We round up hotels to suit every budget in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Campeche, Mexico.
You can’t miss the arresting, lime-green Monkey Hostel, located on the western edge of Parque Principal. The clean, cheerful rooms in this popular 40-bed hostel all have balconies overlooking the street. A fun rooftop bar offers unbeatable views over the square and the cathedral. The rates include breakfast and bottled water, and the hotel offers services like a book exchange, tours of Mayan sites, and bicycles for rent. Wifi is extra.
Hostal La Parroquia is situated, as the name suggests, steps away from Campeche’s magnificent cathedral and close to all the city’s attractions. The 38-bed hostel is housed in a beautiful 16th century mansion. Breakfasts, which are included, are served at the neighboring La Parroquia café. Check rates
Hotel Francis Drake is an attractive, centrally situated 24-room hotel with large, air-conditioned rooms and a restaurant, housed in a classic Spanish Colonial building. Our room had a Juliet balcony overlooking a lovely cobblestone street. Bathrooms are poky and showerheads tiny, but the air-conditioning works well and the rooms are light-filled and cheery.
The building housing the 24-room Hotel Castelmar, situated a block away from the waterfront, has been standing since 1800, when it was an army barracks. After a faithful restoration of the colonial façade, it’s now painted a striking sky-blue. There’s a swimming pool with deck, a shady terrace and modern conveniences like wifi.
The Art Deco-inspired Hotel Lopez, with its plant-filled atrium, curvaceous design and streamlined suites is a popular choice thanks to its elegant décor, small but chic pool and terrace and extras like cable TV, wifi and laundry service. The location is great, too: on picturesque Calle 12, a few blocks from the Francis Drake Hotel.
The modern if slightly generic Hotel Del Mar (part of the Best Western chain) is a good bet for travelers who like the reassuring comfort of a generic, American-style hotel room with cable TV, business facilities and professional, brisk service. Many of the 164 rooms have ocean views. There’s also a restaurant (complete with waiters who dress like pirates, argh), swimming pool and shops.
Hacienda Puerta Campeche: This restored 17th century mansion has been converted into a luxurious 15-suite Starwood property that’s without doubt Campeche’s most exclusive property. Soaring ceilings, pasta tile floors, mahogany doors…this is the spot for a romantic getaway par excellence.