Tijuana’s transformation in recent years to a cultural and gastronomical hub is evident not only in the restaurant, craft beer, and art scene, it’s also apparent in hotel choices. Previously options in the city center tended to be seedy with questionable security; now there are several buildings right along Avenida Revolución that have metamorphosed into hip design hotels offering comfort and safety. And if you’d rather be away from the noise and hubbub, you’ll find several other options in different areas of town. Here’s a selection of hotels in Tijuana that are comfortable, safe, and conveniently located.
One Bunk Tijuana
A 14-room boutique hotel conveniently situated above La Justina Restaurant on Avenida Revolución, Tijuana’s main strip, One Bunk is both artistic and homey. Identifying with the San Diego/Baja lifestyle, the hotel embraces local culture, architecture, and design, with every detail thoughtfully curated. After a day wandering the streets of Tijuana shopping, eating, and carousing, take some time to relax and enjoy the hotel's lounge areas and coffee bar. Unless you're sensitive to noise, get a room facing the street so you can watch the action from your urban retreat.
A sleek 11-story hotel set among high-rise buildings in Zona Río, Quartz is about a 10-minute walk from the San Ysidro border crossing. Developed as a part of the NewCity Medical Plaza, the hotel's design is meant to impart an ambiance of well-being and relaxation, with particular thought given to those preparing for and recovering from medical treatments.
The expansive lobby opens onto the bar and restaurant area in an open-floor plan. Wood paneling and art inspired by the Huichol Indigenous group are featured throughout the property, while the ultra-modern rooms come with a digital system that allows guests to adjust lights, curtains, air-conditioning, and entertainment from a single console. Quartz also has an outdoor pool; a fitness center with treadmills, stationary bicycles, weight machines, and free weights; and an on-site spa offering a variety of massages and body treatments. Room rates start at $97 for a deluxe double room.
Its proximity to Tijuana’s international airport and the U.S. consulate, as well as complimentary shuttle service within a 5-mile radius, makes the Hampton Inn a perfect choice for a layover—but its comfortable rooms with spacious bathrooms and modern amenities make it a good option for a longer stay, too. Free breakfasts with freshly made waffles are an added perk, plus there’s a fully-equipped fitness facility and business center for catching up on any to-dos. Rates for a double start at $97; Hilton members enjoy discounts in addition to early check-in and late checkout.
This building, which dates back to the 1950s, was completely refurbished when it opened as a boutique hotel in downtown Tijuana in 2019. The 17 minimalistic yet comfortable guest rooms feature smart TVs along with city and sky views. Elvira’s Bar and Restaurant (named after the character in "Scarface") serves cocktails and bar food, while its decorative palm trees, pastel colors, and neon colors will remind you of Miami in the 80s. Room rates start around $45.
Located near the financial and gastronomic districts, Paseo Chapultepec mall, and Zona Río, the Hyatt Place Tijuana has 145 comfortable, spacious, and well-appointed rooms. Besides comfortable beds and all the amenities you could need, all the rooms have seating areas, and some are even wheelchair accessible. You'll also find secure free parking and an on-site restaurant that is open 24/7. Many of the guests are there for medical procedures at nearby clinics, but the hotel is family-friendly and good for business travelers, too. For those who don't know Spanish, most of the staff speak English (which isn’t always the case in Tijuana). A queen room runs about $120.
Located on the corner of Avenida Revolución and Constitución, Hotel Ticuán is great for a comfortable stay close to the action. There’s secure underground parking, a well-equipped fitness center and spa, and an on-site restaurant that offers room service and complimentary breakfast. The master suite features a jacuzzi, sitting area, and a large screen TV that pivots so you can see it from any angle. But if you’re planning to get some work done during your stay, choose an executive room. Rates for a single start at $85.
Catering to families as well as business travelers, this hotel is located in Zona Río, part of Tijuana’s modern business district. Located near the Centro Cultural Tijuana and Plaza Río, it's conveniently close to some of the city’s best restaurants and many of Tijuana’s medical and dental clinics. Rooms are spacious and comfortable with big-screen televisions, air conditioning, and WiFi. There are three on-site restaurants, an exercise room with a sauna, and an attractive pool in the courtyard for cooling off on hot days. Guests staying in the newer K-Tower section of the hotel can enjoy a ground floor lounge and a rooftop pool with a spectacular view of the surroundings. Rates for a double room start at $120, and rooms in the K-Tower start at $150.
In the heart of the action on Avenida Revolución, Hotel Rio Rita, formerly Hotel España, underwent a complete renovation and name change. The 55 smoke-free rooms are spread over four stories and feature black and white murals of classic Hollywood stars and the rich and famous from the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. They’re each equipped with a flat screen TV, mini fridge, safe, and air conditioning. This is a good place to stay if you plan to stay out enjoying Tijuana’s exuberant nightlife scene on La Revu and its surroundings. Rates start at $40.