Best Hostels in Mexico City complete guide and overview for backpackersBackpacking Mexico City? If you’re intrigued by Mexico, you’re about to be lured in by the cool and best hostels in Mexico City.

Our carefully selected hostels are all about groovy art, comfortable dorms and social vibes. In fact, we handpicked exactly 3 amazing top hostels Mexico City has to offer.

Your Shortcut:

  1. Casa Pepe – great for female solo travellers and couples
  2. Mexiqui Zocalo – top pick for backpackers
  3. Gael Condesa – best choice for solo travellers and peace seekers

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 Mexico 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:

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:

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:

  1. Casa Pepe (great for female solo travellers and couples)
  2. Mexiqui Zocalo (top pick for backpackers)
  3. 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! This is top 1 on our list. The best backpacker hostel Mexico City has to offer!

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 Hostel Mexico City 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!

Book Casa Pepe here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Full Review | Official Website | Booking.com | Hostelworld

The Dorm at Casa Pepe in Mexico City Luxury Bunk Beds at Casa Pepe in Mexico City Wanna play a game? Join the game nights at Casa Pepe and meet your fellow hostel mates Casa Pepe is a beautiful design hostel in Mexico City

Refresh at the pool at Casa Pepe, Mexico City

Relax at the rooftop at Casa Pepe, a design boutique hostel in Mexico

Luxury seekers will be happy as all of the rooms – dorms included – are classed as deluxe.

This includes…

  • 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
  • Couples
  • Travelers of 40+

Good to know: Casa Pepe is a 5 Star Hostel and offers the cheapest prices on their official website casapepe.mx

Book Casa Pepe here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Full Review | Official Website | Booking.com | Hostelworld

Wanna play a game? Join the game nights at Casa Pepe and meet your fellow hostel mates The only 5 Star Hostel in Mexico City comes with plenty to space to recharge your own battery

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.

Choose from:

  • 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!

Book Mexiqui Zocalo here

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

Mexiqui Zocalo one of the best hostels in Mexico City, Mexico

Mexiqui Zocalo one of the best hostels in Mexico City, Mexico

Each room has a theme which centres on the truly vivid wall paintings. The hostel art and style is amazing.

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:

  • Friends
  • Backpackers
Book Mexiqui Zocalo here

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

Mexiqui Zocalo one of the best hostels in Mexico City, Mexico

Mexiqui Zocalo one of the best hostels in Mexico City, Mexico

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!

Book Gael Condesa here

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

Gael Condesa one of the best hostels in Mexico City, Mexico

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
Book Gael Condesa here

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

Gael Condesa one of the best hostels in Mexico City, Mexico

Gael Condesa one of the best hostels in Mexico City, Mexico

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 PepeMexiqui ZocaloGael Condesa
Recommended for…
  • female solo traveler
  • couples
  • friends
  • backpacker
  • solo-travellers
  • peace-seekers
Kitchenon-site restauranton-site restaurantKitchenette
WiFi (Quality)Free (Fast)Free (Good)Free (Good)
BreakfastBuffet or American breakfastYesYes
LocationTop (central!)Top (Historic Center district)Ok
Special5 Star Hostel, swimming pool, roof top terraceparty and backpacker vibes
like-home feeling
Activitiesyesyesyes
Lockers – and safe?YesYesYes
Facilities for disabled guestsYesNoNo
How to book?HostelworldHostelworldHostelworld

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.

Why?

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.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Mexico City
  2. 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 and cool!

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. Massiosare Hostel Mexico City is definitely a good place to stay.

Good to know: Vegetarians have one of the kitchens all to themselves – how cool is that?!

Book Massiosare El Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

Massiosare El Hostel one of the best hostels in Mexico City for solo travellers

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. The best party hostel Mexico City has to offer!

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.

Book Hostal Regina here

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

Hostal Regina one of the best party hostels in Mexico City, Mexico

More Mexico City hostels worth a mention

Excited backpacking in Mexico and are you ready to book for your favorite hostel? If you are still looking for more options, stay until the end of this article for more Mexico hostels.

We are telling you that you can stay at best hotels in Mexico City but you will not get the same fun and experience when staying at hostels. Try and you’ll love it.

Hostel Mundo Joven Catedral

Hostel Mundo Joven Catedral is a basic hostel with what you need. Hostel has a rooftop for you to enjoy the view over the neighborhood.

Their kitchen and patio is a great place to make friends. There is no TV room  but the social atmosphere is so good. You will definitely be forced to be social.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Restaurant
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Terrace
  • Bar
  • Good breakfast

Location: Hostel Mundo Joven Catedral is located in the historic center of Mexico City. Alameda Central Park and Bellas Artes palace are a 10-minute walk away. Allende Metro Station and Zocalo metro station are 250 m away. Templo Mayor ruins and museum are 200 m away.

Book Hostel Mundo Joven Catedral here

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

Hostel Mundo Joven Catedral

Metro Hostal Boutique

Metro Hostal Boutique is what you called a home away from home.  Backpackers will definitely enjoy the modern look of the hostel.

Rooms are spacious, clean and tidy, with comfortable, warm beds. The hostel is surrounded by hundreds of bars, cafes, restaurants all within walking distance.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Free WiFi
  • Pets allowed
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Terrace
  • Delicious free breakfast

Location: Metro Hostal Boutique is around 2.8 km from Chapultepec Castle, 2.9 km from United States Embassy and 3.8 km from Museo de Arte Popular. National Museum of Anthropology is 4 km from the accommodation, while Museo de Memoria y Tolerancia is 4.4 km away. The nearest airport is Benito Juarez International Airport, 12 km from Metro Hostal Boutique.

Book Metro Hostal Boutique here

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

Metro Hostal Boutique

Casa San Ildefonso

The atmosphere in Casa San Ildefonso is very relaxing.

The inner courtyard is nice and peaceful to relax in after a day out. The plants makes it so homey!

Staff are great and everything is kept clean at all times. Their common areas are fine. It is a bit small but it serves the purpose.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Free WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Breakfast

Location: Located just in front of San Ildefonso Museum and 50 m from Templo Mayor Aztec Museum. The property is just 2 minutes’ walk from the Mexico City Zocalo Square and in front of the Museo de la Luz museum. Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral is 900 m away and Benito Juarez International Airport is 9 km away.

Book Casa San Ildefonso here

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

 Casa San Ildefonso

Selina Mexico City Downtown

As soon as you enter Selina Mexico City Downtown, you will feel the nice atmosphere and meet the friendly staffs.

The hostel is clean and nicely decorated. They have double, triple and quadruple rooms with private and spacious bathrooms.

This hostel will make you feel you are staying in a downtown hotel Mexico City has but with more!

Hostel Highlights:

  • Airport shuttle
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Free WiFi
  • Pets allowed
  • Bar
  • Breakfast

Location: Situated in the historic district of Mexico City, Selina Community Mexico City Downtown is close to Salto del Agua Metro Station, and only a 15 minutes’ walk from the Zócalo Square. Selina Community Mexico City Downtown is 10 minutes’ walk from Bellas Artes and close to Mexico City’s main tourist attractions. It is also 23 minutes away form Mexico City Airport.

Book Selina Mexico City Downtown here

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

Selina Mexico City Downtown

Hostal Amigo Suites Downtown

Hostel Amigo Suites Downtown has a very bright interior so if you are into something lively and bright, you have to stay here.

The hostel has private rooms with bathroom and dorm rooms that is suited for your needs.

Staff is friendly and very helpful in suggesting and explaining how to find local attractions.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Terrace
  • Bar
  • Good breakfast

Location: Hostal Amigo Suites is located in central Mexico City, just 3 minutes’ walk from the city’s Metropolitan Cathedral. The hostel is 5 minutes’ walk from Allende and Zócalo Capitalino Metro Stations. For an extra charge the hostel offers guided tours of the Teotihuacan Ruins, located a 40-minute drive away. Mexico City Airport is just 15 minutes’ drive away.

Book Hostal Amigo Suites Downtown here

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

Hostal Amigo Suites Downtown

Hostel Home Mexico City

Hostel Home is one of the best hostels in Roma Mexico City. It is the perfect place for meeting other travellers.

Hostel Home is ready for you and to give you amazing traveling plans.

The hostel allows you to be part of their family as you share ideas, travel stories, music and food.

Each dorm bed comes with a large locker to store valuables which is really nice.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Good breakfast

Location: Hostel Home is 10 minutes’ walk from Sevilla and Insurgentes Metro Stations. Mexico Park, Plaza Condesa, Glorieta Insurgentes and Foro del Tejedor are walking distance.

Book Hostel Home here

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

Hostel Home

Hostel Suites DF

Hostel Suites DF is another backpacker hostel Mexico City has to offer.

It is a a good place for meeting and interacting people. They have an outdoor terrace where you cna swap travel tips with other guests from all over the world.

Hostel Suites DF offers free breakfast to guests. Have your privacy with their private bedrooms and enjoy the social vibe in their dorms rooms.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Game Room
  • Outdoor Terrace

Location: Hostel Suites DF is located downtown. Monumento a la Revolución, a 6-minute walk away while  Bellas Artes for fine art and performance is just 15 minutes on foot. The hostel is 54 minutes away from the airport.

Book Hostel Suites DF here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

Hostel Suites DF

Any Discounts?

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.

You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.

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:

  • Chapultepec
  • National Museum of Anthropology
  • Historic Centre of Mexico City
  • Zocalo
  • 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:

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.)

FAQ

Alright, you should have found your accommodation already. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.

What are the best hostels in Mexico City 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

Are hostels in Mexico City safe?

Safety is our number one priority so we are only giving you the best and safest hostels in Mexico City. Beware of illegal operating hostels.

So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Mexico City. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!

If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and ask us!

What are the best hostels in Mexico City?

You can find the best Mexico City hostels in this article! Take note that we have read many Mexico City hostel reviews and actually stay there to come up with this list.

  1. Casa Pepe (great for female solo travellers and couples)
  2. Mexiqui Zocalo (top pick for backpackers)
  3. Gael Condesa (best choice for solo travellers and peace seekers)

What is Mexico City best known for?

Mexico City has rich culture and history. Here are places that you should consider visiting.

  • Chapultepec
  • National Museum of Anthropology
  • Historic Centre of Mexico City
  • Zocalo
  • Chapultepec Castle
  • Bascilica Museum
  • Palacio de Bellas Artes
  • The Angel of Independence

How much are hostels in Mexico City?

According to Hostelworld.com, a hostel in Mexico City costs $8 per night.

Prices may vary depending on season.

What are the best sites for finding hostels?

Of course, the best site to find hostels is Hostelgeeks.com

We are doing our best to deliver the best hostels to you. Check out the best hostels in the world guides; from Paris to Tokyo.

You can also have a look at Hostelworld Mexico City.

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. Just don’t get yourself into trouble and be included in Mexico City porn. 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 Omio.com and 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.

Cheap Flights around the world

More Hostels in Mexico and Area

By now you have found your coolest hostels in Mexico City. We created more handwritten hostel guides for you.

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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