Mexico's Hotel Accommodation
Mexico's hotels range from luxury spas to rustic cabanas and giant resorts. Almost all hotels in the country are classified according to a stars and diamonds system and receive their rating from an organization known as the Calidad Mexicana Certificada. Standards range from five-star diamond, given to only the most exclusive hotels to one star which is given to hotels offering only the very basics.
Five-star diamond hotels feature large, impeccably decorated rooms that are fully serviced on a regular basis and a long list of on-site amenities that usually include spa treatments, watersports and a variety of bars and restaurants. Hotels of this caliber adhere to strict international standards. A good example of a five-star diamond rated hotel in Mexico would be the Ritz Carlton in Cancun. Expect to pay $300 plus for rooms in hotels given this rating.
Five-star hotels offer similar facilities to five-star diamond hotels but simply lack the additional extras. Linen may not be quite as luxurious and the mint may be missing from your pillow at night. Other factors that may decrease a hotel's rating from five-star diamond to five-star include set room service hours and fewer restaurants and bars. Hotels of this caliber are still pricey, although rates are usually closer to the $250 mark than anything else.
Four-star hotels are less luxuriant and more economical although they still offer incredibly high standards of service and good amenities. By comparison, two and three-star hotels only need to adhere to a minimum standard of service. You can rest assured in all cases that your room will be clean and comfortable and in the case of two and three star hotels also reasonably large and airy. Linen will be changed on a daily basis and your bathroom will be cleaned daily. Rooms in three and four-star hotels usually cost between $80 and $200, while rooms in two star hotels go for between $30 and $100 per room per day. When it comes to one-star hotels you can usually pick up a room for $35 per night or less. A good example of a one-star hotel would be the clean and friendly Hotel Carmelina in Isla Mujeres.
Factors that are known to increase room prices include sea views, air conditioning, twin beds and in the case of hotels situated right on the beachfront, what floor rooms are located on. Rooms located on the ground storey usually feature direct access to the beach via patios and are therefore more expensive. The best way to find and book hotels is online, as many offer discounts and special packages on their websites. Alternatively, you can usually dial the hotel directly and make a booking. This is usually more expensive, but carries the advantage of enabling you to enquire about discounts you are entitled to as a member of associations such as the AAA and frequent flyer clubs.