel to Make the Most of Your First Visit
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Beach

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit offers an outdoor pool, room service, a casino, a restaurant, and a fitness center which we really like. The terrific rooms here start at $811 (before taxes). It's located at Av. Cocoteros 98 Sur and has earned a guest rating of 9.30/10. This fun hotel is also nice because it offers scuba diving, snorkeling, a bar, a kid-friendly buffet, and child care which new visitors will enjoy. Also, it's just a short drive from the city center. That hot tub is terrific after a long day of sightseeing.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Child pool
  • Kid-friendly
  • Beach
More Great Amenities
  • Casino
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Hot tub
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Table tennis
  • Bicycle rental
  • Family rooms
  • Tennis
  • Playground
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Kids' club


The Lorian Club

Cocoyoc, Morelos State
5-star Hotel with prices starting at $163 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Great Hotel for First Time Visitors
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 5-star hotels.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Heated pool

Located at Carretera Cuernavaca-Cuautla #1 Carretera Cuernavaca-Cuautla #1, The Lorian Club has great rooms from $163 (before taxes). It offers an outdoor pool, room service, a restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar. It has a terrific 9.30 rating out of 10 from previous guests who have stayed here. You'll also find breakfast, mountain views, laundry services, golf, and a free breakfast which first time visitors will love. And this amazing hotel is just a quick trip from the center of town. We love the convenience of room service, and it's really nice here.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Breakfast included
  • Free breakfast
  • Spa
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Laundry service
  • Pets allowed
  • Hot tub
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Family rooms
  • Heated pool
  • Tennis
  • Breakfast in the room


Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa

Santa Cruz Huatulco, Oaxaca State
4-star Resort with prices starting at $233 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect for Your First Visit to Mexico
  • Beach

A great place to stay is Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa which has nice rooms starting at $233. Offering an outdoor pool, room service, a restaurant, a fitness center, and snorkeling, it also has a great guest rating of 8.20 out of 10 from many previous guests. It's located at Benito Juarez 4 Bahia de Tangolunda. Visitors will really like this fantastic hotel which also offers a bar, a kid-friendly buffet, breakfast, mountain views, and child care. It's located just a short distance from the city center, too.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Snorkeling
  • Breakfast included
  • Free breakfast
  • Spa
  • Child pool
  • Kid-friendly
  • Airport shuttle
  • Beach
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Hot tub
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Table tennis
  • Bicycle rental
  • Coffee shop
  • Playground
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Kids' club


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How much do hotels for first-time visitors cost in Mexico?

Mexico Average First Time Trip Hotel Price
$99

Visitors will find a large range of terrific first time trip hotel choices when planning a visit to Mexico. The price of these first time trip hotels can vary according to location, type, and amenities. The average first time trip hotel price in Mexico based on data from 3081 hotels is an affordable $99. If you're interested in more information about hotels here, see our guide to hotel prices in Mexico.

The average prices of our suggested first time trip hotels by star rating:

  • 5-star hotels: $330
  • 4-star hotels: $130
  • 3-star hotels: $76
  • 2-star hotels: $57


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