Our carefully selected hostels are all about groovy art, comfortable dorms and social vibes. In fact, we handpicked exactly 3 amazing top hostels in Mexico City for you.
After all, you only need ONE epic accommodation to have an amazing time!
We even found one 5 Star Hostel, the Casa Pepe in Mexico City.
This buzzing city at high altitude is perfect for solo travellers, backpackers and those in search of a great party hostel.
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
We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Mexico City.
We’ve covered all bases!
It’s almost time to sip that refreshing margarita. But first, let’s have a look what we cover for you:
- 3 Best Hostels in town
- Comparison Chart – comparing all 3 hostels
- Cheapest Hostels to stay at
- Best Hostels in Mexico City for Solo Travellers
- Coolest and fun Party Hostel in the capital
- Handy map with all hostels and sights
We put all the greatest Mexico City hostels and sights on one map. It makes it easier for your to decide and plan your trip.
Quick Introduction to Mexico City Hostels
Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 7€ up to 15€ per night. This is a rough average to give you an idea. Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.
Shortcut: Don’t want to read the full guide? Then just stay at Casa Pepe, the absolute best place to stay in Mexico City.
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.
Mexico City Tourism Tax: Travellers in Mexico City pay a 19% tourism tax. Most hostels include this in the booking price, but some don’t. Double check with the hostel beforehand to avoid a nasty surprise.
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
3 Coolest Hostels in Mexico City
There’s no time to waste, so let’s jump straight in.
The 3 best hostels in Mexico City are:
- Casa Pepe (great for female solo travellers and couples)
- Mexiqui Zocalo (top pick for backpackers)
- Gael Condesa (best choice for solo travellers and peace seekers)
Keep on reading to see which hostel is recommend for which traveler type.
1. Casa Pepe (5 Star Boutique hostel with an indie twist)
The only 5 Star Hostel in town, and certainly the absolute best hostel in Mexico City for solo-travelers and couples!
This place is your answer to where to stay in Mexico City in style!
Casa Pepe is the type of hostel where the saying ‘mi casa es tu casa’ really starts to make sense!
If you’re looking for a cultural experience mixed in with some history and music; this is the hostel for you.
You can expect a roof top terrace with a bar and even a swimming pool. Both the double rooms and dorms are luxurious. The bunk beds come with privacy curtains, own lockers, lights and power outlets.
Casa Pepe is THE top place to stay!
We wrote a full review of Casa Pepe including photos and video.
Good to know: Casa Pepe is a 5 Star Hostel and offers the cheapest prices on their official website casapepe.mx – be smart!
Luxury seekers will be happy as all of the rooms – dorms included – are classed as deluxe.
- A private bathroom
- Premium, ready-made beds
- Mini + suitcase lockers
- Personal sockets
The female only dorm is certainly top notch for the stylish travelling lady!
Wonderful: this is a child and pet-friendly hostel.
There’s a spacious rooftop area here which, by the way, comes with a delightful bar.
Wind down and relax up there after you’ve filled up on the free and fresh quesadilla breakfast.
For readers that are safety conscious; there is a friendly guard on the door at Casa Pepe that will help put your mind at rest.
Looking for something fun and free to do?
There is a walking tour you can join, plus many other daily activities arranged by the staff including:
- in-house concerts
- tequila tastings and
- ‘Lucha Libre’ fights
In fact, the staff here is super lovely and previous guests rave about their hospitality!
No matter the event, you’re asked to keep the silence after 11 pm.
Most of the main sights are within walking distance and a subway station is close by. So, again, the location is top and your simple answer to what area to stay in Mexico city.
Casa Pepe is the coolest accommodation in Mexico City for:
- Female Solo Travellers
- Travelers of 40+
Good to know: Casa Pepe is a 5 Star Hostel and offers the cheapest prices on their official website casapepe.mx
2. Mexiqui Zocalo (360-degree views across Mexico City)
Let’s move on to our second smaller hostel inside a newly remodelled 1950s building; Mexiqui Zocalo.
The original style of the building has been merged with awesome artwork and clever use of space.
In total there are only 9 rooms, all of which are fresh, modern and cosy.
- 6, 9 or 15-bed mixed dorm
- 6-bed female dorm
- 5-bed male dorm
- Double private
Yep, you read that correctly – there’s a male-only dorm here!
Each room has a theme which centres on the truly vivid wall paintings.
Your bed will be ready-made on your arrival and no need to worry about a towel – that’s included too.
Take in the fresh air on the rooftop terrace and gaze over some of the historical monuments in the area.
Had a busy day and low on energy? Make your way to the communal room in that case.
It’s the perfect spot to start a conversation or watch a movie to wind down – it’s your choice.
Good to know: the 19% tax is not included when booking.
The free breaky here will set you up for a day of sightseeing in the city.
You needn’t go far before you hit a metro station and the Metropolitan Cathedral is a few minutes from the doorstep.
Mexiqui Zocalo is the top place to stay in Mexico City for:
3. Gael Condesa (homely vibes)
Gael Condesa is a community of artists, designers and architects that work in the offices located on the premises.
This bubbly bunch love to meet new people and strive to make their guests feel incredibly welcome.
They also enjoy a drink or two so solo travellers can make friends quickly here!
Here you will only find dorm rooms available with 6 and 8-bed options.
Create your own private space in a shared room with
- walls that separate one bed from the next
- a curtain
- personal light and power socket
Linen is also included which always brings a smile to our face, yours too?
Note: Gael has a separate property offering luxurious suites and private options, too.
You’ll quickly notice this is more like a shared house than a hostel.
The kitchen area and terraced garden are both cosy and homely.
Thanks to the compact design, it makes meeting other travellers easy – there will be no awkwardness here.
Sometimes you need to wind down and that’s ok. This is what Netflix is for!
Be aware that this is an over +18s only hostel.
Gael is situated in a safe part of town close to the metro and nice parks and cafes.
Gael Condesa is the best hostel in Mexico City for:
- Solo Travellers
- Peace seekers
Comparing all 3 Top Hostels in Mexico City
Here is an overview of our handpicked top hostels in Mexico City. In this chart we compare the main facilities and things to expect.
It will help you to make a decision.
|Casa Pepe||Mexiqui Zocalo||Gael Condesa|
|Kitchen||on-site restaurant||on-site restaurant||Kitchenette|
|WiFi (Quality)||Free (Fast)||Free (Good)||Free (Good)|
|Breakfast||Buffet or American breakfast||Yes||Yes|
|Location||Top (central!)||Top (Historic Center district)||Ok|
|Special||5 Star Hostel, swimming pool, roof top terrace||party and backpacker vibes|
|Lockers – and safe?||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Facilities for disabled guests||Yes||No||No|
|How to book?||Hostelworld||Hostelworld||Hostelworld|
This information can vary by season and availability. Please take this into account.
What about cheapest hostels in Mexico Ciudad?
Of course, there are always cheap hostels.
We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The quality differs a lot, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen. The qualit also drops dramatically.
But okay, we get. if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Split.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Mexico City
- 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.
Yet again, we recommend going for one of the options above. There’s good reason we handpicked these places for us and for you. They are all safe, clean andcool!
Best Hostels in Mexico City for Solo Travellers
It’s not always easy travelling solo. Sometimes you crave time alone, other times you desperately seek interaction.
So, as a solo-backpacker what are the best places to stay in Mexico city? No worries; we’ve got you covered, no matter what type of solo traveller you are.
Let’s recap on the previously mentioned best Mexico City hostels for solo travellers:
- Best hostel in Mexico City for female and male solo travellers: Casa Pepe
- Best hostel in Mexico City for solo travellers: Casa Pepe
- Best hostel in Mexico City for backpackers: Mexiqui Zocalo
Last but not least; let’s have a look at a great option for solo travellers looking to socialise and meet new people.
Welcome to Massiosare El Hostel.
Secure your spot in the 13-bed dorm here and let the socialising commence!
You’ll find no privacy curtains here so put your phone down and get to know your roomies.
There’s also a large spacious communal area and two kitchens.
Good to know: Vegetarians have one of the kitchens all to themselves – how cool is that?!
Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld
Best Party Hostel in Mexico City
For a minute there we weren’t sure there was such a thing as a party hostel in Mexico City.
Yet thanks to our dedicated research, we found a great option for the party lovers out there!
Experience a fantastic atmosphere at Hostal Regina three blocks from the city’s main square.
Every Friday and Saturday electronic DJ’s create a party atmosphere on the rooftop. Don’t miss out on the signature margaritas and mojitos!
Recover the next morning with complimentary coffee and croissant.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Mexico City. Now we know, that is a pity. We are always working on getting special promo codes for our readers.
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We do also have a 35€ discount for Airbnb here.
Map of Mexico City Hostels + TOP Sights
Right then, let’s put the hostels on a map. In fact, it’s all ready for you down below.
We’ve also gone as far as adding the top sights of Mexico City including:
- National Museum of Anthropology
- Historic Centre of Mexico City
- Chapultepec Castle
- Bascilica Museum
- Palacio de Bellas Artes
- The Angel of Independence
If you have some time and fancy joining a tour, check out these:
- Full day tour to Teotihuacan Pyramids & Guadalupe Shrine
- Xochililco & Coyoacan full day tour
- Day tour to Puebla and Cholula including lunch
The easiest way to get around Mexico City at a reasonable price is by taking the Mexico City Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus.
You can also activate and deactivate the different layers in the sidebar. Open the map in a new tab here.
Sex in Mexico City Hostel
Sex is part of the hostel life, especially when staying at Party hostels. There is no need to pretend it is not. That is not to say, hostels are only about sex – NOT AT ALL!
We wrote a big guide with 5 dos and donts of having sex in Hostels.
Especially rule #5 is important to remember. Otherwise you may end up being a porn-star. Because: hostels have cameras!
Read: The netiquette to sex in hostels.
Flights to Mexico City?
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over North America including Mexico City.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over North America and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
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Find all our guides for the best hostels in the world here.
Over to you
There you have it; the absolute 3 best hostels in Mexico City. This is the only guide you need to know where to stay in Mexico City on a budget.
Do you have any questions, doubts?
Then please please leave us a comment. This list of awesome hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.
Your question(s) will help me to understand what I have missed to mention. You will have your questions answered and help both Hostelgeeks and fellow travellers in their quest for an awesome trip.
Therefore, do not be shy, drop us a comment, we are keen to help you!
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