40 Best Hostels in Mexico, North America

40 Best Hostels in Mexico – Explore this Vibrant Country one Hostel at a Time (+ 5% Discount)

Bienvenido! Welcome to the absolute best hostels in Mexico, handpicked by yours truly, the Hostelgeeks.

We share only the coolest and most epic hostels worth visiting in the top destinations in Mexico. From Mexico City and Tulum, to Playa del Carmen and Puerto Escondido.

Are these really the top hostels in Mexico?

Absolutely! Absolutamente!

We’ve included a gem of a 5 Star Hostel, all of the top destinations, party hostels…. how could this collection be anything less than the best?

Skip ahead and discover Casa Pepe, our one and only 5 star hostel fusing luxury and backpacking vibes in Mexico City.

Also! This guide includes stunning Selina Hostels.

We teamed up with Selina Hostels to bring the Hostelgeeks Community more unique hostels and experiences. If you love the 5 Star Hostels, you will love Selina!

Hostelgeeks readers also receive an exclusive 5% Discount on all Selina Hostels worldwide.

List of cities with the Best Hostels in Mexico

Come on then, we know you’re eager to discover the best and cheapest hostels in Mexico.

In no particular order, the must-visit Mexico destinations we cover in this article are:

More highlights for backpacking Mexico

This map will help you plan your backpacking Mexico trip. We’ve added all hostels, colour coded to help you save time.

Best Hostels in Mexico City

It’s likely you’ll fly in or out of Mexico City during your Mexican adventures. Whether it’s a quick in-out or an extended stay, we deliver only great hostels worth staying in.

Our carefully selected hostels are all about groovy art, comfortable dorms and social vibes. Find your ideal Mexico City hostel below:

  1. Casa Pepe5 Star Hostel
  2. U-Co Juarez
  3. Hostel Home

Read our complete guide to the best hostels in Mexico City. It includes more info on yet more popular hostels we know you’re keen to check out, such as:

Extra: Our full guide also includes the best party hostel Mexico City has to offer.

Casa Pepe

Casa Pepe is the only 5 star hostel in the entirety of Mexico (so far)! We’re sure you’re keen to know why…

“Casa Pepe is where art meets gastronomy, philosophy, music, history, literature and different cultures from around the world.”

So yeah, this is where a real cultural experience mixed in with music and history comes to life. Oh, and there’s a rooftop terrace with a bar…and a pool!

Now we’ve got your attention, a few more reasons to book:

  • Daily free walking tours (makes traveling in Mexico City a lot more fun)
  • Events & entertainment (live concerts etc)
  • Swimming pool

To top it off, all rooms are considered deluxe. Yes, that includes dorms. Every room has a private bathroom, premium beds and more.

Don’t hesitate to read our full review of Casa Pepe here.

Also: It happens to be an easy 6.5km from Benito Juarez International Airport, taking around 18 minutes by car.

Book Casa Pepe here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Official WebsiteBooking.com | Hostelworld

Casa Pepe Hostel Mexico City The only 5 Star Hostel in Mexico City comes with plenty to space to recharge your own battery Delicious food at the great hostel in Mexico City Casa Pepe

Refresh at the pool at Casa Pepe, Mexico City
Casa Pepe

U-Co Juarez

Let’s not stop there! We understand variety is important and U-Co Juarez is also worth your attention.

This is a special hostel offering COLIVE, COWORK and COMMUNITY. With a maximum of 24 people, it’s possible to become part of a small community of like-minded people in the city.

The high-speed free Wifi and dedicated work desk spaces are perfect for digital nomads.

As for a good sleep? Check out the amazing capsule beds. There’s a maximum of 4 beds per room, plus 5 private queen rooms.

Book U-Co Juarez here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

U-Co Juarez is one of the best hostels in Mexico City, Mexico
U-Co Juarez

U-Co Juarez is one of the best hostels in Mexico City, Mexico

Hostel Home

Hostel Home is definitely more like a home than a hostel, ran by a warm and friendly family that love to show backpackers a good time.

These guys focus on promoting art, local buying and community living. It’s a good youth hostel in Mexico City.

Whilst the rooms are basic, the hospitality of the staff more than make up for it. Use this hostel has a great base for exploring and meeting cool backpackers in the cute living room area.

Sleep soundly in this traditional building located in the heart of historic center La Roma and Condesa neighbourhoods.

Book Hostel Home here

Compare prices per night at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Hostel Home is one of the best hostels in Mexico City, Mexico

Hostel Home is one of the best hostels in Mexico City, Mexico
Hostel Home

Best Hostels in Cancún

When we visited Cancún, we had an absolute blast. Location is the key when staying in this part of Mexico.

Head over to our complete guide to the best hostels in Cancún for insider tips, party hostels + more.

The coolest hostels in Mexico Cancun are:

  1. Mayan Monkey Hotel & Hostel
  2. Nomads Hotel Hostel & Rooftop Pool – Party
  3. Nomads Boutique Hotel & Hostel

Mayan Monkey Hotel & Hostel

Upscale meets party at Mayan Monkey Hotel & Hostel. Either join in the party vibes at night, or rest behind the privacy curtain in your room.

Let’s drop the biggest pros instantly:

  • Lagoon views
  • Swimming pool
  • Super FUN bar
  • Huge dorms with lake view

To really make you smile, there’s even a slide straight into the lagoon!

Book Mayan Monkey Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Mayan Monkey Hostel Cancun

Nomads Hotel Hostel & Rooftop Pool

Looking for the best party hostels in Cancun?

Over at Nomads Hotel Hostel & Rooftop Pool you can quite literally party on the rooftop that comes with a bar and swimming pool!

With epic parties & events, a weekly BBQ on the roof and a location just 2-minutes from the best nightlife around; you know you’re in for a good time here.

When you’re ready to sleep, you’ll seriously appreciate the beds.

Dorms come with gorgeous custom-made bunks that have a privacy curtain, light & all the little details you love. The private rooms are big, modern and bright, too.

Book Nomads Hotel Hostel & Rooftop Pool here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

One great thing about Nomads Hostel and Bar is their Rooftop pool
Nomads Hostel and Bar

Nomads Hostel and Bar offers comfortable beds with your own privacy

Nomads Boutique Hotel & Hostel

Nomads Boutique Hotel & Hostel and the Nomads hostel above belong to the same group. They are within a 5-minute walk of each other, so you can hang out in both hostels.

We recommend staying here if you prefer a more quiet atmosphere. If the party entices you, simply head over to Nomads Hotel – simple.

What we love best:

  • Huge, privacy-led rooms
  • Gorgeous garden w/pool & artwork
  • Free breakfast & dinner

There are also fun events going on here such as salsa lessons, so it’s still wonderfully social.

Book Nomads Boutique Hotel & Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Outdoor Seating Area - Who doesn't love a foosball at a Hostel?! Luxury dorms with privacy Curtains at Nomads Boutique Hostel and Hotel

Best Hostels in Tulum

There are three main areas in Tulum to know about: Central, South Beach and North Beach. All of the good hostels can be found in Central and South Beach.

We just love:

  1. Selina Tulum (with 5% discount code)
  2. Lum Hostel
  3. Bambu Gran Palas and Cenote

Read: 3 best hostels in Tulum – includes more detail & even more great hostels.

Selina Tulum

We stayed here and have to say it’s our go-to accommodation for those that don’t mind a slightly higher price tag!

Selina Tulum is made extra special because of the events and facilities, along with the usual WOW design factor.

Alongside the restaurant, there’s also a shared kitchen which is quite unusual for Selina hostels.

It’s an ideal place for digital nomads to set up their work station – check out the awesome CoWorking space! In your free time, join dance classes, DJ events or simply jump in the pool.

As usual, all of the rooms fall under “luxury”, whether you choose a dorm, private room or teepee tent.

Read: Selina CoLive – how does it work?

5% Promo Code for Selina

We’ve got you an exclusive 5% promo code for Selina Hostels and Hotels on all reservations. This discount code is valid for purchases made during 2021.

5% Promo Code for Selina

Discount Code: HOSTEL-GEEKS

valid for 2021 at Selina.com

How to apply?

  1. Visit the official website selina.com
  2. Choose your date and package
  3. Apply the discount on the payment page

That’s it! 🤓 🎉

Book Selina Tulum here

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Dip in a pool? Selina Hostel comes with a front-door beach and a swimming pool

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Selina South Beach

Selina Hostel in Tulum - Sleep in Luxury Tents

Lum Hostel

Ok let’s be honest, we’d put Lum Hostel as joint #1 if we could. This is the hostel we stay at every single time!

Definitely make use of the free bike hire during the day to explore.

The bar area is a great place to chill out as well as have a lot of fun. It closes at 11pm to support those wishing to get a good rest. The spacious capsule beds really help with that, too.

Otherwise, you can carry on in the nightlife area which is just a short walk away.

Book Lum here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

Lum Hostel is the best hostel in Tulum for Solo Travellers
Lum Hostel
Lum Hostel one of the best hostels in Tulum, Mexico
Lum Hostel

Bambu Gran Palas and Cenote

Did someone say access to a private Cenote?! Only at Bambu Gran Palas and Cenote.

It’s perfect for backpackers on a tight budget. Skip an expensive trip and enjoy an affordable stay and Cenote experience all rolled into one. That’s pretty cool.

It also happens to be gorgeous. Made with bamboo and coconut, and completely solar powered. Just a few steps from the beach surrounded by lush green jungle.

The family-run atmosphere also has you feeling part of the family in no time.

Book Bambu Gran Palas and Cenote here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

private cenote at a hostel in Bambu gran palas hostel in Tulum, Mexico
Bambu Gran Palas

Dorm at Bambu gran palas hostel in Tulum, Mexico

Best Hostels in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is a lovely compact place, meaning everything is within walking distance – palm-lined beaches, coral reefs, dance clubs, you name it.

It also happens to be home to some awesome party hostels!

  1. The Green Village Boutique Hotel
  2. Selina Playa del Carmen (with 5% discount code)
  3. Hostel Che Playa & Bar – Party

Read our guide to the best hostels in Playa del Carmen for even more hostels worth a look.

The Green Village Boutique Hotel

At The Green Village Boutique Hotel you can:

“Expect to save money while staying in a beautiful villa with good vibes.”

Firstly, you’ll feel the sand between your toes in less than 2-minutes from the property, and secondly, the natural beauty of the jungle can be observed at the top of the spiral staircase.

Grab some food from the open-air veggie restaurant, swim in the pool or relax with a movie.

As it’s a boutique hotel, you can expect high-end hostel dorms for travellers.

Note: There’s one dorm for men, one for women. Each includes air-con, sturdy beds and a balcony area.

Book The Green Village Boutique Hotel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

The Green Village Boutique Hotel is one of the best hostels in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
The Green Village Boutique Hotel

The Green Village Boutique Hotel is one of the best hostels in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Selina Playa del Carmen

Selina Playa del Carmen is heaven on earth for anyone that loves:

  • Daily yoga lessons
  • Jumping in the pool
  • An on-site rooftop bar and
  • Excellent CoWorking spaces

Read: Selina CoLiving & CoWorking – how does it work?

Be entertained by endless events, fill up on healthy food at the restaurant and enjoy a central location in Rivera Maya.

What’s more, there is an excellent range of shared dorms, from a cosy 4-bed option to a seriously sociable 20-bed mixed dorm. Couples and small groups will certainly love the array of private rooms.

5% Promo Code for Selina

We’ve got you an exclusive 5% promo code for Selina Hostels and Hotels on all reservations. This discount code is valid for purchases made during 2021.

5% Promo Code for Selina

Discount Code: HOSTEL-GEEKS

valid for 2021 at Selina.com

How to apply?

  1. Visit the official website selina.com
  2. Choose your date and package
  3. Apply the discount on the payment page

That’s it! 🤓 🎉

Book Selina Playa del Carmen here

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Selina Playa Del Carmen is one of the best hostels in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Selina Playa Del Carmen is one of the best hostels in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Selina Playa Del Carmen

Selina Playa Del Carmen is one of the best hostels in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Hostel Che Playa & Bar

Hostel Che Playa & Bar is your answer to a fun party hostel in Play del Carmen. The onsite bar and outdoor swimming pool are just a few things that support this.

Oh, and both the bar and pool are on a big rooftop deck.

The staff organise plenty of activities, such as beach trips, local parties and live music at the bar. Don’t forget to grab your free pizza!

Bonus: Dorm beds come with that all important privacy curtain. Winning.

Book Hostel Che Playa & Bar here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Che Playa Hostel is one of the best party hostels in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Best Hostel in Playa del Carmen for Female Solo Traveler: Hostel Che Playa

Best Hostels in Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido is surfing central and an affordable destination for backpackers. It helps that most of the hostels include a restaurant and bar with discounted prices.

What’s great is the beaches here are suitable for all surfer levels, from beginners to pro level.

Our top 3 hostels are:

  1. Puerto Dreams Hostel
  2. One Love Hostal
  3. Casa Losodeli with Coworking – Adults Only

New: Best Hostels in Puerto Escondido – play & work by the beach.

Puerto Dreams Hostel

Who doesn’t like cool music, good people and easy access to powerful surf? At Puerto Dreams Hostel they know what it’s all about.

“A good coffee and Surf adventures during the day with the best surf spots in Mexico. Mezcal and melodic DJ sets during the night.”

Stay here and you’ll also get access to their sister hostel La Escondida Hostel.

Yet, it’s likely you’ll feel satisfied at Puerto Dreams thanks to the big rooftop, onsite cafe and free bicycle hire.

Book Puerto Dreams Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

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One Love Hostal

If you’d like to be super close – literally steps away from – Zicatela Beach in a rustic, eco-friendly accommodation, check out One Love Hostal.

The design was inspired by the 60’s hippie philosophy of peace and love. Mix it with rock and roll, beach life and nature and you’ve got yourself a unique stay!

Sleep in a cabana, hang out in a hammock and treat yourself at the hostel restaurant-bar.

Book One Love Hostal here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com

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Casa Losodeli with Coworking – Adults Only

Calling all digital nomads! Casa Losodeli with Coworking – Adults Only is your opportunity to make sure the work gets done, without compromising the best bits about working location independent.

  1. Set up your laptop in the dedicated co-working area
  2. Take a break with a swim & coffee from the cafe
  3. Wind down with yoga and a drink at the bar

Each dorm has a maximum of 4-beds so they’re great for resting up for the next day.

Book Casa Lododeli here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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Best Hostels in Oaxaca City

You may be surprised with now authentic Oaxaca City feels. It offers lovely cobbled streets, many old churches dating centuries old and yummy local cuisine. The colourful houses make for great Instagram shots, too.

Where to stay in Oaxaca? That’s easy. Check out these Oaxaca hostels:

  1. Casa Angel Hostel
  2. Hostal Central
  3. Azul Cielo Hostel

Keen for more? Our guide to the best hostels in Oaxaca includes yet more great hostels to choose from.

Casa Angel Hostel

Having fun is what Casa Angel Hostel knows best. During your stay get involved in free walking tours, salsa lessons, yoga and more. This is the hostel in Oaxaca we’d choose, hands down.

A free hot breakfast starts the day off well, and a happy hour drink at the bar surely finishes the day off great. We suggest taking it up onto the rooftop terrace.

To top it off, you can climb into an awesome POD- style bed in one of the deluxe and superior dorms at the end of the night. Female only dorm included!

Book Casa Angel Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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Hostal Central

Hostal Central is a luxury house turned into a relaxing meeting point for backpackers on a budget.

We’re sure you’ll appreciate that one of the dorm rooms comes with single beds instead of bunks. There’s even a little wall separating them for added privacy.

Some of the amenities include:

  • Outdoor garden
  • Fibre optic high-speed Wifi
  • Free hot breakfast
  • Dining area & small kitchen
Book Hostal Central here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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Azul Cielo Hostel

Welcome to your home-away-from-home in Oaxaca; Azul Cielo Hostel. This is your answer to a vibrant yet relaxing stay.

We just love the quaint, soft design that includes many quirky details. The big, bright spaces really support a social atmosphere. The gorgeous garden full of native plants acts as the centre point of this hostel.

Not to mention all of the inclusions to help you on your way. Free breakfast, board games, hostel bar, rooftop terrace – it’s all here.

Waiting for a late night bus? Continue to use the facilities after check out for no extra cost. Lovely.

Book Azul Cielo Hostel here

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Best Hostels in Sayulita

Sayulita is a charming little fishing village and certainly a hidden gem situated just one hour from Puerto Vallarta. Here travellers can enjoy strong surf, picturesque beaches and nearby Marietas Islands.

All you really need to do is let the laid-back vibes absorb you and fill up on impressive local food.

Where to stay? Check out these great hostels:

  1. The Amazing Hostel Sayulita
  2. Selina Sayulita (with 5% promo code)
  3. La Redonda Sayulita

Here’s our full guide to the best hostels in Sayulita.

The Amazing Hostel Sayulita

Ok, so what makes The Amazing Hostel Sayulita so amazing?

Well, you have an option to get involved in plenty of adrenaline-fuelled activities, or simply relax in the hostel grounds. Here are some options for how to spend your time:

  • Try their awesome climbing wall
  • Go kayaking or surfing
  • Jungle trekking
  • Mountain biking

OR! Relax under the mango trees by the outdoor swimming pool. There’s also a fully equipped kitchen and BBQ for use.

The double private and family rooms are the best here, so we recommend this hostel for older travellers, couples and families.

Book The Amazing Hostel here

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Selina Sayulita

A relatively new hostel, Selina Sayulita is a…

“…sanctuary for wellness and surf, surfacing the forgotten and almost unknown indigenous culture of the town’s past, celebrated in a fresh and contemporary way through diverse rituals and different activities in our Pool, Restaurant and Cowork.”

The things that stand out at this Selina hostel are:

  • Covered rooftop space
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Super comfy cinema room
  • Huge restaurant w/work space

Over at Casa Jaguar you can enjoy a Happy Hour drink or two whilst enjoying some live music with new friends.

This hostel even has its very own Selina Surf Club called Casa Garza!

Here’s our full guide covering Selina CoLive and CoWorking for the digital nomads out there.

5% Promo Code for Selina

We’ve got you an exclusive 5% promo code for Selina Hostels and Hotels on all reservations. This discount code is valid for purchases made during 2021.

5% Promo Code for Selina

Discount Code: HOSTEL-GEEKS

valid for 2021 at Selina.com

How to apply?

  1. Visit the official website selina.com
  2. Choose your date and package
  3. Apply the discount on the payment page

That’s it! 🤓 🎉

Book Selina Sayulita here

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La Redonda Sayulita

La Redonda Sayulita is always a good idea if what you’re after is endless activities, colourful spaces and an excellent location by the beach.

Every few days the staff organise trips to the main surfing beaches. You can enjoy surf lesson discounts and board rentals – just speak to the lovely team.

Back at the hostel there are hammocks, a lovely terrace, endless coffee and water and a kitchen for common use.

Each morning you can enjoy a free breakfast, and once a week they throw a fun BBQ day to bring people together.

Book La Redonda Sayulita here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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Best Hostels in Cozumel

The island of Cozumel is famed for its fantastic scuba diving opportunities. As there is an eco park surrounding the lagoon, don’t be surprised if you see sea turtles, dolphins and manatees. Wow!

If you’re not into diving, take the opportunity to relax and catch plenty of rays on the white sand beaches.

The top 3 hostels we recommend are:

  1. Albatross Suites by Bedsfriends
  2. Hostel Auikyani
  3. Amigos Hostel

Read: Full guide to the best hostels in Cozumel + handy map.

Albatross Suites by Bedsfriends

(Were you looking for the stunning Beds Friends Hostel? Sorry guys, this beloved 5 star hostel sadly closed its doors in 2020.)

However! The owners very quickly opened the brand new Albatross Suites by Bedsfriends which happens to be right by the beach – winning!

“We are young in spirit, we are passionate about design, hospitality, being hosts and making friends. Five years ago we planted our first seed on the island and today we fulfil another dream.”

Ok ok so as you might have guessed, this accommodation focuses on suites instead of shared dormitories. In fact, there are only suites available here.

It’s possible to book a suite for 2, 6 and 9 people (family suite) depending on the size of your party.

Why did we include this if it’s not technically a hostel? Well, it still offers excellent shared spaces including a cosy living room, Sereno Roof Bar & Restaurant and outdoor pool & garden.

Guests can also book their scuba diving excursions directly with the staff.

This is certainly a top choice for romantic couple and families.

Book Albatros Suites here

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Hostel Auikyani

Hostel Auikyani is another brand new hostel on the block in the heart of Cozumel.

We picked this one out because of the incredible reviews it has already accumulated, and well, because it has styyyyle!

How does enjoying a cold drink overlooking the sea sound? Or hanging out at the bar next door before joining a weekday/weekend party? See you there!

Book Hostel Auikyani here

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Amigos Hostel

The owner at Amigos Hostel takes great pride in her hostel and offers a plethora of knowledge about the island and immediate surroundings. You’ll be in good hands here!

For those looking for excellent customer service, a clean and cosy environment and peaceful atmosphere, this is the hostel for you.

Out in the garden you’ll find a refreshing swimming pool – the highlight of this place!

Book Amigos Hostel here

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Best Guadalajara Hostels

Mariachis music, colonial monuments, tequila, folklore – just some reasons to visit Guadalajara. It’s also claimed to offer some of the best food in Mexico! Head here if you’re not too keen on Mexico City.

As for hostels in Guadalajara, choose between:

  1. Hostel Hospedarte Chapultepec
  2. Hostal Bohostel Chapultepec
  3. Hostel Hospedarte Centro

Here’s our indepth guide to the best hostels in Guadalajara.

Hostel Hospedarte Chapultepec

Slap bang in the middle of all the action, Hostel Hospedarte Chapultepec is your answer to the cultural quarter of Guadalajara. The best bars, clubs, restaurants and cafes are just a short walk away.

Some of the highlights of this hostel we just love, are:

  • Groovy wall art
  • Calm, spacious garden area (hammocks, BBQ)
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Hostel bar & roof terrace

To help you settle in there’s a free walking tour and pub crawl offered every week.

Book Hostel Hospedarte Chapultepec here

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Hostal Bohostel Chapultepec

Want to meet new people in a modern, boutique style hostel? Welcome to Hostal Bohostel Chapultepec.

We LOVE the dorm rooms here. Privacy curtains, towel, under-the-bed storage and a little fan all add to much needed privacy within a social atmosphere.

Those looking for even more privacy can book a suite. Each one comes with a private kitchen, bathroom and living area with seating.

There’s plenty to get involved in here, including yoga and cooking classes. Race you to the rooftop!

Book Hostel Bohostel Chapultepec here

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Hostel Hospedarte Centro

The two things we love most about Hostel Hospedarte Centro are:

  1. The funky design
  2. The location

Yep, sleep here and you’ll be a 5 minute walk from many of the main attractions in the city.

The common areas are cosy, featuring a pool table, beanbags and a hammock. The big dining table is wonderful for sharing food with new friends.

Enjoy a bunch of free inclusions: Breakfast, bicycle rental, activities (pub crawl, walking tours etc) and TV w/Netflix access.

Book Hostel Hospedarte Centro here

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Best Hostels in Puerto Vallarta

This coastline resort town is best known for its water sports, beaches and nightlife. A good combination, don’t you think?

This is certainly a popular destination in Mexico, which is why we’ve picked out 3 fun hostels for you to choose from.

  1. Oasis Hostel
  2. Casa Kraken – Party
  3. Ten to Ten Puerto Vallarta

Here’s our full guide to the best hostels in Puerto Vallarta.

Oasis Hostel

Oasis Hostel was the first hostel to open in Puerto Vallarta back in 2005. It has steadily grown into a four-floor spacious accommodation.

There’s lots of freebies included such as a pancake breakfast, parking, Netflix and filtered water & ice.

Up on the rooftop your can enjoy panaromic views and morning yoga. Or simply just relax and sip your coffee. And evening beverage can also be enjoyed best up there.

Cute: There’s a little snack bar onsite selling noodles, chips, popcorn, cookies etc.

There’s no curfew here and a key is issued to you so you can access the building at any time.

Book Oasis Hostel here

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Casa Kraken (formerly Oasis Downtown Hostel)

Casa Kraken is certainly a memorable and safe choice located in between the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the main square.

“If you are looking for a good time here in Puerto Vallarta, whether it be relaxing at the beach, eating like a local, or partying the night away, we can show you how!”

Important: There are only dorm rooms here, no privates.

Staff organise regular events including bar crawls, hikes, day trips to the beach and Spanish lessons.

Up on the rooftop you can refill your energy levels by staring out across the city and ocean blue.

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Ten to Ten Puerto Vallarta

Ten to Ten Puerto Vallarta has more of a focus on private rooms, with 7 to choose from, plus 2 dorms if you prefer to share.

There is a beautifully designed restaurant-bar area that also offers plenty of space to set up the laptop and get some work done. This works as the main common area in the hostel, too.

Outside guests are also welcome in this part of the hostel.

Note: Some private rooms do not have a window so make sure you check this when booking.

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Best Hostels in Merida

Mérida is the vibrant capital city of Yucatán. Don’t miss the weekly fiesta in the Central Park! It’s full of museums, cathedrals, culture and food.

What about great hostels? Here are the top two in Mérida:

  1. Nomadas Ecohostel
  2. La Casa del Tio Rafa

Nomadas Ecohostel

Famous for being a little oasis in the centre of town, Nomadas Ecohostel is your perfect getaway with a little bit of luxury thrown in.

During the day you can join in a yoga class or salsa lesson, or simply relax by the swimming pool or in the tropical common area.

Once evening sets in you’ll be entertained by resident troubadour Don Armando in the garden!

Tip: Fill up on the free breakfast and then sign up for a cooking class and learn how to make spicy, smoky Mexican cuisine.

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La Casa del Tio Rafa

A great little backpackers hostel that’s super friendly is La Casa del Tio Rafa.

It has an “old style” feel with basic amenities and a warm heart. Cool off best by jumping into the outdoor swimming pool!

It’s likely you’ll find everyone hanging out in the hammocks (pun intended) or up on the roof terrace.

Important: There is no air conditioning here.

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Best Hostels in San Cristóbal de las Casas

If you want to experience life at 2,100 metres, head to San Cristóbal de las Casas on the central plateau of the Chiapas Highlands.

Here are two hostels we picked out especially for you:

  1. Puerta Vieja Hostel – Party
  2. Posada del Abuelito

Puerta Vieja Hostel

For those of you that are mixing work, fun and relaxation into your Mexican adventures, Puerta Vieja Hostel should be your perfect getaway.

Let’s jump right in and explore the perks of this hostel:

  • Breakfast & dinner included
  • Dedicated workstations + high speed WiFi
  • Bar & garden

If you want to get the party vibes flowing, make sure you get to the bar on Tuesday and Friday nights for free cocktails.

There’s a good range of mixed/female dorms and private rooms for a mix of traveller types.

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Posada del Abuelito

Prefer a more easeful stay? Posada del Abuelito is a lovely four generation family-run hostel that love to focus on the little details.

Details that include homemade jam with the free breakfast and a free cup of local Chiapas coffee. Yum!

There’s plenty of communal space, including hammocks in the courtyard.

Best bit? The mixed and female dorms surround the central courtyard. It’s likely you’ll spot a hummingbird in the morning!

Save some pesos for the nearby craft market and make use of the communal kitchen during your stay.

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Best Hostels in Valladolid: Hostel La Candelaria

Who likes art and architecture all rolled into one? Valladolid is full of colonial buildings and cozy vibes. It’s also a good base if you want to explore the monumental Mayan Ruins Chichén Itzá and mysterious Cenotes (natural wells).

Your perfect base for exploring all of this is Hostel La Candelaria.

The staff, also the owners of the hostel, will happily show you around the natural garden with exotic trees whilst the birds sing.

Feel free to siesta and eat in the hammocks, rent bicycles to explore and challenge a new found friend to a board game.

The colonial Parque La Candelaria is just in front of the hostel. It’s just 3 blocks from the bus station.

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Best Isla Mujeres Hostels: Selina Pok Na Isla Mujeres

Just 13km off the coast of Cancún excellent diving opportunities and white sand beaches await on Mujeres Island.

Yet we’re not sure which is more breathtaking… the island or Selina Pok Na Isla Mujeres. Seriously!

Situated right on the beachfront, you can’t get more luxurious and beach bum than this. This hostel offers everything you could possibly imagine.

“Rent our bikes, electric scooters or go-karts and explore the town in style! Back at Selina, refuel with crispy fish tacos and mezcal cocktails, followed by a live acoustic music performance at sunset.”

Sounds pretty cool, right? And that’s not all there is to enjoy…

  • Outdoor playground
  • Cinema room
  • Library zone
  • Teepee tents
  • Swimming pools & hammocks

The list goes on, and on.

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Best Hostels in Isla Holbox

Holbox Island is a car-free island rich in marine life. Look out for sea turtles and whale sharks! It’s situated north of Yucatán Peninsula and is just down right stunning.

The cherry on the top to this slice of paradise is the Isla Holbox hostels:

  1. Tribu Hostel
  2. Che Holbox Hostel & Bar – Party

Tribu Hostel

Just a stone’s throw from the beach and less than 5-minutes from the centre, we’re eager to show you around Tribu Hostel.

“Tribu is a hostel designed and built completely from scratch using traditional building methods to perfectly suit the needs of our guests.”

The design is just lovely. The amenities? See for yourself:

  • Hostel bar
  • Events: quiz nights, salsa, dinners etc
  • Roof terrace & awesome views
  • Surf lessons, bike rentals, kayak tours

All private and shared rooms come with a balcony and private bathroom. Bonus!

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Che Holbox Hostel & Bar

Che Holbox Hostel & Bar is yet another impressive hostel on this ridiculously impressive island. The team here awaits you barefoot!

This is not just a hostel, but a space for entertainment, interaction and acclaimed CHE NIGHTS. Yep, get ready for themed parties, beer pong, karaoke and the like…

There’s plenty of fun to be had at the hostel bar.

When you’re not at the beach, jump in the pool and regain some energy behind your privacy curtain. There’s a ping pong table, too!

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Best Hostels in Bacalar: The Yak Lake House

Located on Lake Bacalar, also known as the Lagoon of Seven Colours, Bacalar is a quiet town where international tourism is still in the making.

The main reason we suggest visiting is so you can stay at The Yak Lake House.

Wake to views of the water, rent paddle boards and kayaks and take daily strolls on the private deck. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the lake!

This is easily a romantic getaway for couples. Spacious private rooms offer stunning views right from the bed.

Don’t forget to fill up on a free breakfast, and finish the day with a refreshing drink at the bar.

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Best Hostels in Guanajuato: La Casa de Dante

Named the most beautiful city in Mexico, Guanajuato is your opportunity to get snap happy because of the endless colourful buildings, tree-lined streets and pretty plazas. It’s also easy to escape to the mountains from here.

Climbing the 165 steps to Hostal La Casa de Dante is well worth the 365 degree views from the rooftop!

Once inside, your mood will surely lift thanks to the bright decor and beautiful wall art.

Both the dorms and private rooms are seriously spacious. And guess what? No bunks!

The free Mexican breakfast is amazing, the Wifi is free and the city centre is just a 15-minute walk away. Just think of the steps as your daily exercise…!

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Best Hostels in San Miguel de Allende: Selina

Here’s one for the couples out there! Selina San Miguel de Allende offers a range of stunning – and ever so slightly posh – private rooms, from standard to deluxe and superior.

We love the big outdoor courtyard and spacious rooftop area the most – there’s actually a bar & resturant up there!

Like all great Selina Hostels, you can expect nothing less than incredible design, modern amenities and super staff. Oh, and a free breakfast to kick start your day!

San Miguel de Allende is a wonderful destination to enjoy baroque Spanish architecture and we deem Selina to be the absolute best base in the area.

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Map of ALL Best Hostels in Mexico

So next up we’d like to show you our handy map pinpointing ALL the best hostels Mexico has to offer in this guide.

On the map below you find all mentioned hostels to make your planning even easier. We’ve marked them as follows:

5 Star Hostels: Black with White Star

Party Hostels: Orange

Other TOP recommendations: Purple

(You can open the sidebar in the map to activate and deactivate groups.)

FAQs

What is the best way to get around in Mexico?

Transportation in Mexico centers around local and intercity buses. Local buses are known as camiones. If you’re travelling long distances, it might be a good idea to catch a flight.

Check Kiwi.com for cheap flights around the world. Here is our honest review of Kiwi.com.

Good to know: There is no rail network in Mexico.

What are the best hostels in Mexico for solo travellers?

Ooph, there are many! Honestly, we didn’t come across many hostels that aren’t set up well for solo travellers.

Our top choices:

  1. Casa Pepe in Mexico City
  2. Selina Hostels across Mexico

What are some cheap alternative places to stay in Cancun Mexico besides the resorts?

Hostels! Did you guess we were going to say that?! The top hostels in Cancun are:

  1. Mayan Monkey Hotel & Hostel
  2. Nomads Hotel Hostel & Rooftop Pool
  3. Nomads Boutique Hotel & Hostel

Our guide to the 3 best hostels in Cancun goes into more detail.

What is Cinco de Mayo?

This is an annual celebration held on the 5th May across Mexico, though it’s primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla. It’s to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire back in 1862.

Check out hostels in Mexico City – the closest city to Puebla state.

How to book Mexico hostels?

In every destination guide and hostel review we give you the options to book (Hostelgeeks does not offer a booking service).

All 5 Star Hostels are cheaper when booking through the official website. We give you the direct access so you can save some travel-money. Hurray!

For the other hostel-destination guides we give you the most popular booking platforms, and ways to get better prices. The best hostel websites are:

Here is our review of Airbnb + coupon code.

Read our guide on how to book hostels (with websites to use). We also wrote a guide how to use Hostelworld for booking hostels.

Destination not listed?

We’ve done our best to include the absolute best Mexican hostels in each of the major cities in the country. Hopefully you’ve found your perfect hostel Mexico!

In case we happened to miss your desired location, have a look at our guides to the “best hostels in“. Here we cover many more destinations, including the top 3 hostels + party hostels and insider tips.

Still not found? Or haven’t discovered the best hostel in Mexico for you? Then please let us help you. Just drop us a line or leave a comment below and include a fun travel pun!

We will send you over a handpicked hostel recommendation.

Happy travels!

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