So you focus on your backpacking experience, we do the leg work for your hostel choice. Pretty good deal, right?!
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
Cancun, Mexico is very well known for its beautiful beaches, resorts and amazing night life. It is a Mexican City on the Yucatan Peninsula bordering the Caribbean Sea.
What we cover in this article?
- 3 best hostels in detail
- Comparison chart of 3 best hostels
- cheapest hostels in Cancun
- best hostels in Cancun for solo travellers
- fun party hostels in Cancun
- discounts and promo codes
- How to book?
- all hostel and sights on a map
Quick Introduction to Cancun
Average price for a bed: Hostels in Cancun cost 13€ – 20€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 46€ up to 120€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- how to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
The 3 Best Hostels in Cancun
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Cancun, Mexico.
- Señor Frogs Hostel – Best overall hostel
- Nomads Hostel & Bar – Best for Party Travellers
- Mezcal Hotel & Hostel – Best for Solo Travellers
All three hostel are equipped with fast WiFi, swimming pool and great facilities.
When we stayed here, we liked the dorms at all 3 Cancun Hostels. They are spacious and super clean. However, Nomads Hostel & Bar is the only hostel that has the popular privacy curtains.
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. Señor Frogs Hostel (Party and Upscale!)
It is likely you have already found the best place: Señor Frog’s Hostel!
Let’s drop the biggest pros instantly:
- FUN Bar
- swimming pool
- lagoon view
- huge dorms and private rooms
- rooms come with a lake view
Oh, and in case that is not enough: They have a Slide!
You can actually slide from the hostel into the lagoon.
Frog’s Hostel is a great mix of upscale hostel and party hostel. It is not a laid-back hostel. At night, you can either join the people in the bar and have a seat on the fun bar stools – or you can rest in your room.
Rooms and bar (common area) are separated, so here this is possible.
You can choose from luxury double rooms with a lagoon view to 6, 8, 10 and 12 Bed Dorms. They do also have female-only dorms available; they come with 12 beds.
Every bed in the dorm comes with a power-socket, light and privacy curtain (we love this!)
Good to know: Travelling in a group of 4? Consider the Suite with ensuite balcony. Now, THAT’S a treat!
What about the location?
It is the only one of the Cancun Hostels here on the beach strip. Meaning, you are away from downtown but directly at the beach and lagoon.
For us, the location is perfect! Senor Frog’s Hostel even offers free parking. If you come with a car, let the hostel know before so they can save you a spot.
Well, NOTHING! All you need to do now is pack your stuff, book this hostel and hit the road.
Mr Frog, we mean, Señor Frog’s is the best Cancun Hostel for:
- Party Travellers
- Beach Lover
2. Nomads Hostel & Bar
In the heart of downtown Cancun, Nomads Hostel & Bar places you near the main streets of Cancun.
You are only 15 minutes from the beach. Hurray!
Good to know: Nomads Hostel and Bar was previously the Mayan Monkey Hostel. Do not let this confuse you.
Private rooms have a double bed with a private washroom and have been rated highly for couples backpacking together.
Shared rooms have six and eight beds, including six person female-only dormitory rooms. Beds in shared rooms come with reading lights.
Amenities you can enjoy in Nomads Hostel:
- Free WiFi
- Rooftop swimming pool
- Party and Events organized by hostel
- Kitchen to use
- Great Quality Dorms with privacy curtains
Feeling the vibes to chill and swim?
Nomads Hostel has a rooftop pool with a bar and cool hangout areas where you can watch the sunset over Cancun with other hostel guests.
There is also a games room where you can hangout and take a break from the party life of the city.
Who’s up for BBQ?
Every Saturday, the hostel hosts a BBQ on the roof where you can meet staff and guests. While the Nomads Hostel does not offer a free breakfast, their chef cooks dinner daily.
But there’s more.
If you’re hoping to see more of Cancun, or Mexico in general, you can take advantage of the hostel’s partnership with Party Rockers travel Agency which books tours to the eco parks, ruins, reefs and other attractions.
Location: The hostel is only a three-minute walk to the main bus station making it an easy home base if you plan on venturing out of the city.
This is one of the best backpacker hostels in Cancun for
- Party Travellers
3. Mezcal Hotel and Hostel
If you want to embrace the fun of Cancun without staying right in the spotlight, you should take a look at the Mezcal Hotel and Hostel.
The hostel is set in a two-story house in a residential area of the city, close to downtown too. Make sure you check our map with all hostel locations.
We absolutely love Mezcal Hotel for two reasons:
- both dorms and private rooms are HUGE and well equipped
- swimming pool and their events
What rooms can you choose from?
Private rooms sleep 1-4 people with a private en-suite washroom. Shared rooms sleep 4, 6, 8, and 14 people with female-only 6-bed rooms.
All shared rooms come with en-suite washrooms. Bedrooms at Mezcal Hostel are brightly painted and feature balconies and gardens for guests to enjoy.
- Free and fast WiFi
- Swimming Pool
- In-house Bar with great food
- You can even learn how to scuba dive here
Location: Not being in the heart of the city doesn’t get in the way of guests enjoying the clubs and bars of downtown Cancun or the beautiful beaches.
Mezcal partners with different organizations so guests can enjoy excursions to the different tourist attractions around the city including going snorkelling. In the evening, guests can take part in excursions to the hottest nightlife destinations.
There is a café next door to the hostel, and a grocery store only a five-minute walk where you can pick up food.
On Saturdays, hostel staff fire up the BBQ and guests are free to bring their own food. There is a bar on-site where you can get a drink.
Want to lay back and chill?
There is an outdoor pool and hammocks for guests to enjoy as well as a games room with board games, darts, and table tennis.
If you are feeling worn out from all the partying, there is a lot to do back at the hostel from relaxing and watching television to yoga, zumba, and salsa lessons.
The ambiance can be similar to Nomads Hostel, we mentioned before.
Yet, it’s a bit more chill, and it’s our better choice for female solo-travellers. Keep in mind, the dorms do not have the popular privacy curtains though.
Mezcal Hotel and Hostel is our top Cancun Hostel for:
- Solo-Female Travellers
Comparing all 3 Top Hostels in Cancun
Here is an overview of our handpicked top hostels in Cancun. In this chart we compare the main facilities and things to expect.
It will help you to take a decision.
|Señor Frog’s Hostel||Nomads Hostel and Bar||Mezcal Hotel and Hostel|
|WiFi||Free (Good)||Free (Good)||Free (Good)|
|Breakfast||Buffet Breakfast (extra)||Continental and American Options (extra)||Big Buffet Breakfast (extra)|
|Special||Slide, cool vibe, lagoon view||Fun Party Hostel! Roof top Swimming pool and bar||Swimming Pool and Fun vibes in an old Mansion|
|Lockers – and safe?||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Facilities for disabled guests||No||No||No|
|How to book?||Hostelworld||Hostelworld||Hostelworld|
This information can vary by season and availability. Please take this into account.
More Hostels worth a mention
We always choose only 3 handpicked hostels for you. This makes our guides so handy and useful for you. We do the leg work, and you focus on your travels.
For Cancun we feel we have to mention a few more hostels. It is really a hub for cool hostels.
Coco Hostel (central Hostel)
Worth a mention as well is the great Coco Hostel.
Located not far away from the previous hostels, it’s the most central hostel in Cancun.
The hostel is conveniently located between the city and the beach so that guests can take advantage of both aspects of travel and leisure during their trip.
Also: it is close to the bus station to go to the airport.
Shared rooms sleep 6, 8, 10, and 12 people in bunk beds with en-suite and shared bathrooms. The dorms are really big and comfy. Although again, no privacy curtains.
That’s not a big deal. It is the best hostel in Cancun for groups!
Perks in Coco Hostel:
- Free WiFi
- Super yummy free breakfast
- Car rental (useful!!)
- Swimming pool
There is no restaurant on-site (only a bar!), but guests can take advantage of the kitchen to prepare their own meals or enjoy one of the restaurants or bars that are a short walk from the hostel.
If you don’t feel like walking to the beach, you can take advantage of Coco Hostel’s outdoor swimming pool and terrace.
There are multiple common areas at the hostel where guests can relax, make friends, and decide what to do next.
Location: The hostel is conveniently located only a few minutes from the central bus station, as well as many of the attractions in downtown Cancun and the nightlife of the hotel district.
La Palapas Park is near to the hostel and is one of the best places in the city to get a taste of Mexican street food or shop for souvenirs at the market.
A great choice for:
- Small groups
What about cheapest hostels in Cancun?
Of course, there are always cheap hostels.
We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Cancun.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Cancun
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that. Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.
Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst.
These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
Best Hostels in Cancun for Solo Travellers?
What is the serious, best hostel in Cancun for solo-travellers?
We have two options for you – and it depends on what YOU want:
- Best Hostel in Cancun for Female Solo-Traveller: Mezcal Hostel
- Best Hostel in Cancun for Solo-Backpacker: Señor Frog’s Hostel
Mezcal Hostel: A room with your own privacy, a relaxing veranda to take time for yourself and a pool to plunge in is just the perfect bundle for a solo traveler. The hostel also organizes activities and trips. That makes it great to mingle with your hostel mates.
Yet, again, you can also just relax.
Señor Frog’s Hostel: … is great to meet people from all over the world! The bar is a social hub! Walk in the pub and you have new friends in no time.
The biggest difference between Mezcal Hostel and Señor Frog’s is the location, really.
Party Hostels in Cancun?
It is really no secret that Cancun is a party place. And yes, there is a bunch of fun backpacker party hostels in Cancun.
Here’s our take on cool hostels in Cancun for Partying:
Pool or party?
Why choose if you can have both.
Nomads Hostel and Bar: … was designed for fun and leisure. Drinking, partying while you dip in their rooftop pool.
Señor Frog’s Hostel: … opened in 2019, and is rocking the city ever since. We really like the healthy mix of upscale dorms and rooms and the super cool bar.
The difference again is the location, and Nomads Hostel is MORE party.
If I were you, I would would pick Señor Frog’s Hostel.
How to book?
Booking.com is the biggest and safest platform for hotel and hostels reservations. Their cancellation policy is one of the best, normally 100% refundable until 24h before the stay.
Hostelworld is also super safe and the biggest booking platform for hostels.
Here’s my guide on how to use Hostelworld.
On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Here is the overview:
- Señor Frog’s Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Nomads Hostel and Bar: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Mezcal Hotel and Hostel: Booking.com| Hostelworld
- Coco Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of Cancun best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Cancun.
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You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.
All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Cancun hostels on a map.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
- Chichen Itza
- Tulum Ruins (better stay near at the best hostels in Tulum)
- Rio Secreto Nature Reserve
- Cancun Underwater Museum
- Isla Mujeres
If you love the beach, Cancun will definitely leave you in an awe with its 14 mile long white sand beach made of crushed corals and breathtaking reef to swim and snorkel.
(You can activate and deactivate the layers in the left sidebar. Open the map in a new tab here.)
Flights to Cancun?
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Mexico including Cancun and Valladolid.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
More guides in Mexico
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Cancun.
We did the leg work for you and bring you more hostel guides to destinations:
- Best Hostels in Tulum, Mexico
- Best Hostels in Mexico City – with Casa Pepe
- Beds Friends Hostel in Cozumel, Mexico
- Best Hostels in San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Guide to all Best Hostels in Central America
- 44 BEST hostels in Costa Rica
Be sure to check out our collection of awesome 5 star hostels in Central America:
- Santurcia Hostel & Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Cucuruchos Boutique Hostel in Antigua, Guatemala
- Beach-Front at Casa Zen Guesthouse, Santa Teresa
- Fauna Luxury Hostel in San Jose, Costa Rica
You can find all our new and updates articles for Best Hostels in here.
Over to you
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Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries