Mexico has a diversity of accommodation to suit all pockets, from the humble asceticism of the hammock to the wallet-punishing splendour of the Gran Turismo hotels.
Hotels follow standard classification of one to five starts, with the addition of Gran Turismo for those with especially deep pockets. All the major international chain hotels are represented(including Hyatt, Meridian and Ritz Carlton) as well as several home-grown ones. Much more charming are the numerous historic buildings that have been converted into hotels, where you could find yourself staying in anything from a colonial hacienda to a cloistered convent.
When booking a room it's worth bearing in mind that single rooms typically have a double bed, and double rooms two double beds. For more information contact the Mexican Hotel and Motel Association(Tel. 5 571 3262, Fax. 5 203 0466). Alternatively visit www.hotelsmexico.com or www.mexhotels.com.
Sliding down the price scale, but by no means any less atmospheric, are Casas de Huéspedes. Something akin to an English B&B these family run guest houses are a favourite with budget travellers and, depending on your location, you should be able to hire a room for less than ten pounds per night(ask to see the room first).
Mexico 's network of hostels is still in its infancy, but where you do find them you're guaranteed the cheapest(bunk) bed in town. For more information visit www.hostelllinginmexico.com. Another budget option is to unroll your hammock and sling it between a couple of shady palms. The reality is a little more prosaic, but hammocks and places to hang them can be rented for next to nothing, or you can bring your own. Palm-thatched Cabañas are popular on beaches, prices vary wildly depending on location and services. For safety reasons camping is generally reserved for national parks, but campsites are found on the Yucatan Peninsular and in Baja California.