Where to Stay in Acapulco in 2023 | Best Areas, Hotels, & Rentals

Are you wondering where to stay in Acapulco Mexico? If so, you’re in luck. Find the best areas, hotels, and rentals in Mexico’s most famous coastal destination!

Acapulco has been quite an infamous destination on the Mexican pacific coast in the past decade for the increasing crime and insecurity.

It’s still not the safest place in Mexico that I know of, but still, a place that you can visit and enjoy if you stick to the touristy areas and avoid walking alone at night, especially in dark areas.

Having taken that concern out of the way, Acapulco is a great place to visit and spend a few days, with many things to do and places to explore (which I will cover in another post).

Here I would like to help you find the best hotel in the best neighborhood since the place where you stay is the starting point of the perfect vacation. So let’s dive into that!

Where to stay in Acapulco | Best areas

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Coastal views of the Cliffs of Acapulco, Mexico – Photo from Canva

Before you decide on a hotel or vacation rental, it’s worth considering which part of Acapulco you would most like to stay in.

✅ Acapulco Diamante is an exclusive area known for its resorts, restaurants, and beaches.

✅ The City Center is perfect for budget options near many historical landmarks.

✅ Barra Vieja offers prime access to many great beaches and pedestrian walkways.

✅ Puerto de Marqués is great for anyone wanting privacy, luxury, and breathtaking views.

Where to Stay in Acapulco Mexico | Acapulco Diamante

Acapulco Diamante, Mexico
Acapulco Diamante in the early evening – Photo © Canva

Acapulco Diamante, also called “Punta Diamante” is one of the best places to stay in Acapulco. This exclusive area is modern, luxurious, and wildly popular. It boasts a famous beach, thriving nightlife, and a wide variety of restaurants.

This area is south of the city with easy access to Acapulco International Airport.

Stay in any number of beautiful private villas, condos, hotels, and resorts in this popular hotel region.

1. Quinta Real Acapulco | luxury hotel

Quinta Real Acapulco hotel overview
Quinta Real Overview – Photo © Expedia

One of the best places to stay in Punta Diamante Acapulco is the Quinta Real. This elegant resort is great for couples and families alike.

You’ll love the amenities at this ocean-side resort. The facilities feature a swimming pool, spa and wellness center, fitness center, bar, room service, ATM machine, and jewelry shop.

The Quinta Real Acapulco combines an impeccable classy aesthetic with thatch-roofed palapas, palm trees, and sweeping views of the Pacific.

It is also near a number of entertainment options. Play golf, swim and enjoy the ocean, or check out the nearby nightlife.

Most of the rooms at the Quinta Real include balconies, minibars, flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, sea and pool views, and more.

👉 Check out rates and availability on Booking.com | Expedia | Hotels.com

2. Pierre Mundo Imperial | a mid-range hotel

Pierre Mundo Imperial hotel
Pierre Mundo Imperial – Acapulco Diamante – Photo © Expedia

Pierre Mundo Imperial is a lovely mid-range hotel in Acapulco Diamante. It is set among lush tropical gardens on Acapulco’s Revolcadero Beach and boasts a rustic elegance.

Enjoy great amenities at this hotel including a tennis court, outdoor swimming pool with a waterfall, fitness center, spa, café, open-air sports bar, and a terrace restaurant serving Mexican haute cuisine.

The rooms are smoke-free and feature air-conditioning, cable TV, and garden views, pool views, or ocean views.

This hotel is conveniently located a fifteen-minute drive from the Acapulco City Center and a ten-minute drive from the airport. 

Pierre Mundo Imperial is a favorite among couples.

Guests loved the pool, delicious restaurant fare, fabulous beach, and spacious rooms.

👉 Check out rates and availability on Booking.com | Expedia

3. Wayahnb’al Eco Hostal | budget hotel

If you’re looking for a budget option in Acapulco Diamante, consider booking a stay with Wayahnb’al Eco Hostal. This hostel features unique dome-shaped units dotted throughout the garden.

The facilities are clean with a colorful charm.

Enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, shared lounge, shared kitchen, garden, and free private parking. There is wifi throughout the property.

Most of the rooms feature great amenities such as a patio, garden views or pool views, private bathrooms, wardrobes, and a wardrobe.

Wayahnb’al Eco Hostel is only 8 kilometers from the House of Culture and the Acapulco Navy History Museum. It is only six kilometers from General Juan N Alvarez International Airport.

Revolcadero Beach is 750 meters from this hostel.

👉 Check out rates and availability on Booking.com

4. HominngBird Acapulco | vacation rental

HominngBird Acapulco hotel
HominngBird Acapulco – Photo © Expedia

If you’re looking for a vacation rental in Acapulco’s popular Punta Diamante, HominngBird Acapulco could be perfect for you!

Stay in one of the beautiful villas on this property and enjoy on-site amenities including an outdoor swimming pool, indoor swimming pool, garden, shared lounge, barbecue, private parking, children’s playground, and casino.

The units are air-conditioned with private bathrooms, a living room with a TV, an equipped kitchen, a dining area, and a patio with pool views.

HominngBird Acapulco Villas can sleep anywhere from two to nine people depending on which unit you book.

This vacation rental property is 1.7 kilometers from Revolcadero Beach. It includes an airport shuttle option to General Juan N Alvarez International Airport.

👉 Check out rates and availability on Booking.com | Expedia | Hotels.com

Where to Stay in Acapulco | City Center Acapulco

Acapulco city center
Acapulco city center – Photo © Canva

Another great area you should consider for your stay in Acapulco is the city center.

This area, also called “traditional” or “historic” Acapulco is home to many famous historic attractions such as the Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, the House of the Mask, La Quebrada, and Plaza Alvarez. 

This is a great area for anyone interested in Mexican history. It includes Old Town, the Port, various historic neighborhoods, and the city center.

As far as beaches go, this area extends from Caleta and Caletilla Beaches to Papagayo Park.

The City Center tends to have more economical lodging options than Acapulco Diamante.

5. Gamma Acapulco Copacabana | a luxury hotel

Gamma Acapulco Copacabana hotel
Gamma Acapulco Copacabana – outdoor pool – Photo © Expedia

Gamma Acapulco Copacabana is a gorgeous luxury hotel steps away from Playa Icacos.

Enjoy stunning views of Acapulco bay from a private balcony in your deluxe room or suite.

Have fun doing water sports, visiting the nearby town center, or luxuriating in the hotel amenities.

Gamma Acapulco Copacabana includes an outdoor pool, sundeck, state-of-the art fitness center, kids club, and restaurant.

Enjoy a professional on-site show, or explore the restaurants, nightclubs, bars, and boutiques in the surrounding area.

This hotel is very close to a fantastic golf course.

Guests loved the excellent staff, the amazing beach, and the beautiful facilities.

👉 Check out rates and availability on Booking.com | Expedia | Hotels.com

6. Hotel Nilo | a mid-range hotel

Hotel Nilo rooms
Hotel Nilo – Photo © Expedia

Hotel Nilo is a fabulous mid-range hotel very close to Icacos Beach and the Miguel Aleman Seafront Boulevard.

Enjoy the roof-top swimming pool and sun terrace, free parking, free wifi, and family rooms.

The rooms are air-conditioned with ensuite bathrooms and pool views or city views.

Guests loved the rooftop pool and jacuzzi, the exceptional service, and the central location with easy access to stores, restaurants, and the beach.

👉 Check out rates and availability on Booking.com | Expedia | Hotels.com

7. Hotel Costa Azul | a budget hotel

Hotel Costa Azul overview
Hotel Costa Azul – Acapulco City Center – Photo © Expedia

If you’re looking for a budget hotel in Acapulco’s City Center, Hotel Costa Azul could be perfect.

This budget hotel is a 5-minute drive from Icacos Beach on Acapulco Bay and a variety of casinos.

As far as amenities go, the rooms feature air-conditioning, a flat-screen cable TV, a private bathroom, a safety deposit box, and a bright modern feel.

There is also a swimming pool, sun terrace, and outdoor lounge areas on the property. 

Guests loved the amazing value for the money, the easy access to great restaurants and nightlife, and the spacious modern facilities. 

👉 Check out rates and availability on Booking.com | Expedia | Hotels.com

8. Large Beautiful Apartment with Bay Views | a vacation rental

vacation rental with Acapulco Bay views
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Another great option in Acapulco’s City Center is this beautiful apartment rental. 

This three-bedroom apartment features two bathrooms, a living room, an equipped kitchen, a dining room, and a patio offering striking views of Acapulco Bay.

The apartment is on the ground floor and has a clean modern vibe that is comfortable and spacious.

Additional on-site amenities include a pool and a bar with food service. Shopping centers and restaurants are nearby.

It can sleep up to eight people.

👉 Check out rates and availability on vrbo.com

Where to Stay in Acapulco | Barra Vieja

La Quebrada of Acapulco Mexico
La Quebrada of Acapulco Mexico – Photo © Canva

Another popular area to stay in Acapulco is Boulevard Barra Vieja. This is one of Acapulco’s most bustling walkways, featuring resorts, restaurants, surf shops, and more.

This area boasts many great beaches including Playa la Gloria, Playamar Tres Cantos, Playa la Confil, Playa Hermosa, and Ikaroa Beach.

It’s an excellent place to stay to enjoy the beach, walking, biking, driving ATVs, or even riding horses.

It is only three minutes from the airport.

Read on to find the best places to stay in Barra Vieja Acapulco.

9. Hotel Tres Vidas Acapulco | luxury hotel

Tres Vidas Acapulco hotel
Hotel Tres Vidas Acapulco – terrace/patio – Photo © Expedia

Hotel Tres Vidas Acapulco is a luxurious beachfront hotel a ten-minute drive from Barra Vieja. 

Go parasailing and surfing, try the on-site spa, or enjoy the beautiful beach views.

As far as amenities go, you’ll be living in the lap of luxury at Hotel Tres Vidas. Enjoy the beach-side golf course, on-site spa services, beach club, and gourmet restaurant.

The units come with a dining and seating area, a furnished balcony with sea views, private bathrooms with a spa bath, and marble floors.

Hotel Tres Vidas Acapulco is a very secluded tranquil hotel with an incredible beach.

👉 Check out rates and availability on Booking.com | Expedia | Hotels.com

10. Monyoli Hotel & Boutique | mid-range hotel

Monyoli Hotel & Boutique Acapulco
Photo © Monyoli Hotel & Boutique

If you’re looking for a mid-range hotel along the Boulevard Barra Vieja, you’ll love Monyoli Hotel & Boutique.

This lodging option offers great amenities including an outdoor pool, 24-hour front desk, free wifi, garden, and sun terrace.

The units feature a fridge, microwave, coffee machine, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a wardrobe, and a private bathroom. Some units also have a seating area.

Great for couples and families alike Quadruple rooms and King Suites are available for booking.

The rooms are bright and decorated with colorful accents and lush potted plants.

👉 Check out rates and availability on Booking.com

11. Casa Jaguar Hotel & Boutique | a budget hotel

Casa Jaguar Hotel & Boutique Acapulco
Photo © Casa Jaguar Hotel & Boutique

Casa Jaguar Hotel & Boutique is an Acapulco budget hotel only 2.5 kilometers from Revolcadero Beach.

This hotel offers fabulous amenities for the price including a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, room service, free wifi, and excellent staff.

The decor is authentic, fun, and cozy. Rooms feature a private bathroom, a wardrobe, air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and a desk.

Guests loved this hotel’s close proximity to the beach, the quiet but friendly ambiance, and the comfortable beds.

An optional continental breakfast is served on the terrace each morning.

👉 Check out rates and availability on Booking.com

12. Departamento en Acapulco Diamante | vacation rental

Departamento en Acapulco Diamante hotel overview
Departamento en Acapulco Diamante Overview – Photo © Booking.com

Another wonderful lodging option in Acapulco is this vacation rental only 250 meters from Revolcadero Beach.

Guests at this rental can choose between a studio apartment and a deluxe two-bedroom apartment.

The units are air-conditioned with an equipped kitchen, dining area, and living room area with a flat-screen TV, free wifi, and a patio or balcony.

On-site amenities include a garden, outdoor pool, hot tub, and sun terrace.

Guests loved the attention to detail, impeccable facilities, and friendly staff.

👉 Check out rates and availability on Booking.com

Where to Stay in Acapulco | Puerto del Marqués

Puerto del Marques, Acapulco, Mexico
Puerto del Marqués – Photo © Canva

One of the prime tourist spots in Acapulco is Puerto del Marqués, a port southeast of the city. This area, also known as Cabo Marqués, features historic monuments, fabulous beaches, and beautiful bays.

Although this is technically part of Acapulco Diamante, Puerto del Marqués has its own vibe.

Read on to find the top places to stay in this area.

13. Banyan Tree Cabo Marqués | luxury hotel

Banyan Tree Cabo Marqués hotel in Acapulco
Banyan Tree Cabo Marqués – Photo © Expedia

Nothing beats the Banyan Tree Cabo Marqués for beauty and amenities. This 5-star hotel sits on a cliff above the Pacific Ocean. The facilities include a full-service spa, two outdoor pools, a gym, a library, and three different restaurants.

The luxury villas come equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows with uninterrupted views of the surrounding splendor.  Each unit also comes with a plasma TV, minibar, daily turndown service, private sundeck, bathrobes, and private pools.

At night, lights dot the garden, making for a dreamy romantic feel.

What better way to enjoy a getaway with your significant other than in this incredible Acapulco luxury hotel?

👉 Check out rates and availability on Booking.com | Expedia | Hotels.com

14. Camino Real Acapulco | a mid-range hotel

Camino Real Acapulco hotel
Camino Real Acapulco – private beach – Photo © Expedia

Another option on Puerto del Marqués is this lovely mountain-side resort.

Camino Real Acapulco has two on-site restaurants, a poolside bar, a gift shop, a taxi service, terraces with ocean views, three outdoor pools, a full-service spa, and room service.

The units come equipped with great amenities, including a satellite TV, private bathroom, ceiling fan, minibar, comfortable beds, and balconies with sea views.

Guests loved the private beach, tranquil setting, and fantastic staff.

👉 Check out rates and availability on Booking.com | Expedia | Hotels.com 

Where to stay in Acapulco FAQ

What is the best month to visit Acapulco?

The best time to visit Acapulco is November through May with the weather being consistently sunny and hot. On the other hand, the rainy season spans from June through September.

Are the beaches nice in Acapulco?

Acapulco is the so-called Pearl of the Pacific and Mexico’s most famous coastal destination so the beaches are exceptionally nice – with white sand, calm water, a bunch of beach games, and water sports.

Can you swim from Acapulco beaches?

Yes, you can swim on most of the Acapulco beaches. Condesa Beach is where you’ll find the biggest crowds in Acapulco, or you can explore the small and hidden beaches along the coast if you want to enjoy the beautiful surroundings in peace.

Is there Uber in Acapulco?

Uber currently does not operate in Acapulco. Regular taxis or a bus is your best and fastest way of transportation in the city

What is Acapulco best known for?

If you are interested in Mexican history, Acapulco is home to many famous historical attractions such as the Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, the House of the Mask, La Quebrada, and Plaza Alvarez. 

The city is also one of Mexico’s oldest beach resorts with exclusive and modern areas ideal for those looking for a luxury beach holiday.

Is it safe to walk around Acapulco?

If you stick to the touristy area, Acapulco is a safe place to travel for tourists. It’s important to be self-aware in public areas and double-check that your belongings are always secured.

Make sure you don’t forget travel insurance

If you are wondering whether you need travel insurance in Mexico, the short answer is: Yes, you do! I can never stress enough what a lifesaver it can be in unexpected situations.

Although I hope I never need it, it gives me peace of mind to know that whatever happens I am covered. I have been using  Safety Wing and I find it quite fair, covering a lot for its pricing level.

Depending on your needs or you can compare different insurance companies on this useful site, TRAVEL INSURANCE MASTER. Make sure you read carefully what’s included before making the purchase.

If you are undecided yet you can read my post on the best travel insurance for Mexico for more clarity.

Should I go to Acapulco or Cancun?

The match Acapulco vs Cancun is a tough one. Although Cancun is definitely safer, and the beaches more swimmable, Acapulco offers incredible landscapes, great hotels, and surfing, besides great food and many things to do as well. Check out my post linked above to learn more about their main differences.

Where to stay in Acapulco: final thoughts

Acapulco is full of charm, natural beauty, historic monuments, and fabulous beaches.

Whether you are searching for an elegant stay, a unique and vibrant interior, or to enjoy beautiful bay views this guide covers my favorite stays for every budget.

With so much to see and enjoy you’ll be sure to have an amazing time wherever you stay in these stunning Acapulco areas.