Okay, we heard you. You’re on the hunt for the best cheap hotels in Cabo San Lucas.
We have a guide on our favorite charming and affordable hotels and resorts in Los Cabos.
But you’d really like to visit Cabo on a budget (a strict budget).
Or maybe you just need an inexpensive hotel for a night before or after your trip – a place to rest your head for one night. (We’ve been there…)
That means knowing about decent budget-friendly places to stay in Cabo.
Are there cheap Cabo hotels with rooms that go for under $200 USD night? What about under $100 a night?
We’re talking cheap but also reasonably nice hotels… Offering clean rooms with private washrooms and air conditioning.
Actually, yes! They exist. And we’ve got the lowdown on the 7 best cheap places to stay in Cabo San Lucas.
Best cheap hotels in Cabo San Lucas
These cheap hotels in Los Cabos are all located in the town of Cabo San Lucas at the tip of the Baja California Peninsula. (See our post on the difference between Cabo San Lucas and Los Cabos if you want to know more about the whole area.)
They’re not on the beach, except for one. That resort – Riu Santa Fe – is beachfront (see #7).
But all are close to the action.
1) Hotel Los Milagros
- Rating: 9.1 out of 10 stars
- Price: $ to $$
Right in the heart of Cabo San Lucas is Los Milagros, a 12-room, family-run piece of paradise.
Even though it’s in the thick of it all, there is peace and tranquility here at every step. It’s one of the best small cheap hotels in Cabo San Lucas for a low-key, great value stay in blissville.
Once you enter the courtyard surrounded by tall palm trees and vibrant flowers, you’ll feel like you’ve entered a sanctuary. And you have.
Walkup to the rooftop terrace for a glass of bubbly with a bird’s eye view of the city. Or head to the plunge pool to cool off and relax with a book from their library.
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2) Hotel Los Patios
- Rating: 8.5 out of 10 stars
- Rate: $$
Another one of the cheapest hotels in Cabo San Lucas is Hotel Los Patios.
In the shoulder season month of November, for example, you can snag a room with a king bed at this 3-star Cabo San Lucas hotel for about $85 a night.
Each hotel room has a patio or balcony with a hammock – and the hotel even boasts a small outdoor pool!
It’s located between the Costco and Walmart, so it’s not right in the city center (just a short drive away).
3) Cabo Inn Hotel
- Rating: 7.5 out of 10 stars
- Price: $
Have you ever stayed in an old brothel? (We’re going to go with no to that question.)
Well, now you can. Built in 1955 and originally used as a brothel, this property was rebranded in 1981 as the hotel it is today.
But impressively outshining its history, the Cabo Inn Hotel today offers two open-air rooftop rooms with palapas and private hot tubs.
These unique indoor-outdoor rooms have a traditional Mexican feel with private patios and mosquito netting over the bed. Since it’s outside and the Cabo Inn Hotel is in the middle of downtown, it can get a bit noisy, so come prepared with earplugs.
If that’s a little too authentic for your vacation style, they also have cute but simple queen rooms to choose from. The rooms are bright with colorful painted walls and fun Mexican art.
There are hammocks strewn about the property and so many plants it feels like the jungle.
Budget-conscious travelers will also appreciate the free community kitchen.
This is another one of the best budget hotels in Cabo San Lucas – one that’s quirky and boutiquey and has a great central location.
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4) Siesta Suites
- Rating: 9 (??) out of 10 stars
- Price: $
It may be one of the cheapest hotels in Los Cabos.
But the 2-star Siesta Suites – located in the heart of downtown Cabo San Lucas – has a loyal following of repeat guests. (We’ve occasionally stayed here for a night when it made sense to fly in a day earlier, ahead of our booked accommodation on the beach.)
All rooms have cable television and free WiFi. And you can get a room here in high season for under $100 a night.
The penthouse is the room to snag if you’re staying for a few days or longer.
This spacious suite features a full kitchen, an air-conditioned bedroom with a queen bed, a bathroom and a huge, partially shaded rooftop patio.
The patio comes complete with a BBQ, hammock, rocking chairs, lounge chairs and outdoor dining furniture.
The whole suite is charmingly decorated in cheerful colors, and the bathroom and kitchen counters are covered with Mexican tiles.
5) Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa
- Rating: 7.9 out of 10 stars
- Price: $$
Overlooking the Cabo San Lucas Marina, the Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa is an intimate all-suite resort offering an all-inclusive option.
All rooms come with kitchenettes and private balconies. But of course, if you go all-inclusive, you don’t have to cook.
The guest rooms and suites are a bit tired-looking (and could do with some sprucing up).
But the free-form outdoor swimming pool is a hit. Sip margaritas at the swim-up bar or play Mexican bingo by the pool with other guests.
There are several restaurants on the marina, all just a few minutes’ walk away, where you can eat as part of the all-inclusive plan.
If you go non-inclusive, you can get a good deal on a suite for less than $200 a night.
All-inclusive deals go for about $400 a room per night – so that’s another great option (for an all-inclusive resort in Cabo).
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6) Seven Crown Express & Suites
- Rating: 7.4 out of 10 stars
- Price: $
It costs barely $80 a night in high season (and less than $60 a night in the low season) to stay at Seven Crown Express & Suites.
It’s a relatively short walk from here (about 10 minutes) to Medano Beach (Playa el Medano), Cabo’s most popular swimmable beach.
As part of your stay, free breakfasts are included. But they’re quite simple and nothing really to write home about.
If you’re staying in Cabo San Lucas on a budget, we suggest you first check out the other hotels above. If they’re not available, this is another good option for accommodation that’s not all-inclusive.
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7) Riu Sante Fe
- Rating: 8.1 out of 10 stars
- Price: $$
We can’t guarantee, but this could possibly be the cheapest all-inclusive Cabo San Lucas resort.
Part of the Spanish Riu hotel chain, the Riu Sante Fe offers a budget-friendly all-inclusive experience with multiple onsite restaurants and bars, as well as 24-hour room service.
You’ll also find 10 pools, a water park with water slides, a fitness center and lots of fun entertainment.
Rooms come with a garden view, partial sea view or full-on ocean view. And there are connecting rooms.
Perhaps the best part about staying here is the location – on Medano Beach.
If you want to swim in the ocean here and the surf is a bit rough, you might have to walk a bit down the beach (in the direction of the marina) to where the water is calmer.
In the winter high season, rates go for less than $300 a night for 2 people sharing a room – a great deal!
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Last words on the best budget places to stay in cabo
So now you know where to stay in Cabo San Lucas on a budget!
When it comes to the best cheap Cabo San Lucas hotels, there’s quite a range – from simple no-frills accommodation options to cozy boutique hotels to all-inclusive resorts.
They prove that experiencing the magic of Cabo in Mexico’s Baja California Sur doesn’t have to be costly.
Have a wonderful and cheap Cabo vacation!
Photos: 1 Hotel Los Milagros | Remaining images courtesy the respective budget hotels in Cabo San Lucas