I visited Isla Mujeres for a few days with my bestie Bel and immediately fell in love.
Warm turquoise waters…
Uber walkable streets…
Super chilled out vibe…
…And ridiculously easy and cheap to get to from Mexico City.
With just a short flight to Cancun, a shared transfer to the pier, and a 20 minute boat ride, I went from breathing in the smog of big CDMX to zenning out on the pristine beaches of Isla Mujeres.
So when I was planning my partner’s annual birthday trip (and our reunion after being away from for over a month in Guatemala), of course I knew Isla Mujeres was THE place to go.
But while I opted out of the expensive Isla Mujeres hotels and stayed in an awesome hostel with Bel on my girls’ trip, I knew my dormphobic partner wouldn’t be down for such a shared space (he’s never ever ever stayed in a dorm room in all his years of travel and isn’t cool with shared bathrooms).
Ran – enjoys tubes and beaches, but not shared bathrooms and bunkbeds
When I started looking for accommodation that offered a bit more privacy and amenities without breaking the bank, I came up pretty short. Isla Mujeres hotels are pretty pricey, and the better value ones are generally located in a more remote (AKA less convenient) part of the island. As we’re saving up for a wedding and honeymoon in January, I couldn’t really justify spending over $100 a night for the four nights of the trip.
Thankfully, I quickly found Bucaneros Hotel and Suites.
serious value room in Isla Mujeres at Bucaneros Hotel
Starting at just $58 a night for a huge room less than ten minutes’ walk from the beach – it is by far the best value in Isla Mujeres.
It definitely met my four ideal hotel criteria:
Walkable location in Isla Mujeres
the view to the right of Bucaneros Hotel: restaurants, restaurants, restaurants
Bucaneros Hotel is PERFECTLY located on Hidalgo Ave in Isla Mujeres. Seriously, you couldn’t choose a more convenient location. It is right in the heart of Isla Mujeres’ bustling downtown and just 2 blocks from the Main Square.
Restaurants, the beach, grocery stores, and even motorbike rentals are less than a 10 minute stroll away. While being in the thick of it all, the rooms of Hotel Bucaneros are not too noisy and still retain a very private and secluded feel – even though you just have to step out of the hotel to be in the center of everything.
We rented a motorbike for our four day birthday trip, but we wouldn’t do it again if staying at Hotel Bucaneros. We just didn’t need it!
Small and family-style in Isla Mujeres
Bucaneros Hotel and Suites is family run, and only 20 rooms. The lovely staff at the front desk will definitely get to know you by name!
The staff let us check in early, and even stored our stuff for us after check out so we could make the most of our long overdue vacation (it was our first trip with just us two in over a year!!). They were very helpful in suggesting places to go, even providing a free (and very useful) map for us to use.
“Wow” factor in Isla Mujeres
the most comfortable bed I’ve ever had the flu in
The convenient kitchenette was the superstar of our stay. We could store wine and snacks in the fridge, and not need to constantly eat out (a major plus for anyone trying to get into “wedding day” shape).
We also really enjoyed the peaceful balcony, giving us a view of the city and providing a welcome breeze.
Unfortunately, I had come down with a flu just a few days before our trip (why do these things always happen at the worst time?) so I spent more time napping than I would’ve liked. VERY fortunately, my room had a ridiculously comfortable bed, and a flatscreen TV with English channels (which I normally would not EVER use on a beach holiday, but in this case was so appreciated)
Bang for the buck in Isla Mujeres
can I take this closet home with me?
The rooms at Bucaneros Hotel and Suites start at just $58 per night, for the room I mentioned above. You’ll get a big and beautifully decorated room complete with a little kitchenette, a balcony/terrace with chairs and a table, ridiculously huge closet (serious #closetenvy), and even a TV with English channels. There is also wifi throughout the hotel, daily housekeeping, and a business center. What more could you ask for?
Breakfast is included in some packages. It is definitely vegetarian-friendly, with a few vegan options as well.
Bucaneros Hotel Breakfast includes a fruit platter, all you can eat dry goods (like muffins, toast, and cereal), all you can drink tea and coffee, and a little set of condiments (peanut butter, cream cheese, and chocolate).